Wine, chocolate and romance

Your guide to Valentine's Day in the North County

THE NORTH COUNTY – Aside from the already romantic go-to’s of North County — wine tasting at any one of the local wineries or dinner for two at one of the county’s finest restaurants — the area has a variety of other amorous pursuits worth a date:

Sweetheart Stroll

6500 Palma Ave., Atascadero

Saturday, Feb. 10; 1 to 4 p.m. (kickoff at 12:30: Grape Encounters Empourium with Ricky Montijo)

The City of Atascadero and Atascadero Chamber of Commerce will be holding the annual Sweetheart Stroll throughout Atascadero’s downtown. This rain or shine event will be a stroll for sweethearts. The Fairweather Four Barbershop Quartet will serenade the public from 2 to 4 p.m. and complementary tours of historic City Hall will be provided by Atascadero Historical Society throughout the day.

Guests may visit any of the 15 participating merchants offering art to view and treats for visitors to enjoy, including chocolate, cookies, beer and wine. Merchants include anna & mom, Arlyne’s Flowers, Baby’s Babble, Century 21, Historic City Hall, Edward Jones, Farron Elizabeth, Grape Encounters Empourium, Hope Chest Emporium, Mudflat Mercantile, O’Leary & Wallace, Patterson Realty, The Carlton Hotel and Wilkins Printing. Featured brewery and wineries include Black Hand Cellars, Dead Oak Brewing, Eberle Winery, Felten Cellars, Hoyt Family Vineyards, Justin Winery, Opolo Vineyards, Ruby Cellars, Summerwood Winery and Vintage Cowboy Winery.

The Groves on 41 is offering a special olive oil tasting either before or after your tour. Kelly’s Casuals will be holding a fashion show at the Carlton Hotel from 1 to 4 p.m. Horse drawn carriage rides will be available from 1 to 3:30 p.m., with pick-up and drop-offs at The Carlton Hotel.

Tickets will be available beginning at noon in front of City Hall, 6500 Palma Ave., or at Grape Encounters Empourium, 5816 Traffic Way on the day of the event. Tickets are $20 per person and include a complementary, commemorative wine glass and a rose. Cash and checks welcome, but credit cards will not be accepted.

MSDC Father Daughter Ball

3770 Ruth Way, Paso Robles

Friday, Feb. 9 & Saturday, Feb. 10; 7 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Dads and daughters of all ages are welcome to attend a night of dancing, games, activities, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. The Main Street Dance Company, host of the event, promises fun, laughter and treats. Professional photography will also be available for an additional fee. Tickets ($15/gals, $35/guys) must be purchased in advance online at

Heartache Hotel at the Haunt

The Haunt: 5805 El Camino Real, Atascadero

Feb 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 23, 24; 7 to 10 p.m.

What usually happens when someone is scared out of their mind is a jump into that other special someone’s protective arms. Maybe the Haunt is onto this intimate natural reaction, turning their Halloween Haunt into a horrifying Heartache Hotel. The Haunt in Atascadero is constantly changing, not only offering a Halloween House, but a unique interactive theater experience based on a haunted hotel. Tickets ($10/single, $18/couple, VIP/$20) are available at the door or at

Valentine Movie Night

Park Cinemas: 1100 Pine St., in Paso Robles

Sunday, Feb. 11; 7 p.m.

The Downtown Paso Robles Main street Association and presents Academy Award winning “You Can’t Take it with You,” the 1938 classic romantic comedy about a girl who invites her snobbish perspective in-laws to dinner with her eccentric family to bless her marriage to their son. The film stars Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart and Edward Arnold. Tickets are $12 per person and include your choice of popcorn and soda or champagne and chocolates. Tickets can be purchased at the the Main street Office: 835 12th St. #D (in the alley) or by phone at (805) 238-4103.

Fifty Shades Freed

Galaxy Theater: 6917 El Camino Real, Atascadero;

Opens Feb. 9; Times vary

Park Cinemas: 1100 Pine St., in Paso Robles

Opens Feb. 9; Times vary

Timed for Valentine’s day, this very rated R movie (of the leather handcuff kind) about a billionaire (Christian Grey) and his hot and heavy wife (Anastasia), is the third installment of the Fifty Shades series. Tickets are available online or at the theaters.

