This is a real gem of a place that the owners have turned into something special. We felt like we were in a villa in Provence the entire four days we spent there. The inn is situated on 140 acres, 40 of which are vineyards on rolling hills, all part of the Brosseau vineyards, owned by Jon and Jan Brosseau. The place is secluded and surrounded by fields of lavender. The air is so clean and fresh with no pollution. At night, we star-gazed in the clear sky and were able to see the Milky Way, planets and other constellations-truly an amazing experience.
This is a 6 room B & B, and we travelled with a few families so we had the whole place to ourselves. We, unfortunately, had some unforeseen circumstances arise a couple weeks before our arrival, necessitating many changes in our reservation. At no time did Jan make us feel we were inconveniencing her, even though we probably were. She was very flexible and understanding about the unfortunateness of our situation and remained ever the gracious host. When we finally arrived, we completely felt at home the entire week.
Everything about our stay was perfect. The rooms were impeccable and spacious and had all the amenities we could possibly need. The gourmet breakfasts (vegetable quiche, egg casserole, croissant french toast, fresh fruit, cereals, breads, muffins, etc.) were so delicious and filling; we also appreciated being handed a cup of coffee by Jon first thing when we walked into the kitchen in the morning. The kids in our group were similarly welcomed and given first class treatment as well; they were delighted to have a cup of hot cocoa with whip cream each morning - that was a very thoughtful touch. They also enjoyed having access to microwave popcorn and other packaged snacks.
The proximity to Pinnacles National Park could not be better. It was about a 5-10 minute drive to the park entrance. We hiked during the day and then returned to the inn in the late afternoon to relax. The pool and surrounding area was fantastic and provided stunning views of the surrounding vineyards and valley. The kids were also pleasantly surprised to be able to try out the archery set. There is a ping pong table and bocci ball court as well. This place was enjoyed by all the adults AND kids (ages 8-15), which is saying a lot. We particularly enjoyed the wine (tasting the yummy wines of the Brosseau vineyards), cheese and appetizers in the evening, sitting under the shade tree, listening to Jon's stories of their family and the history of how he built the vineyard and inn.
There is so much attention to detail at this place in the amenities and the personal touches from Jon and Jan. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we are already thinking of returning. While the individual rooms offer privacy and dedicated balconies that would make this an ideal spot for couples, I also highly recommend coming in a group and booking all the rooms as we did. You will really feel like you are in a French villa in Provence - "without the 10-hour flight," as Jon would say!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Gabilan Mountains of Monterey County, near Soledad, California, the Inn at the Pinnacles offers luxury accommodations in the peaceful, serene setting of beautiful Steinbeck Country. This private Chalone Appellation vineyard estate is nestled in the beautiful Brosseau Vineyards and offers romantic views from every direction. The Inn is just four miles from the Pinnacles National Monument, west entrance, offering bird watching, hiking, and rock climbing, a short drive to Monterey County's finest wineries, and about an hour's drive to world famous Carmel and Monterey. Room rates start at $200/night, single or double occupancy. Registered guests enjoy tasting Brosseau Vineyard and other Chalone Appellation wines during the evening social hour. A full breakfast is served each morning. Guests are welcome to dine in the Pinnacles Dining Room, or on one of our lovely patios which offer panoramic views of the surrounding hillsides and the Pinnacles National Monument. Enjoy a game of Bocce Ball, a stroll in the beautiful Brosseau Vineyards, or relax and enjoy a glass of Brosseau Wines under starry skies.Guest RoomsOur six guest rooms offer you the luxury of your own private entry, private patio with gas grill, and private bath along with ceramic tile floors. All are individually decorated and include a queen size bed, sitting area with gas fireplace, air conditioner, ceiling fan and wet bar with refrigerator and microwave. Five of the six guest rooms have their own whirlpool tub large enough to accomodate two people. The sixth room features an old fashion style claw foot slipper tub. Each room offers views of the beautiful Gabilan Mountain Range. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Inn At The Pinnacles b&b
- Inn At The Pinnacles Hotel Soledad