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A Modern Getaway in California Wine Country

Posted by Christian Navar on Mon, Mar 2, 2009 @ 15:03 PM

Being a connoisseur  of all things “modern” I often find myself planning vacations not just around a certain place or location, but also around experiencing interesting well-designed restaurants, museums, shops, and places to stay. Often I turn to Wallpaper City Guides, published by Phaidon Press as a way to research the best places to visit for the “design-conscious traveller”.

Recently, however, it was as simple as a quick search on Google that brought me to a wonderful little inn at a vineyard in Paso Robles, California. The Christopher Joyce Vineyard and Inn is a wonderful new modern structure “nestled in the vines” atop a vineyard that overlooks beautiful Central California wine country. This new bed and breakfast features two very well furnished suites in a comfortable and relaxing, yet contemporary, setting.

modern winery viewThe View

The inn, located just a short drive from downtown Paso Robles' many fine eating establishments, is perfectly situated for anyone looking for a relaxing weekend getaway or a wine tasting extravaganza. The innkeeper, Joyce Clarke, compliments the place perfectly. Upon arrival, she served a glass of Zinfandel accompanied by the most delightful, freshly prepared appetizers, all the while offering wonderful recommendations of places to eat and to go wine tasting in Paso. After a day of great wine tasting and a wonderful meal in Paso Robles, I returned to the inn to find an assortment of desserts and dessert wine waiting for me, which I consumed by the fire in a warm and lofty space far away from the daily grind.

modern bed and breakfast The Inn

If you are sitting at your desk right now thinking, “I need to get away this weekend”, a quick four hour drive from Los Angeles will get you to The Christopher Joyce Vineyard and Inn. If your idea of relaxing is spending the weekend in a Tuscan Villa, I highly recommend going to Italy, not Paso. But if you want panoramic views, great cuisine, and incredible wine in a well-designed bed and breakfast closer to home, try the Christopher Joyce Vineyard and Inn.

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modern california inn View of the Inn from the Vineyard

Tags: Hotel Design, Travel