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News from Napa Valley

In 2016, the Napa Valley welcomed a total of 3.5 million visitors, which represents an increase of 6.3 percent from 2014 (with 3.3 million visitors), when the last Napa Valley visitor profile was conducted, or an average increase of 3.14 percent per year.

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08.05.2017 00:47 |  Visit Napa Valley | 

Napa Valley - USA

News from Napa Valley
In 2016, 79.2 percent of visitors surveyed were from the United States (compared with 86.4 percent in 2014) and 20.8 percent were international visitors (compared with 13.6 percent in 2014).

Top 10 Domestic Markets by percentage:
1. California: 58.6 | 2. Texas: 4.5  | 3. Florida: 3.8  | 4. Illinois: 2.4  | 5. New York: 2.4
 | 6. Washington: 2  | 7. Ohio: 1.9  | 8. Arizona: 1.8  | 9. Georgia: 1.6  | 10. Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania: 1.5
Top 10 International Markets by percentage:
1. China 5.3 | 2. Canada 3.7 | 3. Australia/New Zealand 1.6  | 4. Germany 1.3 | 5. South Korea 1.2 | 6. UK 1.2  | 7. Japan 1.1  | 8. Mexico 1  | 9. Brazil .6  | 10. Scandinavian countries .5

(Complete report attached)

New Things to See and Do

Gordon Huether Studio installed two sculptures at the new Culinary Institute of America at Copia on First Street in downtown Napa in February 2017: ‘Fork’ and ‘Is That Bob And Margrit?’ A Gordon Huether Sculpture Garden, a curated selection of the artist’s work, will be featured throughout the 2017 BottleRock Napa Valley festival grounds. ‘Up We Go!,’ another new sculpture, may be viewed in the town of Yountville, in front of the Yountville Community Center located at 6516 Washington St.
Active Wine Adventures launched an innovative new tour service in Napa Valley in summer 2016, pairing wine and food with scenic hikes and inspiring art. The company offers private, guided Hike & Wine Tours, Art & Wine Tours, and Literary Legend Tours, along with Custom Wine Tours by SUV. In April 2017, they started a new Hike & Beer Tour featuring scenic hikes, lunch and local microbreweries.
The CIA at Copia in downtown Napa will launch their new Tasting Showcase in May 2017 in the building’s atrium. Guests may taste wines directly from the producer (up to seven at a time), while learning about the California wine industry in the new Wine Hall of Fame exhibit, also launching this spring.
The Meadowood Spa in St. Helena has won the hospitality industry’s highest honor of Five Stars from the Forbes Travel Guide, just 15 months after opening its doors in November 2015. The Meadowood Spa, which is the first Five-Star spa in the Napa Valley, welcomes estate guests and members to an elevated spa experience, which offers eight treatment suites, each with its own private bathroom, steam shower and built-in seating lounge area. There is also a dedicated Spa Culinary Menu full of healthy options created by Chef Victoria Acosta to enjoy in-suite or in one of the Spa’s two relaxation gardens.
Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer in St. Helena is undergoing a major enhancement of its grounds and landscape. A new sculpture garden debuts in April 2017 and includes 11 new pieces, curated by ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens. In addition, Harvest Inn’s five culinary gardens are expanding to immerse its offerings into the guest experience, with new walking paths around the garden boxes in the largest area, a garden table for events, and hanging bistro string bulbs. New edible species include multiple varieties of carrots and peppers, Buddha’s Hand lemons, tangelos, pineapple guava, and finger limes.