Valentine’s Paint Party with Artist Kayla Holland

Baby’s Babble: 5935 Entrada Ave., Atascadero

Saturday, Feb. 10; 6 to 8 p.m.

Baby’s Babble will bring in lead artist Kayla Holland of For Art Sake to demonstrate a step by step on creating a colorful painting on canvas. Twenty seats will be available for the event. No experience is necessary. P.S. There will be wine (and beer next door).

A $40 materials will be collected, which includes a 12x16 inch canvas. Please email [email protected] for reservations.

Cheesecake tasting day

Sculpterra Winery: 5015 Linne Rd., Paso Robles

Sunday, Feb. 11; Noon until closing

Coppers Cakes will be baking free cheesecake samples to the background of live music for Valentine tasters at Sculpterra on Sunday. Coppers will offer 4” personal and 9” full size round and heart-shaped debut cakes for those who donate to this fundraiser. Proceeds will go to Courtney’s House and Loren Coppers’ go fund me account to help costs associated with his brain tumor. Enticing Valentine’s Day couples gift baskets paired with local wine will be given to the top donors of the day. To learn more about Loren Copper’s fund, please visit:

Wine and Chocolate tasting

Pelletiere Estate Vineyard & Winery: 3280 Township Rd., Paso Robles

Saturday, Feb. 10 & Sunday, Feb. 11; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gourmet artisan chocolates paired with Pelletiere’s Italian-style wines will set the tone for a romantic experience for tasters and sweethearts this weekend. There is no additional fee for the chocolate. Normal ($15 per person) tasting fees will apply. No reservation required.

Wine and Cupcake Pairing

Kaleidos Wine: 3075 Blue Rock Rd., Paso Robles

Friday, Feb. 9, Sat. Feb. 10, Sunday, Feb 11; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kaleidos Winery would like sweethearts to share in something sweet by offering cupcake pairings with their delicious wines. Call (805) 226-0828 for more details.

Sample Saturday with Valentine’s Day Mocktails

We Olive Paso Robles: 1311 Park St., Paso Robles

Saturday, Feb 10; 11 to 5 p.m.

We Olive Paso Robles will provide complimentary sampling some of their favorite culinary creations using their own, house-made olive oils, vinegars and gourmet foods. Fun Valentine’s day mocktails will also be served. To see We Olive’s monthly schedule, visit

Valentine’s Day Winemaker Dinner

Oso Libre Winery: 7383 Vineyard Dr., Paso Robles

Friday, Feb. 9; 6 to 9 p.m.

Oso Libre would like all sweethearts to enjoy an intimate five-course meal at their winery. Curated by Chef Jeffrey Scott, the meal will be paired to perfection with Ose Libre wines. Tickets ($125 per person) may be purchased and seats reserved at

Romance on the Ranch

Silo Barn at the Halter Ranch Vineyard: 8910 Adelaida Rd., Paso Robles

Saturday, Feb. 10; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The annual Valentine’s Dinner at Halter Ranch will be a sumptuous four-course menu prepared by Chef Jeffrey Scott, paired perfectly with Halter Ranch wines. During the evening, the hosts will open surprise rare vintages from the cellar. Tickets ($125 per person/non-member, $100 per person/Wine Club members) may be purchased online at Limited to 80 guests.

Valentine’s Day Dinner

Croad Vineyard’s Grand Tasting Room: 3550 Vinedo Robles Ln., Paso Robles

Saturday, Feb 10; 6 to 9 p.m.

Croad Vineyard’s annual Valentine’s Day Dinner will be an elegant five-course menu, featuring several succulent variations on classical New Zealand cuisine by Chef Charles D. Palladin Wayne paired with carefully winemaker selected Croad estate wines. Guests can enjoy the scenic views from the hilltop, while cozying up beside a wood burning fireplace for this intimate event. Ticket ($130 per person/non-member, $110 per person/club members) may be organized by email at [email protected], or by phone at (805) 226-9899.

Opolo Valentine’s Winemaker Dinner

Opolo Vineyards: 7110 Vineyard Dr., Paso Robles

Saturday, Feb. 10; 6 to 9 p.m.

Guests are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day at Opolo Vineyards with a Pacific Harvest catered dinner paired with Opolo wines, live music from the Martin Paris Band and plenty of dancing. Tickets ($110/members and $130/non-members) may be purchased at


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