Nestled in the hills of Los Olivos lies a wine lover’s hideaway, Fess Parker Inn. This once-obscure wine region has become a blip on the international wine scene radar after being featured in the blockbuster hit Sideways. The Santa Ynez Valley plays host to dozens of wineries, all of which score highly in various vino competitions. With a limited number of places to stay in the region, Fess Parker is truly the best of the best. Quaint, cottage-style rooms with fireplaces, down comforters and a cozy courtyard with a pool and hot tub offer all the amenities one could wish for. In the small town of Los Olivos, there aren’t too many choices for a place to stay, and with the Fess Parker Inn ready to provide all your creature comforts there’s no need for anything else. After a long day of wine tasting there’s nothing more relaxing than to continue the quest of greatness and ingestion of the holy grape. The Inn also plays host to the Champagne Spa and Boutique where you can nourish your outer dermis with the healing powers of the grape seed. Various types of massage therapies are available to help center your inner chakras. Petros, the in-house restaurant, offers nothing but the finest in meats, vegetables, herbs and, you guessed it, wine selection. Executive chef Petros himself holds expectations high for any patron’s tastes. Fresh-grown herbs from the garden are handpicked daily, all meat selections are carefully chosen for the finest cuts and the result is . . . well, the best dining experience any wine country has to offer! Fess Parker Inn is a great central point to explore the wine tasting and various shops along Grand Avenue, all without driving. With nearly a dozen wine tasting rooms mere steps away, you’ll be glad your walk back to the Inn is close. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway or a weekend away from the drone of the daily grind, this Best Of location will take you away to a world of exquisite relaxation and indulgence.
Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa, 2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, (800) 446-2455; www.fessparker.com.