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Wine Country, Uncorked – Exclusive Wine Excursions with Chloe Johnston Experiences

Wine Country, Uncorked

Beginning June 2017, Chloe Johnston Experiences will be traveling to both Napa and Sonoma Valleys for three exclusive wine getaways. Each itinerary highlights a different winery, two of which are closed to the public, and affords guests an opportunity to experience winemaking from a vintner’s vantage point. Along with intimate tours and tastings, guests will have a chance to wander around these beautiful properties and partake in different stages of production. There will also be ample time to explore the quaint towns where each of these vineyards are located and to enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation at your own pace.  (We know that even the most avid wine enthusiasts need to give their palate a respite!) Discover hidden vineyards and tasting rooms, indulge in exquisite farm to table cuisine, and experience the great outdoors, wine country-style. Hot air balloon rides, kayaking, kite-flying, cycling and golfing are all on the agenda, as is lounging in a detoxifying cedar bath or unwinding with a luxurious aroma therapy full body massage. Your wish is our command.

Join us for one or all three. Brannan Cottage Inn is proud to be the exclusive accommodation for these amazing excursions.

June 22nd – June 26th

September 28th – October 2nd

November 2nd – November 6th

Whether you’re a seasoned oenophile or just beginning to develop your nose, Chloe Johnston Experience’s Wine Country Uncorked is an adventure not to be missed. For detailed pricing and itineraries, please email us at info@chloejohnston.com.

Knight’s Valley

JUNE 22ND – JUNE 26TH 2017

Join us for a memorable wine getaway featuring access to an elite, private vineyard, rarely open to outsiders. This coveted stretch of land and its glorious vines have been transformed into one of the most prolific vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, yet remains distinctly low-profile. Renowned for its terroir, this Knights Valley winery uses one acre for its own label while the remaining 15 are cultivated by select winemakers such as Luc Morlet.

A fourth generation winemaker whose sensibilities reflect a long cultivated family philosophy of “passion, terroir and savior-faire,” Morlet is one of viticulture’s most exceptional talents. During your tour, you will have the chance to learn more about this exceptional talent—and, to sip on his award-winning, small batch cabernet sauvignon. You’ll also indulge in award-winning wines paired with delicious homemade food pulled from the vintner’s personal kitchen. Served in a spectacular setting with unforgettable views and impeccable wines, this memory will linger in your mind—and on your lips—for a lifetime.

 

Healdsburg

SEPTEMBER 28TH – OCTOBER 2ND

Our second wine experience takes you to a very special, organically farmed vineyard renowned for its luscious, award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon handcrafted with the ultimate expertise and care by legendary winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown. Since its inaugural vintage, this Dry Creek Valley winery has consistently received high accolades from The Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator and Vinous Media. Elevated 500 feet above the Russian River and overflowing with flora, fauna and amazing wine, this is one of the region’s prettiest and ambitious vineyards, typically not showcased the way our guests will have the opportunity to experience.

The highlight of your journey delivers you to a 75-acre vineyard heavily wooded with Spanish Oaks, Giant Coastal Redwoods and Sequoias. Each of your five senses will come to life as you breath in the land’s rich aromas, and natural and manmade beauty. Take in all its outdoor and indoor beauty, and learn every detail of the elaborate vinification process. Together, we’ll enjoy a leisurely tour of its meticulous and lush property, discovering and discussing every detail of the elaborate vinification process and the region’s unique climate.

Afterward, our hosts will lead us to where we’ll share an organic, family-style meal complete with the winery’s legendary heirloom tomatoes, and, of course, bottles—a few named after one of the owner’s famed Jersey Boys Broadway play. During your visit, you’ll indulge in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, not typically open to the public, joining the harvesting team in one of the most crucial steps in the winemaking process.

Calistoga 

NOVEMBER 2nd – NOVEMBER 6th

Our three-part wine winds down in Calistoga, a mecca for wine aficionados seeking luxurious therapeutic
beauty and wellness treatments, outdoor adventure, arts and culture, to-die-for cuisine, incredible views, and, of course, delectable wines. While visiting our featured winery, you and your fellow travelers will experience both the winemakers’, and owners’, very special vision for the terroir and wine. From its exceptional collection of art, to its inviting architecture, and elegant, full-bodied wines, this extraordinary destination  seamlessly captures old world tradition while blazing its future vision—quite magical.

