Hints and tips:
1. Make reservations for dinner and wine tasting.
2. If the fireplace thing is attractive to you, go during the colder months. They only light the fires if it's below 50F degrees and before 9pm. You also have to be in the room for the lighting and for 1.5 hours after it's lit. If you are sensitive to the wood burning smell and don't like it, ask for a room where they rarely, if ever, light fires. I heard someone complaining and Heather explained this to them.
3. Do the reserve wine tasting.
4. Ask and they will try to accommodate (reduced rates, free upgrade in room, food to the room, take wine from dinner back to the room, etc.)
5. Take a cooler with favorite drinks and snacks. You'll be glad you did.
6. Enjoy. Relax. Be pampered.
I can see why so many wrote in the room's guest book that they got engaged during their stay, honeymooned, spent pre/post deployment there, or simply wanted to get away for a romantic and nice weekend.
My wife and I stayed here with another couple 1/4/13-1/6/13. Weather was nice but cool. In making the reservations Ryan and Heather were more than accommodating, as we made several changes to our reservations before our stay. Both of them were extremely polite and attentive, ensuring our stay would meet our needs and that we were well taken care of. I asked Heather to pick out one of her favorite rooms for my wife's birthday and she chose the Provence (sp?) superior room. The room was decorated in a French country style. It was large, well designed/decorated and is one of the nicest rooms we've stayed in all of our travels. The fireplace was lit by Ryan before and after our dinner, which creates a very nice atmosphere/ambiance. Bed was amazing and we slept well. The hotel itself is new (2007) but has an old feel and design to it. Very reminiscent of our travels to Europe, but only 45 minutes up the road. The property is well groomed and the food served on site is excellent. Dinner at Cafe Provencial was a bit pricey, but worth every penny. Make reservations if going on a weekend night, as it was busy with what appeared to be "locals" enjoying a nice night out. The breakfast is way better than a simple continental breakfast at a motel. The ladies at breakfast were also accommodating and very kind. They helped me arrange a tray of delicious quiche, fruit, and croissants for breakfast in bed for my wife. The hotel was not busy this weekend, but was booked solid the following weekend (1/11-1/13) for a wedding. I believe it would be a beautiful site for a wedding/reception. We were told they do about 60 weddings a year.
I'll repost this in the actual winery tripadvisor site, but wanted to include here as they are essentially all one "resort." Hint: do the reserve wine tasting if budget and time allow. It takes longer but you get a more personal tour, taste better wines, and provided with cheese/crackers/bread in the wine cellar. You also get a nice wine glass. Several tours passed by us during the tasting and we heard a couple of times "How'd they get to do that? and We should have done that one." Mark was an excellent tour guide and very knowledgeable. He is a volunteer that is a silversmith by trade. He was not pushy, did not try to sell us any wine, and was not "uppity" in any way. I recommend tipping if you go on this tasting, especially if you enjoyed the experience. We tipped a little over 20%, $40 for 4 people. It's not required but if anyone deserves a tip, it was Mark. We've had the regular wines from WW, but the reserved and nicer bottles are heads above and taste much better. It was definitely worth the extra $16 per person. I believe you get a discount if you're staying at the hotel, not sure though. It will not hurt to ask. We were very lucky that 6 people did not show for our tour, so we received a private and personal tour. They have a gift shop to purchase wine and other items. Seemed to be decently priced.
We just had a bowl of soup for an early lunch, but the menu looked delicious and they had several wines/beers to choose from. No sodas other than some fancy lemonades and such. They do not serve Coke/Pepsi products any where on site. That was ok with us, we brought our own. The wife is a Coke Zero junkie...
3 miles away. Very easy and convenient to get to. Cab it if you've had too much vino.
Sum It All Up:
Excellent stay. Excellent staff. Excellent place to get away. Will be back next year. I would bet that Sept-Oct is a great time to stay here (grapes/leaves on the vines, weather is nice, etc.).
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