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2 Fun Events Coming Up In Paso Robles, CA!

Central California Real Estate

Arte De Tiza in Paso Robles

The fun never ends in Paso Robles. That’s probably why it was the first of five new destinations for wine lovers that Forbes mentioned in an article! Forbes boasts about the area’s 200 plus wineries, famed zinfandels, must-see tasting rooms, laid-back approach, friendly town square, locally sourced meals and more.

Another aspect of Paso Robles that they forgot to mention is the plethora of community events and activities that are always taking place! These events really give Paso the small-town feel that Central Californians love. As your Central California real estate agent, I’d like to offer you the details on two events coming up later this month in Paso Robles!

Arte De Tiza in Paso Robles

Arte De Tiza takes place September 20, beginning at 8 a.m. in Paso Robles Downtown City Park. The downtown area completely transforms into an art palette during this event, when chalk artists come in to showcase their artistic talents.

You can choose to come by and admire the work of others, or you can bring your own chalk and show off your own talents on the sidewalks of Paso Robles! Categories are available for elementary, middle school, high school and adults. Registration is free, but show up early to claim your sidewalk space!

Awards are given to first, second and third place in each division and will be announced at the Park Bandstand at 12:30 p.m.

Taste of Downtown in Paso Robles

Taste of Downtown takes place on Sept. 20, after Arte de Tiza, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Downtown Paso Robles. Stroll through town and sample foods from area restaurants and wineries. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know the local store owners, see what you’ve been missing, get reacquainted, meet new people and support local business!

Over 45 restaurants and wineries will be participating this year, so plan to arrive hungry! Passes cost $25 and include samples during the five hour time period of the event. A DJ will be playing music in City Park, and you can walk around and view the beautiful artwork from Arte de Tiza.

Mark these upcoming events in your calendar, and in the meantime, don’t forget to continue enjoying California Wine Month! Local wineries have all sorts of events and activities happening each weekend and select weeknights. Check out the calendar for more information.

Are you ready to buy a Central California home? Check out my last blog post on why now is the time to buy. When you’re ready, contact me, your Central California real estate agent!

From Grace Borzini

Celebrate California Wine Month in Paso Robles This Weekend!

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California Wine Month

California Wine Month rolls on with events and activities at individual wineries and vineyards around Central California this weekend!

Earlier this week, I shared information about Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast, which takes place later this month. But as your Central California real estate agent, I’d like to fill you in on other events that are smaller scale, but just as fun and exciting, which are happening this weekend around Paso Robles.

  • Every Friday, Burbank Ranch Winery & Bistro will host a Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m. During this time, you can enjoy wines by the glass for half off, 20 percent off bottles, food specials and live music!
  • Celebrate wine and cigars for the sixth straight year at Crust & Roll West this weekend, Sept. 5 and 6. This will take place at the Paso Robles Event Center.
  • Pianetta Winery will be celebrating Art After Dark from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday with local artist Dianne Mendoza. Enjoy live music, discounted wines by the glass and a chocolate reception!
  • Parrish Family Vineyard is also celebrating Art After Dark with creative Fred Babb Art. You can enjoy two tastings and complimentary cheese pairing while checking out the art.
  • Visit Castoro Cellars on Saturday for the last outdoor SLOFolks concert of the 2014 Summer Series. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show begins at 7 p.m. Carlos Nunez will play and a catered dinner will be available from Fig Fine Foods for $16.
  • Sunday Music Series returns to Villa San-Juliette Winery from 1 to 4 p.m. This Sunday will feature Daniel Palmer and small food plates for purchase. Go relax before your week starts back up!
  • If you’re a wine club member, Enjoy Indian Brunch in Barn on Sunday! This occurs at the Willow Creek Ranch on the first Sunday of every month. It includes a half hour of wine tasting, followed by a family-style luncheon. Cost is $25 per person.
  • Enjoy an intimate live performance with The Band Perry at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre on Sunday at 8 p.m.! Dan + Shay will also be performing. Ticket costs vary.

There are plenty more events and activities happening this weekend, and throughout the week, so check out the full lineup at You’ve got all kinds of options for celebrating the first full weekend of California Wine Month in Paso Robles!

Are you ready to accomplish your real estate goals in Central California as well this month? It’s a great time to buy a Lake Nacimiento home, and it’s a great time to sell a Lake Nacimiento home, too! When you’re ready, or when you have questions, contact me, your Lake Nacimiento real estate agent!

From Grace Borzini

Celebrate California Wine Month in Central California!