NAPA VALLEY’S MOST ROMANTIC BED & BREAKFASTS

From Visit Napa Valley’s blog, 12/27/16:

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have a lock on love. With its natural beauty, slower pace, and a focus on sensual pleasures (Cabernet and chocolate, anyone?), the Napa Valley is ready for romance all year round. And there’s nothing like an intimate bed and breakfast to heighten the sense of privacy and just-the-two-of-us.

Here are some of the valley’s most charming B&Bs, a few of which offer special romantic amenities or services.

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Brannan Cottage Inn (Calistoga) was named one of USA Today’s 10 Best Romantic Places to Stay in Napa Valley. It was built in 1860 by Calistoga founder Samuel Brannan and is one of only two remaining cottages from Brannan’s original hot springs resort. The Inn offers an extensive list of custom services and amenities to tailor your romantic getaway to your specific wishes, from wellness packages to elopements.

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Syrendell Winter Retreat 2017

Join us for Winter Retreat with Rick & Jennifer Tan of Syrendell
January 6 – 8, 2017

A holiday getaway for both of you. With old world crafts. And wine.

Rick & Jennifer Tan host Old World-style workshops at the historic Brannan Cottage Inn in Calistoga, California.

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Draw mandalas on stones. Etch copper pendants.
Build Kumihimo discs. Weave Kumihino braids.
Paint with watercolors. Needle-felt wool.
Feast on gourmet food prepared by local caterers.
Enjoy two nights in charming rooms at this Sunset Award-winning intimate hotel.
Explore Calistoga and Napa Valley wine country.

We will host only 5 couples at this retreat. Reserve your spot today! Request Registration. 

$1650 per couple
2 night, 3 day accommodation at Brannan Cottage Inn with King or Queen bed, Coffee Bar, WiFi
Welcome Packet on arrival – Appetizers & Refreshments at Orientation – 2 Breakfasts; 1 Gourmet Lunch; 1 Gourmet Dinner; Make n’ Take Workshop Projects of Copper Etching, Wood Kumihimo Disc Making, Needle-Felting Wool, Braiding Kumihimo Yarn, Watercolor Painting and Wine, Drawing Mandalas on Stones | Yoga, Games, and Movement Activities for Partners | Scheduled Free Exploration of Calistoga and Surrounding Wine Country | Calistoga’s Complimentary Shuttle Service to Local Vineyards | Complimentary Day Use of Mineral Springs with Affiliate of Brannan Cottage Inn | Wine Tasting Discounts | Wine Appreciation Classes Available | This is a Perfect Holiday Gift for the Two of You | Book Today and Secure a Spot at our Gathering!

A Moment in History: Samuel Brannan and His Namesake Inn

Quaint, charming and filled with history, Brannan Cottage Inn portrays the sweet small-town culture of Calistoga. A 150-year-old attendant palm tree greets you at the entrance before walking up the steps where generations before have stood, including Brannan himself.  The wrap-around porch and encompassing arches welcome you into an era of genuine hospitality. Friendly staff are at your service and the sitting room makes you feel like this is your home from another time, complete with maps of the original Calistoga, portraits of the Brannan family and an antique piano.

The Inn is named after Samuel Brannan, the founder of Calistoga.  Upon visiting the area, Brannan found the hot springs impressive. The hot springs’ healing powers were discovered by the local Native American tribe, the Wappos, while Brannan discovered them as a business opportunity.  Brannan, California’s first millionaire had already gained fame by establishing the first newspaper in San Francisco. Known for his love of libations, Brannan shared his vision for the new land to be the Saratoga of California but slurred a mix of the two names, ultimately naming the Calistoga of Sarafornia.

Brannan built a resort around the hot springs, which ignited the development of a civic-minded community, not to mention the wealthy who arrived by train to spend time in the country, away from city life. The allure of Calistoga as a getaway continues with today’s visitors, who make the pilgrimage by automobile for rejuvenation and restoration.

