Sunday, August 15, 2010

To the Bardessono

On our way to the Northern California Cal Ripken tournament in early July, we stopped for lunch in Yountville. We ended up touring the Bardessono; it is one of only three Leed Platinum certified hotels in the world. Sharon wanted to go back and stay for a night. With Jack starting school on Tuesday, we decided to end the summer with a one night stay there.

Leaving home about 10 a.m., we had an early lunch at Hurley's. Stopping at the hotel, they said that the room was not ready, but that they would call us when it was.

We decided to head to Castello di Amorosa. Sharon is a wine club member. The winery and tasting room are housed in a replica 13th century, 107 room, Tuscan style castle. We did an hour tour of castle and winery followed by a tasting.

From there, we headed back to the Bardessono and checked in. Interesting, they never called us to tell us the room was ready. I will summarize my impressions of the hotel and its service in tomorrow's post. After getting settled in the room, we spent about two hours hanging out at the pool.

After a quick not very good drink at the hotel, we finished the night with a late dinner at ad hoc. This has become one of Sharon's favorites; she and Janie had dinner there in the last couple months. The restaurant has a set menu each night. Sunday night menu entree was hanger steak. The meal was excellent.

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