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Innkeeper Alma

Innkeeper Alma

Sundance Bed & Breakfast is the culmination of a decades-long dream of my wife, Alma. We’ve traveled all over and often stay in B&Bs (Alma’s preference) but I always resisted when the topic inevitably came up about owning and running our own! Undaunted, Alma continued to research and inquire; she reached out to other innkeepers and subscribed to realty sites for B&Bs all over North America. In the meantime she had a successful but stressful career as Executive Producer of live musical events, variety shows and commercials for a Spanish-language TV Network. She was nominated for the prestigious Emmy Award multiple times but did not win. When she finally won we missed the ceremony!

As much as she enjoyed producing events, her dream to own a B&B tugged at her and she wouldn’t let my reluctance dissuade her! She moved TV production to the back burner – so to speak – and enrolled in Culinary School. There she elevated her already fabulous cooking skills (OK, I’m biased) by studying the French Technique from Le Cordon Bleu, ultimately producing meals that were not just delicious but so elegantly plated I felt I should be better dressed just to eat them! After graduating with Honors, she parlayed her success at school into a job interning under Master Chef Michael Cimarusti in the kitchen of one of LA’s finest restaurants: Providence on Melrose Ave. From there she helped open LA Mill in Silverlake (voted one of the 10 best boutique coffee shops in the country by Bon Appetit Magazine) and then worked with Wolfgang Puck Catering in Hollywood. But, in reality, this was all part of her master plan to one day have her own place!

Neil & Alma at Tablas Creek

Neil & Alma at Tablas Creek

For our 20th anniversary in 2011, I planned a surprise trip to Paso where we stayed at another fabulous B&B called Belvino Viaggio (now closed). We cruised to the beach towns, visited Hearst Castle, explored downtown Paso and, of course, did lots of wine-tasting and restaurant-trolling! We both fell in love with the place. Each day I’d planned a different surprise and on the last day my final surprise was a visit to a home on top of a hill that Alma had originally shown me as part of her ongoing research (and that I had pretended to ignore). The house had been empty for awhile and there was plenty of work that needed to be done, but the view was there and the potential was obvious. That home is now Sundance Bed & Breakfast!

All the fabulous Paso wine and the seductive allure of actually living in wine country finally made me see the light and that was all Alma needed! The rest happened in record time – I’m still a little dazed by it – as we sold our home, changed our lives and moved from LA to Paso! Alma then went into overdrive: securing the name, registering the business, launching the website, designing the landscaping, contracting contractors and decorating each room herself to create the B&B you see now!

And what about me? Well, along with being Alma’s husband, business partner and biggest fan, I now have my own vineyard so really we’re working on two dreams at once!

 

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About the B&B: Sundance Bed & Breakfast is situated on ten acres overlooking beautiful gardens and endless views of rolling hills and vineyards (including our own estate vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah) making it the ideal getaway for those looking for luxurious accommodations, excellent food and fine wines within a few hours driving distance of either Los Angeles or San Francisco. The house is built in the familiar Tuscan style using passive solar construction techniques; this means it not only stays remarkably cool in the hot Paso Summer and warm in the cold Paso Winter but also provides quiet room-to-room serenity for anyone staying here, ensuring a peaceful night’s rest. You’ll find beautiful Versaille-pattern travertine tile flooring downstairs and rustic, softwood flooring upstairs that meld wonderfully with the elegant scale and soothing color scheme throughout.

About the Suites: Our B&B offers three individually themed suites with a total of four bedrooms, each with either a King or Queen “Heavenly” bed – the same as you get in Westin hotels around the world. Some have dramatically tall headboards, others, elegant four-poster coziness; all have designer bedding, free WiFi, in-room HD Flat Screen Satellite TVs, Blu-ray DVD Players and awe-inspiring views of the gardens, vineyards and surrounding rolling hills. Evenings at Sundance have a character all their own, beginning with a spectacular sunset and ending with an incredibly clear, starry sky that will take your breath away!

About the Food: Alma, the Le Cordon Bleu-trained Chef at Sundance, has followed her passion for fine cuisine, making each breakfast a memorable, 3-course gourmet experience. If your stay happens to include a Saturday night, be sure to consider adding the Private Gourmet Dinner with Wine Pairing to your reservation and let Alma create for you a memorable multi-course dinner paired beautifully with award-winning Central Coast wines! All you have to do is relax and enjoy every delectable bite in the formal dining room, now transformed into an intimate, elegant bistro. And there’s no need to worry about driving home because you’re already there!

How did I get here?