Tradition meets modern-day comforts inside the unique Brannan Cottage Inn. In fact, the inviting blend of genuine hospitality and local influence is found throughout Calistoga. Highlighting the historic reality in the context of one of the world’s finest wine growing and geothermal spa regions makes this a destination point for a conscientious traveler.

From California’s 1860s post-gold rush era, Brannan Cottage Inn is one of the only remaining functional structures in Calistoga. Today, the Inn retains its early purpose as a place for retreat; centrally located for downtown outings, fine dining, wine excursions, trips to the spa, and an overall sense of authenticity within the Napa Valley.

By VisitCalistoga staff, 10-10-16

 

Treats & In Room Services Menu

Brannan Cottage Inn Gift Certificates
The ultimate gift is a romantic, relaxing stay at our historic and intimate Napa Valley Inn, perfectly situated in the enchanting town of Calistoga.  Gift certificates are available in any amount.  Contact us to purchase, or call 707-942-4200.

Gift Baskets, Room Service Menu, Flowers and more

Surprise your sweetheart with one of these special treats to enjoy during your stay.  Or take a little piece of Brannan Cottage Inn home with you from our retail shop.  Gift wrapping is available for most items.

IN-ROOM SERVICES MENU (Advance order required)

Deluxe Charcuterie Plate – $30
(24 hour advance notice required)
Assorted artisan cheeses, charcuterie, olives, nuts, savory crackers & toasts and fruit for a delicious treat for two.  Please let us know about any dietary restrictions when ordering; gluten free crackers available.

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Custom Deluxe Cheese Platter – priced on request
Cheese fanatics, rejoice! Let us create the perfect gourmet treat with assorted cheeses, nuts, dried fruit, artisan breads & crackers. Please let us know any dietary restrictions or preferences. 24 hr. notice required.

Veggie and Hummous Dip Plate for two – $30
Healthy & fresh appetizer to enjoy on our sunny patio or your private deck (Deluxe King rooms) – assorted fresh veggies (baby carrots, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, jicama, mushrooms, celery) with hummous dip, pita bread or whole wheat crackers.

BCI Logo Merch (price includes sales tax)

Logo wineglass – $10 each
Logo Corkscrew – $8
Logo Coffee Mug – $10

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                           


Logo Umbrella – $25         

Frette Velour Robe with embroidered BCI logoSALE: $50 each (regularly $125 each)
Sinfully cozy, soft and comfortable 100% cotton with beautifully stitched full color logo.
One size fits all.

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Earth & Sky Chocolates – $30 – 16 piece assorted box of handmade artisan chocolates or 5 piece box – $12
Boasting inventive flavor combos and exquisite ingredients, these little works of art taste even better than they look.
Made right here in Calistoga.

Custom Flower Arrangements  – 48 hour notice required
The perfect romantic surprise for your sweetheart!
Medium mixed bouquet: $50
Large mixed bouquet with roses (shown): $75
If your love has a favorite color or type of flower, please let us know, or leave it to us to choose the prettiest seasonal blooms. Gift card included.

Custom Gourmet Gift Basket – priced individually
We will happily create the perfect gift basket with deluxe chocolates, cheese, nuts, salami & fruit, chocolate dipped strawberries, tea & cookies, or local gourmet delicacies – just ask!  (48 hour notice required)

Turndown Service – $30
Perfect for proposals.  Turn up the romance factor with red silk rose petals on your bed, flame-free pillar candles, 5 piece box of Earth & Sky Chocolates. Add chocolate-dipped strawberries for an additional $15.

Please contact one of our hospitality goddesses for help with any gift item or room service order.

707-942-4200
info@brannancottageinn.com

The High-Tech B&Bs of Napa Valley

 

  • by WineCountry.com staff
  • on AUGUST 22, 2016

The bed and breakfast is an old concept, but locations around Napa Valley use modern amenities and innovative technology to breathe new life into this classic form of lodging. Here are eight spots that do something new without sacrificing the quaint, homey atmosphere that makes a bed and breakfast special in the first place.

