Our Trip To The Fess Parker Inn & Spa
One of the great things about living in Los Angeles is the numerous day trips only an hour or two from the front door. Fess Parker & Santa Barbara wine country is one of those destinations.
When Fess Parker Inn & Spa invited Dude and I for a visit we jumped at the chance! We skillfully managed to visit during two days of torrential downpour (did I mention the area gets about 8 days of rain a year, so this took special skill!) – but we didn’t let that stop us from having a great getaway.
The hotel is located in the heart of quaint Los Olivos. I’m not sure why, but I imagined finding the property on an actual winery or next door to one, nestled away off the beaten path. Finding it in the heart of town was a delightful surprise to us, enabling us to walk through the town for wine tasting, have a few glasses of wine with dinner and safely walk a few steps back to our room. If you followed our LA Jolla Adventure – you may recall – we really like to walk!
On arrival the exterior hotel looks charming, fresh and inviting. This town is SO charming, it even has a town cat, Maya who greeted us on arrival.
The Hotel lobby and attached Petro’s Restaurant have been recently renovated with outstanding results. They artfully created a contemporary space that is also warm and inviting. Don’t get me started on the use of reclaimed wine casks in the lobby floor. A gorgeous eco savvy touch!
The hotel has two buildings offering a total of 20 guest rooms. The lobby and Petro’s side had 10 rooms – on the other side of Grand you’ll find the second building with an additional 10 guestrooms and the spa. Our room was lobby side, room six with an adjoining sitting room. I loved the fireplace and the vaulted ceilings made the room feel spacious.
The guest rooms will benefit greatly from the scheduled renovations – slotted to for Winter 2011. In particular the bathroom will benefit from a whole new layout & fixtures. Having seen what they have done in the common spaces – I’m super excited about how the renovated rooms will make this entire property a sublime getaway from the everyday and the perfect spot to explore.
Places You Won’t Want To Miss
We were thrilled to discover some great Organic finds on our adventures too! Be sure to check them out on your visit!
Sunstone Winery is quite possibly the most stunning wineries in the region, plus they grow all their grapes organically! Don’t forget to sign up for the reserve tastings that are held in their hillside caves!
Alma Rosa Winery was founded by the father of Pinot Noir in the region, Richard Sanford. They create some amazing certified organic wines. Don’t visit the region without visiting them!
Global Garden’s specialty food products. Stop by for an olive oil tasting featuring numerous local organic.
June Bug – a store full of hand made local treasures and earth friendly products, located in charming Solvang.
Love Letter to the FDA: Dude and I were invited guests of the Fess Parker Inn & Spa. Our room & breakfast were hosted (that means comped) by the hotel, we paid for all of our other adventures during our stay in the area. As always my opinion remain my own.
Fess Parker Inn & Spa
2860 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441