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The Carneros Inn

Hotel Contact:
4048 Sonoma Highway
Napa, California 94559
United States
Main: 888-203-7871
Email: Email Hotel Diane Wesley
Director of Sales & Marketing: Diane Wesley
Website: www.thecarnerosinn.com
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 4.8
Chain Independent
Opened 2003
Renovated 2007
Guest Rooms 88
Kings/Suites/Doubles 72 / 12 / 4
Room Rates High $425 - 695 Low $295 - 475
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Max Group Size 175

Fees/Taxes

Resort Fee $25
Room Tax 14%
Sales Tax 8%

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 3,276ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 5,418ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 10,000ft²

Airport Proximity

Oakland International Airport
60 min 50 miles (80 km)
Sacramento International Airport
60 min 65 miles (105 km)
San Francisco International Airport
90 min 60 miles (97 km)

Business:

Complimentary high-speed and wireless Internet access
conference and catering services staffs
private meetings business center and office
and audiovisual equipment.

Recreation:

Spa
fitness center
and motion studio offering yoga and exercise programs
two swimming pools and hot tubs
private outdoor film screenings
and custom wine blending.

Nearby:

Area wineries
cooking classes
hot-air ballooning
biking
hiking
kayaking
philanthropic activities
and the shops and restaurants of Napa and Sonoma.
Onsite Dining: Capacity
FARM
100
regional cuisine
Hilltop Dining Room
90
sustainable cuisine
The Boon Fly Cafe
45
rustic cuisine

F&B Averages:

Breakfast Buffet $30-45 Cont. $30
Lunch Buffet $55 Plated $55-65
Dinner Buffet $95-105 Plated $95
Coffee Break $10
2-Hour Open Bar $35
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Elite Rating Average Planner Rating
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4.8
6 reviews
Arrival Experience:
4.9
Accommodations:
4.9
Food & Beverage:
4.8
Guest Service Experience:
5.0
Conference Services Staff:
4.7
Meeting and Function Facilities:
4.7
Activity or Recreation Options:
4.3
Planner-to-Planner Recommendation:
5.0
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Capacity Charts
Room Name Total Square Meters Room Size(meters) Ceiling Height (meters) Total Square Feet Room Size (feet) Ceiling Height (feet) Classroom Theater Banquet 10 Reception Conference U-Shape H-Square 10 x 10s
*Note - Event Maximum of 200 pax N/A N/A 0 N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Napa Meeting Hall 304 23.8 x 12.8 9 3,276 78' x 42' 29 219 355 252 320 77 77 77 16
Napa Meeting Hall 1&2 or 2&3 203 15.8 x 12.8 9 2,184 52' x 42' 29 150 242 168 200 52 62 52 10
Napa Meeting Hall 1, 2 or 3 101 7.9 x 12.8 9 1,092 26' x 42' 29 75 120 84 100 26 31 26 0
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Property News
The SPA at The Carneros Inn Announces New Spa Director
Posted March 3, 2014
Appointment coincides with the Release of New Menu of Rejuvenating Treatments
NAPA, Calif. (March X, 2014) – The Carneros Inn, the luxury PlumpJack Resort located in the heart of Napa Valley’s Carneros winegrowing district, is pleased to announce the appointment of Clint Wall to the position of spa director. Clint received a warm welcome after returning to The Spa at The Carneros Inn nearly a decade after beginning his career at the world renowned wine country spa. Wall’s experience and credentials now span an impressive list of top luxury spas in the country including most recently, the director of spa and retail at Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, California. Wall’s appointment coincides with enhancements to the spa’s menu with new treatments that widely derive from indigenous ingredients endemic to the vineyards and farmlands of the Carneros region. Locally inspired treatments have been a hallmark of the spa since its opening in 2003.

“We are pleased to welcome Clint Wall’s return to the spa team, and strongly believe that he will be a key player in many upcoming initiatives at The Spa at The Carneros Inn, especially in lending his expertise, knowledge and creativity to menu development,” said Philip Kendall, vice president of resort operations and general manager of The Carneros Inn. "Our evolving spa menu upholds The Carneros Inn’s tradition of finding inspiration amidst the abundance of natural resources available in the Carneros region, one of the most serene locations in wine country.”

New to the spa menu are a variety of facials, massages, body and nail treatments, in addition to one or two specialty treatments offered each month. All offerings feature ingredients reflective of the distinct characteristics and traditions of the Carneros region, thoughtfully designed to create a sense of balance and restoration of mind and body. A sampling of new treatments includes:
• Rosemary Mint Grapeseed Scrub – An invigorating grapeseed exfoliation with essences of rosemary and mint followed by an application of lavender oil. 90 minute treatment includes full body massage.
• Chardonnay Sugar Scrub – A classic sugar scrub followed by an application of Chardonnay scented lotion.
• Skin Performance Facial – A classic facial including cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, mask and hydration. This will leave your skin healthy and refreshed.
• On The Go Mini Facial – For when your skin just needs a boost. Exfoliation, treatment, hydration. (30 minutes)
• Abyhanga Massage – This Ayurvedic massage will take you to a state of deep relaxation using long, flowing strokes. Oil is customized to balance what ails you. Includes facial massage.
• Rosemary Mint & Cabernet Wrap – A grapeseed exfoliation followed by a luxurious Cabernet mud wrap.
• Mediterranean Manicure – A trip through the Mediterranean with products using bergamot, lime, melon extract, apricot kernel oil, olive oil, geranium, basil and cedar exfoliate and supply intensive moisture to your hands and feet.