Calistoga Comfort

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Brannan Cottage Inn
109 Wappo Ave
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-4200
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 94 reviews

The Brannan Cottage Inn brims with historic charm from the outside, but the six rooms contained within this Victorian relic of Calistoga are filled with the most comforting of modern amenities, including high-speed wireless internet and flat screen TVs with complimentary access to Netflix and HBO. Each room comes with an espresso machine, while the lobby offers organic teas and coffees for alternate choices of caffeine. Bathrooms are stocked with high-end toiletries from Malin + Goetz and are equipped with heated floors for extra warmth after hot shower.

Insider tip: Don’t be surprised if you get more than breakfast here—guests are often greeted with a cheese and fruit tray, as well as commemorative wine glasses for extra special occasions.

Brannan Cottage Inn in The Tea House Times

Not only are we excited to announce Afternoon Tea as a new guest amenity, we’re thrilled to have this delightfully elegant experience featured in the September/October 2016 issue of The Tea House Times.

“Visitors flock to Napa Valley for world-class food & wine, stunning scenery and warm hospitality. Repeat guests know that this region’s greatest luxury is about making memories, celebrating unhurried moments with family & friends. With this generous spirit in mind, Calistoga’s Brannan Cottage Inn offers Afternoon Tea as a classic way to reconnect between wine tastings. This special added guest amenity by Kathleen Bakula of Mobili-Tea mobile tea service is a charming mashup of Victorian tradition meets Napa Valley style, served in this uniquely historic spot built in 1860.”

For more information on arranging a private afternoon tea experience during your stay at Brannan Cottage Inn, contact Kathleen Bakula, kathleen@brannancottageinn.com or call 707-942-4200.

Kathleen Bakula of Mobili-T offers private afternoon high tea by appointment.

Kathleen Bakula of Mobili-T offers private afternoon high tea by appointment.

 

Afternoon Tea: a luxurious break from wine

Visitors flock to Napa Valley for world-class food & wine, stunning scenery and warm hospitality. Returning guests know that this region’s greatest luxury is about making memories; celebrating unhurried moments with family and friends. With this generous spirit in mind, Calistoga’s Brannan Cottage Inn offers Afternoon Tea as a classic way to reconnect between wine tastings. This added guest amenity by Kathleen Bakula of Mobili-Tea is a charming mashup of Victorian tradition meets relaxed Napa Valley style, served in this uniquely historic spot built in 1860.

A longtime tea aficionado and Napa Valley resident, Bakula is a key member of Brannan Cottage Inn’s hospitality team. She chose to launch her by-appointment mobile tea service in the Napa Valley with Brannan Cottage Inn.  The picturesque Inn was the ideal setting to imagine days gone by when one could sit down to afternoon tea in a leisurely country atmosphere, as Calistoga’s founder and the Inn’s namesake Sam Brannan and his guests may have done on this very spot.

Using delectable local ingredients, vintage linens and china to create an intimate, elegant but never stuffy experience, Bakula’s afternoon tea is served in the garden, under the canopy of the Inn’s 300 year old Siberian Elm tree, or, if the day is cool, by the fire in the cozy parlor of this recently restored architectural gem.

To inquire about Brannan Cottage Inn’s Afternoon Tea service by prior appointment for your upcoming stay, contact Kathleen Bakula, kathleen@brannancottageinn.com, or call 707-942-4200.

Kathleen Bakula of Mobili-T offers private afternoon high tea by appointment.

Kathleen Bakula of Mobili-Tea offers private afternoon tea by appointment.

 

GlitterAndSpice.com blog: Watercolor Dress

Watercolor Dress

Watercolor Dress

In case I haven’t made it clear yet, Napa Valley might just be my favorite place on earth. It’s my happy place. The perfect place to wear a watercolor dress, a maxi dress, or a ginormous hat with a big, fat bow. My recent trip was my third trip in a year and a half to wine country, and my first-ever trip to Calistoga.

During my time in Napa, I stayed at the Brannan Cottage Inn in Calistoga. This boutique inn has only six rooms – making it the perfect spot to stay on a romantic getaway or to rent out for a girls’ getaway – and offers truly amazing individualized guest attention.

