Paso Robles Train Station: National Train Day
by Coy Barnes
Have you ever travelled by train? It’s a fascinating and inexpensive way to travel, offering a relaxed pace along with spectacular views of the countryside not accessible by any other means. Amtrak ridership is up as more and more people “ride the rails” in search of a slower pace, scenic beauty and new experiences.
We think Paso Robles has one of the quaintest and friendliest train stations this side of the Rockies on the Amtrak network. Where else can you pick-up some local merchandise, visit three tasting rooms, have sushi, or enjoy a glass of Paso Robles wine or beer?
There are daily trains that come to Paso Robles from Southern California and the Bay Area and two upcoming events offer great opportunities to get to know wine country via train:
- The Paso Robles Wine Festival May 19, 2012 is the perfect introduction for people from the Bay area interested in visiting us for an afternoon of wine tasting. You can take the Coast Starlight with a scheduled arrival in Paso Robles at 1:38pm and depart back at 4:45pm the same day! Our station is literally just three short blocks from the Festival and our downtown.
- National Train Day is the perfect time to inform travelers from both the Bay Area and Southern California area about travel to Paso Robles. Every day customers and tourists to Paso Robles walk through the door of our shop and tasting room at the Paso Robles Train Station. They all seem to say the same thing. “This is sooo cute. Does the train stop here?” The answer is yes! Not many people know that the train stops here twice per day; once going south and once going north.
Arriving in Paso Robles and depending on where you stay, you won’t need a car while visiting our area, making the Amtrak the green way to go and it’s cheaper than a tank of gas! Some of the local lodgings will even offer free transfers to their hotel, just ask. Downtown Paso Robles has everything you need: 20+ great restaurants and at least 13 different wineries all within walking distance of the train station.
So, if you are looking for stress-free travel without paying the high price of gas, Amtrak is the way to go and Paso Robles makes the ideal destination for a train trip.
Call us for hotel and tour packages: 866-238-6400
Coy Barnes is the owner of the Paso Robles Wine Club, a wine club that sends an assortment of Paso Robles wines; and The Wine Wrangler, Paso Robles’ longest running wine tour service. Both businesses are located at the Paso Robles Train Station.