Wine Stone Inn | Orcutt, California
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When one thinks of hospitality and a relaxing retreat, somewhere to kick one’s feet up and revel in the luxuries of service and nature combined, I bet one never thinks of Orcutt, California, population 31,000. Nestled some 27 miles from Pismo Beach in the Santa Maria Valley of Santa Barbara County lies an uincorporated town that was a major player in the California oil industry once upon a time. When I think of Orcutt today, I think of small town weekend bliss at one of my favorite inns this side of the Mississippi, Wine Stone Inn.
Check In at 3pm
Upon checking in, one is greeted by the very friendly staff and a glass of champagne. Um, don’t mind if I do! The process is a breeze and there are two front entrances to make social distancing possible. Bottles of hand sanitizer are strategically placed around the lobby and bar for guest’s use. And, while Wine Stone Inn’s bar is open to the public, the inn itself is quite small. I’ve yet to feel cramped or uncomfortable anywhere on their property. I truly feel safe traveling to Orcutt, California and Wine Stone Inn during the time of corona.
The rooms are tastefully decorated with small details that go a long way. I live for bronze cutlery and beautiful pottery. A mirrored, gold tray to place my wine glasses on? Yes, please. The artfully painted wall is gallery worthy and the seating area is comfortable. Lest I forget to mention the free snacks and water. If you run out, there’s a snack room down the hall where you can fetch more refreshments.
And honestly, as a writer, nothing is more enjoyable than receiving a handwritten card. I kid you not – our room included a handwritten thank-you card for our stay. It truly is the little things in life.
Room for Improvement
In my humble opinion, there are two things that could make these rooms absolutely perfect. First and foremost, the bed – it’s wonderfully large, however, it is not the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept on. That’s also to say it’s not the most uncomfortable, but it could use some improvement. I find that I’m sinking into the middle of the bed halfway through the night. And secondly, while I love the gigantic shower, I’m a take-a-bath-and-relax type of woman. A large, clawfoot bathtub could make a world of difference in my ideal of perfection. But that’s just me. If you like showers then you won’t be disappointed by this one.
Wine Stone Inn’s Happy Hour
Once you’ve settled into your room, don’t forget to head back downstairs between 4pm-6pm. Happy hour starts and guests can enjoy free wine and snacks from the comfort of their large, heated patio. Blankets are also available for those particularly breezy, cooler evenings. The wine is superb and the olives are *kisses tips of fingers* delicious. It is quite possibly my favorite happy hour in the golden state.
The town is a short walking distance away, so post happy hour, if you’re hungry, there are plenty of dining and take out options in Orcutt. This time around, the babe and I opted for delivery from the popular Bello Forno, which basically translates to Nice Oven. And I’m here to tell you, they must have a nice oven because that pizza was delicious as was the Caesar salad we ordered alongside it.
The unexpected and exceptionally nice part was that when the front desk of Wine Stone Inn caught wind of the fact that we ordered food delivery, they offered to bring it up to us next time rather than us having to leave our room to fetch it. Of course, we didn’t mind, but the hospitality at Wine Stone Inn is truly unparalleled.
Check Out is at Noon!
Perhaps my favorite part of staying at Wine Stone Inn is their later than usual check-out time, 12pm. You can sleep in, enjoy a delivered-right-to-your-door complimentary breakfast and in-room coffee and enjoy your morning. The view of the mountains via the king room with balcony, especially at sunset, is definitely a plus. If you decide to partake in happy hour from your room, enjoy the view from the balcony. Don’t forget the vino because wine not?