operation, information on the wildlife that lives on the ranch, and even recom-
mendations on local wineries.
All the while, stunning vistas of rolling hills, dotted with California live oak,
unfold along the trail. An up-close view of the cattle, which are raised using sus-
tainable methods, are also part of the experience.
/ The Full Ranch Experience /
The Works also host overnight guests who want to have the full working ranch
experience. The Inn at the Work Family Ranch features four quaintly decorated
guest bedrooms in the Works’ home. The Mobile Cottage next door features
two bedrooms and a full kitchen. A homemade breakfast is included for all
While visiting the Work Family Guest Ranch provides visitors with a chance to
experience a little bit of what life was like in the Old West, nearby historical sites
put the adventure into perspective. Mission San Miguel is only 30 minutes away,
and was founded in 1797 to house Spanish priests who brought Catholicism to
Another historic landmark an hour away, Mission San Antonio de Padua, is
located on 80 pristine acres. Not far from the mission stands Hearst Castle, built
in 1865 and later owned by famed newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst.
The house, gardens, terraces, pools and walkways are open for the public to tour.
Warm sunshine, pastoral scenery and Old West history make Paso Robles and
its surroundings a special destination. Whether you’re riding through a cattle
ranch or sipping locally grown wines, a visit to Paso Robles won’t be forgotten.
For more information on the Work Family Guest Ranch, visit workranch.com.
AUDREY PAVIA is a freelance writer and the author of Horsesfor Dummies. She lives in
Norco, Calif., with her two registered Spanish Mustangs, Milagro and Rio.
THE TOWN OF
PASO ROBLES is the hub of this
part of the Central California Coast, and
is less than 20 miles from the Work
Family Guest Ranch. Founded in 1889,
the town was once surrounded by acres
of almond orchards.
CATTLE, HORSES, GRAIN,
GARDEN PRODUCE AND FRUIT were
also part of the local economy. Paso
Robles still maintains its old-time country
feel in the quaint downtown area, which
features shops, restaurants, boutiques,
wine-tasting bars, pubs and art galleries.
THE HISTORY of Paso Robles is
visible throughout the well-kept town.
Downtown City Park is anchored by the
historic Carnegie Library, built in 1908.
The Pioneer Museum contains a collection of visual and written history of the
area, while the Estrella Warbirds Museum houses military aircraft, vehicles and
memorabilia related to World War II.
MINERAL-RICH HOT SPRINGS
first noticed by European settlers back
in the 1700s are another famous draw
of Paso Robles. Although the original
springs dried up or were capped some
50 years ago, visitors to the area can
Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture
once again enjoy a hot soak by visiting
the River Oaks Hot Springs Spa, the
Paso Robles Inn and the Franklin Hot
Springs, thanks to the San Simeon
earthquake of 2003, which revived new
hot springs in the city. B E L O
Garden, Paso Robles