Paradise A review of Stephanie Inn

The liquid canvas of the Pacific echoed the shifting colors of the sky during the two days and nights we spent in Paradise, known locally as the Stephanie Inn..........The quiet comfort and casual elegance of the Stephanie Inn was everything described to us by friends who have gone there for years. From the bottomless cookie jar and comfortable seating at the front desk, to the wine, sparkling cider and cheese awaiting us each day at 4 pm in the ocean-fronting, warmly upholstered library, to the sound of the surf pulling us out to the sea of dreams each night, our stay was one of delight............Small touches count. Transport to Cannon Beach for shopping was available just for the two of us, at our convenience, in the comfort of the leather-seated, air-conditioned Ford Windstar. We were delivered and picked up promptly after we phoned the Inn that we were ready to return..........And of course, the food.

I don't know what magic Executive Chef John Newman and Executive Sous Chef Crystal Davis have been instilled with, but even the breakfast scrambled eggs and cheese were elevated to heights of glory by a wonderfully subtle blend of flavors that had my wife and I eagerly anticipating the second breakfast of our stay. .........The generous breakfast spread included sliced mangos so fresh and flavorful that they could only have come off a local tropical tree - and I've eaten mangos fresh off of a tropical tree. ........The richly red, succulent watermellon pieces lovingly complimented the hazelnut scones which lay comfortably wrapped in crystallized sugar. I know the rest of the food had to have been as good - I just couldn't get around to all of it.........The staff were unfailingly friendly and polite, responding to questions and requests quickly. The establishment was refreshingly quiet and dignified without any trace of stuffiness. We had left our two rabbits, cat and beagle at home, as did every other animal lover there.........'Peaceful' is the word that captures the essence of the Stephanie Inn. 'Eagerly' is the word that describes our plans to return to Paradise.

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