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It’s fall and if you are anything like us, you’re excited about turning leaves, unpacking some sweaters… and wine. Well, let’s be honest, we are always excited about wine. But it just so happens that fall is also wine season and that means grape stomping, wine tasting and, more specifically, a very special festival in Napa. Allow us to elaborate.
Sonoma, California is best known for its lush vineyards and wine selection, but visitors to the area who need a break from the region's Cabernets and Chardonnays can find just that at the chic Hotel Healdsburg.
Their newly-launched "Wine Country Holiday Tea Experience" is available from now until Christmas every Saturday from 2 to 4pm.
The hotel, which is a favorite of Anne Hathaway and Hilary Swank, features a sparkling fireplace, festive decor and a live pianist playing a mix of easy listening and Christmas carols that transforms the lobby into a relaxing, casual spa-like experience.
The afternoon tea attracts everyone from the casually-dressed shopping crowd in jeans coming off the square to patrons in their Sunday best who take their tea-sipping seriously. Think formal jackets on the men and hats fit for the Royal Wedding on the women. The hotel encourages children to partake in the experience, offering little girls white gloves and fans and boys stick-on moustaches and top hats.
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The outdoor terrace at the new Andaz Napa
A few days after the expected open date, which felt like an eternity but at last,Andaz Napa opened its doors yesterday in Napa’s burgeoning West End, effectively vaporizing the former Avia Napa. While we love Andazsms pretty much anywhere, having one in Napa is dreamy, not only because the brand is as locally focused as the town, but also because bringing Andaz's vibrant, stylish design to downtown Napa makes it a great option for those who find traditional wine country B&Bs a snore.
Last month, we mentioned a few of the changes to expect at this new Napa hotel, including an Andaz Lounge in lieu of a traditional front desk. Essentially replacing the lobby, the Lounge transforms the check-in process to a more social, casual experience where guests are greeted, checked in by iPad and offered a glass of vino while they sit or plot out their wine country adventures on the wall-length map of the Napa Valley.
The tony Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Solvang’s wine country has promoted a few interesting theme weekends before, like the "Cowboy Ethics Bootcamp" coming up this fall, but they are going all out for September’s "Outback at Alisal Weekend," and bringing in chef, cookbook author, kitchen line creator and TV celebrity, Curtis Stone, to treat guests to some Australian specialties.
Co-sponsored by the Ranch and the South Australian Tourism Commission, the Outback Weekend will run from September 17-20, and is a “cowboy adventure bringing the Australian Outback to the California Central Coast.”
Wall-Street-er, Corporate Suit-y friends of ours, listen: we're certainly not suggesting that your integrity might need a bit of tweaking. But, um, maybe it does. It might. Sometimes we get a little carried away when we have our minds on our money and our money on our minds. It's okay.
So let's just say you are "an executive looking for a morale boost and a dose of ethical inspiration" (sounds a bit friendlier, right?). Author James Owen suggests you may be able to find said "ethical inspiration" by looking to cowboys you know, the dudes who used to do business with handshakes and good faith and, apparently, The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Santa Ynez Valley, CA (Santa Barbara wine country) agrees: they've designed a "bootcamp" retreat to teach the "Code of the West" to anyone who needs a bit of an...integrity boost.
With some of the priciest wines in the world, famous restaurants and deluxe hotels, a trip to the wine-producing region of Bordeaux can be an expensive proposition. Now at least you can put more of your money towards tasting fine wines by staying at the colorful and cheap Auberge de la Commanderie in the picturesque hamlet of St. Emilion.
L’Auberge de la Commanderie is situated right in the heart of the village on the main road of Rue Guadet, and thankfully has its own private parking lot so you can avoid hunting for a space amidst the hoards of tourists that come to visit the UNESCO World Heritage certified town in summer.