After working hard all year, Here Comes The Guide rewarded its staff with a company retreat. When Chief Operating Officer Meredith Schwartz asked me to put this trip together, The Carneros Inn was the first place I thought of for our day of relaxation and fun. We are a really tight-knit group of women, but half of us work off site, so we don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like. This trip was such a treat! We got to have spa treatments, lounge by the pool and enjoy an amazing dinner at their restaurant, Farm.
At the start of our retreat, we were told that this was a day of fun and absolutely no work. But, the event coordinator in me just wouldn’t allow for this. As I lay by the infinity pool I couldn’t help but think what a fabulous location this place is for a wedding. I could just picture a ceremony taking place in their Apple Orchard as a bride says “I Do” with the beautiful vineyards in the background. Another area I loved was the Carneros Courtyard, where guests enjoy cocktails and appetizers while mingling on the lawn. And at night, when the sun goes down, they can cozy up to the outdoor fireplace while they are taking a breather from dancing. After the reception has wound down, you and your husband can escape to your honeymoon cottage which was designed as a modern farmers cottage, decorated in what The Carneros calls “farm-shui”.
Honestly, I could go on and on about this place. Because I arranged our company trip, I got to work with The Carneros staff closely and it was such a pleasure. The level of service they gave us was out of this world. Whether you choose it for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding or honeymoon, The Carneros Inn is a truly luxurious experience. I can definitely see why Travel + Leisure Magazine calls it “One of the top 25 Romantic Getaways in the World”.
And, did you see? Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon agree!