400 Alisal Road, Solvang, California
Hotel Corque is owned by the
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
meetings & events
in wine country
Santa Barbara wine country’s
premier boutique hotel
wineries and a short distance to a dozen more. The valley makes
up two-thirds of Colorado’s vineyard acreage and includes more
than one-quarter of Colorado’s wineries.
“Our main focus is on a laid-back wine experience that also
happens to include an introduction to and appreciation of our
rich agricultural environment,” says Jean Tally, owner of the prop-
erty. “What we can do very well is cater to smaller meetings and
retreats with a unique kit of opportunities to help any business
achieve its goals.”
Sitting on 21 acres, guests can take a walk through the working
vineyards surrounding the 80-room Inn, which are crushed and
bottled as their signature label wines. The Victorian-style build-
ings can accommodate a variety of indoor and outdoor events.
The Vineyard Ballroom can seat 120 or can be divided for smaller
banquets. The Vintner’s House features two Club Rooms with
kitchens, living and dining rooms, and lock-off guest areas, and
the smaller Rose Room is idea for breakout meetings. The on-site
Caroline’s Restaurant can also be used for meetings or small
dinners, wine receptions or formal afternoon teas.
“Our Club Rooms in the Vintner’s House suites are popular for
corporate planning sessions, private dinners and other small group
activities,” Tally says. “With our emphasis on the happy marriage of
wine and fine cuisine, we have utilized our culinary staff to conduct
cooking demos as a group activity in our Club Rooms.”
Group activities go beyond wine tastings and tours to include
hiking, cycling tours of the vineyards, river rafting on the nearby
Colorado River or viewing the wild mustangs atop the Little
Bookcliffs flattop mountain. In the winter months, the hotel
partners with nearby Powderhorn Ski Resort.
“Our goal is to encourage guests to slow down and relax, to
unwind in the vines,” Tally says. “With our vineyard setting, that
is a pretty easy task.”
Las Cruces, N.M.
Another lesser-known fact is that New Mexico has been producing
grapes for over 400 years, making it America’s first wine country.
Starting with mission grapes brought by Spanish colonists, in-
cluding monks, they needed wine for their daily mass, which lead
them to plant a variety of wine grapes in the area. Today, wine is
grown throughout the state across the low and high deserts.
Surrounded by about a dozen wineries in southern New Mex-
ico, Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces reflects Spanish and Mexican
colonial history and tradition. The hotel offers over 10,000 square
feet of indoor meeting space, including the 5,000-square-foot
San Andreas Ballroom that opens to the newly
Jardin Sagrado Event Garden. Overall, the
property has 25,000 square feet of newly
renovated garden space. Groups can
also use the pool area for receptions.
Groups can arrange for an ex-
cursion to the nearby Rio Grande
Vineyard and Winery for on-site
wine tastings and seminars.
HOTEL ENCANTO, LAS CRUCES, N.M.
WINE COUNTRY INN, PALISADE, COLO.