Ignacy Jan Paderewski. His birth and background were Polish, but Paso Robles was his American "home." He first visited Paso Robles, then known for its healing hot springs, in 1914, to try to relieve his arthritis pain. He often stayed at the Paso Robles Inn, and even bought land here. He had two ranches on which he had almond orchards and vineyards, and he had hoped to retire here.
Every year Paso Robles honors Paderewski with the Paderewski Festival, a musical festival which features both internationally famous pianists and promising young pianists from the Central Coast. The wineries also join in the fun, and there are many other activities. The festival lasted four days in November, 2014. It began on November 6, which was Paderewski's birthday.