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THE RISING DEMAND FOR LIFE ON THE SEA

Private residence ships on the rise appealing to record numbers of remote workers

Condos on residential yachts and ships increasing in popularity as people look for new ways to live and work

People have more flexibility to work and study remotely than ever before, causing a sudden demand for apartments on residential yachts and ships. As travel resumes, many are making new lifestyle choices rather than returning to the daily grind. While pre-pandemic digital nomads embraced travel as a lifestyle, they found the jet lag and living out of a suitcase to be wearisome. Condo ships claim to have the answer: unpack once and travel the world from the comfort of home. There are several residential ships on the horizon. Here’s an overview of what’s on the market.

‘Narrative’ by Storylines is a new-build, liquid natural gas (LNG) powered ship launching in 2024. The ship is 741’ long with 533 residences. The smallest condominiums available at press time start at 237 sq ft and go for $360k for a 12-year lease, with annual fees of $60k. The largest units currently available are 1,529 sq ft condos and can be purchased for $7.7M with annual fees of $205k. Fees include housekeeping, laundry, meals, beverages, medical visits and spa services. With green technologies, a hydroponic garden and a zero-waste market, it will be one of the most environmentally sustainable ships at sea. The itinerary is focused on leisurely circumnavigating the globe every three-and-a-half years with 3-5 days in most ports. The ship has office space for remote workers and an education program for families with kids. For people who want to pay a reasonable amount on a new ship with a diverse community, more time in ports, and don’t mind waiting, this ship is an excellent option. 

The World’ by ResidenSea was launched in 2002. At 643 feet with 165 residences, there is plenty of room for the select few ultra-high net worth individuals on board. The smallest 290 sq ft flats start at $2M and the largest residences are in excess of $10M. The annual fees range from $150k-$1M which does not include food and beverages. Many of the larger residences have full kitchens. With a full-sized tennis court at sea and a putting green, there is plenty to love about this ship, but the main appeal is that it’s already in the water. Potential residents must also have a land-based residence and a minimum $10M net worth. For those who meet the criteria, are okay with a 20-year-old oil burning ship and are itching to launch their lifestyle at sea immediately, this is an excellent, well-established option.

Njord’ by Ocean Residences is the top of the line. It’s a brand new, LNG powered ship with all the latest green technologies. Delivery is expected in 2024. At 925 feet with just 118 residences, it’s no wonder the units start at $8M for the smallest 1,249 sq ft two-bedroom apartments. All of the residences have full kitchens, a rare amenity in this market. Expect a lot of over-the-top perks, with not one but two helicopters, a 5-star PADI dive center, Quadrofoil, observatory, crew to resident ratio of 2:1, limo tenders, scientific research laboratories, and butler suites that you can rent for your private butler, nanny or nurse. For ultra-high net worth individuals who don’t mind a homogeneous demographic and are looking for a newer and more environmentally sustainable ship than ‘The World,’ this one is worth the wait. 

‘Blue World’ by Blue World Voyages is refurbishing a ship that’s approximately 700’ long and 20 years old. The ship has 40 residences and 225 cabins and hopes to launch in 2021. The one-bedroom 800 sq ft units are $2.35M and the two-bedroom 1,200 sq ft units are $3.35M. The annual fees range between $200k-$300k. As with all older ships, it will burn either marine diesel or heavy bunker fuel. There are no cooking facilities for residents. With a focus on fitness, the ship dedicates a full deck for sports and boasts a seawater lap pool. The itinerary is somewhat restricted to Europe and Latin America due to its primary use as a tourist cruise ship, with no plans for global circumnavigation. For fitness enthusiasts who don’t mind sharing their ship with a high turnover of younger people coming and going every week, and who are hoping to start this lifestyle sooner rather than later, this company has an established founder (‘The World’) and could be an excellent fit.

‘Utopia’ by Utopia Residences has been in development for at least 12 years (ordered in 2009) and the launch date has been delayed multiple times. It was designed to be 971 ft long with 190 residences and 206 hotel suites. The smallest 1,439 sq ft residences started at $3.9M and the largest 6,143 sq ft residence was $36M. It had a paddle tennis court, rock climbing wall and outdoor movie screen, as well as ‘wine and fur storage’. An itinerary was planned which involved crisscrossing the globe to world events such as Wimbledon, Carnival, America’s Cup, Running of the Bulls and Cannes Film Festival. For people who prefer the traditional architectural style of the ship and its interiors and don’t mind visiting crowded places, this ship might be an option someday.

