Thomas Hill Organics: Great Brunch in Paso Robles

The city of Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast has become one of the most popular wine regions in the entire state and with that comes a plethora of new restaurants that are making some great food. You may recal my time at Hatch and Pasolivo, but what I really wanted to try was the popular Thomas Hill Organics. This farm to table spot lived up to the hype and was a nice place for brunch on a busy Sunday morning.  Here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost:  $15 -$20 for brunch, more for dinner
  • Hours: Different daily for lunch and dinner, check their website
  • Location: 1313 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Getting There

From Highway 101 North, get off on Paso Robles St and head straight. From here, turn left on 13th St then right on Park St. You can find parking along the street and can walk to the restaurant from here.

The Restaurant

The restaurant is a quiet little spot on Park St and while it looks small from the outside, there is a nice sized patio in the back.

The interior has wine on the walls, a big modern bar and a few small tables along the walls.

Proceed to the back of the restaurant, and you will see a patio with a dozen tables that can seat many different party sizes. I got a reservation on Sunday morning for brunch because there was a festival in the city,  but most weekends you can get a seat relatively fast, depending on your party size. The menu is all farm to table dishes grown in the area and while it is pretty small, there are a lot of great options. Here is what we chose.

House Made Donuts – These pastries had an almost funnel cake type texture, lightly drizzled with a strawberry syrup and then topped with powdered sugar and fresh strawberries. It’s a great appetizer as it is light and not too filling. It doesn’t have that heavy set feel in your stomach when you eat them, and they go great with coffee.

Pork Belly Chiliquiles – Ample portions of pork belly sitting on a bed of chips with roasted tomatoes and chevere. An egg is added to the side as is a dallop of creme fraiche. GThe salty pork belly, savory chips, sweet chèvre and fresh tomatoes all come together to create a taste that is the definition of brunch. I especially liked the tomatoes, which you would expect to be good at a farm to table restaurant like this.

Avocado Toast – Lots of avocado with chili flakes on top. The bread has a light creme fraiche spread on it that you almost don’t notice. The scrambled eggs are fluffy and a great addition to the toast, as is the ample portion of smoked salmon on the side. Again it is a nice fresh dish, which seems to be the way to describe everything here. It’s not the best avocado toast I have had but it is above average.

As you can see, this is a fun spot for brunch in the city of Paso Robles, and the fresh ingredients and great preparation will have you coming back for more. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Horsetail Ranch: A Luxury Vacation Rental in Creston, Near Paso Robles

In San Luis Obispo County, along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles is becoming a booming area full of wine, restaurants, and places to explore. When looking for a place to stay in the area, it is hard to beat the new luxury vacation rental property just opened last year known as HorseTail Ranch, about 25 minutes south of downtown Paso Robles. With two spots to rent on the 150-acre property, it is a great home away from home. Both options are unique and can be used for everything from weddings and retreats to family vacations or romantic weekends. Here is all the information so that you can check this spot out for yourself.

Details

  • Book here
  • Bring your own food
  • Horse rides available on the property with Central Coast Trailrides

Getting There

When you book, they will give you directions to the property as well as times to arrive and what to expect. Both houses are on different sides of the ranch so you can stay in one and never see the other, which truly makes it feel remote, and I loved that.

The people who manage the property, Brian and Crystal are great as well, they are actually one of the highlights. They run the horse riding business on the property called Central Coast Trailrides, which you can read about here and they are always ready to help with problems that may arise.

They also have a bunch of animals including a goat, two donkeys, a mini horse, chickens and regular horses. There were multiple times during our weekend there when we just went down and hung out with them and the animals at the barn, adding to the experience.

The Main House

There are two houses on the property. The main one is a five bedroom home with lots of amenities and which overlooks the lake. There were people staying at it and having a wedding in the back, so I didn’t see the inside. Online the photos make it look impressive though.

The Cabin

The one we stayed in was an awesome off the grid cabin that could sleep 6. It is truly off the grid, with no wifi or TV and with all the power coming from solar panels.

From the moment we pulled up to the cabin we were excited to be staying there as it was designed in such a cool way, very rustic and modern.

The Cabin is situated on top of a small ridge with a beautiful view looking over the hills in the distance and ridiculously perfect sunsets.

Outside of the house, there are a lot of outdoor seating options and a grill for cooking.

The interior is just as awesome, with a large open layout for it’s one big main story, and a loft above with two pull out beds.

My wife and I stayed here solo, but we could have easily had a few friends with us, and it wouldn’t have felt too cozy.

The one bedroom is downstairs, and it has the house’s only bathroom. If you go with friends, make sure they are good friends as you have to go through the bedroom to get to the bathroom.

There is a small kitchen under the stairs with a fridge and stove top. This is the only area I wish was a little bigger as there was not a lot of space to cook, but it worked for what we were doing.

