About halfway between Santa Barbara and Monterey lies this idyllic burg nestled amongst rolling vineyards, olive groves and, of course, majestic California oaks – Paso Robles means “Oak Tree Pass.” Vibrant and rural, visitors can keep themselves busy each day or have a ball doing nothing at all.
Many come for the horseback rides, hot springs and hot air balloon rides, while other prefer to simply soak in the rustic beauty over a glass of local syrah.
Plus, a bustling downtown and expansive beaches are both just a short drive. Whatever your pleasure though, Paso Robles glamping options are abundant.
The Trailer Pond at Alta Colina
Owned and operated by a father/daughter team, this 130-acre property in the city’s Adelaida District started churning out grapes in ’05 and sold their first bottle of vino just four years later.
Perched around a pond’s edge are five vintage trailers (’57-‘62) in a rainbow of colors, each with a double bed, kitchenette, coffeemaker and fresh linens. A bathroom complex with private outdoor shower, stalls and vanity space is just a brief walk.
Explore the property on foot by day and then sip their award-winning Rhone varietals on the dock while the sun sets. Group packages and add-ons like catered meals, floral decorations and yoga classes are available.
- Address: 2825 Adelaida Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446
- GPS: 35.650432, -120.744907
- Website: https://www.thetrailerpond.com/
- Phone: (805) 400-3056
Tentrr Signature Site – Vineyard Glamping
The hilltop oasis boasts a large luxury tent (120 square feet) with shaded canopy overlooking a working vineyard. Inside is a queen bed and room for a couple sleeping bags, while a firepit and six-foot picnic table sit outside.
The site also comes replete with Coleman camping gear, including grill, cooler, lanterns and Adirondack chairs, although guests must bring their own pots, plates and utensils. Free parking is available just a stroll from the tent along a lit path. No electricity or modern plumbing here, but they do provide a heater for those cool nights.
- Address: Vineyard Dr., Paso Robles, CA 93446
- GPS: 35.599736, -120.835604
- Website: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/40200141
Fat Barrel Studios
Three guesses how the property got its name. No fair if you peeked at the picture. The tiny-home-style accommodation looks like a giant wine barrel had a baby with an Airstream. Classic American West décor meets modern luxury.
Amenities include a deluxe outdoor kitchen and firepit, bathroom with hot shower, TV, WiFi and climate controls. The semi-private five-acre estate offers a bocci ball court shaded by a giant oak and a serene lake with waterfalls where wildlife like ducks, heron and bald eagles come to play. One small animal is allowed per stay.
- Address: Circle B Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446
- GPS: 35.656119, -120.660297
- Website: https://www.fatbarrelstudios.com/
- Phone: (408) 391-7891
Un-Hitched at Dart Ranch
Situated in the hills behind Hearst Ranch is this secluded “glampground” on 46 lush acres of Paso Robles real estate. All four modern RV trailers come outfitted with A/C, heaters, kitchen essentials and Anthropologie bedding and towels.
Guests can enjoy the solitude of their own private patio or share laughs with other glampers around the community fire ring. As an alternative, try staying in the “stable room,” a former barn that’s been transformed into a private guest suite.
Several hiking trails crisscross the property and famed wineries like Justin and Whalebone are nearby.
- Address: 7985 Fawn Ln., Paso Robles, CA 93446
- GPS: 35.677250, -120.948899
- Website: https://www.stayunhitched.com/
- Phone: (559) 960-5915
The Howard Ranch
Fifty farm animals. Twenty-two acres of rolling hills. Two types of accommodations. One relaxing getaway.
Choose between a ‘68 Airstream trailer with three beds, microwave, espresso machine and west-facing vistas that boast photo-worthy sunsets each evening, or a three-bedroom ranchette (sleeps six comfortably) with private driveway, kitchen, laundry, dining room, workspace and two full baths.
The latter also comes with a dozen fresh eggs and a pound of organic ground beef, free of charge. Explore the property’s large garden, orchard, bee apiary and mile-long walking track on your own or ask for a tour of the farm.
- Address: Howard Ranch, Paso Robles, CA 93446
- GPS: 35.684475, -120.708084
- Website: https://www.hipcamp.com/en-US/land/california-the-howard-ranch-r57h5zmy
Bohemian Yurt in the Country
Suss out your inner Mongolian with a fully equipped yurt located 10 minutes from the beach and a dozen wineries.
The cloistered, five-acre, oak-laden property sports an outdoor tub and private deck with table and chairs. An adjacent building holds the bathroom.
Inside the yurt are many comforts of home – from a well-equipped kitchen to a love seat and coffee table to a bedroom set complete with dresser and nightstand. Dogs are welcome.
- Address: Montecito, CA 93108
- GPS: 34.452573, -119.642982
- Website: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/733337203488593637
This pet-friendly, all-ages resort is open year round and features hundreds of concrete RV sites with full hookups as well as 35 chalets with kitchens, bathrooms and covered porches that can accommodate anywhere from two to six guests.
RV sites come with picnic tables and standalone firepits, while chalets come with pillows and blankets, cookware and a flat-screen TV. Both include cable and WiFi. Resort luxuries include two swimming pools, a wellness center and a bistro offering light bites and salads.
In addition, there’s an arcade and outdoor splash pad to keep the kids busy while the adults enjoy live music shows and wine tasting events.
- Address: 3800 Golden Hill Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446
- GPS: 35.652207, -120.657851
- Website: https://www.sunoutdoors.com/california/sun-outdoors-paso-robles
- Phone: (805) 242-4700
Things To Do in Paso Robles
Travelpaso.com describes the area as “free-spirited and unpretentious with a sense of cowboy informality.”
This makes sense when you consider top local wineries like Broken Earth, Eberle and Daou Vineyards (all which made Food & Wine’s Top 10 in 2022) share the local spotlight with everything from hot air ballooning by Balloons Over Paso to scavenger hunts from Urban Adventure Quest to Zoo To You’s haven for displaced or abused exotic animals.
Or just get wowed by acclaimed artist Bruce Munro’s Light at Sensorio featuring 100,000 fiber-optic glass cylinders that pepper the hills with eye-grabbing color effects. Bottom line, outdoor enthusiasts will find so many “paso-bilities” here.