The rush that courses through me when some gifted geography (read: Paso Robles) fashions an outpost worthy of its grounding, it’s a little ridiculous, the thrill. When homespun hybrids hospitality and style sizes up the senses, I am so smitten. Stables Inn has accomplished such with full envisage and intention.
Once a mid-century roadside inn, owners Robert and Sherry Gilson have reinvented the wagon wheel in Paso Robles. Whitewashed wood and western whimsicality, a fireside festival of cozy and casual, this bespoke blend of barn and beauty should be a wine region pre-requisite. It’s small size (just 19 rooms) is fitting with its quaint and curated feel. Every nook is nested in equine inspired décor; sliding barn doors open to stovepipe furnaces, freshly picked blooms and campy enamelware; an empyrean feast. A little vintage in vision, a little modern where you want it. They just did such a great job with the place.
The Tack Room, a wood beamed collective of communal invitation, replete with a galvanized metal windmill from the 1900s, is both welcoming and styled to the nines. Stay for coffee, tea, or Covid friendly individually packaged pastry.
We stayed in a California King room, which was awesome. Wood floors, an iron bedframe plucked right from my franco-fantasies, a retro mini fridge, apple green end tables, wine glasses for fireside sipping, original artwork all against a splash of white. The light fixtures are fun, and the flowers are for real (they’re so bodacious they’re easy to doubt). The space is not enormous, but it is glorious.
And there’s a bunkhouse. If you’re traveling with up to six, this situation will make you so happy. Beneath an A-frame ceiling, a delightful set of barnwood bunkbeds, a California King, an armoire and a communal table that seats six… girls weekend, families, bridal, bachelorette, you name it. This bunkhouse is answer brilliant.
Double rooms for parties of two to four, too. Told you, small place, but it all works.
Especially with the city square a very walkable three blocks away. If you’ve ever been to Paso Robles, this is probably the part you remember. Ice cream shops, boutique shopping, and lots and lots of places to taste wine. All situated around a vast green patch of nowhere else to be.
To the square, to the Stables Inn, you can bring your dog, you can bring your six string (there’s a shared firepit that beckons for some strumming). There’s even a plug-in for your electric vehicle if you happened to have brought that too. (Horsepower has evolved and they have readily accepted this). Giddy up my friends. This is place is charm runneth over and a delightful dance in the celebration of this midcoastal moment. For a stop on your way up the coast, or one that definitely dignifies a destination unto itself, be on your way. Chaps optional.
Stables Inn, 730 Spring Street, Paso Robles, California 93446, United States.
Tel: +1(805) 296-3636
Stables Inn is located three blocks from historic downtown Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County about halfway between San Francisco to the north and Los Angeles to the south. If driving from the north via Highway 101, take Highway 101 South to the 17th Street Exit (#231A), turn left onto Riverside Avenue, then turn right onto 13th Street, left onto Spring Street and you will see Stables Inn on the left hand side just after you cross 8th Street. If driving from the south on Highway 101, take Highway 101 North to the Spring Street Exit (#229), then drive straight to get onto Spring Street and you will see Stables Inn on the right hand side between 7th and 8th Streets.
Type of Hotel: Boutique Inn
Number of Rooms: 19 rooms and dog friendly with complimentary Wi-Fi and complimentary parking.
Price Band: Medium
Insider Tip: Paso Market Walk is a five-minute drive and a really sweet collective of mercantile, bakery, brews, and gelatiers. It’s worth noting that the bathrooms are pretty tiny with a pedestal sink and rain shower. I recommend you save the spa jacuzzi for another trip.
Reviewer’s Rating: 8.5/10
Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles.
Photographs by Jolie Loeb