Local holiday gift ideas
Shop local this holiday season
–This holiday season, the Paso Robles Daily News would like to encourage community members to shop locally and support local businesses – the preferred outlet during this gift purchasing season. Did you know that nearly two-thirds of the money spent at locally owned businesses across the nation is reinvested in individual communities? When shopping with local merchants – whether looking for that perfect gift or finding a perfect hotel for holiday visitors – more of your money stays close to home and will help support the parks, recreation facilities, libraries and other aspects of the area that make this community a great place to live.
“Shopping locally helps all the small businesses that bring something unique to our community,” said Norma Moye, president of the Paso Robles Downtown Business Association. “The businesses do so much for our community throughout the year and help with so many events; by shopping locally we can pay things forward to those businesses.”
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the following are offering their usual blend of hospitality and warmth along with extended hours and one-of-a-kind items to make this gift-giving season a jolly one.
Paso Robles Main Street Association
There is perhaps no other organization in town that supports keeping shopping dollars local better than the Paso Robles Main Street Association — and this is never more evident than during the holiday season. As an alliance of merchants, business owners, stakeholders and community members, Main Street is committed to preserving and bolstering a thriving downtown while serving the Paso Robles community.
Just in time for the holidays, the Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar on Nov. 25 will feature a variety of booths stationed throughout Downtown City Park with arts, crafts and handmade goods from local purveyors; admission is free. “The Holiday Craft Bazaar has become a tradition in our community,” says Main Street Executive Director Norma Moye, “and it is a wonderful way to support local crafters. While you’re there, visit some of the creative shops downtown and stay for lunch. In addition, there are several local businesses throughout Paso Robles that have great deals this holiday season.”
Be sure to stick around for the Downtown Lighting Ceremony on the evening of Nov. 25 when we welcome Mrs. Claus to turn the switch to turn on the lights to the park trees at 6 p.m. — all are invited to share in the holiday joy with live music, candlelight caroling, free cookies, and hot chocolate. “It’s our special gift to the community and a way for everyone to celebrate the joys of the season together,” says Moye.
Additional upcoming events include the 55th Annual Christmas Light Parade. Its theme is ”The Music and Magic of Christmas” and it will be Saturday Dec. 3 at 7p.m. The 30th Annual Vine St Victorian Showcase is Saturday, Dec. 10 from 6-9 p.m. Stroll down historic Vine St, enjoy the lights, entertainment, Scrooge, and refreshments. The 26th Annual Victorian Teddy Bear Tea is, Saturday, Dec. 17 from 2-4 p.m, Kids dress up a bear and enjoy tea with elves, Santa and the Snow Queen. It will be held at the Paso Robles Park Ballroom. Get tickets early for this event.
For more information, including additional holiday events and local vendors, call (805) 238-4103 or visit pasoroblesdowntown.org.
Eberle Winery is the oldest, continuously operating family winery in Paso Robles. Not only is their wine a perfect holiday gift, they also have an extensive gifts shop on site with wine-themed merchandise and other unique gifts. Eberle Winery is also the perfect spot to take family members that are visiting for the holidays!
Eberle’s history is inextricably linked to the history of Paso Robles. Eberle made his mark in the region by pioneering Syrah plantings in the early 1970s and co-founding the Paso Robles appellation established in 1980. He is also amongst the few local vintners who can be seen in the tasting room greeting visitors.
The winery is one of the few local wineries that offer wine tasting and tours free of charge. The fifteen-minute guided tour begins at the crush pad, and then takes visitors through the fermentation room and the 1600-square-foot dark, damp cave. The tour ends in the tasting room decorated with numerous awards and medals. Eberle is also one of the only wineries in the county that is dog friendly! They even provide treats and a place to play for your four legged friends.
Eberle Winery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are located at 3810 HWY 46 East, in Paso Robles. For more information visit them online at eberlewinery.com or call (805) 238-9607.
Happy Acres Family Farm
Happy Acres in Paso Robles uniquely uses 100-percent fresh goat milk along with high quality effective oils, natural raw shea butter and essential oils to create handmade, paraben-free skincare products. Happy Acres Family Farm makes wonderful Christmas Gifts! Create your own assortment from their all-natural products.
Goat milk has long been known as a rejuvenator of the skin. Goat milk contains the highest percentage of naturally occurring compounds which help to moisturize the skin and contribute to its softness. Because goats have the same pH as humans, the products are readily and effectively absorbed into skin.
Goat milk contains essential amino acids, vitamins A, B, & K, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorous. For years, goat milk has been used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes and recommended by dermatologists for conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne.
They offer day and night moisturizing creams, an intense NEW H-C Facial Moisturizer, lip butters, moisturizing eye cream, whipped shea body butter, and now, their popular fresh goatmilk lotion is available in a variety of scents as well as fragrance free.
To purchase products online click here.
Give sweet gifts this holiday with Peachy Canyon’s platinum medal-winning, 96 point Zinfandel Port — the perfect wine to add that extra special touch to cool nights by a warm fire!
Described as “a superb, complex domestic port-style wine with long waves of rich berry, spice and honey flavors and an enticing layer of ice wine like stone fruits” by Tastings’s judges in a blind competition of dessert wines. And if you’d prefer something a bit more savory, Peachy Canyon has a portfolio of award-winning wines ranging from Paso Robles’ Malbec to their famous Zinfandels, including their 2014 Westside Zin, a recent Wine Enthusiast Editor’s Choice.
Peachy Canyon Winery is one of the founding wineries of Paso Robles, formally launched in 1988 by Doug and Nancy Beckett. The winery has made great strides for the Paso Robles region, having first been put on the map as producers of one of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines in the world with their Especial Zinfandel. Today, Peachy Canyon is still family owned and operated winery.
The word “Peachy,” where Peachy Canyon derives its name, has nothing to do with the fruit. Peachy was an infamous horse thief who took refuge in a cave near the current vineyard, and was eventually caught and hung in town. Jesse and Frank James also hid out in the same area in 1868. Some 18 years later a schoolhouse was built on the property, which became the modern day tasting room of Peachy Canyon Winery.
Peachy Canyon Winery is located at 1480 N. Bethel Road in Templeton, just off Hwy 101 and 46 West. The tasting room’s winter hours are: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information call (805) 239-1980 or visit peachycanyon.com.
Santa Margarita Adventures
Material gifts are often soon forgotten, but memories of an amazing zipline tour can last a lifetime!
From now through Dec. 31, 2106, you can purchase an adult zipline tour gift certificate for just $99, which represents a savings of up to $20 per tour. You can also purchase a youth (for ages 17 and under) tour gift certificate for $69, which also represents a savings of up to $20 per tour.
The gift certificates themselves are redeemable for any available tour after the initial purchase date of your certificate, all the way through next year and beyond. These certificates are easily stuffed in a stocking!
Call (805) 438-3120 or click here to purchase these specially priced gift certificates today.