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Eight Unique Gift Ideas for the Person Who Has Everything

When a birthday or other holiday rolls around and it’s time to start considering gift ideas, it can be a struggle to find that perfect gift for someone who seems to already have everything. How can you select a great gift for someone who has everything they want? You want to surprise them and give them something they’ll love, but how is this possible when everything you see on the shelves is something you know they already have or don’t need?

This is a tricky situation, but there are a few unique gift ideas to consider for those who seem to have everything you can think of. Now is the time to start thinking outside of the box. It’s time to get creative and come up with that one idea no one else thought of.

Are you ready to find the perfect gift?

Continue reading below for an amazing list of several creative and unique gift ideas for the person with everything!

  1. A Traveler’s World Map

If the person you’re searching for a gift for enjoys traveling, then a traveler’s world map is the perfect gift for them! Here’s how it works: each time they visit a new state or country, they’ll mark it off on the map. You can find a variety of these types of maps.

Some of them you scratch off as you visit each new location. There are other maps that you put a pin in or place a sticker/magnet on top of the new location you visit. It’s a great way to see where they’ve been and what places are left for them to visit.

  1. Customized Socks

Sure, they already have socks, but do they have customized socks? Did you know you can create socks with pictures of a pet on them or even pictures of friends? That’s right!

There are a few different places where you can have socks customized with the picture of your choice. The way it works is that you’ll select the type of sock you want and then send in the picture you want to have placed on the socks. The company will then print the picture onto the socks for you and mail them to you!

This means socks that are covered in pictures of their pup’s face. How adorable and creative is that?

  1. A Gratitude Journal

A gratitude journal is a perfect place for them to write down what they’re thankful for each morning. It’s a great way to start the day because it puts them in a good mindset each morning. They can also use this journal to write down what they’re thankful for at the end of the day as well.

For example, even after a trying day at work, they can come home and write down all the good things that happened even if they were small things.

  1. Tickets to an Event

When someone has everything, it’s time to consider what you can give them that’s not an item. Sometimes, the best gifts in the world are those that create memories. Tickets to an event are a great idea for this reason.

Think about their favorite sports team, their favorite play, or something else they enjoy doing (such as yoga, painting, or cooking). Then, search for tickets for events close to them. If you can find tickets for a painting class near them and they love to paint, then you might have found the perfect gift.

  1. A Planned Vacation

Attending events is always lots of fun, but vacations are another great option you have. If you have the means to plan a vacation for them, then do so. Not only will this provide an opportunity for them to get away for a while, but it also prevents them from having to stress about making the plans themselves.

Choose a location you think they’d enjoy (doesn’t have to be too far from home or anything extravagant). Then, plan all the details just as you would your own vacation and present them with the tickets/hotel information/other details.

  1. A Planned Family Day

Planning a family day is another great option! If this person is someone close to you, then you can plan a day to spend with them and the rest of the family. It can be something simple like visiting a nearby park or spending the day at home in the backyard grilling while the children play.

You can also think of fun activities the entire family enjoys, but make sure it revolves around the special person. To do this, you can bring a few decorations, a cake, or just make sure they’re enjoying the day.

  1. Character/Book/Movie Items

Does this person have a favorite character, book, or movie? If so, then consider looking into these types of items. For example, you can find Harry Potter merchandise online or in stores that are unique such as collectible items, drinkware, and more.

You should be able to find lots of fun and creative items from many different characters, books, shows, movies, and more! When selecting the merchandise, try to think about items they’d be able to get some use out of as well.

  1. Homemade Crafts/Gifts

When someone has everything, a homemade craft or gift is always an excellent option. Whether it’s a homemade card or something put together like a birdfeeder, these items always remain close to the heart. Nothing in their home will be as special as that homemade and painted pottery item you make for them.

Each time they look at it, they’ll think of you and all the love you put into creating it.

Which Unique Gift Ideas Are You Considering?

Out of all these wonderful unique gift ideas to choose from, which ones are you considering? If you’re not sure, then don’t hesitate to look into a few of them! They’re all great ideas that anyone would love, even the person who has everything.