For food, you will want to bring your own as the property is not very close to any restaurants or grocery stores. My wife and I loved that aspect as the outdoor seating, especially for sunset, was awesome and it was a great place to eat the dinner we made.

Since the cabin is up on a hill, the views during sunset are second to none as you can see for miles, here are a few shots.

With the lack of Wifi and TV, I used it as a time to unplug a little, which was a huge plus for me since I spend so much of my time connected to the internet. There was cell reception though so we could always connect with people or check email if needed.

The Lake

The property also has a lake which is near the other house, but you can drive or walk to it. There is a paddleboat you can take out on the lake, or you can just sit and relax by it.

Horse Rides

As I stated above, there is horseback riding available on the property with Central Coast Trailrides. I would recommend doing that as it’s a great way to see the property and relax, you can read more about it here.

Wineries

If you are looking to explore wineries, as I am sure you are in Paso Robles, these three are all within 15-20 minutes.

Still Water Winery

This is a smaller winery, but it has live music on the weekends and a relaxed vibe with great people working there.

Sculpterra

Sculpterra is one of my favorites in Paso Robles as it has lots of unique sculptures to explore around the property.

Cass Winery

This is a great spot for lunch as they have excellent food and you can do a wine tasting while eating the food.

All in all, if you are looking for a great spot to set up a home base for exploring Paso Robles, or for a wedding or event, it is hard to beat HorseTail Ranch. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments, I honestly can’t wait to visit again.

Disclosure: this stay was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own.

Horsetail Ranch: A Luxury Vacation Rental in Creston, Near Paso Robles

In San Luis Obispo County, along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles is becoming a booming area full of wine, restaurants, and places to explore. When looking for a place to stay in the area, it is hard to beat the new luxury vacation rental property just opened last year known as HorseTail Ranch, about 25 minutes south of downtown Paso Robles. With two spots to rent on the 150-acre property, it is a great home away from home. Both options are unique and can be used for everything from weddings and retreats to family vacations or romantic weekends. Here is all the information so that you can check this spot out for yourself.

Details

  • Book here
  • Bring your own food
  • Horse rides available on the property with Central Coast Trailrides

Getting There

When you book, they will give you directions to the property as well as times to arrive and what to expect. Both houses are on different sides of the ranch so you can stay in one and never see the other, which truly makes it feel remote, and I loved that.

The people who manage the property, Brian and Crystal are great as well, they are actually one of the highlights. They run the horse riding business on the property called Central Coast Trailrides, which you can read about here and they are always ready to help with problems that may arise.

They also have a bunch of animals including a goat, two donkeys, a mini horse, chickens and regular horses. There were multiple times during our weekend there when we just went down and hung out with them and the animals at the barn, adding to the experience.

The Main House

There are two houses on the property. The main one is a five bedroom home with lots of amenities and which overlooks the lake. There were people staying at it and having a wedding in the back, so I didn’t see the inside. Online the photos make it look impressive though.

The Cabin

The one we stayed in was an awesome off the grid cabin that could sleep 6. It is truly off the grid, with no wifi or TV and with all the power coming from solar panels.

From the moment we pulled up to the cabin we were excited to be staying there as it was designed in such a cool way, very rustic and modern.

The Cabin is situated on top of a small ridge with a beautiful view looking over the hills in the distance and ridiculously perfect sunsets.

Outside of the house, there are a lot of outdoor seating options and a grill for cooking.

The interior is just as awesome, with a large open layout for it’s one big main story, and a loft above with two pull out beds.

My wife and I stayed here solo, but we could have easily had a few friends with us, and it wouldn’t have felt too cozy.

The one bedroom is downstairs, and it has the house’s only bathroom. If you go with friends, make sure they are good friends as you have to go through the bedroom to get to the bathroom.

There is a small kitchen under the stairs with a fridge and stove top. This is the only area I wish was a little bigger as there was not a lot of space to cook, but it worked for what we were doing.

For food, you will want to bring your own as the property is not very close to any restaurants or grocery stores. My wife and I loved that aspect as the outdoor seating, especially for sunset, was awesome and it was a great place to eat the dinner we made.

Since the cabin is up on a hill, the views during sunset are second to none as you can see for miles, here are a few shots.

With the lack of Wifi and TV, I used it as a time to unplug a little, which was a huge plus for me since I spend so much of my time connected to the internet. There was cell reception though so we could always connect with people or check email if needed.

The Lake

The property also has a lake which is near the other house, but you can drive or walk to it. There is a paddleboat you can take out on the lake, or you can just sit and relax by it.

Horse Rides

As I stated above, there is horseback riding available on the property with Central Coast Trailrides. I would recommend doing that as it’s a great way to see the property and relax, you can read more about it here.

Wineries

If you are looking to explore wineries, as I am sure you are in Paso Robles, these three are all within 15-20 minutes.