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Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast

It’s September, which means it’s California Wine Month! California Wine Month is a month-long celebration of all that the agricultural products, vintners and growers bring to our local economy, culture and lifestyle. As your Central California real estate agent, I’d like to fill you in on some of the exciting ways you can celebrate!

The biggest activity here in Central California this month is Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast. The Main Event takes place at Santa Margarita Ranch on Sept. 27 and 28. There you can sip more than 200 wines, indulge in culinary bites from over 30 local chefs, meet winemakers and brew masters, learn more about wine, tour the Central Coast Pavilion, test your blind tasting skills and more! Your ticket in gets you unlimited wine and food samples.

Aside from the main event, there are also tons of Adventure Tours. These are separate from the main event but still part of Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast. These take place Sept. 25 and 26. Some are already sold out, but many still have tickets!

Sept. 25, you can create botanical spa products with Sycamore Mineral Springs in Avila Beach, blend wild wine at Santa Margarita Vineyard, or learn how to cook local farm cuisine with the Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa chef.

On Sept. 26, you can roam with the Clydesdales as Covell Ranch in Cambria, explore the farm and foodie secrets of Arroyo Grande, enjoy the ultimate wine experience at Halter Ranch with a hike, cave tour and harvest lunch, celebrate autumn’s harvest at Windrose Farm in Paso Robles, become a balsamic vinegar guru in Atascadero, or experience an authentic clambake on the sands of SeaVenture Beach Hotel & Restaurant.

Each of the Adventure Tours costs $85 and takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on its designated day. The main event takes place Sept. 27 and 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Single-day tickets cost $85 and two-day passes cost $150.

Separate special events and dinners also take place Sept 25 through Sept. 27. Thursday, you can enjoy Sunset at Hearst Castle from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, you’ve got three more options, and Saturday is Sunset in the Vineyard at Vina Robles. Ticket prices vary for these special dinners.

As you can see, you’ve got tons of options for celebrating Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast! This is the main event to celebrate California Wine Month. However, there are plenty of smaller events happening at individual wineries and vineyards, too! As your Central California real estate agent, I will keep you updated on those as the month goes on.

Enjoy sipping local wine this month, and when you’re ready to buy a Lake Nacimiento home or to sell your Lake Nacimiento home, contact me!

From Grace Borzini

Events in Central California This Labor Day Weekend!

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Central California Labor Day 

We have a long holiday weekend upon us. How will you be celebrating it in Central California? Will you be boating on Lake Nacimiento? Will you drive to the Central Coast to play in the waves? Will you head to a local winery to enjoy live music, delicious grub and refreshing wines? You’ve got a lot of options!

As your Central California real estate agent, I’d like to fill you in on all there is to do here in the Central California region this upcoming weekend. Choose an event and enjoy this salute to summer!

  • Any weekend at Lake Nacimiento is a good weekend, but Labor Day weekend is especially popular! Locals and visitors alike flock to the lake for boating, fishing, swimming, water sports, picnics, hiking and more. I recommend heading out to the lake early to avoid traffic! Early morning and late evening are the best times to go fishing, and every time is a great time for boating and enjoying the water. Keep these boat safety tips in mind when cruising the water!
  • Classic car lovers will unite at the 2014 Paso Robles Classic Car Show Weekend this Friday and Saturday in Downtown Paso Robles. Friday night, pre-1979 classic cars will be cruising through the streets of Central California, and then Saturday, they will be parked for all to come and admire. Over 300 cars are expected to participate, so it’ll be a day worth visiting Paso Robles!
  • Celebrate your holiday weekend at the 46 West Wineries Harvest Block Party this Saturday, Aug. 30, at Doce Robles Winery in Paso Robles! This “mini wine festival” will put you in high spirits as you socialize and sip wine in a casual wine atmosphere. For $40 per person, you can enjoy wine tastings from member wineries, great food and rockin’ live music from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Interested in your future? Stop by ROTTA Winery on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. for a Labor Day Weekend Palm Reading! Madam Rose will be there to read your palm and offer a glance into your future. Readings are complimentary for Wine Collective members, and complimentary to anyone who purchases a glass of wine.
  • Peachy Canyon Winery in Templeton has live music on Saturday and Sunday! Saturday, traveling musician James Sweetwater will be performing. Playing the guitar and banjo, he calls his performance “the story of the Universe told in song.” Higgies World BBQ will also be there to serve up delicious food. Then Sunday, Rail will be performing, which is a local band based out of Atascadero.
  • Get out and enjoy the fresh air here in beautiful Central California on Sunday! SLO County Sundays at Donati Family Vineyard are perfect for that. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., stop by their tasting room for complimentary wine and a 10 percent discount on any purchases. They also have an expansive lawn for picnics, and two full-sized bocce ball courts, so it’s a great place to spend an afternoon!

