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Central California Coast Tour

Paso Robles & Hearst Castle


Story by Tony Robertson


Photos by Tony Robertson and other Tour Members


Having recently rejoined the ranks of Porsche ownership after many years of owning vehicles of another nameless “but much wanted” German marque, my wife and I joined PCA-OCR earlier this year and thought joining this tour would be a good way to meet fellow members. We were initially told the tour was full, but someone dropped out, so we jammed ourselves and luggage into our Cayman GT4.


Meeting the group initially in Huntington Beach next to the 405 Fwy, we marveled at the collection of 911s, Caymans and Boxsters. A few photos are included, but I posted many other videos and photos from the group at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t1xm9c7vmx4ai84/AAB9EgTDjVl8WcSJUxoOhNfDa?dl=0.


Leaving around 9:30 a.m., we proceeded in an “orderly” fashion north on the 405, then onto the 101 west. Luckily, every car had a passenger (highly recommended – see later comments too) with only one major holdup north of LAX. We got to our first refueling pit stop (and other “natural” activities) in Carpinteria. Proceeding north past Santa Barbara, we exited the freeway onto San Marcos Pass (CA-154), and stopped for lunch at the Cold Springs Tavern, once a stagecoach staging post and now a weekend Harley hangout, but today inundated with Porsches. After a great lunch, time for the first (of many) group photos.


We continued north-west on CA-154 past Los Olivos, turning off onto Zaca Station Road just before the 101. Maybe it was the lunch or maybe just the fun roads, but the tempo increased and some spirited driving ensued for approximately an hour. Luckily, we all had route maps and turn-by-turn instructions painstakingly prepared by our fearless leader Sam Berro. This is where having a passenger really came into its own. If you’re in the area you really must try Tepusquet Road!


Turning left onto CA-166 for a short distance, we rejoined the 101 near Santa Maria for a short blast up to Paso Robles. Wine Tasting at Tobin and James was almost anti-climactic but gave us a chance to cool our feet. Just a short distance away, we arrived at our hotel, and enjoyed a well-earned dinner. The group split up among three different restaurants, and judging from the comments the next morning, a good time was had by all.


Saturday morning dawned, and despite the Pioneer Days Festival in Paso Robles, traffic was relatively light, so after a quick gas-up for some of us, we were off again, down another great set of twisties before arriving at Pasolivo for Olive Oil and Vinegar tasting. Another short blast took us to the Calcerious Vineyard for lunch on a patio overlooking the vineyard and surrounding area. Another great opportunity for a group pic!


After lunch, another blast around the country roads to get to Burt Baumgartner’s “Man-Cave.” Burt is a friend of Sam’s who was once an executive with Sony / Columbia records and has many tales to tell. His “garage” and the space above was the envy of all men in attendance, and most of the ladies too. Memorabilia included Cars (including Porsches of course), Motorbikes (including two of Keanu Reeves’ Nortons,) Platinum Records and Rock Guitars signed by almost every rock icon you’ve ever heard of.


Back to the hotel, just a short distance away and then after “hosing down,” we went in convoy from Paso Robles to Linn’s restaurant in Cambria for an early dinner. The finale came with an evening tour of Hearst Castle, where docents dress up in period costumes as our guide showed us around, as if we were guests of Randolph Hearst himself.


We were inside the clouds at the top of the hill, which added somewhat to the mystery of the occasion, although I half expected to be greeted by Frau Blucher!


Toward the end of the tour we sat and watched an old Movie Tone newsreel which included Randolph Hearst imploring the audience to buy US-made products. It seemed ironic that we were all Porsche owners!


Nancy and I were fortunate to have been able to enjoy the tour, but for those who had to drop out, really missed a great tour. The roads, cars, food, and wine, but mostly the people, made this a very special and enjoyable weekend. Finally, a big thanks to Sam Berro for organizing this whole adventure. It takes great knowledge, enthusiasm and organizational skills to pull this off. This event happens every 2 years, but we are imploring Sam to do it again next year. Play it again, Sam!

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