Many of the people we met on our trip tell us that driving on the beach between San Francisco and Los Angeles was on their bucket list. Do it and you will also sing the praises of beautiful California beaches.
One of the drawbacks of driving on a California scenic route is that it takes a few hours more than the fast option. Anyway, enjoy the coastal path at least once in your lifetime.
Consider this to enhance the journey
We often travel 450 miles to Los Angeles from our home in San Francisco to visit friends and attend travel conferences. We recently traveled to catch a direct flight from Turkey to Istanbul.
On this occasion, we are leaving on a day-to-day basis, allowing us the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the vast Pacific Ocean and its surroundings.
Bath along the way
We stopped for a late breakfast on the port of Monterey, made a slow pass through tony Carmel, and took in the wonders of Big Sur.
We didn't do it, but we also occasionally visit the San Simmons and the Hastings to wonder how 20th Century William and Friends lived in California. Visiting the castle is like a lively scene from "Citizen Kane".
As we traveled about 250 miles to our destination, we stopped for a nice dinner and dinner at the many fine lodges located in the middle of the road on our journey.
On this special occasion, we paved the way for a visit to the quaint Paso Robles and the famous Paso Robles Inn.
Paso Robles Inn was built in 1864 to take advantage of coal mining resources. Since its inception, travelers have stopped and immersed themselves in what many believe to be healing water and magic.
Jesse James baths here
Such a believer is Jay, an illegitimate, out-of-control person. Jesse was shot in the lungs and in great pain. Seeking relief by a mineral bath, he boarded a steam boat and sailed around Horn to San Francisco. He then took a porch to a ranch near Paso Robles, where he sought and obtained refuge from his uncle.
According to local legend, Jackson was transported twice a week to the bathtub until he recovered from his injuries.
He left the area in the summer of 1869.
The hotel has a hundred chimneys
The original hotel building was replaced in 1891, the new lodge is larger and built of brick with all fireplaces in every living room. The hotel is thought to have been set on fire. From the late 1800's, the Paso Robles Inn became the world-famous health spa.
For years, sports teams and personalities have been home to Ian for a while. Boxing legend Jack Demsey is a regular boxer at the hotel. The San Francisco Traces, the Chicago Sox, and the Pittsburgh Pirates all made their spring training camp at one time or another.
Because of its famous spring residents, Parco Robles has built one of the best baseball fields in the country. Mineral and diamond sources – The diamonds are likely to have paid for the pirates. They won the World Cup in 1925.
The end of an era
The Hotel El Pas de de Raul Burrows, Portland, burned to the ground in December 1940. Only the bath and dining room were destroyed.
A new beginning
Investors wereted no time in planning to replace the destroyed hotel, and in 1942 the present Paso Robles Inn was introduced to the public. With its unusual central garden theme, it was an instant success.
Over the years, hot springs have gained notoriety. In the 1990s, the interest of mineral healing was rekindled, and in 1999, the owner of Laoterol Inn restored the hot springs, which are well-known to the guests.
Today, 100 of the 100 guest houses have private swimming pools, each with unique mineral springs that are unique and have no accommodation in the other.
Silent wine country
One of the most enjoyable is writing about the lodge and the history. They are generally quiet and after a day's trek, that's exactly what we wanted.
The lodge is also a member of the Historic American Hotel, and automatically makes it high on our list of accommodations.
The hotel is located in the heart of Paso Robles and directly from the city park.
Walk the city
Enjoying the theme park is a series of locally sourced restaurants and food, classic shops and specialty shops. There are plenty of places to try gourmet cheeses, along with your favorite, a bottle of locally-made olive oil or a wine country souvenir for a dog sitter at home.
That reminds us – as of May 2012, the Paso Robles Inn is pet-friendly. They have a living room for people who like to travel with four paddles. So next time, call ahead and plan to bring either Rover or Daisy.
Tired and hungry
We ended up walking around the city and decided it was time to liberate. We headed back to the hotel and were very lucky.
The second floor lobby is crowded with friendly crowds. We grab a day break and rest at a small table on the outdoor patio to enjoy the nightlife and city park views.
It was a perfect evening and a great location for a light dinner, so we ordered a pair of hamburgers and a pair of famous fried things. We are not disappointed.
The next day
We continued to explore the hotel's location and found a relaxing lakeside and trampoline overlaid by an old oak tree in the center of the hotel.
Perfect wedding venue
With a wide range of designs, the Pistolore Inn is the perfect setting for a wine country wedding. The old Grand Hall was completely restored and the perfect place for a gathering.
During our walk, we ran into the Paso Robles Steakhouse Chef Kevin Fryburger, surveying his lawns and gardens. You can't get fresh tomatoes, zucchini noodles and other seasonal ingredients than when you pick them up manually in the backyard of your kitchen! We were intrigued.
There are 200 liquor stores in the area. We didn't have time to do a wine tour during our visit, but another guest spoke about what Inn offers with a wine package that includes accommodations for two full-time guests. Up to six places and unforgettable snacks. Lunch in the country with wine sights.
Each room has wifi, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and special bath service.
Fresh swimming pool and spa are heated and free on-street parking.
For golfers, check out four championship level golf courses located ten miles from the Inn.
Breakfast was delicious
Our last breakfast in Inn was another culinary delight. After dropping off the better part of a large cafe coffee, we were ready to head south to Los Angeles.
Our visit to Paso Robles Inn was a pleasant stop in the long, but lovely drive from San Francisco. Because of our night in Paso Robles, we were in good shape when we arrived at our destination in Los Angeles. This is a relaxing way to do a California beach drive and we highly recommend it.
If you go
The Paso Robles Inn is just off US 101 at Exit 230. From State Route 1, it's about 25 miles to the hotel. Take State Route 46E from Route 1 to US 101. You can Google "Paso Robles Inn" for more information.