March Spa Special: Showcased on the spa menu for the month of March, this treatment highlights a vibrant seasonal ingredient abundant this time of year in the nearby rolling hills of wine country.
• Detoxifying Mustard Rub Massage – Mustard is famous for its anti-inflammatory effects and its ability to soothe sprains and rheumatic muscle and joint pain. This treatment uses a warm, detoxifying and energizing mustard oil that has the highest possible therapeutic potency and is blended with other body warming, muscle relaxing and soothing essential oils from the herb garden. The massage uses classic combinations of sports stretches, compressions and deep tissue work to restore mobility, vitality and body comfort. The therapeutic massage concludes with a generous amount of mustard bath powder to extend the benefits of this treatment.

Wall is an authority in the spa industry, bringing to his role as spa director at The Carneros Inn more than eight years of experience in leadership positions at some of the finest luxury resort and hotel spas in the United States. Beginning his career at The Spa at The Carneros Inn in 2006, Wall developed a deep understanding of spa culture, etiquette and the impressive operational side of the 6,000 square foot establishment. As a massage therapist supervisor, he led a team of more than 25 estheticians, massage therapists and nail technicians, providing oversight and direction for the highly respected organization’s policies and procedures. Wall expanded his skills and knowledge in his subsequent positions at The Spa Esthetiques in Bentonville, Arkansas, and Carmel Valley Ranch, as director of operations and retail and director of spa and retail. In these roles, he immersed himself in the operations and sales departments of the spas, learning how to manage a large-scale space at Carmel Valley Ranch’s 10,500 square foot spa, as well as a more intimate boutique spa setting at the 3,500 square foot Spa Esthetiques.

A native of Bentonville, Arkansas, Wall has lived and traveled throughout the country and abroad, but is excited to return to wine country and specifically to The Carneros Inn. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Sonoma State University, and developing his affection for California’s wine region along the way, Wall traveled overseas and studied business at the European School of Business in Reutlingen, Germany. Upon his return to the States, he studied holistic massage therapy at Sky Hill Institute in Petaluma, which in turn spearheaded a career in which he finds new passion for every day.

For more information and a full list of spa treatments at The Spa at The Carneros Inn, please visit www.thecarnerosinn.com or call 707.299.4850.

About The Carneros Inn
Named among Travel + Leisure’s Top 25 most romantic get-aways, The Carneros Inn, a PlumpJack Resort, is the ideal luxury wine country destination with breathtaking vineyard views and five-star amenities. The Carneros Inn is the first full-service resort to be built in Napa in more than 20 years, and the first ever in the world-renowned Carneros wine region. The resort features 86 charming private guest cottages and suites and nightly private luxury Home rentals, each furnished with casual elegance and nestled in a lush garden courtyard with private deck. Innovative dining options at The Carneros Inn, include the architecturally dramatic Hilltop Dining Room, FARM, and The Boon Fly Café, a roadhouse-style public eatery. The property also offers outdoor terrace dining and an infinity pool, both with panoramic vineyard views; bar and award-winning spa facilities; and, most importantly, first-class service delivered with warmth and ease. In addition to the hotel accommodations, 24 stylish resort homes are located on the grounds, as well as The Orchard Private Residence Club, allowing homeowners access to all the services and conveniences of the luxury hotel, including concierge and event planning.
www.thecarnerosinn.com

About PlumpJack Group

The PlumpJack Group portfolio includes the PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley, the PlumpJack Balboa Cafe (San Francisco), Balboa Cafe – Mill Valley, PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, MATRIXFILLMORE, PlumpJackSport retail clothing stores in Squaw Valley and at The Carneros Inn, PlumpJack Wines stores in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow and Noe Valley neighborhoods, The Carneros Inn, The Orchard -- Carneros Living, the Boon Fly Café and FARM in Napa Valley, the PlumpJack Development Fund, PlumpJack Winery in Oakville, CADE Winery on Howell Mountain, and Odette Estate.


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The Carneros Inn Celebrates its 10-Year Anniversary
Posted October 1, 2013
Renowned Napa Valley Resort Has Grown and Evolved Over the Years, But Has Never Strayed from its Winning Combination of Luxury + Wine Country Authenticity
NAPA, Calif. (October 2013) – The Carneros Inn and PlumpJack Group are pleased to announce the celebration of the acclaimed luxury resort’s 10-year anniversary. Nestled amid the vineyards in the heart of Napa Valley’s beautiful Carneros winegrowing district and located less than an hour north of San Francisco, The Carneros Inn features 86 charming private guest cottages and suites, nightly private luxury home rentals, The Orchard Private Residence Club, three innovative dining experiences and award-winning spa facilities.

“We can’t believe 10 years have passed since our memorable opening on November 8, 2003, a celebration of the Carneros region’s rich agricultural heritage that remains the Inn’s guiding principal to this day,” said Hilary Newsom, president of PlumpJack Group. “Our goal from the beginning was to combine first-class luxury services and amenities with unpretentious hospitality to create a charming, comfortable and relaxing get-away for a stay that fully captures the ‘in the vineyards’ experience. As the Inn has evolved and added amenities and enhancements, we have always aspired to that original vision.”

Despite extraordinary public and critical acclaim from the outset -- within its first two years of operation the Inn was spotlighted as one of the country’s most romantic honeymoon destinations by NBC’s “The Today Show” and heralded as one of the world’s most romantic hotels by Travel + Leisure magazine, followed closely by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Excellence in Design award and The Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence -- The Carneros Inn has never rested on its laurels. Rather, the ever-evolving resort has made significant additions and enhancements since its unveiling in 2003, starting with the opening of the Boon Fly Café.

The Boon Fly opened in 2004 and very quickly became the premier destination for Wine Country comfort food. The Boon Fly Café pays homage to local flavor and the agricultural heritage of the region through modern rustic cuisine in a contemporary roadhouse atmosphere, a welcome addition to Napa Valley’s culinary offerings since its opening.

