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"Unexpected Pleasures" March 1998 p57

The Inn at Tres Pinos, 6991 Airline Hwy. Tres Pinos, CA 95075
"An old saloon in what used to be hay country near Hollister, it now serves the best of California cuisine-fresh ingredients prepared in unique ways. Try the deep-fried jalapeno peppers stuffed with chorizo, a spicy Mexican sausage. Proprietor Mike Howard learned his trade in Las Vegas, Switzerland, Hawaii, and The Lodge at Pebble Beach. He can direct you to lodging and golf at the nearby Ridgemark Country Club, making Hollister a first-class, yet affordable, base of operations for vacations in Monterey, just forty miles to the west."
--Michael Jordan

SV - The Magazine of the San Jose Mercury News

February 6, 2000 - "Great Eats! - Places to go for your dining pleasure" Best Newcomers

The Inn at Tres Pinos:  The food is called "continental," but it's fresh and simple. Roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables accessorize each plate. Wine list features San Benito County.

6991 Airline Hwy, Tres Pinos, CA (Near Hollister). 628-3320. $$
--Sheila Himmel

The Pinnacle San Benito County

2002 The Guide to the Best in SBC
The Inn at Tres Pinos ****

Overall Best Restaurant, Best Romantic Atmosphere, Best Wine List, Best Restaurant to Splurge

Central Coast Adventures

Spring 2003, pg 20-24  - "New Home, Old Friends: A Perfect Party Combination"

"…For the food, Gayle turns to her long time friend and favorite caterer, Mike Howard, owner of the Inn at Tres Pinos, an official Historical Landmark near Hollister.

Mike and his staff do all kinds of catering from "blue jeans to black tie, denim to diamonds," but for Gayle's party he emphasizes "simple, fresh, outdoor foods."

Taking advantage of the Triolo's convenient outdoor cooking Facilities, the chefs prepared most of the food on the premises, Allowing the wonderful aroma of grilling to whet guests' appetites throughout the afternoon…"
-- Joan Dew

The Pinnacle San Benito County

2003 The Guide to the Best in SBC
The Inn at Tres Pinos *******

Overall Best Restaurant, Best Romantic Atmosphere, Best Wine List, Best Restaurant to Splurge Best Steak, Best Food Server - Cynthia Morgan , Best Bartender - Mitchell Bakich


Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Award of Excellence 1989

California Legislature Assembly Resolution 1996
The Inn at Tres Pinos has been honored as Hospitality Business of the Year. Whereas the people of the Hollister area are fortunate to be served by a business of this caliber that has proven itself to be a healthy and positive force within the community.
-Honorable Peter Frusetta
28th Assembly Dist.

State of California Senate 1996
Senate Rules Committee Resolutions no. 1760
"…The contributions that businesses such as the Inn at Tres Pinos make to the business climate of the community enhance the quality of life for the entire population and instill a great sense of pride in those individuals associated with it."
-Bill Lockyer, Chairman
-Henry Mello, Senator 15th Dist.

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition
For outstanding and invaluable service to the community
-Sam Farr, United States Congress, 1996

San Benito County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year 1996

Elite Dining - 2003 "Neighborhood Favorite"

Northern California Best Places Guidebook
"Best places" 1995-1996, 1998-1999, 2001-2002