Route: The flight to Paso was fairly direct, F70- Filmore VOR- Fellows VOR, to KPRB at 10,500ft over LA’s busy Bravo airspace.
Time inflight: 1.5hrs in our Comanche 260B
Flying in, KPRB is a simple class E airport to get into. After talking to locals, the airport seems to have its usual early morning overcast layer that is sure to burn off by mid morning on most days. This makes VFR pilots like myself very happy.
FBO: I found the FBO to be very friendly, inviting and clean. A long time member of the FBO, Jim, is an outstanding wealth of knowledge for any questions you may have. Rental cars are available, but be warned, call ahead to reserve availability. From what I was told, rental cars are about 50 dollars per day. Uber is readily available too, and for about 15-18 dollars you can hitch a ride into town. If you arrive before 1800 local time, give enterprise a call. They are located in downtown Paso and they will come pick you up, saving you an Uber bill.
- WINE: Being in wine country, there are many places to “wine” within a couple miles from the airport. Some examples being, Eos winery and J.Lohr winery. Just 6 miles from the airport is a quaint tasting room called Asuncion Ridge Vineyards. We were told that their white wine will convert even the most stubborn red wine drinker, and Asuncion Ridge did as promised.
You are best off going to downtown Paso. We found that Pappy McGregors Irish pub was an outstanding place to visit after a 1.5 hr flight. They boasted great cold beer and amazing potato skins.
Everyone will find a suitable ambiance with choices to sit out front, inside or in the back where there is live entertainment on select nights.
For dinner, we found that Estrella has some great tapas-type food, great ambiance and great service.
- The Red Scooter Deli was great for breakfast.
- Place stayed:
- On this occasion to Paso we stayed the night at the economical Melody Ranch Hotel. This hotel is PERFECTLY centered in the downtown area and is an easy walk to all things necessary. The rooms were clean and offered an adequate reprieve for the night. The staff was kind and very eager to help. I would highly recommend this hotel for a simple no-frills hotel. At about 70 bucks per night with a AAA discount, how can you lose?
- During another visit to Paso we stayed at the Paso Robles INN (next to the Melody ranch Inn). This Inn offers an amazing ambiance with a creek running through the property stocked with Coy fish and swings in which to relax. The rooms are on the smaller side but are clean and have a gas fire place. If you wish to upgrade, you can get a lower level room with a private jacuzzi.
- The rooms are small but cozy with great views.
As we checked out of The Paso Robles Inn we meandered down into the heart of the Paso wine country and stumbled upon Poalillo (po-lil-o) winery. This winery has a small tasting room with good local wine that can only be had at their location. This is the case for many wineries around.
Poalillo winery offers only two rooming selections, a large 2000sqft home and a separate smaller stand alone house. We opted for the smaller house for the night. We felt very fortunate that this house be available on such short notice. The room is normally 200 dollars per night.
The unique aspect of this arraignment allows couples to live in a home-like environment with nearly all the same amenities. We utilized the available BBQ to make our dinner and allowed ourselves the unique experience to live as if we owned the winery.
-may your props always spin