Cuisine in Four Western Cities

Savor the edible delights of Half Moon Bay, Paso Robles, Bigfork, and Walla Walla.

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Pasolivo olive oil is made fresh in Paso Robles, California.

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HALF MOON BAY, CALIF.

STAY The Half Moon Bay Inn is all about comfort, from its cozy rooms to the chicken potpie served at its Kitchen & Cocktails restaurant. From $120. (650) 560-9758.

EAT Save big by ordering off the expansive bar menu at Cetrella, a Mediterranean bistro with the best meatballs in town. (650) 726-4090.

PLAY Stock up on freshly picked artichokes (above), leafy greens, and fava beans at Andreotti Family Farm. (650) 726-9151.

PASO ROBLES, CALIF.

STAY Hotel-style amenities meet motel prices at the Adelaide Inn, offering comfy beds and fresh morning muffins. From $75.* (800) 549-7276.

EAT The duck carnitas tacos and scallop ceviche served at the Villa Creek bar will make you reexamine the notion of finger food. From $8. (805) 238-3000.

PLAY How is olive oil (above) made? Find out on a free tour of the Willow Creek Olive Ranch. (805) 227-0186.

WALLA WALLA, WASH.

STAY The Marcus Whitman is known for its grand-hotel atmosphere; it hosts winemaker dinners in the Renaissance Ballroom. From $134. (866) 826-9422.

EAT Housed in a century-old woodworking mill, Whitehouse-Crawford serves a $40 prix fixe dinner and showcases top local wines. (509) 525-2222.

PLAY Milk goats at the Monteillet Fromagerie, makers of fine chèvre. (509) 382-1917.

BIGFORK, MONT.

STAY The Bridge Street Cottages are within walking distance of the town's best restaurants, including La Provence and Showthyme. From $95. (888) 264-4974.

EAT At Chris' Tea Cottage, order the Princess service ($13) and nibble on strawberry scones as your flowering white tea steeps in a pot. (406) 837-4900.

PLAY Eat your way through town during the Taste of Bigfork, held on April 29 ($40). (406) 837-5888, www.bigfork.org.

Photography courtesy Pasolivo/Deborah Denker

This article was first published in March 2007. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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