Friday, June 8, 2012

Low Cost Wine Country!

Meritage Resort and Spa

Next time you travel to California wine country, save your splurging for the vineyards by staying at one of these fantastic and affordable hotels.  While there is an abundance of hotels and bed and breakfasts in Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Barbara, these hotels offer a great location as well as wonderful amenities. From guest suites to meeting spaces, each of these four properties offer a distinctive experience of California wine country and won’t break your bank – you can save that for buying bottles!

Meritage Resort and Spa – Napa Valley, CA – Built on a private 11-acre vineyard, this 500 room hotel is centered where the Napa and Sonoma wine regions meet – perfect for exploring both areas! With prices around $160 a night, you can experience the Meritage’s tasting room and spa, both of which are built into a hillside cave.  The Meritage is also home to the two largest ballrooms in the Napa Valley as well as an Estate Cave as unique meeting space.

H2Hotel – Healdsburg, CA – H2Hotel, situated in Northern Sonoma Wine County, holds 36 “eco-chic” and prides itself on its sustainability efforts.  These efforts, including reclaimed wood furniture, a solar heated pool, and a rooftop garden designed to collect and reuse rainwater create a green hotel unique to the area.  For those active wine tasters, the hotel offers complimentary bike rentals to take on your tours.

AVIA Napa – Napa, CA – This 141-property room AVIA Hotel in downtown Napa has a location that can’t be beat.   This central location brings guest within blocks of Napa landmarks like the Oxbow Food Market, a plethora of gourmet dining options, art galleries, shopping, and 15 local tasting rooms.  With six distinct small meeting venues as well as event space for weddings and other special events, this hotel will let you enjoy the center of the Napa Valley wine region.

Hotel Corque – Solvang, CA – This 25 year old Santa Barbara wine country hotel recently changed hands; the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians took ownership and revamped the entire property, adding indulgent touches like private balconies with sliding doors and a farm-to-table restaurant, Root 246.  The major renovation project was headed by renowned architect David Bury who created a uniquely modern and elegant boutique hotel with over 7,500 square feet of flexible meeting space and luxurious guest rooms at just around $170.

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