Innkeeper Alma

Innkeeper Alma

Sundance Bed & Breakfast is the culmination of a decades-long dream of my wife, Alma. We’ve traveled all over and often stay in B&Bs (Alma’s preference) but I always resisted when the topic inevitably came up about owning and running our own! Undaunted, Alma continued to research and inquire; she reached out to other innkeepers and subscribed to realty sites for B&Bs all over North America. In the meantime she had a successful but stressful career as Executive Producer of live musical events, variety shows and commercials for a Spanish-language TV Network. She was nominated for the prestigious Emmy Award multiple times but did not win. When she finally won we missed the ceremony!

As much as she enjoyed producing events, her dream to own a B&B tugged at her and she wouldn’t let my reluctance dissuade her! She moved TV production to the back burner – so to speak – and enrolled in Culinary School. There she elevated her already fabulous cooking skills (OK, I’m biased) by studying the French Technique from Le Cordon Bleu, ultimately producing meals that were not just delicious but so elegantly plated I felt I should be better dressed just to eat them! After graduating with Honors, she parlayed her success at school into a job interning under Master Chef Michael Cimarusti in the kitchen of one of LA’s finest restaurants: Providence on Melrose Ave. From there she helped open LA Mill in Silverlake (voted one of the 10 best boutique coffee shops in the country by Bon Appetit Magazine) and then worked with Wolfgang Puck Catering in Hollywood. But, in reality, this was all part of her master plan to one day have her own place!

Neil & Alma at Tablas Creek

Neil & Alma at Tablas Creek

For our 20th anniversary in 2011, I planned a surprise trip to Paso where we stayed at another fabulous B&B called Belvino Viaggio (now closed). We cruised to the beach towns, visited Hearst Castle, explored downtown Paso and, of course, did lots of wine-tasting and restaurant-trolling! We both fell in love with the place. Each day I’d planned a different surprise and on the last day my final surprise was a visit to a home on top of a hill that Alma had originally shown me as part of her ongoing research (and that I had pretended to ignore). The house had been empty for awhile and there was plenty of work that needed to be done, but the view was there and the potential was obvious. That home is now Sundance Bed & Breakfast!

All the fabulous Paso wine and the seductive allure of actually living in wine country finally made me see the light and that was all Alma needed! The rest happened in record time – I’m still a little dazed by it – as we sold our home, changed our lives and moved from LA to Paso! Alma then went into overdrive: securing the name, registering the business, launching the website, designing the landscaping, contracting contractors and decorating each room herself to create the B&B you see now!

And what about me? Well, along with being Alma’s husband, business partner and biggest fan, I now have my own vineyard so really we’re working on two dreams at once!

 

About the B&B: Sundance Bed & Breakfast is situated on ten acres overlooking beautiful gardens and endless views of rolling hills and vineyards (including our own estate vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah) making it the ideal getaway for those looking for luxurious accommodations, excellent food and fine wines within a few hours driving distance of either Los Angeles or San Francisco. The house is built in the familiar Tuscan style using passive solar construction techniques; this means it not only stays remarkably cool in the hot Paso Summer and warm in the cold Paso Winter but also provides quiet room-to-room serenity for anyone staying here, ensuring a peaceful night’s rest. You’ll find beautiful Versaille-pattern travertine tile flooring downstairs and rustic, softwood flooring upstairs that meld wonderfully with the elegant scale and soothing color scheme throughout.

 

About the Suites: Our B&B offers three individually themed suites with a total of four bedrooms, each with either a King or Queen “Heavenly” bed – the same as you get in Westin hotels around the world. Some have dramatically tall headboards, others, elegant four-poster coziness; all have designer bedding, free WiFi, in-room HD Flat Screen Satellite TVs, Blu-ray DVD Players and awe-inspiring views of the gardens, vineyards and surrounding rolling hills. Evenings at Sundance have a character all their own, beginning with a spectacular sunset and ending with an incredibly clear, starry sky that will take your breath away!

 

About the Food: Alma, the Le Cordon Bleu-trained Chef at Sundance, has followed her passion for fine cuisine, making each breakfast a memorable, 3-course gourmet experience. If your stay happens to include a Saturday night, be sure to consider adding the Private Gourmet Dinner with Wine Pairing to your reservation and let Alma create for you a memorable multi-course dinner paired beautifully with award-winning Central Coast wines! All you have to do is relax and enjoy every delectable bite in the formal dining room, now transformed into an intimate, elegant bistro. And there’s no need to worry about driving home because you’re already there!

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