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Inn at the Pinnacles Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 1 Soledad B&B and Inns
San Francisco, California, United States
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“A very special place”
Reviewed 9 November 2011

I took my husband here to celebrate his birthday. Owners Jan and Jon are welcoming, warm hosts. The inn is a modern Spanish-style home with guest rooms on the side. The property is surrounded by rolling vineyards on all sides and extremely close to Pinnacles National Monument. We plan on returning.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

When we visit Pinnacles we usually stay in King City. However this time we looked on Tripadvisor and found this b and b. It is only a couple of miles from Pinnacles and has lovely views. It is also in the middle of a vineyard and was so peaceful. We loved hearing the coyotes at night and seeing Pinnacles early in the morning. There was a nice swimming pool which was heated and there were comfortable loungers to relax on. Our room was very nicely decorated with everything we needed. Jan and Jon (the owners) were extremely hospitable and provided wine and cheese tasting in the evening. Jan's breakfasts were great as well.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 8 November 2010

I took my husband here for a birthday hiking trip and we had a wonderful time! This B&B is just a couple minutes from the west entrance of Pinnacles. It is on a vineyard with a lot of land, so it really feels as though you have gotten away from everything. When you arrive, the owners Jan and Jon have wine and snacks for you to enjoy as you watch the sun set. They are friendly and wonderful. Soledad itself does not have many eating out options, but every room at the Inn has a gas grill on the deck so we packed some food and drinks and had a lovely evening grilling on the deck. Our room had a big whirlpool tub and a view of the vineyard. Every detail seemed to be thought of and the stay was perfectly comfortable and relaxing. In the morning the breakfast was delicious and gave us energy for hours of hiking! Couldn't have asked for anything more!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Napa, California
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Reviewed 18 October 2010

Full disclosure, I worked at Chalone back in the late 1990's, and had dinner once with Jan, Jon and their kids back when they lived in a solar and generator powered hippy shack on what was then their simple, weekend ranch for their family. A few years later, I saw them a second time right when they were cutting the lumber for the walls at the B&B 10 years ago and thought: "a B&B? Here?"

My wife and I stayed here for our 10th wedding anniversary. We are quite familiar with--and enamored with--the Pinnacles and Chalone area, and decided to splurge. As it isn't inexpensive, we had never stayed at the Inn at the Pinnacles until this special occassion. We'd always camped, or stayed with friends. But, the Inn is truly fantastic, and we will be going back, even for not-so-special occassions.

Jon and Jan are the consumate hosts. He's a rocket scientist (really), and a gregarious and colorful one. Jan has obviously mastered both motherhood and grandmotherhood, and is the highly atune to guests' needs. The rooms were well-apportioned, clean and neat, and breakfasts were tasty.

This is not a place for everyone, but for sure a perfect place for some. Perhaps the one critical aspect of a successful match between you and the Inn at the Pinnacles is that you need to be up for a little adventure. Truly, the marvel here is that they created this oasis in the middle of nowhere. Water is piped 11 miles up the hill, as is electricity, and the road there is long, narrow, and winding. Rare is a visitor who is driving up the hill for the first time who doesn't second guess that they are headed the right direction. Comparing this to other similarly-priced B&B's is just not fair; perhaps amenity for amenity, the Inn at the Pinnacles is not quite a fancy as others you might find for this same price point. But then you must consider that the Brousseau's built this themselves, paving stone by paving stone, this far up the mountain. And it qualifies as luxurious by pretty much any standard.

Adventure is everywhere at the Inn at the Pinnacles, though not the typical tourist/shopping kind. Restaurant access is limited (Soledad boasts a few good Mexican joints, but that's about it). But, grilling on your deck at the B&B is probably the best dinner and view you could ever have. Sure you could swim in fancier pools, but this one has not only has a killer view, but that water came 11 miles up the hill, and the solitude from the pool deck is symphonic (I don't know how else to describe the scale and beauty of the place; the view is 360 degrees of spectacular). If you are looking for a manny/pedi, look elsewhere. But if you want to hike in the likes of the Pinnacles--a special national park without the crowds of, say, a Yosemite--then this is the place for you. Beware, it isn't always the quietest place at night, because the coyotes occassionally howl back and forth at each other by the light of the full moon. It's spectacular; this is real frontier country.

