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We love to taste our way around the Pacific Northwest wine appellations. So when we finally visited the quintessential Northwest style Willows Lodge in Woodinville, we were really happy to find out that in addition to delicious local wines, there are three more reasons to stay here.
Number one is the location. The hotel Willows Lodge is tucked into the Columbia Valley wine appellation about 15 miles northeast of Seattle making for a perfect base for exploring the surrounding wineries including the grand-mere of them all Chateau Ste. Michelle, which is conveniently just across the road.
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Most people come to the ritzy Montage Laguna Beach to take advantage of its incomparable location along the stunning SoCal coast. During a recent visit, though, we actually came to experience the resort’s comprehensive wine program. Not only does it have 7 sommeliers on staff among its three restaurants managing a list of over 45,000 bottles of 2,100 wines, but it also holds a weekly wine-tasting for guests and locals called the Artistry of Wine series.
We don’t usually mix wine-country getaways with fancy cars—after all, we’d never advocate drinking and driving—but a recent experience at the tony Carneros Inn in Napa has us thinking that cars and carafes (with a driver!) might just be our new favorite mash-up. That’s because this luxury resort is one of only four in the country that has partnered with Audi to have a couple of primo vehicles that will shuttle guests around the property.
OK, if it weren’t already obvious that we should be taking a winter jaunt to Paris, here we have yet another Paris hotel package deal that sounds, well, délicieuse. And that's not because of its sexy hotel name.
This time the package revolves around something we find it very hard to resist: French wine. This month is all about Beaujolais Nouveau. And even though it’s the time when your local wine store starts accepting its shipments of Beaujolais, surely a glass or three of the stuff would taste better in the mother land. That’s what Hilton is banking on with its new Wine Lovers package.
Despite its $1 billion industry, Oregon’s wine country is still something of a mystery compared to better known regions like Napa and Sonoma, and lodging options have been limited to small B&B’s, farmhouses and inns. By August 2009, though, oenophiles in search of luxury among the vines will have a new option at the Allison Inn and Spa in Yamhill County, just 20 miles southwest of Portland.
So, you want to go tasting in Santa Barbara’s wine country like Miles and Jack from Sideways, but have no idea where to stay? Try the little Hadsten House Hotel in Solvang, about 30 miles north of Santa Barbara. Sure, it’s not the fictional Windmill Inn, but then again, you won’t have a nervous breakdown there.
Getting a true sense of place in a hotel room is becoming harder to do as more and more hotels are favoring anonymously modern decor, and glitz over real geographic substance. Luckily there are still places out there like the Rancho Caymus Inn located in the central Napa Valley in the town of Rutherford.
The Inn rests between vineyards on three sides and is made up of six suites, each of which is named after a famous Napa Valley settler such as writer Robert Louis Stevenson and the famous San Francisco swindler Black Bart.