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Stories from Auberge Resorts Collection

Calistoga Ranch Put it On the Golden Retriever's Tab

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It's 5 o'clock somewhere, and at Calistoga Ranch, I'm the official Yappy Hour host. When I'm not climbing in the fountains for an afternoon drink or racing through the property grounds to greet guests on their arrival, I'm the official good-time golden retriever. Donning my shiniest collar and slicking my golden coat to perfection, I welcome my canine friends to the most exclusive cocktail hour in Napa Valley. If you bring your human as a plus one, they can even have a cocktail, too.

Local Puppy
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Mayflower Stillness in Motion: Meditating While Standing in Water

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"Ai Chi is a meditative movement carried out while standing in water. More often than not, I will meet guests seeking ways to quiet the mind and de-stress, but find it difficult to sit still through traditional forms of meditation. Ai Chi enables participants to experience the benefits that meditation promises through physical movement— it’s a stillness in motion, if you will. At an Ai Chi class, you can expect for the water to be a warm 92 degrees, and chest deep. There are always a few participants that are happy to learn that they will not be going underwater— you do not need to be an expert swimmer to take Ai Chi, and you can count on your hair and makeup remaining perfectly intact."

Ai-Chi Instructor
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Solage How to Navigate the Calistoga Food & Wine Event

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The trick to navigating the Calistoga Food and Wine’s Grand Tasting like an expert? Start at the back of the event, and work backwards. You can beat the lines by going straight inside the Solstice event space and wine tasting your way to the lawn. Less time in lines equals more time sipping on the samplings from over 40 of the surrounding local wineries, savoring delectable small bites, and picking up tips from the live cooking stations.

Patrick Ward
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Malliouhana From New York to Anguilla’s Secret Beach

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After living in New York, Malliouhana’s Concierge, Becca Teklu, found paradise in Anguilla. Her best-kept secret for total escape is the island’s remote hideaway Little Bay, which is only accessible by boat and famous for its sugar-white beach. For your visit there, you’ll need our complimentary snorkeling gear to explore an underwater ecosystem thriving with turtles, eels, blue tangs, parrotfish, and stingrays. If wading into Little Bay's waters is not enough, climb up Jumping Rock and plunge 20 feet into the warm ocean below—one thrill Becca definitely prefers over riding New York’s subways!

Becca Teklu
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Calistoga Ranch I Know Napa Valley's Most Picturesque Point

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It took a bit of sweat to reach Napa Valley's most picturesque lookout, a summit I wanted to photograph by morning. That's why I hit the under-the-radar private hiking trail near Calistoga Ranch with my husband by 9 a.m. sharp to reach the sleepy hill only locals know. Because I was a guest at Calistoga Ranch, I gained access to an exclusive property tour, ending at the vineyard's tasting room for a custom food and wine pairing menu. It's true what they say - it's all about who you know.

Happy Couple Stayed Summer 2018
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Mayflower What Do Stilettos and Ice Cream Have in Common?

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Arethusa Farm and Dairy is widely-known for its old-fashioned ice cream, but most people are surprised to learn that the farm’s award-winning, creamy goodness all began with the signature stiletto heels that regularly appeared on “Sex and the City.” That’s right— high-end shoe brand Manolo Blahnik’s President and VP, George Malkemus and Tony Yurgaitis, are the farmers behind Arethusa Farm, and have been since 1999. Now you know who to thank for the most delectable dairy products you can imagine.

Local with a Sweet Tooth
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Calistoga Ranch Dog Days of Napa

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I get antsy on long drives to California's wine country. There's only so much panting I can do from my backseat perch as we drive down the winding country roads before I'm barking in anticipation of what awaits me on my arrival at Calistoga Ranch. Bacon - crisp, greasy, delicious slices of bacon - hidden throughout the hotel's vineyards. I mean, I even get my own in-room dining menu with bones and treats. This is no ordinary dog's life for me.

Lucky Pet Stayed spring 2018
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Mayflower Cider Donuts, Pick-Your-Own Apples, and A Cidery

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Rain or shine, the Averill Farm Stand is open, and rain or shine, I go for the heavenly apple cider donuts. A true must-visit in the town of Washington, Averill Farm is primarily a fruit orchard that has been family-run for 10 generations and counting. The hidden gem awaits at the end of a lovely drive, minutes from the Mayflower Inn. Abundant with the simple delights of the countryside— cut flowers, homemade jams, honey, cheeses, locally-sourced pies and more— the charming farm provides a special experience to immerse in the farm-to-table culture of Connecticut.

Cheerful Local
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Madeline Even Butch Cassidy Can't Steal Our 4 Diamond Ranking

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Each year, AAA announces all hotels and restaurants across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean that received the Four or Five Diamond Rating during the previous year. What an honor to be among the ranking and to receive our first 4-Diamond rating! Telluride is a town of great history, character and lore. It is where Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank and was the first city lit by Nikola Tesla’s method of alternating current electric power. More recently Telluride has been recognized as one of the best ski destinations in the U.S. and the world.

Concierge
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Madeline Don't Forget Your Mushroom Costume

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There are two things each new season in Telluride is sure to bring: a change in weather and unparalleled festivals. In my opinion, Telluride's smaller, lesser-known festivals are some of the town’s best-kept secrets. Take, for instance, the quirky Mushroom Festival. Here me out— it’s a celebration of full of cooking demonstrations, guided hikes for mushroom identification, and a parade where attendees get creative with fungal-themed costumes.

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