Following the launch of Boon Fly Café, the resort broke ground on 24 gated homes designed for the ultimate Wine Country living experience. Offering the utmost in privacy, the villa-like Carneros Courtyard Homes afford owners the privilege of year-round access to The Carneros Inn resort amenities along with 2,400 square feet of indoor living space and 1,400 square feet of outdoor living space, perfect for entertaining even the most discerning guest. The Homes were completed in 2007.

In 2005, PlumpJack Group became the management company for The Carneros Inn, bringing with them an exemplary record of achievement and proven understanding of hospitality. Under the direction of PlumpJack Group, The Carneros Inn announced the development of Phase II of the property which commenced with the 2006 opening of the highly-anticipated FARM restaurant, an elegant fine-dining destination complete with an outdoor fireplace, expansive patio and living-room style seating. Chef de Cuisine Andrew Budnjy created a unique menu reflecting the Inn’s commitment to simple food that is complex in flavors, highlighting the abundance of organic and sustainable local agriculture found primarily within a 150-mile radius of the Carneros region to ensure food that is at the peak of its season and flavor. The addition of FARM to The Carneros Inn enhanced the culinary experience at the resort. It also added a welcomed gathering location for guests and locals alike, in addition to those attending business functions at the adjacent Meeting Hall, which was also unveiled in 2006.

As part of the Phase II development, The Carneros Inn built an intimate collection of 17 opulent farmhouse-style fractional ownership cottages in 2007, affording owners the privilege of shared amenities with the resort. The Orchard at The Carneros Inn - a Timbers Resorts Residence Club combines the best of both worlds: hassle free ownership at one of California Wine Country’s premier resorts with comprehensive resort amenities and offerings. That same year, the resort continued to expand by adding a Town Square complete with a bocce ball court, an extensive outdoor lounge area, an upscale general store called Market and local post office. A state-of-the-art, 3,000-square-foot fitness center featuring cardiovascular, strength training and Pilates equipment was also added along with a Motion Center and the 25 yard Otto’s Pool, designated for families and fitness.

In 2010, Napa’s Shopworks Interior Design was commissioned to upgrade the Harvest Cottages, introducing a stylishly contemporary, soothing modern design. Enhanced features in the ultra-luxe Harvest Cottages include an inviting private outdoor area that showcases a deep soaking tub for two, fire pit, water fountain, double chaise lounge and a dining table perfect for an intimate dinner. Landscaped by Olin Partnership, each outdoor area boasts from 550 to 725 square feet of garden and recreation space -- the ideal setting to enjoy one of the Harvest Cottage’s most popular amenities, s’mores toasted over the outdoor fire pit.

“The redesign of the Harvest Cottages, with their enhanced indoor/outdoor design components, created an exciting new way to experience The Carneros Inn,” said Philip Kendall, vice president of resort operations and general manager of The Carneros Inn. “We are committed to creating a completely relaxing, one-of-a-kind vacation experience for our guests. The Harvest Cottages are the perfect setting for a romantic wine country escape.”

Going back to the resort’s culinary roots, in 2011 The Carneros Inn unveiled a half-acre sustainable Culinary Garden under the direction of a staff Culinary Gardner in collaboration with Executive Chef, Steven Tevere and FARM’s Chef de Cuisine Andrew Budnyj. Cultivating a culinary garden on property had always been a goal of the resort. The Culinary Garden enabled a true farm-to-table experience for guests as many of the ingredients, including seasonal produce, are directly sourced from its bounty.

In addition to featuring locally grown, organic produce from the resorts own culinary gardens and small regional farms in the cuisine, The Carneros Inn has made it a priority to focus on sustainability and social responsibility as part of their everyday efforts. Significant changes have been made over the years in managing energy, conserving water, recycling and waste reduction and improving air quality, all the while continuing to offer a luxury, lifestyle experience for patrons of the resort.

The Carneros Inn’s many other special features include the infinity-edged pool that overlooks the vineyards, lap pool with cabanas, Jacuzzi™ spa, the award-winning Spa at The Carneros Inn and a state of the art intelligent WiFi system, which was added in 2013.

Throughout the years, The Carneros Inn has remained the premier wine country destination and venue for discerning travelers, local residents, doting couples, extraordinary weddings, corporate meetings and executive retreats. For more information or reservations, please visit www.thecarnerosinn.com or call (707) 299-4900. The Carneros Inn is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts World Wide. The Carneros Inn is located at 4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559

About The Carneros Inn
Named among Travel + Leisure’s Top 25 most romantic get-aways, The Carneros Inn, a PlumpJack Group resort, is the ideal luxury wine country destination with breathtaking vineyard views and five-star amenities. The Carneros Inn is the first full-service resort to be built in Napa in more than 20 years, and the first ever in the world-renowned Carneros wine region. The resort features 86 charming private guest cottages and suites and nightly private luxury Home rentals, each furnished with casual elegance and nestled in a lush garden courtyard with private deck. Innovative dining options at The Carneros Inn, include the architecturally dramatic Hilltop Dining Room, FARM, and The Boon Fly Café, a roadhouse-style public eatery. The property also offers outdoor terrace dining and an infinity pool, both with panoramic vineyard views; bar and award-winning spa facilities; and, most importantly, first-class service delivered with warmth and ease. In addition to the hotel accommodations, 24 stylish resort homes are located on the grounds, as well as The Orchard Private Residence Club, allowing homeowners access to all the services and conveniences of the luxury hotel, including concierge and event planning.
www.thecarnerosinn.com

About PlumpJack Group

The PlumpJack Group portfolio includes the PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley, the PlumpJack Balboa Cafe (San Francisco), Balboa Cafe – Mill Valley, PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, MATRIXFILLMORE, PlumpJackSport retail clothing stores in Squaw Valley and at The Carneros Inn, PlumpJack Wines stores in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow and Noe Valley neighborhoods, The Carneros Inn, The Orchard -- Carneros Living, the Boon Fly Café and FARM in Napa Valley, the PlumpJack Development Fund, PlumpJack Winery in Oakville, CADE Winery on Howell Mountain, and Odette Estate.