From Grace Borzini

Apple Season Is Here In Central California!

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Apple Season in Central California!

While much of the country has to wait until fall to enjoy this delicious seasonal fruit, Central California already has a variety of juicy apples in season! Whether you enjoy picking them yourselves from the trees in a local apple orchard, or stopping by a farm stand, Central California has you covered. As your Central California real estate agent, I’m here to fill you in!

Avila Valley Barn in San Luis Obispo is where all the apple action is this time of year. They are open for the apple U-Pick season. To see what’s currently available to pick, you can check out this seasonal chart. In August, there are four varieties of apples, including gravenstein, gala, mutsu and jonagold. There are also still berries, peaches, nectarines, pluots, plums and more, so your best bet for a variety of fruit is right now!

It’s up to you whether you visit Avila Valley Barn as a quick trip to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, or as an entire day or afternoon of family fun! The barn is stocked with pies, cobblers, muffins, sweet breads, ice cream and more. There is also a corn roaster and a full deli with sandwiches and other lunch items. You can also purchase hot BBQ food! Finish the day off with one of a dozen flavors of fudge.

Be sure to bring the kids, because there is a farm pet area for petting and feeding an array of farm animals, including goats, pigs, horses, alpacas, donkeys, ponies and more, with pony rides available on weekends from noon to 4 p.m. There are also hay rides for the whole family to enjoy, which run daily on U-Pick days from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you’re not quite ready for apple season yet, don’t worry. U-Pick apple season runs the rest of this month and into September. In October, pumpkin season arrives! You’ve got lots of time left to enjoy this Central California gem.

If you want an insider’s experience, check out the Avila Apple Festival Oct. 4 and 5. This includes a farm tour on a hayride and a farm-to-table dinner with fresh cider, apple wine, demonstrations, a film, an apple-themed dinner and much more. Early bird tickets cost $65.

Support this family-owned business in San Luis Obispo while also savoring the many delicious fruits and vegetables that grow locally in Central California. The wine harvest has already begun too; it looks like a great year for enjoying local ingredients!

Are you ready to buy a Central California home, or to sell your Central California home? No matter what your real estate needs are, contact me, your Central California real estate agent! I’d love to help you out!

From Grace Borzini

Paso Robles Olive Festival This Weekend!


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Paso Robles Olive Festival

Central California is the agricultural haven of the U.S. Although most known for our vineyards, this area is also known for a plethora of other locally grown foods, including olives. That is why this weekend’s Olive Festival in Paso Robles is a special chance to honor our local olive farmers and olive oil producers!  As your Central California real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on local event details.

Before the festival begins, an Olive Oil Contest Winners Breakfast will take place at the gazebo in Downtown City Park from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday morning. This costs $10 to attend and includes a continental breakfast. Call in advance to reserve your tickets. While enjoying breakfast, you can learn more about Paso’s olive oil industry and socialize with merchants, producers and industry experts.

The 11th Paso Robles Olive Festival is hosted by the Paso Robles Main Street Association. It takes place this Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Downtown City Park.

At the fest, you can look forward to free olive oil tastings and olive product samplings from producers all over California, including Central California. There will also be a Culinary Row, where great food will be served, most of which incorporates olives into the dishes. If you’ve got your own delicious olive recipe, you can partake in the open olive dish cooking contest!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Central California festival without wine and beer tasting. Wine tasting costs $15. There will also be vendors, art galleries and demonstrations throughout the day. A mobile olive oil press will be there for you to check out, too. You can even finish the day off right with free olive oil ice cream to satisfy your sweet tooth.

This event is family-friendly, so bring the kids! There will be plenty of entertainment at the fest for them, including a clown, sand painting, rock panting, olive branch wreath-making, jewelry making with beads, a bean bag toss, bag decorating, bug jar decorating and caterpillar tunnels for toddlers.

If the thought of the fest makes you want to start incorporating local olives or olive oil into your homemade dishes, check out all of the olive festival recipes available on the event website! These are sure to get you into fest mode.

Enjoy the olive-friendly weekend ahead in Paso Robles! When you’re ready to buy a Central California home, or sell your Central California home, contact me, your Central California real estate agent! I’d love to help you achieve your real estate goals this summer or fall.

From Grace Borzini

Summer Activities at Lake Nacimiento!