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National Dishes at Euros Host Cities

The Euros are finally in full swing after a year delay due to the unwelcome impact that Covid-19 had on the sporting industry. Now, as teams are tested regularly, and host cities are scattered about Europe instead of being in one singular nation, there is sufficient time to properly appreciate different host cities’ culture, specifically, their food. This article will consider some of the host cities and their best national dish so you can theme your Euro watching with a delicious accompanying meal.

Wembley Stadium – Fish and Chips

So far in the tournament, Wembley Stadium has been home to a number of surprises, one of the most prevalent being Scotland’s ability to hold on to and secure a 0 – 0 draw against a strong-looking England side. The odds against this result were staggering, as there has never been a 0-0 draw at Wembley between Scotland and England until this game. If you would like to place more bets on upcoming games then you should consider looking into how to find the right sports betting site for you.

Though some of the games have drummed up unexpected results, something that isn’t a surprise is that fish and chips remain one of the most important dishes for anyone heading to Wembley to watch a game. Engrained in English culinary culture, fish and chips were one of the few foods never rationed during World War 2 so that it could keep up the countries moral, and that attitude carries on to this day as it remains one of the most notorious dishes in the country.

Allianz Arena – Kasespatzle

It’s a simple recipe but one that Munich has absolutely mastered over the years. Simply put together some egg noodles, German cheese, and caramelized onions before baking them in an oven and topping with either parsley or chives, then you have the gorgeous dish of Kasespatzle. This can be found in a variety of different Bavarian restaurants and can be washed down perfectly with a glass of Helles.

Stadio Olimpico – Pizza al Taglio

Of course, you think of Rome, you think of pizza. However, pizza has a very broad meaning in Rome as the word is applied plentifully to a variety of different flatbreads and round personal pizzas.

Pizza al tagilo is a distinctly Roman style of pizza and uses either an adorned dough cooked in sheet pans or worked into an oblong shape before being baked. It is served by the slice by being cut with either a knife or scissors, which means you can try as many varieties as you’d like to your desired portion size.

Estadio de la Cartuja – Flamenquines

These are the most delectable meaty snacks available in Sevilla. Though they originally originated in Cordoba, every tapas bar in Sevilla will offer up their own variation on this dish, to the point that it has become a local classic.

It involves slices of Iberian cured ham and chunks of goat’s cheese rolled into a pork loin before dipping them in beaten egg and breadcrumbs and then deep-fried. Allegedly named after Charles V’s Flemish assistants, this delicious dish is perfect for anybody vising Sevilla.

 

 

 

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Redmont Hotel

The Redmont Hotel, a historic hotel property in Birmingham, Alabama, and part of Curio Collection by Hilton has selected Rebel Hospitality to engage in hotel management services.   

Rebel Hospitality, a leader in the hotel management of independent and soft branded lifestyle properties, offers a progressive new management option that aligns owners’ interests with operational excellence to deliver enhanced guest experiences and peak financial performance. Rebel’s growing portfolio of managed properties includes hotels in destination and gateway markets throughout the United States. 

“As Rebel Hospitality continues its rapid growth, we are proud to be chosen to manage The Redmont Hotel, one of the preeminent properties and top-rated hotels in the vibrant destination of Birmingham,” said Brian Sparacino, President, and CEO of Rebel Hospitality. “With our experienced operations team, we look forward to engaging with this exciting property that features beautiful historical architecture, well-appointed modern guest rooms, and the best rooftop bars in the city with stunning panoramic views of Downtown Birmingham and the surrounding areas.”  

The Redmont Hotel was redeveloped by Birmingham, Alabama-based, Rhaglan Hospitality LLC. Rhaglan’s experience in development and hotel management totals over $200 million of completed commercial buildings, including numerous core branded hotels totaling over 850 rooms, with a focus on historic preservation.

Located in the heart of downtown, The Redmont Hotel is the oldest hotel in Birmingham. Newly restored, the 14-story historic landmark features 120 renovated guest rooms that embrace the glamour of the 1920s. The Redmont Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, offers guests a boutique hotel experience within walking distance of the flourishing downtown Birmingham entertainment district. The Redmont has many unique spaces for any occasion; the property boasts 3,600 square feet of meeting space which includes two boardrooms as well as two luxurious ballrooms connected by a charming mezzanine and New Orleans style balcony overlooking 5th Avenue. Each meeting space is equipped with built-in audio-visual equipment.    