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Media contacts: Alison Stout, Colleen Gallagher or Heidi Pettit at Glodow Nead Communications, alison@glodownead.com 415 394-6500
The Carneros Inn Announces Exciting New Additions to the Food & Beverage Team
Posted June 15, 2011
New Hires Include Highly Acclaimed Pastry Chef and Full-Time Culinary Gardener
NAPA, Calif.– The Carneros Inn and PlumpJack Group have announced the appointment of key new hires for The Carneros Inn’s expanded food and beverage program, including new Pastry Chef, Anna Springer and new Chef de Cuisine at FARM, Andrew Budnyj. Also joining the team are Cody Williams as chef at Boon Fly Café and Peter Stonebraker as culinary gardener. Located amid the vineyards in the heart of Napa Valley’s beautiful Carneros winegrowing district, The Carneros Inn features 86 charming private guest cottages and suites, nightly private luxury home rentals, The Orchard Private Residence Club, three innovative dining experiences and award-winning spa facilities.

“The foundation of any great resort is a legendary culinary and wine program,” said Philip Kendall, general manager of The Carneros Inn and former VP of Food and Beverage for Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Hyatt Hotels. “We are thrilled with our team of food and beverage professionals, led by Executive Chef Steven Tevere and now joined by Anna Springer and Andrew Budnyj who will undoubtedly take our acclaimed dining establishments to the next level of exquisite cuisine.”

Prior to her arrival at The Carneros Inn, Anna served as the executive pastry sous chef of Joel Robuchon Restaurants in Las Vegas, where she oversaw the daily operations for Joel Robuchon Restaurant, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, the Bakery for Joel Robuchon Restaurant, and the Pastry Kitchen for Mansion Villas at the MGM Grand. During her successful career in Las Vegas Anna also served as pastry sous chef at Fleur de Lys and pastry cook at Fiamma Trattoria. Anna is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu academy where she received her diploma in pastry and baking, and Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy where she studied Artistic Chocolate Showpieces.

At the helm of the culinary team at FARM is Chef de Cuisine, Andrew Budnyj. With a culinary philosophy based around farm to table cooking, Andrew works in partnership with the food and beverage staff to decide what to grow in the culinary garden and how to create a truly sustainable in-house network. Andrew features The Carneros Inn’s house-grown produce on the menu, with all excess returning to the garden for composting. With any ingredients not grown on-site, Andrew works with local farmers and award-winning cheese producers to procure interesting and unique seasonal ingredients. Andrew’s passion for farm to table cooking intensified while working closely with Jeremy Fox at Ubuntu, focusing on the restaurant’s garden grown vegetables.

“I feel honored to be working so closely with an enthusiastic new team of people who take great pride in their work and delivering an incomparable dining experience, made possible by the lush grounds and gardens that make The Carneros Inn a truly unique resort destination,” said Budnyj. “Napa County is remarkably diverse as a growing region for produce, and it is a privilege to work with these products grown at our property because they really speak for themselves on the plate.”

In addition to the new food and beverage team members, The Carneros Inn has implemented a full-time culinary gardener Peter Stonebraker. Peter just graduated from the 2011 Marin Master Gardener Program. Gardener Peter designed and implemented a 21,500-square-foot (1/2 acre), bio-dynamic and organic garden. Produce from the garden supplements The Carneros Inn’s extensive food and beverage program, and now, any guest departing on Sundays receives select produce from the garden as a reminder of the farm to table cuisine served at the resort.

About The Carneros Inn
The Carneros Inn is the first full-service resort to be built in Napa in more than 20 years, and the first ever in the world-renowned Carneros wine region. The resort features 86 charming private guest cottages and suites and nightly private luxury Home rentals, each furnished with casual elegance and nestled in a lush garden courtyard with private deck. Innovative dining options at The Carneros Inn, include the architecturally dramatic Hilltop Dining Room, FARM, and The Boon Fly Café, a roadhouse-style public eatery. The property also offers outdoor terrace dining and an infinity pool, both with panoramic vineyard views; bar and award-winning spa facilities; and, most importantly, first-class service delivered with warmth and ease. The Carneros Inn has been named “one of the 25 most romantic getaways in the world” by Travel + Leisure magazine. In addition to the hotel accommodations, 24 stylish resort homes are located on the grounds, allowing homeowners access to all the services and conveniences of the luxury hotel, including concierge and event planning.

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Media contacts: Alison Stout or Julie Jarratt at Glodow Nead Communications, alison@glodownead.com or 415-394-6500.
The Carneros Inn Unveils Harvest Cottages
Posted August 20, 2010
Latest Enhancements at the World Renowned Resort Allow Guests to Relax in a Luxurious Cottage with Private Outdoor Garden and Recreation Space
NAPA, Calif. (August 20, 2010) – The Carneros Inn and PlumpJack Group are pleased to announce the unveiling of the new Harvest Cottages, the latest enhancement at the acclaimed luxury resort nestled amid the vineyards in the heart of Napa Valley’s beautiful Carneros winegrowing district. Located less than an hour north of San Francisco, The Carneros Inn features 86 charming private guest cottages and suites, nightly private luxury home rentals, The Orchard Private Residence Club, three innovative dining experiences and award-winning spa facilities.

