Destination Bako to Paso: Sweets, Sounds & Sights
We started our trip at home in Reno and decided rather than head for the long and ugly stretch of Hwy 5 out of Sacramento, we’d swing through Bishop, CA and pick up a friend. This led us to the long ugly stretch out of Bakersfield… there’s no easy way to Paso Robles from either place!
But, with a swing through “Bako” we were able to get a couple of our favorite things accomplished in the area…. for starters, Dewar’s!!!
A favorite soda fountain and candy store, since 1909! We took several boxes of signature peanut butter taffy along for the road.
On the way to our hotel, we delighted in the simple vintage pleasure of seeing a Roadside America favorite, Big Shoe Repair!
Luckily, we were all sporting flip-flops that had avoided pop tops! (Any Parrotheads out there?!)
Next stop: A refreshing cocktail at The Padre Hotel! Certainly the best vintage hotel in Bako.
The lobby is a bold contemporary spin mixed with the original architecture. And, I spy with my little eye one splashy Nudie suit there at the desk!
The Crystal Palace acts as a museum, music venue and dinner house. Lining the walls you can find most all of Buck Owens’ own western suits, many of them Nudie originals. The crystal suit below is a Manuel original.
The bar back, too, has real Nudie flair: The Buckmobile!
Buck’s own 1972 Pontiac convertible with steer horns on the front bumper, silver dollars embedded in the dash, hand-tooled leather seats and guns everywhere!
We took in the dinner show and had a great time seeing the darling, funny and sassy, Sunny Sweeney who is touring for her 4th album, Trophy.
We were then back on the road, headed for wine country, headed for Paso Robles and the Three Speckled Hens show!
We were thrilled to see such a big turn out at the Paso Robles Event Center! The midway was filled with booths, and 2 giant buildings were chock full of vendors, as well.
There was a lot of cute stuff to see! So much treasure awaiting the imagination you bring.
From salvage to fashion, we found tons of things to desire. This Chimayo jacket is much like our Chimayo vest… wouldn’t they make for a trick suit together?!
The everyday item can get dynamic by simply grouping, or stacking.
This scenery never gets old, like, ever… Turquoise: classic like the air you breathe! Click through to see more Native American jewelry.
We even had the good fortune to run into our pals, and former Farm Chicks neighbors, Jenny & Melissa of Junk Girls! If you get the chance to drop into their darling space in Cambria, CA, don’t pass it up.
It was then that we spotted an elusive and rare breed at Three Speckled Hens, the much sought after “Junk Hunk”!
Having seen, and been seen, it was time to ease on down the road.
Til next time, stay cool!