• California Hotels Debut Renovations & New Spaces

    FROM THE Fall/Winter 2016 ISSUE
  • California Hotels Debut Renovations & New Spaces

    FROM THE Fall/Winter 2016 ISSUE

Hyatt Carmel Highlands Celebrating Major Renovation

Preparing for its 100th anniversary in 2017, Hyatt Carmel Highlands has completed one of the most extensive renovations in its rich history. The hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Pacific’s Edge, along with the 48 guest rooms, bar, hotel entrance and lobby area underwent enhancements inspired by the natural surroundings and seaside setting on the cliffs overlooking Big Sur. The guest rooms, including 10 suites, now have air conditioning along with new furnishings, décor, color schemes and heating. New furnishings and living room-style components are part of the refreshed lobby area that can accommodate private parties of more than 100 guests.

Renovations wrapped up in July and included the merger of Pacific’s Edge with the hotel’s casual bistro, California Market, into a new three-meal restaurant called California Market at Pacific’s Edge. The restaurant is on the upper level, where Pacific’s Edge was located, and features an expanded 40-seat, 1,200-square-foot heated and glass-railed dining deck with views of the rugged coastline, allowing the restaurant to now host up to 140. 

Bernardus Lodge & Spa Adds Suites & Villas

Originally opened in 1999 and renovated in 2015, the 57-guest-room Bernardus Lodge and Spa in Carmel Valley has added 14 suites and villas featuring ranch countrychic interior design and located on 28 acres of vineyards, gardens and lavender fields. Highlights of the 1,050- to 2,100-squarefoot guest accommodations include outside fire pits, master baths with hammered copper freestanding soaking tubs, wet rooms with wall and rain showers, vaulted ceilings, French doors, wet bars, double-sided fireplaces, and patios and terraces with vineyard or Santa Lucia Mountain views. The recently upgraded and re-envisioned Spa at Bernardus has introduced a wellness component that groups can tap into including moonlit yoga, guided meditation, sunrise stretch classes, a reinvigorated tennis program, endurance hikes and more. 

Mesa del Sol Estate Retreat & Winery Offers Weekly Rentals

Family-owned for 10 years and recently made available to the public, Mesa del Sol Estate Retreat & Winery, located on 14 acres in Greenfield, is now available to groups through a weekly rental program. Guests enter the estate by driving down a half-mile driveway lined with oak trees and rows of fresh lavender to reach historic buildings dating back to the late 1800s. The estate features five bedrooms, two living quarters near the main house and one tent cabin overlooking the Arroyo Seca River. It has been restored to include a gourmet country kitchen, 55-foot pool, acres of lush ornamental gardens, large open social areas and updated outdoor cooking spaces.

Groups can tap into on-site activities such as picking fresh fruits and vegetables from the edible gardens, feeding the chickens and collecting eggs, playing games of basketball, croquet and horseshoes. Owner Ann Hougham can help plan additional activities such as wine tastings and tours, yoga, massage, flora and fauna hikes, river expeditions, and cooking classes with a Monterey County chef. Groups of up to 150 can be hosted for events. 

There are all sorts of happenings for meeting and event planners to plug groups into in Snowmass Village this summer, taking some of the pressure off building a memorable and effective agenda. 


As travel comes returns in many parts of the world, Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its 2022 Star Award winners on April 26, 2022. The United States debuted 10 hotels, three restaurants and seven spas on the Five-Star list. In U.S. Mountain West towns with peaks, 12 hotels, one restaurant, and six spas landed a Five-Star nod. 


In the soon-to-be released Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings, I write about Mountain Activities 101. That’s not the official title of the article—it’s actually Mild to Wild—but it is a primer about the many amazing activities groups can enjoy in the mountains, from cave tours in Bend, Oregon, to a kayaking, hiking and hot springs excursion near Boulder City, Nevada.