The city of Birmingham is considered to be the up-and-coming food destination of the South. The Redmont’s dining options, and exciting rooftop lounge with breathtaking city views, highlight the best of the city’s culinary experiences. 

About Rebel Hospitality

Rebel Hospitality offers a progressive new paradigm for hotel management. Rebel Hospitality blends modern technologies with management excellence to create a one-stop, full-service hospitality management biome spanning operations, revenue management, procurement, human resources, marketing distribution, and investment and development partnerships. The unrivaled technology, expertise, and fee transparency make Rebel Hospitality an emerging leader and premier partner as a niche hotel management platform that is philosophically aligned with hotel investment strategies. For more information, please visit their website. 

About Curio Collection by Hilton

Curio Collection by Hilton is a global portfolio of more than 100 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts in nearly 30 countries and territories. Curio Collection properties offer travelers authentic, curated experiences through distinctly local offerings and elevated amenities while providing the benefits of Hilton and its award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors. To make reservations, travelers can visit curiocollection.com. Read the latest brand and hotel stories here, and connect with Curio Collection on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

About Rhaglan Hospitality

Rhaglan’s experience in development encompasses over $200 million of completed projects, including core branded hotels totaling over 850 rooms. Rhaglan focuses on redeveloping and repositioning unique buildings irretrievably linked to the history of their communities.

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Hotel Mediterraneo Announces Reopening

Boasting nearly 150 years of Italian hospitality in Rome, Bettoja Hotels just announced the reopening of the iconic Hotel Mediterraneo featuring recent renovations and stylish new additions.

After a year of being closed during the pandemic, 4-star Hotel Mediterraneo has reopened its doors this months. Celebrating the inauguration of the reopening, the hotel now features a beautiful, renovated panoramic rooftop terrace with breathtaking city views of the Eternal City. Soaring 50 meters high, the hotel’s Roof Garden Restaurant and Terrace also welcomes a new addition with its Ligea Lounge Bar. With an elegant vintage atmosphere, the new lounge bar serves as a prime meeting point for guests and non-guests from around the world to gather in its eclectic indoor and outdoor areas.

Precious 1940’s lamps and restored Art Deco interior design pieces designed by Mario Loreti and Gustavo Pulitzer Finali furnish the Ligea Lounge Bar on the tenth floor of the Hotel Mediterraneo, creating a new location to be discovered during the magical days and evenings of one of the best cities in the world. The lounge is adorned with velvet sofas, mirrors and fine vintage pieces with exotic plants that create an exclusive green nest in which to take refuge, all with a spectacular 180 ° view of the capital.

Chef Antonio Vitale completes the gastronomic offer of the new Ligea Lounge Bar with and fresh snacks, with menus that will follow the seasons. A robust list of cocktails and wines offering fine labels will accompain the evening and dinner menus daily from 5pm until midnight. Guests can also experience this space by choosing to reserve it completely for private events, gala dinners or standing cocktails.

The Bettoja flagship property, Hotel Mediterraneo, was designed in 1938 by the architect Loreti, and has recently been restored following a careful collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, featuring the participation of master artisans and the most meticulous of Italian restorers. The timeline of restorations began in 2018 and recently concluded with the restoration of the Mosaic Room featuring the “Medieval Hunt” by Franco d’Urso, a beautiful mosaic based on a sketch by the painter Achille Capizzano. These restorations have brought the historical heritage of the Hotel Mediterraneo to the forefront, highlighting the charm of its monumental architectural feats and the value of its artistic elements. As part of the restoration of the hotel, the rooms feature carefully restored and preserved period furniture.

Thanks to the deep love and dedication for hospitality, the Bettoja family has always kept the hotels open through the two World Wars and the pandemic and remains a true point of reference in Rome.

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Schloss Elmau: The Destination Spa

Schloss Elmau, the destination spa, resort and cultural retreat in the Bavarian Alps, was featured in the most recent episode of “Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby,” a series on BBC’s documentary streaming channel, BBC Select. In the most recent episode, the show’s hosts (chef Monica Galetti and food critic Giles Coren) explore Schloss Elmau’s sublime setting, visiting the hotel’s six lavish spas and taking in the alpine scenery from the comfort of infinity pools, saunas and saltwater pools. Giles Coren even braved the 15-degree plunge pool.

