A break from grapes: What else to do in Paso Robles

December 6, 2006 

Here are a few other spots to visit on your tour of Paso’s Westside.

Follow Vineyard Drive to Willow Creek Olive Ranch (Friday-Sunday, 8530 Vineyard Drive, 805-227-0186), producer of Pasolivo olive oils. Get a quick run-down of the oil-making process then taste the results, as well as some goodies made with the oil.

In the city, stop at Cider Creek Bakery (205 Oak Hill Road, #102, 805-238-4144) for all kinds of treats including apple turnovers, apple pies, apple bread, nuts, dried fruit and cookies as well other types of gourmet food products and gifts, such as apple butter, mustards, salsas and the bakery’s line of jams, jellies and preserves.

Head east to Sycamore Farms (2485 Highway 46 West, 805-238-5288), where you’ll find a wide assortment of herbs for sale -- plants outside and dried herbs inside the barn. It’s kid-friendly, with animals to pet and chickens running around, and adult-friendly, too, with an offering of gifts and, yes, more wine. Bonny Doon shut down the tasting room it used to have on the farm, but Lone Madrone (805-238-0845) has since started pouring its wines here.

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