RV Parks Prosper in California’s Wine Country
Where there are wineries, there are busy RV parks.
“The recent opening of another RV park in the Paso Robles area is no surprise,” said Grapeline Wine Tours owner John Kelliher in a press release. “Each of the three wine regions we serve has bustling RV parks, and in our experience, proximity to the wineries is the primary draw.”
According to an article on About.com titled Baby Boomers Create RV Travel Boom, “Ultimately, the affordability of RV travel, combined with the comfort, convenience and personal freedom it offers, makes an RV vacation irresistible to many people, including a growing number of Baby Boomers.” This travel trend has benefitted many tourism-based towns, including those in the wine industry.
Bonnie Noble, general manager of the new Vines RV Resort that opened in Paso Robles in April, says “Vines RV Resort is a much needed, upscale resort in the Paso Robles area. It was built to accommodate the growing tourism in the area and add a “touch of class” to guests staying here.”
These Paso Robles RV guests often book wine tours with local companies rather than driving their RV around to different local wineries. This option not only provides a designated driver, but also a chance to socialize with like-minded individuals. According to Grapeline Wine Tours General Manager Emily Falappino, there has been a substantial rise in the number of weekday guests being picked up at RV parks in Paso Robles. “Many of these riders are senior citizens who prefer not to drive their RVs down narrow winery drives and through difficult tasting room parking lots.”
In My Itchy Travel Feet- The Baby Boomer Guide to Travel, author Donna Hull writes that Paso Robles wine country is an ideal stop for the RV lifestyle. With so many of the elements that seniors desire, Paso Robles wine country offers RV campers a destination “where wine, food, history and ranching culture combine to make a western blend of wine travel fun.”
Grapeline Wine Tours began in Temecula in 2002, and expanded to Paso Robles in 2004 and Santa Barbara in 2007. Serving more than 25,000 wine tasters annually, it is the largest wine tour company in Southern and Central California, and also the top rated wine tour company on popular user-review sites Yelp and TripAdvisor. Grapeline offers daily wine tasting tours and picks up guests from all local lodging establishments, including RV Parks.