Community turns out for sneak peek at Paso Robles Inn renovations
New renovations, menu, gardens, mural and more unveiled at open house
A large crowd turned out Thursday evening to celebrate the completion of an extensive two year renovation of the historic Paso Robles Inn. A wide assortment of food samplings were served and wines were poured for the guests by the Paso Robles Wine Club and Hope Family Wines.
Along nearly every step of the private, staff-led tours, attendees were shown something new that had been added, revamped or refinished while keeping with the historic charm of the Inn. The Inn started the renovation last year by launching a unique wine partnership with 17 local wineries and local brewery, Firestone. Eighteen deluxe mineral spa rooms dedicated to the project have been renovated from top to bottom, including updated bathrooms, furnishings, amenities and new spa tubs. The winery and brewery partners provided representative touches in art, furniture and accessories to theme each room. The suites feature a variety of unique decorative items, from a real grape vine in the Ancient Peaks Winery suite, to wine barrel chairs in the DAOU Suite, to beautiful murals over the spa tubs and glass lamps filled with corks.
This year, the Inn’s renovations moved to the Grand Ballroom building, with the lobby and foyer receiving new carpeting and reupholstered furniture. The twelve upstairs guest rooms have been completely renovated with new luxury furniture and décor.
Outdoor improvements include Chef Paul Arangorin’s garden planted with peppers, basil, kale, and other herbs, vegetables ad spices found on the Steakhouse Restaurant menu; the restaurant patio has been updated with new furniture and accessories. In the redesigned Coffee Shop, still boasting its classic charm but with an updated look, locals and guests can now enjoy a selection of specialty coffees.
At the entrance to the Inn, seven parking spaces were removed to allow for a new garden setting to greet arriving guests.
“Mari Landscaping designed the lighting and added drought resistance plants, ” said Paso Robles Inn and Steakhouse General Manager Erica Fryburger. “The result is very welcoming and inviting. The pathways and the garden bring people in and the design really keeps with the overall beauty of the city.”
And as a nod to the 125th anniversary of Paso Robles, a new mural now adorns the exterior of the winery themed building. The 25-foot-by-30-foot mural—informally titled, “The Dawn of Paso Robles,” draws inspiration from the area’s rich history of wine making. The mural is an original work by local artist Steve Kalar and focuses on the people and animals who work so hard in the winemaking process.
“We are located in one of the most historic spots in California, on top of a natural hot springs that has been used for healing and relaxation for centuries,” said Noreen Martin, CEO of Martin Resorts. “But that’s not enough. We wanted to continue to add value to this incredible historic property to keep pace with the excitement that’s happening in Paso Robles.”
Upcoming events at the Paso Robles Inn & Steakhouse
Wine & Tapas Series:
- DAOU Vineyards- June 19
- Vina Robles- July 10
- Broken Earth Winery- August 14
- Ancient Peaks Winery- September 11
- Rio Seco Vineyard and Winery- October 16
Winemaker Dinner series:
- J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines- June 12
- Castoro Cellars- August 28
- Donati Family Vineyard- October 30
Wedding for 125 Couples
On Sunday, September 14, 2014, the Paso Robles Inn will be turned into a wedding celebration of gigantic proportions when 125 couples receive their vows – or renew their vows – as a part of the ongoing celebration of the 125th anniversary of the City of Paso Robles. The wedding will be held in the expansive gardens at the Inn and includes photos, a guest book, a time capsule, commemorative champagne glass, champagne toast and cake. A buffet is available after the ceremony. For information on costs and reservations, call the Paso Robles Inn at (805) 238-2660 or visit www.pasoroblesinn.com.