Schloss Elmau’s owner, Dietmar Mueller-Elmau, was featured in the episode discussing his vision for the resort’s wellness experience: “I tried to build a spa that I might be tempted to use myself. I like privacy; I like a sense of calm. So I need lots of space, lots of privacy, many different pools. I still haven’t used [the spa] though, because I think that the imagination of using it is better than the reality.”

Schloss Elmau is in good company among the hotels featured in the BBC series. These include the timeless Claridge’s in London, The Silo, Cape Town’s most stylish mainstay, and the beloved Ashford Castle in Ireland.

The full episode is available on AmazonPrime and AppleTV (more information here). Watch the episode preview on YouTube

For more information on Schloss Elmau, visit their website.

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Santa Fe’s La Fonda On The Plaza

Santa Fe’s grande dame of Southwestern hospitality – La Fonda on the Plaza – will turn 100 in January 2022.  The milestone will be celebrated with a Centennial Gala and a number of other special initiatives. These include the premiere of the hotel’s historic documentary narrated by Ali MacGraw, and the reveal of a luxurious upgrade to the hotel’s exclusive Terrace rooms and suites, now known as “The Terrace Inn at La Fonda.”

La Fonda is not only Santa Fe’s oldest hotel (reports of an inn at the same location date back to the 1600s) but also the only one located right on the historic Santa Fe Plaza, the center of the city’s shopping, nightlife, and art market scenes. Visitors from all over the U.S. and the world choose the hotel for memorable vacations and destination weddings. Santa Fe residents call La Fonda’s iconic lobby their “living room,” and frequent the hotel’s rooftop bar to enjoy the spectacular sunsets, margarita in hand. The hotel has played host to countless world and U.S. leaders, as well as luminaries of film, theater, music and literature.

History

The current La Fonda was built in 1922. It was then acquired in 1925 by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway and leased to the family of legendary hotelier Fred Harvey. The  Harvey family turned La Fonda into one of the famous Harvey Houses, which it remained until 1968, when it was acquired by local businessman Sam Ballen and his wife, Ethel. True to La Fonda’s legacy as one of Santa Fe’s last remaining family-owned hotels, in September 2014, longtime family friend and current Chairman of the Board, Jennifer Kimball along with her brother, Philip Wise, and the investment firm Cienda Partners, purchased La Fonda from the Ballens. For a detailed history of La Fonda, a timeline can be viewed here.

La Fonda Now

To this day, La Fonda visitors are captivated by the distinctive, ever-present style of famed architect John Gaw Meem and celebrated Southwest architect and designer Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter. Their original architectural and décor influences can be seen at every turn, and are complemented by the hotel’s expansive, museum-quality art collection which has been built by the owners over several decades.

While maintaining this heritage, La Fonda keeps evolving to meet the highest standards of modern hospitality.  Since 2008, a phased series of renovations, guided by careful study of the original building plans and décor elements, have brought the hotel’s guest rooms, restaurant, bars, lobby and other public spaces to a new level of comfort and luxury. The latest of these is a luxurious transformation of the exclusive Terrace rooms and suites into the “Terrace Inn at La Fonda.” This hotel-within-a-hotel has a dedicated luxury concierge as well as a private refreshment area offering custom evening appetizers and cocktails and continental breakfast service. The accommodations feature stylish furnishings, original artwork, and private patios or balconies that overlook the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi or the historic Loretto Chapel and the sunlit Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Centennial Celebrations

The Centennial celebration will kick off with a Centennial Gala on January 22, 2022. Throughout the year, La Fonda guests will be able to enjoy special accommodations packages as well as Centennial-themed food and drink offerings created by La Fonda’s renowned culinary team. In addition, they can take home a special memento of the milestone in the form of a custom La Fonda Centennial Herradura Tequila in an exclusive etched glass bottle or a handcrafted holiday ornament, both available in Detours, the hotel’s gift shop. More details on these special initiatives will be available soon.

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White Villas Reopens in Turks & Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands have always been synonymous with luxury, relaxation, and adventure. And now they are also one of the few places in the Caribbean that have received a designation of Alert Level 1 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the lowest possible Covid-19 risk level. The wish list vacation destination is eager to welcome guests back to experience their trademark white-sand beaches and azure blue waters, free from pandemic anxieties.

With 65 percent of the destination’s population having received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and 55 percent of the adult population being fully vaccinated, Turks and Caicos can proudly say that it is one of the most inoculated countries in the world. This is welcome news for the team behind White Villas, the collection of private villas with an all-inclusive style experience. 

