It did involve putting in some many hours over the last 19 months and many more longs hours over the last week, but it was all worth it. The $40 million expansion of The Meritage Resort and Spa is now open.
I started the week off by heading to Napa for a final planning meeting for the grand opening event on Friday. During that meeting I got a phone call from KGO-TV saying they wanted to come film a story on Tuesday. So it was back to Roseville Monday night to pack for the week (I had originally planned on leaving for Napa again on Thursday) and I was back in Napa Tuesday morning.
The KGO taping was fantastic and the story that ran gave all of the information it needed to about the resort and about downtown Napa.
For the rest of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I continued to work on planning and media outreach for the event, while eating some great food from the brand new Crush Ultra Lounge and Blend cafe.
As preparations came to a close on Friday we brought in a group of reporters and bloggers for a resort tour, wine tasting and lunch at Siena, before meeting more than 450 guests and media at the expansion grand opening celebration that took over all of the new spaces.As the party wound down we headed up to the Bacchus Suite, the resorts only two story room, for some drinks and more mingling.
At the end of the night the sales team (who I work with on an almost daily basis), asked if I wanted to go wine tasting with them and a group of meeting planners on Saturday. Not wanting to pass up the opportunity I extended my reservation at the resort through Sunday and was glad I had packed a few extra sets of clothes.
Wine tasting was amazing. First we were treated like royalty at Artesa where we had lunch in the barrel room. Got an amazing tour at Regusci (and had a glass of $85 a bottle wine) and finished our day of tasting with a barrel tasting at Andretti. Once back at the resort the fun continued with an event and some bowling at Crush Ultra Lounge (I continued to be reminded that I'm not very good at bowling).
This morning it was a quick breakfast, then back to Roseville for church at Bayside and a reality check, grocery shopping at Sam's Club. Sadly, no personal chef at Fort Bradley.
The Meritage Resort and Spa is a client of AugustineIdeas.