By Robert P. Farmer
Those of you who have traveled enough, and even those of you whose adventures take them away from home only occasionally, can attest that the little things a hotel does for its guest can go a long, long way. In today's world of travel incentives--ranging from free night's stays to tickets to the hottest shows, few such lures have the cachet or the staying power as the Complimentary Wine Reception.
This trend--in which a hotel pours wine for its guests each evening in the lobby or other common space, along with, typically, some sort of light fare--is actually something that has been around much longer than most of today's market-responsive hotel incentives. In fact, long before the economic maelstrom prompted hotel GMs to start giving away everything but the bed sheets, the wine reception was a popular means for acknowledging guest loyalty and for helping to make a hotel stay memorable. Now, however, the phenomenon is truly taking off.
By Courtney Cochran
There's nothing like an escape to wine country to reinvigorate friendships and make lasting memories with the gal pals most important to you. From wine blending lessons to sustainability treks and salsa lessons (not to mention divine food and wine), there's no shortage of delightful diversions to keep you and your gang occupied.
By Courtney Cochran
Having just returned from a long weekend in Mendocino, I can reliably report the following: Mendocino is cold, Mendocino is windy and Mendocino is wet (did I mention it's cold?). So why do I like it so much?, I can recall thinking to myself as my boyfriend and I meandered under threatening clouds along the jagged cliffs that overlook the region's spectacular coastline. And that's when I saw it: a sign situated in front of a wind-swept cottage that read, "Weathering Heights."
Of course, I thought. Mendocino is practically overflowing with
romance, in a very Heathcliff and Catherine sort of way. It's got all
the makings of a perfect intimate weekend, after all: scores of
achingly cute bed and breakfasts, world-class food and wine,
breathtaking coastline and, yes, inclement weather. Personally, I can't
think of a better excuse (or setting, for that matter) for hunkering
down with someone special near a crackling fire, knowing that venturing
out will only bring a new kind of thrill - the possibility of getting
to know the wines of a region on the brink of becoming the next big
thing in American wine.
(Just be sure to take your umbrella when you go.)