The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe unveils new bar


The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe opened its new bar on April 8, The Huntsman, a renovation of the Olde Bar off the Inn’s main lobby. With a rustic, equestrian ambience and a celebration of American bourbon and whiskey, guests and locals will feel like they are stepping back in time as they enjoy an old American favorite.

“In 1969, a small group of Rancho Santa Fe residents founded the Santa Fe Hunt. Much of the open space in RSF and surrounding communities was used as hunt country and in 1987 recognized by the Masters of Foxhounds Association,” said Jerome Strack, general manager of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. “Riding to the hounds is as much a social event as it is enjoying being outside with friends. The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is rich in history and the choice of name is our way of saluting an era of exemplary sport and riding.”

Guests at the Huntsman can choose from a selection of more than 90 whiskeys and bourbons representing seven countries and 17 states. The menu includes tasty food pairings, created by Morada executive chef Todd Allison, including Purple Haze-stuffed Medjool dates, baby back ribs, and bacon-wrapped Maine diver sea scallops. Eventually, The Huntsman will also offer bottle service of its personal selection single barrel bourbon from Woodford Reserve in Versailles, Kentucky.

Ideally situated between the lobby and The Inn’s fine dining restaurant, Morada, The Huntsman is a perfect stop for guests who have just arrived or for locals meeting friends and neighbors. Dark wood floors and furnishings, stable-like fixtures and renderings of horses reflect Rancho Santa Fe’s equestrian history.

“The Huntsman offers a comfortable ambience that is reminiscent of old-time Rancho Santa Fe,” said Strack. “I look forward to welcoming our guests and the community to what I hope will be their new favorite gathering spot.”

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