Designed by Shopworks Interior Design, of Napa, California, the Harvest Cottages feature a stylish and soothing modern design. Each cottage includes a wood-burning fireplace with polished concrete hearths, cherry wood flooring, French doors leading to a private patio and garden, and a large-screen, flat-panel television and DVD player. The spacious bathroom is a lavish retreat unto itself, featuring limestone countertops, heated slate floors and a large tub under a garden-side casement window. Guests can enjoy a soothing, state-of-the-art indoor shower or opt for the cottages’ private -- and stimulating -- alfresco shower experience.

Enhanced features in the ultra-luxe Harvest Cottages include an inviting private outdoor area that showcases a deep soaking tub for two, fire pit, water fountain, double chaise lounge and a dining table perfect for an intimate dinner. Landscaped by Olin Partnership of Napa, California, each outdoor area boasts from 550 to 725 square feet of garden and recreation space -- the ideal setting to enjoy one of the Harvest Cottage’s most popular amenities, s’mores toasted over the outdoor fire pit.
“The redesign of the Harvest Cottages, with their enhanced indoor/outdoor design components, creates an exciting new way to experience The Carneros Inn,” said Philip Kendall, general manager of The Carneros Inn. “We are committed to creating a completely relaxing, one-of-a-kind vacation experience for our guests. The Harvest Cottages are the perfect setting for a luxurious wine country escape.”

In addition to the redesigned Harvest Cottages, The Carneros Inn’s many other special features include the infinity-edged pool that overlooks the vineyards, lap pool with cabanas, Jacuzzi™ spa, children’s pool, 2,800-square-foot fitness center, yoga/Pilates studio, and the award winning spa.

The Carneros Inn Harvest Cottages are available for booking year-round, and range in price from $550 to $850 a night. For reservations, please call (707) 299-4900. The Carneros Inn is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts World Wide. The Carneros Inn (www.thecarnerosinn.com) is located at 4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559
Seven Iconic Hotels Come Together to Form Kindred Resorts and Hotels
Posted January 27, 2010
New collaboration gives independent U.S. hotels one voice with one ethos:
"Authentic in Spirit, Distinctive in Style"

October 23, 2009 (New York) - Seven independent and iconic U.S. properties announce the launch of Kindred Resorts and Hotels, a newly formed collaboration dedicated to giving independent hotels one voice in a cluttered hospitality marketplace with the ethos: "Authentic in Spirit, Distinctive in Style."

The charter member properties of Kindred Resorts and Hotels include:

The Breakers - Palm Beach, Florida
The Carneros Inn - Napa, California
Colonial Williamsburg Resort Collection - Williamsburg, Virginia
Grand Hotel - Mackinac Island, Michigan
The Lodge at Torrey Pines - La Jolla, California
Ocean Reef Club - Key Largo, Florida
Saddlebrook Resort - Tampa, Florida


At a time when hotels across the country are confronting the challenges of ownership and management changes as well as high staff turnover, the independent Kindred properties remain solid organizations run by dedicated and highly motivated staff. Many are steeped in rich family traditions and legacies, and each embraces its own signature traits while joining together in the promise of quality service to travelers that has endured through good times and bad.

The aspiration of Kindred Resorts and Hotels is to provide a single voice for the independent true hotelier to promote the consistency in bespoke service and vibrant legacies offered by these iconic U.S. properties. In the changing hospitality landscape, the new alliance offers independent hotels the opportunity to pool resources and collaborate on sales and marketing initiatives by serving as a one-stop shop for travelers looking for the authentic experiences offered by these hotels.

Steve Pelzer, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Lodge at Torrey Pines and the newly appointed spokesman for Kindred Resorts and Hotels, said, "We are thrilled to announce the launch of Kindred Resorts & Hotels. The Kindred properties represent best-in-class hotels offering authentic experiences and a sense of place unique to their own destinations. Furthermore, these industry leaders also have long-term management teams securely in place; this peace of mind is priceless for our loyal guests and dedicated staff. We look forward to finally giving independent hotels a cohesive voice with Kindred Resorts & Hotels."

Kindred Resorts and Hotels charter members came together first as an ad-hoc group of autonomous non-branded luxury hotels and resorts to combine complementary marketing, sales and public relations resources. They hired topnotch hospitality branding company Dana Communications to research and conceptualize how best to synergize efforts and goals. A new logo and website kicks off the initial phase.

The new website [url]www.staykindred.com[/url] will serve as a one-stop shop for a variety of travel alternatives, from La Jolla and Palm Beach to Napa and Williamsburg, as well as a portal for all the resorts to showcase new and exciting initiatives. Future initiatives include consumer promotions, travel agent incentives and other offerings.

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The Spa at Carneros Inn Unveils New Menu of Rejuvenating Custom Treatments
Posted November 17, 2008
Luxury Resort Now Features Organic Scalp Therapy Treatments, Pre- and Post-Natal Packages, Custom Scented Spa Services and Fitness Programs for the Body and Soul

NAPA, Calif. (March 25, 2008) - Rated by the Conde Nast Traveler Readers Poll as one of the top spas in North America, The Spa at The Carneros Inn today unveiled a new menu of rejuvenating treatments. Nestled amid the beautiful vineyards in the heart of the Carneros winegrowing region, the luxury resort will now offer a wide range of new restorative experiences, including holistic scalp therapy, a complete offering of pre- and post-natal services, custom Carneros scented spa services created with Red Flower organic products, and updated mind and body fitness programs.

"We believe that spa therapies and mind and body activities are essential in dealing with the stresses of every day life," said Jeannie Jarnot, spa director for The Carneros Inn. "Our programs are designed to restore energy and enhance health and happiness. We also believe that being in harmony with your surroundings is important for achieving ultimate relaxation, which is why all of our programs encompass ingredients indigenous to the Carneros region."

From the local harvests, surrounding farms and fresh flowers to the celebrated Carneros varietals and the gently flowing Huichica Creek, the region's natural beauty has inspired completely unique treatments and tranquil spaces, all aimed at drawing upon the healing properties of the earth.