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Lake Nacimiento Activities

The summer months are winding down, but the weather here at Lake Nacimiento is still beautiful. Take advantage of what is left of summer by visiting the lake and taking part in water activities. As your Lake Nacimiento real estate agent, I’d like to remind you of all the fun readily available to you here!


Fishing at Lake Nacimiento

The latest fishing report from Monterey Lakes Recreation Co. reported that the hot spot for fishing continues to be the mouth of Las Tablas cove, as well as the northern shoreline near the entrance. Snake and Dip Creek coves are also producing great White bass hauls.

Roostertails continue to be the catch all lure. Monterey Lakes Recreation Co. recommends using plastic worms and swim bait for Bass, and sticking to natural colored lures during summer. Early morning fishing is the best, between 6 and 10 a.m., followed by evening fishing, around sunset and beyond. Afternoon fishing has been slow.

Watersports at Lake Nacimiento

Contrary to what some believe, there is still plenty of water in Lake Nacimiento for watersports! In fact, professional Liquid Force riders visited the lake in July. You can view photos here and watch a video here.

There is also plenty of wakeboarding, skiing, surfing and more going on in the watersports community of Lake Nacimiento. There is even a Facebook page for this community, where you can view photos and meet others with the same interests as you. They are looking for experienced boat drivers as well! This is a great community to get involved in when wishing to meet new people.

Boating at Lake Nacimiento

Even if you’re not fishing or wakeboarding in Lake Nacimiento, you can still enjoy boating around the lake! Jump off your boat and enjoy swimming in the cool water on a hot day. Pull a tube on the end of your boat for the kids to ride. Pack a picnic and eat it on the boat. Ride around and feel the wind in your hair. Then park the boat and enjoy relaxation time. Enjoy kayaking or paddle-boarding in the water for a good workout.

If you don’t have a boat, or you’d like to meet new people and get social, join us and the Oak Shores community for free pontoon boat rides on Thursday evenings. We gather at 5:45 p.m. at the docks and head out on the water at 6 p.m. You can bring your own beverages and a food dish to share for a potluck dinner. We usually return from the lake around 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy your time spent on Lake Nacimiento, and if you’d like to make the lake a year-round adventure for you and your family or friends, contact me, your Lake Nacimiento real estate agent! I would be happy to help you buy a Lake Nacimiento home, so the fun never ends.

From Grace Borzini

5 Events Coming Up In SLO County This Week!

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SLO County Events This Week

As a Central California real estate agent, I often find myself bragging about all of the events and activities there are to enjoy in the Central California region. The list just never ends! Now that it’s August and there are only a few weeks left of summer, it’s time to push things into high gear and fill your remaining summer days with fun for the whole family.

To help you plan, here is a list of events and activities coming up this week in San Luis Obispo County:

1.  Every day this month, you can stop by the Robert Hall Winery Tasting Room in Paso Robles for their Wine Aroma Sensory Station! Test your sensory wine knowledge and then taste the wines to see if you correctly identified the wines by their aromas. You can stop in and do this any time between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Cost is $5 for just smelling and $10 to taste as well.

2.  Wednesday, Aug. 6, head to SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel in Pismo Beach between 5 and 7 p.m. for Winesdays! This Wednesday features Clayhouse Wines. You can enjoy free wine tastings and live music with chair massages by Zada Salon & Spa. All of this takes place on the RoofTop Terrace overlooking Pismo Beach. This is the epitome of relaxation!

3.  If you love beer, you’ll love the Backyard Brewmaster Dinner taking place at Apple Farm Restaurant in San Luis Obispo this Friday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. Cost is $85, which includes four courses of handcrafted farm-to-table cuisine paired with craft beers from BarrelHouse Brewing in Paso Robles. You’ll learn all about the brews and listen to live music!

4.  For indoor entertainment, check out Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at SLO Little Theatre! This begins Aug. 8 and runs through Aug. 24 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults and $13 for students. Enjoy the classic tale of Cinderella’s magical fairy tale as she dances the night away at the ball with the prince, thanks to her fairy godmother. It’s perfect entertainment for the whole family!

5.  The 6th Annual Chili Festival will take place Sunday, Aug. 10 at Biddle Park in Arroyo Grande from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission only costs $5. Local restaurants will compete in the chili competition and the public votes and chooses the winners in numerous categories. Aside from chili, the fest includes children’s games, arts and crafts, beer and wine, live entertainment by the SLO Jazz Festival with local bands, Wild West demonstrations and more!

