A warm, hospitable inn near the vineyards.
This Victorian mansion in the rural hamlet of Santa Ynez is an ideal place to pretend that you're the lord or lady of the manor. Even those who don't like Victoriana may be converted. With just over a dozen rooms and suites spread across two stories, personal service is assured. All of the accommodations have an antique sense of style and are furnished with Frette linens, TVs with CD/DVD entertainment systems, climate controls, telephones, refrigerators, coffee makers and wireless Internet access. Some also have balconies, gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs or even steam showers built for two. The concierge can help plan a wine tasting tour, arrange for horseback rides or point out where to rent bicycles. After a day out, return to relax on the sun deck, soak in the outdoor heated jacuzzi or stroll through the gardens. Best of all is the inn's California-style spa, which offers all types of massage (including aromatherapy, hot stone and deep tissue), as well as a workout room with a sauna. Rates include a gourmet breakfast and evening wine, hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Wine country bistros are a short walk away.