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Los Olivos: Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn

2860 Grand Avenue, Phone: (800) 446-2455

Reviewed by: tdandmd from CA, review #1363

When: February 2006

Very nice rooms in a completely relaxing area of the state.

Los Olivos and Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn are really in the middle of nowhere. The "real" town is literally two streets forming a T. That makes dining choices and "things to do" limited, but we found it completely relaxing and enjoyable.

Our room (#16) was quite large with a fireplace and sitting area. The bathroom was not great - an older funky bathtup and lots of tile floors making for cold mornings! We ended up having to have a rollaway bed (more on that in a minute) and the room was still plenty big with more than enough to move around and have luggage for three and two bikes. There was a small refrigerator that came with bottled waters that were refreshed in the morning and evening. There was also a complimentary bottle of Fess Parker chardonnay and some dried fruit along with the Los Angeles Times at the door each morning.

The pool area is minimal but quiet and relaxed. The complimentary breakfast is actually a sit-down order off a menu breakfast that was fine. (We tried the breakfast panini, oatmeal, eggs and oatmeal.) Coffee was included but juices were extra.

The only very slight complaint I have is that when we explained that our nephew had been able to join us at the last minute and that we would need a rollaway bed we were told with a VERY negative tone, "Well, that's $25!" to which we replied, "All right." The woman then actually physically scowled at my nephew. This is a super cleancut 21 year old kid who actually wants to spend time with his old aunt and uncle. Made us wish we had just snuck him in just to spite her .

That was a very small part of the trip, though, and everyone else was extremely friendly. We didn't attend, but evidently on Thursday and Friday nights Fess Parker and his wife have a pianist come in and they sing songs in the main lodge.

If you're looking to explore the "Sideways" wine region and just relax, this is a very nice find.

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