“The desire for decompression, family connection, and new experiences is stronger than ever. Travel is on everyone’s mind,” says Simon Hénault, owner of White Villas. “We’re thrilled that Turks and Caicos islands are considered a CDC Level 1 destination, one of the very few in the Caribbean.”

White Villas is the ideal option for travelers who want to ease their way back into simple, safe, and stress-free travel. In addition to full kitchens and private pools, guests have direct access to car rentals and boat excursions, private chef services, spa treatments, an outdoor movie theater and gym, and a long list of outdoor adventure activities. Visitors get the comfort, privacy, and warmth of staying with close friends and family, with all-inclusive simplicity and high-end amenities.

 The White Villas team ensures that friends, couples, and families all have a safe, unique, and nurtured return to travel experience.

For more information on the CDC’s Travel Health Notices, please visit cdc.gov

For more information on White Villas, please visit whitevillas.net.

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Sustainable Practices In Downtown Napa

Downtown Napa is home to more than 40 tasting rooms, 80 eateries, 60 boutiques and shops and a variety of lively art displays all within walking distance of one another. Aside from convenience, Downtown Napa also gives travelers an opportunity to minimize their carbon footprint. Here are some ways local hospitality businesses offer sustainable practices for visitors.

Car-Free Travel:

Not only is Downtown Napa wine country’s most walkable destination, but visitors don’t even need a car to get here in the first place – an ideal way to reduce overall environmental impact. The Napa Valley Wine Train offers a car-free San Francisco Bay Area connection with the San Francisco Bay Ferry, so travelers can hop on, sit back and enjoy a traffic-free scenic ride to the train station in Downtown Napa.

Attractions and Lodging:

To eliminate plastic water bottles, Andaz Napa provides guests with reusable, BPA-free aluminum PathWater bottles that can be refilled at the property’s filtered water stations. The hotel also continues to focus on purchasing local and sustainable products for its food and beverage offerings. Additionally, the housekeeping staff is always on a mission to turn off electric devices in each unattended guest room.

Archer Hotel Napa provides access to local and regional wines and produce through its in-house sustainable food guidelines. The hotel follows low water consumption measures, recycling and reusing practices, utilizing an eco-friendly dry-cleaning service and more. The property also has an ongoing partnership with One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization with a focus on global reforestation, and Proud Source Water, a Certified B Corporation spring water provider.

As the first Northern California bed-and-breakfast to be certified by the California Green Lodging Program, The Inn on First uses low-flow water sources, composts kitchen and garden waste, provides stainless steel water bottles and reusable glassware for guests. To reduce packaging and shipping, all food is also made from scratch. Each room features a personal air conditioning unit with an occupancy sensor, thermostat-controlled heat source and ceiling fans, among other eco-friendly amenities.

Napa River Inn located within the Historic Napa Mill is the original green building in town, which opted to build upon its historic roots keeping the original structure intact. Additionally, the bricks that make up much of the building were formed with clay from the Napa River. Embracing an eco-friendly way of life, Napa River Inn also sources bath amenities locally, recycles cooking oil into bio-diesel and offers charging pumps for electric vehicles on-site.

The Westin Verasa Napa is part of the California Green Business network and features oxidizers in rooms, low flow showerheads, composting, food dehydrating practices and sustainable purchasing. They’ve also eliminated plastic straws and implemented bio-fuel recycling, repurposing of linens, LED high-efficiency lighting, recycling training and more.

Recently revealed Napa Valley Welcome Center at First Street Napa features lights operated on timers, a water-saving toilet and sinks. All information provided to tourists is now fully digital. Additionally, the mercantile shop makes an effort to source local, handmade items. 

Food and Drink:

Angèle Restaurant & Bar attempts to only use local purveyors and farms to create its delicious French dishes. To eliminate plastics, the restaurant switched to paper and corn straws, as well as wooden or corn silverware. Additionally, the restaurant composts all food and paper waste.

The Dutch Door is a zero-plastic takeout cafe, dedicated to compostable containers, flatware and cups. The Dutch Door strives for zero food waste, choosing to sell out of items daily instead of discarding them. About half of the cafe’s menu is vegan, and they also order local produce and source meat from no-feed farms.