Partnering with Leonor Greyl, specialists in hair treatments using only high-grade natural ingredients free from harmful chemicals and silicones, the spa has launched several scalp treatments featuring Leonor Greyl's holistic products. Guests can benefit from the Holistic Hair and Scalp Therapy treatment, in which specialists analyze hair and scalp for nutritive deficiencies and then apply a customized, hand-mixed mask of wheat germ oil, dehydrated carrots, celery, ginseng, seaweed or proteins and other natural ingredients. A soothing neck massage is followed by a cleansing with hair specific shampoos and deep conditioners. Guests can also enjoy the Wild Magnolia Hair and Scalp Therapy, a three-part scalp treatment to stimulate and balance the scalp using rose and jasmine oils to protect and soften the hair, followed by a relaxing neck massage.

Another sumptuous service added to the spa's overall wellness menu is the exclusive Red Flower Carneros Wine Blossom Tribute two hour full body treatment. In 2006 The Carneros Inn partnered with Red Flower products and reached out to the local community to create an exclusive, regionally-inspired scent. Community members received mason jars with a note asking them to fill it with elements that reminded them of their much-loved region. The outpouring of stories and scents was extraordinary and the result was the Red Flower Carneros Wine Blossom scent. The two-hour scented treatment begins with a detoxifying and relaxing Huichica Bath infused with blossom-scented salts followed by a full-body exfoliation with wine blossom scrub and full-body massage using warm wine blossom scented oil targeting every muscle point in the body.

The spa is also proud to include a host of nurturing pre- and post-natal services featuring Mama Mio "Mama's Touch" products and services. Mama Mio emphasizes ingredients with high levels of Omega 3, 6 and 9, which boost skin strength and elasticity and are all free from parabens, petrolatum, synthetic fragrances and other harmful chemicals. Pre-natal mommy-friendly services include the Mellow Mama, a complete body massage using specific pre-natal techniques to relax, renew and rejuvenate the expectant mother, and the Mama's Skin Smoothie, a gentle exfoliation and massage treatment that smoothes uneven skin and increases skin strength and elasticity. Some of the post-natal treatments include the Shrink to Fit, especially designed to restore elasticity, reduce water retention, and reverse spongy skin and the appearance of cellulite, and the 4th Trimester Healing Hour, a massage designed to help alleviate the physical and mental stress associated with new motherhood. All of The Inn's therapists are qualified in pre-natal massage techniques.

By popular demand, additional treatments were created as part of The Inn's famous warm goat butter services. The spa will now offer a vitamin rich goat milk body scrub and a goat milk and honey extreme moisture facial using milk and honey from the surrounding farms. As part of the mind/body experiences guests can also enjoy a wide range of activities at The Inn's recently expanded state-of-the-art fitness center and Motion Studio. The spa can reserve private yoga classes for moms-to-be, couples or families as well as boot camp endurance training classes and personal training sessions. For mind enhancement, guests can sign-up for one of the spa's customized individual or family writing retreats.

These new exclusive services vary in price and will begin on April 15, 2008. For reservations please call (707) 299-4900.
SmartMeetings: The Ultimate Takeover
Posted March 19, 2008
The Ultimate Takeover
Author: Carolyn Koenig
March 2008

Features

Move over, Microsoft: Buyouts can be fun

Last summer, Jennifer Maka, trade show and event manager for Synplicity in Sunnyvale, Calif., spent a solid two weeks researching and planning a worldwide sales conference for 103 attendees. The group included more than 50 international delegates, and she also needed a site that was attentive to their particular needs and comfort, including various dietary considerations and the availability of late-night room service. She narrowed down the destination to the Napa wine country, choosing The Carneros Inn over a national brand. "The other hotel was larger and could accommodate our numbers," she says, "but we preferred to be the full focus." Satisfied with her choice, the planner committed to a buyout of the property-a course of action she had to justify to her executive staff prior to going and, with great results, at the conclusion.

Maka's decision to opt for a buyout reflects a growing trend that provides groups with the full attention of the staff, but also offers unlimited flexibility and creativity. For the hotels, they're guaranteed room nights on the books, a not inconsiderable factor given the uncertainty of today's economy. At the same time, you may find more properties open to the idea than in the past, and more willing to work with you on the terms.

We've taken a look at the pros and cons of the concept to help you make that decision. You may find it's your best meeting yet.

WHY BUY?
Perhaps the most critical reason is the element of exclusivity. "Buyouts provide an exclusive environment to meet your business objectives," says David Gabri, president and CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). "Delegates only interface with a common purpose. They keep groups on a common plane." This is true whether you've got an incentive, a sales seminar, a corporate retreat or an educational conference.

Buyouts work around your own agenda, as well. When you book at Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort near Solvang, Calif., for instance, "The ranch becomes yours," says Sherrie FitzGerald, director of sales and marketing. "Some rules go out the door, because you're not infringing on any other guests." Want to go horseback riding at 11 a.m. and the scheduled group ride would be at 8 a.m.? No problem. No coats in the dining room? Take 'em off. Want to erect a tent on the property? A-OK with a buyout. A case in point: According to FitzGerald, when CBC Steel Buildings in Lathrop, Calif., brought a group to the Alisal in January, it was almost like a trade show. They brought in their top vendors and erected a tent in the grassy area near the guest rooms where the company's products were displayed for the length of the meeting and attendees could browse at their leisure.

The possibility of utilizing venues creatively is another "pro"-from chef-time in the kitchen to, as Maka reports, grape-stomping (through Adventure Tours at The Carneros) on the lawn. You can go all out with decor and signage, with no potential complaints from leisure guests.

