I have been visiting the historic village of Paso Robles, California for almost two decades. Before the new face-lift I found the Paso Robles Inn to be a charming get away, elegant and casual. The fine local wines and delicious Angus steaks were always a favorite. Although I lived close enough to drive home from this haven, I stayed for a night or more to enjoy the excellent spa for  the perfect vacation in every sense. I cannot wait to return in early 2011 to experience the new modern country style.

Since I like this so much, I wanted to pass on the press release.

Building on an Elegant Legacy

The historical Paso Robles Inn gets a facelift with modern wine country style

December 2, 2010— (Paso Robles, CA) Robust, balanced, well-structured and aged to perfection. No, this isn’t a tasting note for a glass of fine Central Coast wine.  It’s a description of the newly refurbished Paso Robles Inn.

“To those intent on pleasure and desire to recuperate amidst rural quiet, pleasant surroundings, first-class accommodations, excellent attendance and a marvelous climate both summer and winter, there is no sanitarium or pleasure resort on the Pacific Coast that can offer the advantages and inducements possessed by a sojourn at the El Paso de Robles Hotel.”  So reads a promotion of the Paso Robles Inn by its original owners, James Blackburn and Drury James, from 1888.  Despite fires, earthquakes, and a fabled ghost in the ballroom, the Inn continues to provide the finest accommodations for those “intent on pleasure.”

Overlooking Paso Robles’ charming City Park, downtown boutiques and wine tasting rooms, the Paso Robles Inn has revitalized its traditional feel to reflect the modern American wine country of its surroundings.  “The Inn’s history holds enormous appeal to visitors,” says Noreen Martin, owner and CEO of Martin Resorts, which counts the Paso Robles Inn among its portfolio of fine properties.  “We wanted to frame that history with an up-to-date look and contemporary Paso Robles flair.”

Recent renovations at the historic Inn include luxurious room appointments that appeal to the wine country vacationer as well as the modern business traveler.  The remodeled spacious rooms feature exceptional linens, fresh duvets and wet bars, while some room also feature fireplaces and flat screen TVs.  These rooms are intended for maximum comfort and relaxation, with picturesque views of the property’s manicured gardens, Koi ponds, babbling streams and stately oak trees from every window.  As always, the Inn continues to offer a selection of two-room suites to accommodate larger parties, as well as Deluxe Spa Rooms which feature private mineral spa tubs filled with water from the Inn’s famed hot springs.

On par with the gourmet restaurants and stylish bistros nestled in and around City Park, the Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse has been renovated to cater to the palates of discerning wine country guests.  Comfortable booths and white linen tables are nestled to focus on the stone fireplace. The room resonates modern wine country comfort.  The new menu features a host of local purveyors including Happy Acres Goat Farm, Jardine Almonds, Olea Olive Oils, and Morro Bay fisheries, putting a contemporary twist on classic dishes from sumptuous truffle lobster macaroni and cheese to Kurobuta grilled pork chop with mustard spaetzle, collard greens, and fig compote.  The Steakhouse continues to offer a comprehensive menu of its famous cuts of USDA Choice Certified Angus Beef® with the option of adding house-made steak sauce, chimichurri, or a selection of aromatic infused butters.  Of course, an exhaustive list of award-winning Paso Robles wines complements and augments the Steakhouse dining experience.

The Steakhouse offers indoor fireside dining or heated patio seating overlooking the Inn’s beautiful gardens.  In addition, the balcony seating in the Cattlemen’s Lounge affords terrific views of the park and downtown Paso Robles.  With a full-service bar and regular live music, the Lounge is not only an historical California landmark (with a nod to the days when Jesse James partook in the Inn’s hot springs to heal a bullet wound), but it is also a regular hot spot for locals in the know.

Since 1857, the Paso Robles Inn has offered a haven of comfort, pleasure and wellness, with natural hot springs that have refreshed travelers dating back to the Salinan people and California mission padres.  Today, the Inn continues this storied tradition in wine country, with elegantly furnished rooms, private mineral spa tubs, meticulously-tended grounds, a modern American steakhouse and a welcoming lounge – all just minutes from Paso Robles’ 200 wineries and the delights of City Park.  For more information on the Paso Robles Inn, please visit www.pasoroblesinn.com, call 805.238.2660 or toll-free 800.676.1713.  The Paso Robles Inn is located at 1103 Spring Street in the heart of Paso Robles.

From: Jamie Evans <jevans@parkersanpei.com>