In 1873, Southern Pacific Railroad extended its line to Tres Pinos, running two passenger and two freight trains per day. This created a busy shipping center, attracting hay brokers, stockmen, grain dealers and cattle buyers. On any given business day, the small town of 600 people would swell to a population of 2000.

The railroad built a hotel and restaurant, and soon there were six saloons (one of them illegal). Mercantile stores began to appear, along with an ice cream parlor, a butcher’s shop, barbershops, blacksmiths, a town doctor and even a weekly newspaper, The Tres Pinos Tribune. The town boasted seven enormous grain warehouses, a scale house, and a bullfighting arena.

The Inn at Tres Pinos was built in 1880 and was at one time a brothel, until it was raided by federal officers. The Inn was a favorite site of cowboys and teamsters, who appreciated the fine food and jovial atmosphere. Many successful cattle deals were made over a few drinks at the bar.

Today The Inn is a Historical Landmark and focal point to the “Cienega Valley Loop,” made up of 6 exceptional San Benito County wineries: Donati Estate, Enz, Calera, Pietra Santa, Flint Wine Cellars and DeRose Vineyards. Owner Mike Howard has carefully restored The Inn to keep its original charm while adding touches that reflect his personal interests. It’s country with a touch of class, intimate, rustic and elegant.

The Inn at Tres Pinos is located 5 miles south of Hollister, less than an hour’s drive from either San Jose or Monterey. Tres Pinos is commonly referred to as the gateway to southern San Benito County, home of Pinnacles National Monument. Pinnacles is known for its diversity of wildlife and more than 30 miles of trails that access unique rock formations and spectacular vistas.  San Benito County Fairgrounds and Thousand Trails campground are just a few miles away.

For many patrons, The Inn is the perfect respite after a day of golf at either Ridgemark Golf & Country Club (just 3 miles away) or San Juan Oaks Golf Course (just 7 miles away).

Whether your preference is golf, wine tasting or a day on the trails, The Inn at Tres Pinos can provide the perfect ending to your day.