Wine is definitely another theme here. Nestled right up next to Chalone, which is unfortunately no longer open for visitors, this is viticulture in the extreme. Brousseau's planted the vineyard that surrounds the B&B over 20 years ago, and they are both farmers and innkeepers. They know there stuff, sell grapes to many of the cult producers of California, and there own wine--made by their son--is fantastic. So, you get the local wine--which is great--as well as access to good information about the rest of the wineries in Salinas.

One possible adventure, we brought our road bikes and did a great 30 mile "Tour De Soledad" starting in Soledad, going south on Metz road, across to Greenfield on Elm, on our to Arroyo Seco road, and then back (with a quick 1/2 mile race down a wide shoulder on 101) to the finish for Carnitas and Coronas at Mariscos Mexican Restaurant. It was a fantastic loop.

For the right person, we can't recommend this place enough. It is sort of in that class that defies categorization: perhaps along the lines of an Evergreen Lodge in Yosemite, or maybe a Costanoa near Half Moon Bay (though neither is actually LIKE the Inn at the Pinnacles). And while I mentioned the breakfasts--which are really, really good--I think my favorite part was the daily wine, cheese and social hour. The Brousseau's are great conversationalists about the area, and more importantly, you are likely to meet fellow like-minded adventurers who are staying at the Inn as well. It is a special cadre that seek this place out.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Carmel, California
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Reviewed 28 July 2010

I just wanted to add a quick review of our recent stay at the Inn at the Pinnacles (http://www.innatthepinnacles.com/index.php). My wife booked us one night at the Inn and I wish it had been 7! This is a hidden gem and I can honestly recommend it to any couple that wishes to have a quiet, comfortable break away from their daily life. Our hosts John and Jan are a great couple, who welcomed us with open arms. The rooms are very comfortable; the sparkling pool is a huge bonus; and the views are simply breathtaking. Location-wise, the Inn is very close to the various hiking trails around the Pinnacles, where you are likely to see the condor.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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northern california
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Reviewed 21 July 2010

We just spent one night at the Inn at the Pinnacles a few weeks ago and wished we'd been able to stay for 2. It's a really lovely place, set up in the hills above Soledad and the Salinas Valley. Very peaceful-I couldn't see any other homes or buildings from our patio, just the Pinnacles, vineyards and low mountains. The Pinnacles Monument entrance is just a few miles up the road-the middle of summer is probably not the best time for hiking but we did our best and made it back to the Inn for wine time by the pool. As there's no restaurant at the Inn and none close-by, we used the bbq on our patio and watched the stars come out. The room (Chapparal) was very comfortable, it was airy and the tiled floor kept it cool. Highly recommended. It's about 2.5 hours from the SF area, and about an hour over to Carmel and Monterey.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 12 July 2010

We weren't sure what to expect when we set out on our journey to the Inn at the Pinnacles but were extremely pleasantly surprised. It is a little hard to get to but more than worth the trip. The Bed and Breakfast was really lovely and well-maintained. Each room is fully equipped with a microwave, fridge, and BBQ and also a whirlpool tub. The rooms are really clean and well-maintained and also quite spacious. The rooms are really comfortable. The people running this B & B couldn't have been nicer. They are extremely gracious and friendly without being pushy or "in-your-face". They are very skilled at cooking and hosting-the breakfasts each day were so delicious and very filling. And the wine and cheese near the 90 degree pool is out of this world. In summary, the place was great and the owners are really lovely.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Inn at the Pinnacles Bed and Breakfast
Address: 32025 Stonewall Canyon Road, Soledad, CA 93960
Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Soledad
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Soledad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
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 
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