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CENTRAL COAST Feel AT FESS’ a RIGHT AT HOME PLACE PHOTOS COURTESY OF FESS PARKER INN few years back, a familiar voice hailed us as we made our way to breakfast in Los Olivos. “Well, come on in,” said Davy Crock-ett. Or was it Daniel Boone? Both, actually. Fess Parker, who portrayed the two folk heroes in Hollywood in the 1950s and ’60s, was always a gracious presence whenever he’d swing by his Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa. Though Parker died two years ago, the warm hospitality remains at the upscale inn in Santa Ynez Valley wine country. An overnight in the main building feels like a stay at some-one’s ranch home. A two-year renovation was completed in May, giving the inn a modern ambience, yet to understated effect, with cream-and-taupe décor and beautiful blond-wood floors (some of the boards are wine barrel staves). The rooms are extremely comfortable, with vaulted ceilings, beds of superior quality and amenities that range from fireplaces to wet bars to plush robes. It’s nice to be able to walk to and from all the offerings of little Los Olivos – especially those 27 wine-tasting rooms. The inn’s restaurant, Petros, has a Greek theme that at first feels incongruous for this region, but at least it’s a nice break from the ubiquitous tri-tip grilled on red oak. Our breakfast here was superb: the Petros Hovi-atiki omelette, a boisterous convergence of tomatoes, Epirus feta, red onions, capers, Volos olives and avocado. fesspar k erinn. c om SCGA.ORG 30 | FORE Magazine | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012
Feel Right at Home at Fess’ Place
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