One caution: While takeovers generally encompass complete usage of a location's meeting facilities, guest rooms and banquet facilities, if you're interested in other, nontraditional areas, it's best to get that understood from the get-go.

LOCATION, LOCATION
Smaller groups often gravitate to smaller, boutique properties-that's a given. "There's a sense of place," Baker says. "And you don't have to worry about how you will impact the rest of the guests."

ALHI's "Elite Retreat Buyout" program is available across a variety of the properties they represent, from La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa in New Mexico to The Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa in the Colorado Rockies and Sun Valley Resort in Idaho.

But the parameters of a buyout aren't limited to one entire entity. Another option is to book a separate "cluster, wing or building" area for a group, Gabri says. Think of Turtle Bay in Hawaii, he says, where you can buy out the villas and own that whole section of the resort.

Or, try the "hotel within a hotel," the hot new trend that's springing up throughout the West, in places like Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Denver.

DOLLARS AND SENSE
Price is always the big question: Do buyouts cost more or less? Planners "shouldn't be looking for a super deal," according to Gabri. But, he adds, "Generally speaking, hotels absorb some of the costs on both sides of the buyout as they develop the business."

Budget was a major concern for Synplicity's Maka. "Moving up from the [national brand] to Carneros Inn was a big jump, but we were going to get our money's worth," she says. "I had to prove that [to the executive staff] with just the proposal." So, the planner approached the resort after doing all her detailed analysis and prep work; in turn, the hotel "gave us a lot for our money. They made our numbers work, and didn't make us look like we were skimping. We got first-class accommodations, food and service." At the end, "all the numbers they committed to held true; there were no markups or hidden costs. They abided by it," she adds. And although only two of her attendees scheduled use of it, room service was available until 1 a.m.

Some properties offer buyout packages, which make it easier to know up front what the bottom line is. Alisal offers three packages, all of which include their entire complement of 73 guest studios and suite accommodations. The basic package for the 10,000-acre resort also includes a Western-style outdoor barbecue, breakfast horseback ride, gourmet dinner and unlimited golf, boating and fishing. The premium version also features additional amenities and team-building activities, plus a winemaker dinner (a treat, as Alisal is located in Santa Barbara's well-regarded wine country).

There are other ways to trim costs as well. Just like arranging a standard meeting, booking during off-peak or off-season dates is a money-saver. Buyouts over a weekend are tough; midweek times are better, says Alisal's FitzGerald.

And, depending on the type of property you're working with, Maka says of her experience, transportation costs can go down and you can put your attendees in a nicer room.

OTHER CHALLENGES
One major challenge of buyouts, says Calistoga Ranch's Baker, is that you're booking far out (typically nine months to a year), and you need to be willing to take a risk with the rooms. "Your numbers may fluctuate, and if you lose people, you are still on the hook." But there are those groups that say "I want the whole thing" and are willing to pay for it, she says.

Conversely, if you've bought out the property and the meeting becomes so popular that you need additional rooms, squeezing in extra attendees might not be possible.

Restaurant and spa charges can become an issue as well. Restaurants often depend on hotel guests (and outside diners) to fill their tables and peruse their wine list. Spas may open their treatment rooms to the public and hotel guests (and, in the case of condo-tels, owners). You will need to negotiate your F&B minimum-and if your program doesn't include spa treatments-a spa minimum as well. For example, The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, a RockResort near Vail, Colo., has a world-class spa that derives a good portion of their business from hotel guests; the resort requires a spa minimum depending on "your overall needs and the time of year."

"If you're buying out the place, the rest of the facilities will be under-utilized. That goes into consideration when calculating the cost," Gabri says. "It takes mature deliberation between planner and property, often bringing into play the general manager and director of sales, so there are no surprises."

Remember that providing your attendees with a variety of venues while on-site can make or break a buyout experience. Two days of PowerPoint meetings in a standard ballroom can make your attendees "feel like they're being punished," Maka says. It's essential that you do a site visit, rather than view a web video, to discover all the interesting and unusual places to hold receptions, breaks and other activities, such as team-building.

With so many properties in the West to choose from, meeting professionals can find an ideal spot for their ultimate takeover. "It's all about your vision. We're focused on you, who you are, and what you're doing," says Baker, of Calistoga Ranch. And that's the whole idea.
The Carneros Inn - A Partially Sustainable Luxury Resort with a Green Concept
Posted February 29, 2008
In keeping with Napa County's commitment to sustainable and ecologically sensitive development, The Carneros Inn has been designed in accordance with the principles of Smart Growth and environmental best practices. Thrifty with water and energy, The Carneros Inn uses state-of-the-art water recycling technology and geo-thermal heating and cooling systems for all guest accommodations.

The Carneros Inn has re-established a civic space for the Carneros community through the creation of a town square, replete with post office, bocce courts and outdoor fireplace around which community gatherings can occur.

The Carneros Inn was founded by the Carneros Partners, a small, privately funded group with wide experience in environmentally and socially responsible land planning, hotel and residential development, and hotel and restaurant operations. The Carneros Inn is managed by the PlumpJack Group.

The design team assembled for The Carneros Inn was of the highest caliber, comprising renowned professionals with worldwide reputations for signature projects.

Architect: William Rawn Associates
Boston, Massachusetts

Landscape Design: Olin Partnership
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Interior Design: Shopworks
Napa, California

Art Concept: Burks Consulting Group
New York, NY

Environmental:
The Carneros Inn is a luxury resort located in the heart of Napa Valleys beautiful Carneros winegrowing district, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country. So protective are the Carneros landowners that there has never before been a lodging facility project that was able to win their trust. Keith Rogal, founder of The Carneros Inn and an ardent environmentalist, has gone to great lengths to ensure that The Carneros Inn reflects environmental and eco-friendly principals to maintain the unspoiled splendor of the region.

