Fess Parker Wine Country Inn
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located in Los Olivos (Santa Ynez Valley), Fess Parker Wine Country Inn is close to Bridlewood Winery and Lincourt Vineyards. This 4-star hotel is within the vicinity of Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard and Sunny Fields Park.
Treat yourself to a stay in one of the 19 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring fireplaces and LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with down comforters. Satellite programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find an outdoor pool and a fitness center. This Victorian hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and shopping on site.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast is served daily from 7 AM to 10 AM.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
We went and took another couple with us. The property now has the Bear and Star restaurant which is great for breakfast. Not inexpensive, but worth it!! The rooms are wonderful and the details throughout are amazing!
Extensive wine list, friendly service. Grand entrance and beautiful finishings. We will be back! It is nice to unplug and taste on! Grounds were perfect and made for beautiful sunset walks, was a perfect trip to get out of the city!
The Inn’s central location and legendary charm distinctly reflect and epitomize the cozy embrace of petite Los Olivos where it prominently resides. As a “Preferred Boutique” property - where quality standards are discreetly measured by yearly anonymous on-site inspections and real-time quality assessment scores from social media sites - “expectations” are set almost as high as the nightly rates.
However, given the above and that our club membership at Epiphany Wine Co. - another Fess Parker family property - offered a 20% discount on the Country Inn’s nightly room rate, this seemed an easy decision. The only extra steps were needing our wine club membership number and with it, placing our reservation via phone with the Inn (verses using online booking).
At check-in we received an expected warm greeting - and the delightful and much appreciated surprise of a room upgrade to a “Suite” (Room #20 - very similar layout to the “Epiphany Suite”) in the newer spa section of rooms across the street. In our travels, we’ve stayed in some fairly impressively and richly appointed rooms - and this second floor level Suite was in that upper level of wonderfully spacious comfort, spotless cleanliness, sumptuous furnishings, decor and amenities.
It’s all about the “details” and the room didn’t lack for much. A thoughtful complimentary bottle of Fess Parker Winery Pinot Noir, Keurig coffee maker, two large complimentary bottles of purified water, a small refrigerator, etc. Nightly turn-down reportedly included the promise of a bag of Los Olivos chocolatier Stafford’ decadent peanut brittle - but unfortunately, an expectation miss since none was ever delivered during our two night stay.
Bathroom was bright, spotless, nicely appointed and well maintained. The tiled inner shower with a floor to ceiling glass outer wall and door was sufficiently spacious and with wonderfully refreshing water pressure and temperature - a small but lengthy ceramic shelf at its back for soap and razors. A separate counter just outside the bathroom door afforded a cosmetic mirror and more space.
King bed and bedding was predictably wrapped in high quality linen and comfort. Since the room was located at the building’s back, it felt private, quiet away from most main street noise. The large gas fireplace radiated it’s elegant warmth throughout the space - best enjoyed from the cozy couch that faced it. The only slightly off aspect was a large LCD TV above the fireplace, which seemed much smaller across the room’s wide breath from the bed.
Missing peanut brittle aside, the only other disappointment was the complimentary breakfast in the Bear and the Star restaurant. The menu seemed creative with an advertised ranch-flair. However, the somewhat straight-forward “Ranch Breakfast” arrived not living up to the high quality expectation. Instead, an ordered medium cooked fried egg arrived hard, House-smoked bacon had the consistency of overly dried jerky and home fries were hard, over-cooked and barely warm. We might have accepted a correction - and received another cup of coffee - but our server was so seemingly consumed attending a large amount of tables - that after 15+ minutes of waiting, we finally had to leave our table to locate her and ask for attention. By that time, our patience had evaporated. As we exited, the manager emerged apologizing for the meal and service. We acknowledged his attempt but left disappointed.
We had heard the Bear and the Star was the Parker family’s latest invested collaboration for a high-quality, “refined” farm to table format and dining experience. However, we wondered if they can’t get a complimentary breakfast right, are we risking too much on their commensurately higher priced dinner? In the end, we elected dinner again at the adjacent Wine Merchant restaurant - and again, were not disappointed in the least.
When returning next to Los Olivos, we’d again seek out staying at the Fess Parker Country Inn.
Fabulous spot for wine tasting. We (4 adults) stayed at this wonderful boutique hotel in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country. The drive from Santa Barbara to Los Olivos is gorgeous. We drove through the mountains there and along the coast on the way back to SB. From check in to check out, we were treated like royalty by the Inn staff. The staff we interacted with were professional, polite and helpful. You have to have breakfast at the Inn. Scrupulous and adorable setting.
The rooms are very spacious, beautifully decorated and meticulously clean. We had rooms #19 and #21, which are across the street from the main hotel. Large bedroom with gas fireplace and large modern bathroom.
Our first day we stayed in town and visited wine tasting bars: Epiphany, The Bubble Shack and Ca’ Del Grevino. Epiphany and The Bubble Shack have lovely outdoor seating and our tastings were included with our hotel stay. We loved the young woman who did our wine tasting at Grevino. She’s a doll.
The Inn recommended a private car service for day two to drive us out of town to visit 4 wineries. The first one was a small private family owned winery called Sogno del Fiore. Advance reservations required. The owner, Jerry Fiore, was a ton of fun and very knowledgeable about wine. The second winery we visited was Beckmen Vineyards. Another lovely setting and a great host. We had an older woman who poured us 8 fabulous wines. The third winery we visited was the Demetria Estate. This place was absolutely stunning. You need advance reservations here. It is about a mile or two off the main road. A lovely drive through rolling hills and vineyards. At the top, it looks like Italy with a Mediterranean style building and a huge outside terrace overlooking the landscape. It is BYO food. Everyone had picnic lunches (we had picked up sandwiches in Los Olivios at Penino – definitely not to miss). The wine is fabulous and they have live music when we were there. The final winery we visited was the Fess Parker Winery. This one is much much larger and more commercial than the other two we visited but still quite lovely. The day we were there it was so busy they were not doing wine tastings at the outdoor tables. Everyone had to crowd around one of the two bars. Not as cozy as we like but great wine.
It was my husband birthday, and I can’t thank fess Parker inn enough. We arrived at the hotel, I had a gift sent from a winery which was placed in the room also a personal birthday card and box of mini cupcakes added a great touch. We ate at bear star for breakfast and dinner both days. The food, staff and service is a pure pleasure. Looking foreword to our next trip in April 2019