Gran Eléctrica utilizes bio-fuel recycling and partners with Napa Valley Recycling to properly compartmentalize all waste for maximum sustainability. The restaurant only uses recycled items including paper straws, paper hand towels, to-go containers and printed menus, all of which are fully compostable. Whenever possible, Gran Eléctrica only sources food items from local farms. The restaurant also grows peppers, squash, cilantro, mint, edible flowers and various herbs on-site to reduce the need to purchase additional produce. Additionally, staff is trained to never waste food, but instead tasked with pickling and dehydrating certain items. The owners also encourage their employees to carpool or bike to work.

Monday Bakery serves its treats and drinks in compostable packaging and also offers compost, recycle and garbage bins within the shop for customer use. The company was awarded the JD Fullner Recycling Leadership Award in 2019 by the City of Napa.

Oenotri maintains a 5-acre culinary garden just a few miles from the restaurant where 80 percent of the menu is sourced during peak season. In addition to fresh produce, Oenotri serves more than 20 types of house-made salami, daily house-made bread, an array of handmade fresh and dry pasta and olive oil sourced exclusively from Napa Valley.

Oxbow Public Market and its merchants use compostable containers and food ware. The market employs an industry-leading recycling program which has received special recognition from local, state and U.S. governments for outstanding green business practices through its recycling efforts.

Stone Brewing Napa donates its brewery wastewater to the Napa Sanitation District wastewater system. The brewery’s spent grain and hops also go to a local farmer in the region to feed the cattle. Stone Brewing is another City of Napa JD Fullner Recycling Leadership Award recipient.

Retail:

Betty’s Girl Napa has been a green business since its launch in 2003 and offers 100 percent upcycled fashion, such as dresses made from vintage and recycled fabrics.

Napa Running Company is committed to keeping fitness environmentally friendly by offering green products such as Hydro Flask water bottles as well as recycled shoe packaging. Recently, the store introduced a new eco-friendly brand, Girlfriend Collective, whose products are made from recycled polyester and post-consumer recycled water bottles.

For more information about Downtown Napa, including lodging, dining, wine tastings, shopping and things to do, visit donapa.com.

ABOUT NAPA TOURISM IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

Created in 2010, the Napa Tourism Improvement District (TID) is the official destination marketing organization for Downtown Napa/City of Napa. With a mission to increase overnight visitation and improve the local economy, the Napa TID promotes nearly 45 hotels and bed and breakfast properties, premier dining, wine tasting, shopping and local entertainment. The Napa TID utilizes its website (DoNapa.com), participates in the creation of local events and develops targeted marketing programs that drive overnight stays during the off-season and mid-week occupancy throughout the year.

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LEGOLAND New York Resort Now Open

The Orange County Tourism & Film team is incredibly excited to share that LEGOLAND® New York Resort is officially open for fun. The 150-acre park is located in Goshen, New York.

“We are thrilled that LEGOLAND® New York Resort is officially open to all!” said Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana. “LEGOLAND® New York Resort will not only benefit Orange County, but it will have a tremendous economic benefit in the Hudson Valley region and the entirety of New York. I know I can’t wait to go explore LEGOLAND® New York Resort!”

After starting construction in 2018, LEGOLAND® New York Resort opened all seven of their themed lands to the general public on Friday morning. Attending the grand opening was Gov. Andrew Cuomo, joined by other elected officials and regional tourism partners who marked the opening of the theme park by flipping a power switch.

LEGOLAND® New York Resort features a theme park with seven uniquely themed worlds, filled with attractions for the whole family. The theme park also includes a variety of dining options, as well as stores to purchase your favorite LEGO® products. A 250-room resort accompanies the theme park, offering patrons the chance to stay in either pirate, kingdom, Lego Friends or LEGO® NINJAGO® themed rooms. The LEGOLAND® hotel will start accepting reservations on August 6.

The addition of LEGOLAND® New York Resort increases the number of major attractions in New York State that currently reside in Orange County. Sitting 50 miles away from New York City, Orange County provides recreational activities, history, shopping, arts and culture, dining and more for all ages. Enjoy a tasting at one of the numerous wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries or enjoy the outdoors, rafting down the Delaware River or hiking the Appalachian Trail. Orange County provides fun for all ages throughout the entire year, making the area a premier North East destination.

About Orange County Tourism & Film

Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging and events can be found at Orange County Tourism and Film. Like Orange County Tourism on Facebook for the latest news on local happenings.