The Carneros Inns meticulous attention to detail and respect for the areas agricultural tradition finds full expression in the 27-acre resorts landscaping, which includes hundreds of species of flowering plants and trees, including a few stately oaks which were painstakingly "- and expensively "- relocated on the property when it was impossible to build around them. Even the cuisine at the on-site restaurants and the spa treatments utilize organic regional ingredients and herbs.

Below are examples of how The Carneros Inn, designed with smart growth and environmental best practices in mind, provides an eco-friendly and eco-conscientious environment.

Water Conservation
Due to concerns regarding excessive water use in the Carneros region, The Carneros Inn installed sophisticated water conservation systems. As a result, a large portion of the water on the property is recycled.

For instance, after use by guests, water is treated using state-of-the-art micro filtration technology, making the water almost potable again. The water is then stored in a large reservoir during the winter months so it can be re-used for irrigation when summer arrives.

To further conserve water, most irrigation is done by drip rather than spray. Despite the lush landscaping, water conservation systems allow the property to donate excess recycled water to neighboring vineyards.

Ground Source Heat Pump System
The Carneros Inn does not employ traditional air conditioning systems to heat and cool the resorts individual cottages and buildings, but rather an eco-friendly ground source heat pump system. Typical air-conditioning and heating systems require significant amounts of electricity.

A ground source heat pump system is far more efficient, using the temperature of the deep earth to heat and cool. In the summer, when the air is hot, the cool temperatures of the deep earth act like a heat sink, absorbing heat from inside the buildings. In the winter, the earth acts as a heat source providing a baseline heat of 65 degrees, which radiators can use. The ground acts as a seasonal storage medium.

This system has two distinct advantages: there are no outdoor air coolers with noisy fans, and because the ground temperature is constant, it's much more efficient (approximately 50% more) than an air-based system, both in summer and winter.

Perhaps most importantly, a ground source pump system will never be seen or heard by anyone, and will just quietly perform its job, letting guests enjoy the quiet serenity of the resort. Another advantage is that instead of a large cooling fan, a small pump is all that's necessary to exchange the heat, using less electricity.

Finally, extensive use of vegetation around the resort cools the air, requiring less air-cooling in summer.

Architecture
While heating and cooling are provided by ground source heat pumps, two other significant energy uses of typical hotels have been addressed. Operable windows abound throughout the cottages to take full advantage of natural ventilation during the temperate seasons in Carneros as well as provide extensive controlled daylighting. Throughout The Carneros Inn - in dining, spa, and office spaces - natural light and natural ventilation strategies help create healthier environments and reduce energy usage.

Materials were also chosen for their appropriateness to the environment of Carneros. Roofs at The Carneros Inn are made of galvanized sheet metal, which reflects heat, reducing cooling loads. And unlike composite shingles, the material can be recycled later. Cedar siding and porch framing are from predominantly managed forests, in which controlled harvests, natural regeneration and reforestation programs ensure a perpetual harvest.

Buildings at The Carneros Inn buildings were designed from a perspective of connection with their natural setting and as such natural light, natural ventilation, and natural materials are integral with their design.

Getting Around
The hotel has been set up as a pedestrian-oriented village. Streets are narrow to reduce automobile speed, and cars are parked in small, hedged parking lots.

Pedestrian paths criss-cross the site, and take the visitor through a variety of landscaped areas, making walking fun and interesting. Guests wishing to go to The Spa, any of the 3 restaurants or Meeting Halls usually choose to walk. Guests that do not wish to walk are picked up by an electric golf cart, which pollute less than an automobile.

Family History:
From the moment that Keith Rogal, founder and CEO of Carneros Partners, envisioned The Carneros Inn, he saw that it had to be an integral fit with the pristine landscape that characterizes the Carneros winegrowing district. He realized, too, that this commitment had to extend beyond the architecture and design to embrace the people who have made this special place home for generations.

Through the six-year course of approval and development of The Carneros Inn, Rogal developed close relationships with many of his Carneros neighbors " including key community members, farmers, dairymen, and local vineyard and winery owners -- many of whom traced their roots in the Carneros region to the mid-1800s.

Not only were we proposing to build the first lodging facility in the areas history, but it was going to be a luxury resort, right here in the middle of the vineyards, Rogal remembered. That took a lot of explaining and a lot of trust building.

True to his vision, early on Rogal and his partners commissioned Burks Consulting Group Inc. with the task of creating an original art concept for The Carneros Inn, one that would capture the Carneros regions longstanding sense of community and local history, and pay tribute to the generations who had worked the land.

Susan Burks, president and founder of Burks Consulting Group, went to work. She canvassed the area, talking to long-time residents, recording their stories, and borrowing family photos and albums.

The result of that work comprises one of the unique decorating touches that characterize the resort. Burks digitized and reprinted more than 300 of the original Carneros family photos as fine-art quality images, which are now on display in each of the resorts luxury cottages and homes as well as throughout the public areas of The Inn.

Its these relationships and people that define Carneros region, so its fitting to incorporate them into the design aesthetic of The Carneros Inn, says Rogal. Our intent was always to showcase the best Carneros has to offer -- the landscapes, the lush vineyard surroundings, the natural beauty -- and certainly the local community and its history are part of that.

The photographs include everything from turn-of-the-century landscapes that depict the area before it was covered with vineyards to school children gathered on the steps of the Fly District School named after Boon Fly, an early settler in the Carneros region. Boon Flys name now graces one of The Carneros Inn's main dining facilities, The Boon Fly Cafe.

The wealth of personal histories, stories and impressions that the photographs represent are an integral part of the culture of The Carneros Inn. Guest cottages are grouped in small clusters and named after members of the Carneros community, while anecdotes of the communitys history are yet another way that guests are introduced to the region and connect with the propertys unique sense of place.
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