Still Water Winery

This is a smaller winery, but it has live music on the weekends and a relaxed vibe with great people working there.

Sculpterra

Sculpterra is one of my favorites in Paso Robles as it has lots of unique sculptures to explore around the property.

Cass Winery

This is a great spot for lunch as they have excellent food and you can do a wine tasting while eating the food.

All in all, if you are looking for a great spot to set up a home base for exploring Paso Robles, or for a wedding or event, it is hard to beat HorseTail Ranch. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments, I honestly can’t wait to visit again.

Disclosure: this stay was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own.

Panolivo Family Bistro in Paso Robles

Downtown Paso Robles is not hurting for great food options, that being said Panolivo is one of my favorite spots for lunch. This quaint little eatery is run by a husband and wife combo and has been in business for a little over a decade an the wife in the duo is actually the chef for the restaurant as well. It is a great spot for a pastry or for a meal, here is all the info:

Panolivo-9

Details

  • Cost: $10-$15
  • Hours: 7:30AM – 8:30PM
  • Location: 1344 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

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Located right in the middle of downtown Paso Robles, Panolivo is walking distance from the main square and close to attractions like the historic Paso Robles Inn. Parking is never an issue here unless it is a really busy weekend so you can grab parking and head in.

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The restaurant itself has probably two dozen tables, but they are spaced out well so there is a lot of room for everyone. Right when you walk in you will see the pastry counter which has a ton of amazing looking treats. I only had the macaroon myself but it was fantastic.

Panolivo-8

After sitting down and looking over the extensive menu we grabbed bread and Tuscan Crushers which were multicolored potatoes fried to a crispy crunch and with added truffle oil and parmesan cheese. The Tuscan Crushers were fantastic and I highly recommend you order them as it is like a better almost french fry like dish.

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The bread came with multiple options for spreading on top and I really enjoyed it as well.

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I ended up going with the deconstructed crab sandwich and a side salad for my meal and I was really happy with the my choice. The salad had a balsamic dressing on it and locally grown vegetables.

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The sandwich had two slices of bread, avocado, crab and tomatoes, along with a really good sauce on the side. I wasn’t sure how to eat it but then quickly realized there is no wrong way. I was impressed with the meal as it had a ton of flavor and the crab tasted really fresh. I wasn’t a huge fan of the bread slices but that is why the deconstructed way it was made was perfect.

Panolivo-5

If you are still hungry after eating this meal be sure to grab a pastry or two on the way out, you won’t regret it. All in all Panolivo is a great spot in Paso Robles, especially for lunch. I would love to hear what you thought of it as well below and be sure to check out the beautiful Paso Robles Inn if you are in the area.

Panolivo Family Bistro in Paso Robles

Downtown Paso Robles is not hurting for great food options, that being said Panolivo is one of my favorite spots for lunch. This quaint little eatery is run by a husband and wife combo and has been in business for a little over a decade an the wife in the duo is actually the chef for the restaurant as well. It is a great spot for a pastry or for a meal, here is all the info:

Panolivo-9

Details

  • Cost: $10-$15
  • Hours: 7:30AM – 8:30PM
  • Location: 1344 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Panolivo-2

Located right in the middle of downtown Paso Robles, Panolivo is walking distance from the main square and close to attractions like the historic Paso Robles Inn. Parking is never an issue here unless it is a really busy weekend so you can grab parking and head in.

Panolivo-7

The restaurant itself has probably two dozen tables, but they are spaced out well so there is a lot of room for everyone. Right when you walk in you will see the pastry counter which has a ton of amazing looking treats. I only had the macaroon myself but it was fantastic.

Panolivo-8

After sitting down and looking over the extensive menu we grabbed bread and Tuscan Crushers which were multicolored potatoes fried to a crispy crunch and with added truffle oil and parmesan cheese. The Tuscan Crushers were fantastic and I highly recommend you order them as it is like a better almost french fry like dish.

Panolivo-4

The bread came with multiple options for spreading on top and I really enjoyed it as well.

Panolivo-3

I ended up going with the deconstructed crab sandwich and a side salad for my meal and I was really happy with the my choice. The salad had a balsamic dressing on it and locally grown vegetables.

Panolivo-6

The sandwich had two slices of bread, avocado, crab and tomatoes, along with a really good sauce on the side. I wasn’t sure how to eat it but then quickly realized there is no wrong way. I was impressed with the meal as it had a ton of flavor and the crab tasted really fresh. I wasn’t a huge fan of the bread slices but that is why the deconstructed way it was made was perfect.

Panolivo-5

If you are still hungry after eating this meal be sure to grab a pastry or two on the way out, you won’t regret it. All in all Panolivo is a great spot in Paso Robles, especially for lunch. I would love to hear what you thought of it as well below and be sure to check out the beautiful Paso Robles Inn if you are in the area.