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Nearly two years ago, news came out that Sunset Tower hotelier Jeff Klein had purchased a "clothing optional gay motel" in West Hollywood. At the time, the spot was known not just for its lax clothing policy but also for the drug habits of its guests. Its nickname was "Sin Bin."
But a year after purchasing the property, Klein had done significant upgrades to the 29 bungalows and the pool they surround (the jacuzzi was removed) to warrant a feature article in the NY Times. Today, the hotel goes by the name San Vicente Bungalows and looks like a chic little oasis in the middle of WeHo. But it is by no means luxe.
It's nearly harvest time for California growers and in Paso Robles, a small town between San Francisco and Los Angeles, that means special tastings,events, and hotel packages to highlight the season.
This region has over 200 wineries growing 40 grape varietals from Petite Sirah to Rousanne, so you'll need a home base while you explore the terrain. We've found a few deals to do so, from boutique luxury to family-friendly properties.
The Adelaide Inn is a 108-room family-run hotel set on lushly grounds. Their Wine Package Special for Two includes an Executive King Room, complimentary bottle of Eberle wine, free wine tasting coupons, wine glasses, and sample chocolates. Rates are $116 per night and include free WiFi and Continental breakfast.
In the wine region around Mendoza, there sits a tiny design-focused hotelEl Aguamielwith its own vineyard...and its own vineyard guard dog. Anna is a large, black presence on the property, as she slinks around the 6 rooms (yes, only 6), the pool, the restaurant and the many rows of Malbec grapes.
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