You “read” it and “see” it everywhere,
come Downtown and you will “feel” it!
As your Downtown Ambassador, I am privileged to meet so many people face-to-face who either live locally — North SLO County — visiting for the first time, or who come to Paso Robles regularly, traveling from around the world.
Paso locals are proud of this town. I meet them daily enjoying the park, going to a favorite restaurant or trying a new one, shopping and commenting that because our downtown shops are independently owned, owners have become friends so they enjoy patronizing them. Everything they need is Downtown and it is an enjoyable experience. I often hear how glad locals are that the big box and chain stores are not Downtown.
Large tour group busses often stop downtown for a travel break. They have time to walk, grab some food and do a little shopping. Of course they love our town and plan to return one day soon. I like the story of a Chinese
group who used the Library restroom then entered the gift shop to gather a few souvenirs, and even bought some “made in China.”
Visitors come to Paso for the wine, to visit friends or relatives, by recommendation or by mistake. They tell me how inviting, hospitable and friendly we are, they feel at home here. People have told me it has been a long time since they walked down the street in a town and received smiles and greetings from strangers.
Reminds me of a quote, “we travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” Welcome to Paso Robles!
Downtown Main Street Association keeps the Downtown City Park buzzing with events all year long. May 4 is our 15th Annual Olive Festival from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Come enjoy all the festivities, fun, food, vendors and entertainment all day long. I have met many visitors who happen to be in town during one of our festivals, they return every year!
We have a great kiosk at the corner of Park and 12th streets. The brochures available there will help you find whatever you are looking for. Be sure to grab the purple directory for not only the Downtown map, but the
Downtown events through September and a directory of businesses by category.
We want everyone to enjoy our town and all it has to offer. Remember “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory. Make your memories with us.
Welcome to Paso Robles! I will see you Downtown!