Where to Stay:

UpValley Inn & Hot Springs, formerly the Comfort Inn Calistoga, is undergoing a renovation that is expected to be completed May 2017. All 55 guestrooms will feature new furnishings and bathrooms with a rustic-meets-modern style. The Inn also features geothermal hot springs mineral pool, whirlpool and steam room.
River Terrace Inn in downtown Napa is refreshing their arrival experience by enhancing their porte-cochère and lobby; in addition to a redesign of their bar and lounge. This portion of the expansion is to be completed May 2017. They will also add eight new suites, an enhanced river front experience with a newly landscaped River Walk, an addition of 1,500 square-feet of event space, which is scheduled to be completed November 2017.
Wine Country Inn in St. Helena completed an extensive renovation of its Winery House Building in March 2017 (guest reception and 14 rooms in the main Winery House). The inn has 29 spacious guest rooms, 80 percent with vineyard views, and landscaped gardens. The property includes a large heated outdoor pool and hot tub as well as massage therapy treatments. Rates include a “Napa-Style” breakfast buffet, a split of Duckhorn wine, waters and sodas upon arrival.
Rancho Caymus Inn is an historic boutique hotel in Rutherford brought back to life by the developer of the acclaimed Hotel Yountville. Originated by the late vintner, designer, pilot and Renaissance woman, Mary Tilden Morton (from Berkeley California's Tilden Park & Morton Salt families), the renovation has restored the hotel's natural beauty and features 25 large suite-style rooms with heritage wood ceilings, fireplaces, living areas and private patios. The intimately scaled hotel wraps around a lovely plunge pool and spa. Rancho Caymus Inn's classic California hacienda style was handcrafted using materials that were carefully dismantled and re-imagined from a 19th century Ohio barn.
The Ink House is set to open their renovated historic inn June 2017. The original home of California pioneer, Theron H. Ink, the Inn combines Italian elegance, wine country style and gracious hospitality. The 130-year-old residence has been completely restored over the past two years with the expertise of noted Napa Valley architectural firm, Backen, Gillam & Kroeger. Interiors have been carefully selected by Sarahliz Lawson Design to reflect the history of the Ink family, and also tributes Elvis Presley’s stay in 1960. The Ink House experience includes “Open Access” to the fully stocked chef’s kitchen, aperitivos and digestifs with the Castellucci family, educational wine tastings with the family’s winemaker, Jac Cole, and private tours of their Spring Mountain estate.
Vintage Estate, comprised of the Vintage Inn and Villagio Inn & Spa in Yountville, is undergoing a complete renovation. Both hotels and spa have teamed up with SB Architects and interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates, to completely enhance the guest experience of the lobbies, hotel rooms, spa, and meetings and event space. Renovations are expected to be complete at Vintage Inn spring 2017 and Villagio in early 2018.
Auberge du Soleil will unveil eight new guest rooms and suites in May 2017, designed by acclaimed San Francisco interior designer Suzanne Tucker. The project continues the contemporary-chic transformation of Auberge and introduces dramatic features that maximize the hotel’s panoramic hilltop views. In addition, there will be enhanced landscaping throughout the property, with special attention to the guest room level and lower area of La Pagode.
SENZA Hotel, in partnership with More Associates and Construction, will complete a significant renovation to its eight-room Parker Mansion spring 2017. The historic Parker Mansion dates back to 1870 and houses SENZA's Parker Classic and Parker Plus rooms. The revamped interior design of the Mansion, undertaken by Leslie Wilks Design, will offer guests new modern bathrooms, oversized showers and a custom amenity line from Marin-based Prima Fleur.
Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, opened in St. Helena March 2017 as a sister property to Las Alcobas in Mexico City. Las Alcobas features 68 guest rooms and suites with terraces and outdoor fireplaces; Acacia House, a signature Chris Cosentino restaurant; Atrio, a 3,500 square foot spa; an outdoor swimming pool, meeting and event facilities and all of the brand’s signature amenities and services.
Archer Hotel Napa, a new-build hotel in the heart of downtown Napa, is set to open in 2017. The hotel will feature 143-rooms and 40 balcony-clad suites spanning five stories and a sweeping 360-degree view of Napa Valley from its expansive rooftop. The rooftop will feature a spa, fitness studio and ledge pool with cabanas and fireplaces. Charlie Palmer Steak will be the hotel’s signature restaurant and also provide the culinary direction for the 17,000 –plus square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.

More information: www.visitnapavalley.com
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