These specialty events and activities coming up this week in SLO County are a fun, out-of-the-ordinary way to enjoy your time. However, concerts in the park, farmers markets and Lake Nacimiento activities are still going as well! You have tons of options.

Ready to buy or sell real estate in the SLO County real estate market? Contact me, your Central California real estate agent!

From Grace Borzini

Who Is The Best Winemaker Chef In Paso Robles? Find Out!

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Paso Robles Winemakers’ Cookoff

In my last blog post, I shared how much Paso Robles has been in the news lately for its food scene and wine culture. The upcoming Paso Robles Winemakers’ Cookoff combines the town’s food and wine in one great event! As your Central California real estate agent, I’d like to fill you in on the details of this event, in case you decide to attend.

The Winemakers’ Cookoff will take place August 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Paso Robles Event Center. Tickets have been on sale for a while now, so purchase yours as soon as possible, before they sell out! Regular tickets cost $85 and designated driver tickets cost $45. You can order online, by phone, or in town at the offices of Access Publishing in Paso Robles. You can buy tickets at the door if they don’t sell out.

For the event, 22 winemakers from around Paso Robles compete to see who the best chef is! Each winemaker combines a grilled culinary creation with a wine and competes for Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice. You get to enjoy the best food and wine pairings of the year, and then vote for which tastes best! Six other wineries will be there to just pour wine as well, for a total of 28 wineries.

While you sip wine and indulge in culinary creations, you can enjoy live music by Julie Beaver & the Bad Dogs, back by popular demand. You may bring blankets or chairs for enjoying the music. Ice chests, outside food and drinks and dogs are not allowed.

The Winemakers’ Cookoff is presented by the Paso Robles Rotary and all proceeds from this event benefit local high school scholarships.

If this event isn’t up your alley, there are plenty of other events happening in Paso Robles and all across Central California! Check out TravelPaso’s website for information on upcoming Paso Robles events, such as cooking classes, concerts in the park, wine galas, winery and cave tours, and art after dark, which are all taking place this coming weekend!

Are you ready to buy a home in Central California and to enjoy all the local sights, tastes, events and activities that the area has to offer? Contact me, your Central California real estate agent! We will together find you the perfect home.

From Grace Borzini

Kids Guide to Weekend Fun in Central California!

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Free Pancake Breakfast in Paso Robles

As a Central California real estate agent, I often share information about local events and activities in town, and these activities often involved drinking local wine. It’s just so prevalent and popular here! However, there are numerous events and activities in the Central California area for kids to enjoy, too. That’s what makes this area excellent for families and people of all ages.

To help you plan a fun, family-friendly upcoming weekend in Central California, here are a few suggestions.

California Mid-State Fair

I shared information about the Fair in a recent blog post, but let’s talk about the kids, specifically. The southeast corner of the California Mid-State Fair is a haven for kids! It is filled with carnival rides, from simple to crazy and everything in between. You can purchase wristbands for $30 on weekdays and $35 on weekends for unlimited rides.

The earlier you go, the shorter the lines are! For adults with kids, check out the two Ferris wheels that offer beautiful views of Paso Robles. Also check out the new “World of Wonders” show.  There are classic and new rides, along with a slew of games, and delicious treats that kids will love. The SLO Tribune has more information for kids at the Fair.

Pancake Breakfast in Paso Robles

Downtown Paso Robles has all kinds of events and activities going on all the time. This week, on July 24, kids might especially get excited for the Free Pancake Breakfast, which is a community tradition! It runs from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Paso Robles Downtown City Park. You can stop by and enjoy free pancakes with all the fixins’ while also enjoying fresh summer air and socializing with neighbors.

Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park take place every Friday evening in Paso Robles Downtown City Park, and these are family-friendly events as well! There is no concert this Friday, July 25, because of the California Mid-State Fair. On Aug. 1, enjoy funk ‘n’ soul music and food by FishGaucho. On Aug. 8, enjoy 60’s rock and roll music and food by Thomas Hill Organics. Check out the full schedule for the rest of August.

Lake Nacimiento

Lake Nacimiento is always available for family fun time! Kids can enjoy swimming, boating, water sports, fishing, picnicking and more at the lake. Families can plan a weekend of camping at the lake, or even in the backyard, if you live near the lake! Oak Shores is also hosting free pool nights on Tuesdays and pontoon boat nights on Thursday nights. Bring the kids by for some old-fashioned lake fun.

Want to buy a Lake Nacimiento home? Need help relocating to Central California? Contact me, your Lake Nacimiento real estate agent! I’d love to help you out with all of your home-buying and home-selling needs.

From Grace Borzini