Central Coast day trip: Templeton

The Paso Robles neighbor that's worth a closer look

Sarah Doyle

Make it a weekend: Stay at Venteux Vineyards, where you can stroll through the vines, sip Rhône-inspired blends by the stone fireplace, chat with the winemaker, and relax in your farmhouse-style room. Gourmet breakfast is served on the long wraparound porch. $245, including breakfast and wine and cheese; two-night minimum.

Hungry? Four more food and wine finds

For seafood: At Pier 46 Seafood Market & Restaurant, in addition to freshly caught fish to go, there’s first-rate fish and chips, cioppino, fish tacos, and calamari on toasted sourdough. $$; 1131 Rossi Rd.; 805/434-1950.

For burgers: Locals line up for juicy burgers with all the fixings at the Burger Station, in a 1940s gas station. $; 628 South Main St.; 10:30–3:30; closed Sun; 805/434-9200.

For wine: Try the Rhône- and Bordeaux-inspired blends at Clavo Cellars downtown. Especially the “Dreamer” Petite Sirah. $5 tasting fee; 315 S. Main St.; 805/226-0174.

For a surprise: McPhee’s Grill is one of the best restaurants on the Central Coast, serving whatever Ian McPhee is in the mood for—say, ancho-chile duck quesadillas or roast quail with mushroom caponata. $$$; 416 S. Main St.; 805/434-3204.

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