Location and Luxury—Plus Great Culinary Scenes When planning your next trip, consider one of these five destinations where you can relax and rejuvenate. BY TOURING & TASTING
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Be sure to grab a slice of Hoptown Pizza in Yakima Valley.
“ Such splendid accommodations make it tempting to stay inside and curl up with a good book, but activities abound in the waterfront community.”
We all need a break. How amazing does it sound to venture out into the tamed agriculture gems of the country to explore amazing fresh cuisine and drink only to be followed by luxury accommodations to wind down? We think so too, which is why we put together these five spots for your next stops.
Yakima Valley is home to the largest variety of produce in the Pacific Northwest including 78 percent of the hops grown in the entire nation. With fields, farms, and orchards at every turn, it’s easy to eat local in this abundant sun-kissed land. It’s also inspirational. It seems that with each passing month, more artisans are unveiling unique beverages inspired by local ingredients. Yakima Valley is known, not only for its 80-plus wineries, but it is fast becoming the craft beverage center of the Pacific Northwest.
Merely steps away from the azure waters of Lake Washington, the Heathman Hotel is a peaceful oasis amid the bustle of suburban Kirkland on the outskirts of Seattle.
The upscale boutique hotel exudes elegance and warmth, pampering guests with special services and amenities, such as same-day laundry and a choice of preferred mattress style: European featherbed, European pillow top, or Tempur-Pedic.
Such splendid accommodations make it tempting to stay inside and curl up with a good book, but activities abound in the waterfront community. The hotel is situated in the heart of Kirkland’s commercial center, where guests can explore numerous galleries, boutiques, theaters, and parks. Kirkland, Washington Heathman Hotel Some may also choose to venture to downtown Seattle, located less than 20 minutes away.
With the conviction that wine tasting should revolve around luxury and relaxation, fifth-generation farmer, winemaker, and owner of Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Steve Ledson, created a welcoming retreat on downtown Sonoma’s charming Plaza.
Ledson Hotel is a boutique property with six individually decorated guest rooms on the building’s upper floor. Each guest room was named after one of Steve’s ancestral family members whose story inspired the décor of the room. Every room was designed with the utmost attention to detail, with wood-carved ceilings, unique furnishings, and plush oriental rugs. Measuring around 400 square feet, the rooms feature private balconies, whirlpool tubs, marble sinks and showers, and romantic fireplaces. This charming vintage-style property brilliantly captures the splendor and grace of a bygone era, while providing the amenities guests seek after a day of wine country exploration. Ledson Hotel skillfully places the perfect blend of luxury and culinary excellence under one roof in the heart of downtown Sonoma.
Situated on the outskirts of Lodi, California, Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant, and Spa is everything guests long for in a wine country retreat. It is owned by lifelong Lodi native Russ Munson and his wife Kathryn, who wanted to create a true destination for wine enthusiasts eager to discover Lodi and its wonderful wines. This exceptional seven-acre property offers serenity, beauty, and all of the comforts of a luxurious home in the heart of Lodi Wine Country.
The hotel features 66 spacious guest rooms and suites located in a variety of settings around the property. The historic inn, built in 1902, offers individually designed guest rooms, each with its own charm. Garden Rooms boast rustic luxury, Spa Rooms emanate a zen-like feel, and the contemporary Signature Suites are abundant with custom details and amenities.
The Spa at Wine & Roses provides a tranquil setting with its own quiet outdoor patio under the shade of mighty oak trees. Ranked number 19 in Spa of America’s Top 100 Spas of 2012, it offers a tempting menu of body treatments, facials, and more. The Wine & Roses Ultimate Treatment begins with a grapeseed body scrub, followed by a rinse in a private outdoor shower, a luxurious massage, and a wrap in body butter.
22150 N. Kennefick Road
Acampo, CA 95220
Twin Pine Casino & Hotel
Owned and operated by the Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California, Twin Pine Casino & Hotel offers wine tourists the fun and luxury of a premier casino, hotel, and restaurant—nearly halfway between the wineries of the northern Napa Valley and Lake County. Said to be the only wine-themed casino destination in the United States, Twin Pine attracts discerning guests who like to blend their love of casino life and wine.
Twin Pine dedicates 25,000 square feet of space to the latest slot machines and blackjack, three-card poker, and live poker. Guests can relax at the new Twisted Vine Bar featuring Mount St. Helena Brewery’s finest microbrews on tap or enjoy a cocktail while playing their favorite bar top video poker machines. Texas Hold’em tournaments are held three days a week and other tournaments fill the calendar all year.
When it comes to accommodations the only standard at Twin Pine is deluxe. Both king and double queen deluxe rooms provide 550 square feet of living space with sumptuous décor, 50-inch plasma screen televisions, and mini refrigerators. Luxury suites are double the size, featuring 1,100 square feet of space with the same amenities and more.
22223 Hwy 29 at Rancheria Rd.
Middletown, CA 95461