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What I’m Wearing:

DRESS: SIMILAR, SIMILAR, SIMILAR / SHOES: ASOS / PURSE: J.CREW FACTORY
EARRINGS: KENDRA SCOTT, OLD (SIMILAR) / RING: BAUBLEBAR
SUNGLASSES: KAREN WALKER VIA DITTO, C/O (USE CODE “GLITTERANDSPICE” FOR 1ST MONTH FREE)

During my stay, the Brannan Cottage Inn arranged the most amazing excursions for me and my friend. Coordinating with Luxury Electric Wine Tours, a local company that offers personalized tours (with a driver) using only all-electric vehicles, Brannan Cottage Inn sent us on the wine tour to end all wine tours. In a Tesla. So fun!

After enjoying a lazy morning (complete with breakfast in bed!), we were picked up, sparkling wine in hand, and shepherded over to Silver Trident Winery. Silver Trident was probably my favorite winery of the day. The tasting room is gorgeously designed (all Ralph Lauren!) and the sauvignon blanc and the rose were delicious. We then visited Quixote Winery, enjoyed lunch at Farmstead – home to what was quite possibly one of the best burgers I’ve ever had (pictured above) – and finished up our tasting at Del Dotto Vineyards (their cave tour is positively incredible). I so highly recommend reaching out to Luxury Electric Wine Tours on your next trip out to Napa… and definitely request Adam if you do a Tesla tour – he and his wife own the company and he knows Napa Valley like the back of his hand!

On our second day, Brannan Cottage Inn arranged for us to go on a tasting and tour at Davis Estates. Oh my gosh. If you have an eye for interior design (or just like pretty things), I so highly recommend going. It was seriously the most gorgeous winery I’ve ever visited (and I’ve been to my fair share!). Really just par for course on this picturesque, gorgeous trip!

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A BIG THANK YOU TO THE BRANNAN COTTAGE INN FOR SPONSORING THIS POST. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

Brannan Cottage Inn featured in JustLuxe.com

California Dreaming in Calistoga by Katherine Bond, JustLuxe.com, Jun. 2, 2016

“There’s a magical magnetism to a place like Brannan Cottage Inn…”

Napa Valley is a 30-mile long destination with rich, undulating hillsides. Within it, more than 500 wineries squeeze out some of the world’s most acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlots, and Zinfandels. One of my recent favorite nooks within the region is Calistoga, a charming area known for its wines as much as for its geothermal hot springs and volcanic mud baths. Recently I discovered several reasons to fall in love with this spa haven town.

There’s a single main drive for all of Calistoga, dotted with quirky shops, celebrated restaurants and small town gems. Toward the end of it, just a quarter mile away and tucked nonchalantly along a residential street, the bright Brannan Cottage Inn sits. Built by Calistoga founder and California’s first apparent millionaire, Samuel Brannan, the cottage is a National Register of Historic Places icon and has been meticulously restored to its Victorian-era glamour. There’s a magical magnetism to a place like Brannan Cottage Inn; maybe it’s the light yellow awnings, gingerbread scrollwork, massive oak tree or the grand piano from 1880 that rests in the main room.

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The inn, built in 1862, is undoubtedly adored by its current owners Amar Patel and his family, and is just one of three remaining cottages built by Brannan that still remains (the other 12 were destroyed). In addition to its timeless allure and excellent location just a few blocks from the main town area, the Inn’s daily continental breakfast with fresh pastries, smoothies and exotic teas is a morning treat. Eden, the head of marketing and the Inn’s resident concierge, makes sure every guest is well fed with additional treats.

A must-do pastime in Calistoga is visiting the area’s 40 of so wineries, particularly by bike. Rentals are available at the Calistoga Bike Shop, which offers comprehensive options for casual tourists to ardent riders. The friendly staff, busy the morning I visited, quickly got me on the road with an easy to follow map to Bennett Lane Winery. Many wineries in the area are by appointment only, but Calistoga Bike Shop happily arranges most appointments, particularly for groups desiring a day’s worth of exploring. Bennett Lane Winery is an impressive stop not only for its 37 over 90-point wines from every coveted wine trade publication, but also for its “wine maker for a day” course. The hands-on experience allows guests the chance to bottle their own wines directly from the winery.

Biking

After a morning of countryside biking and drinking, a hardy lunch was in order. Napa Valley’s world-acclaimed wines wouldn’t be as delectable without a renowned epicurean scene in which to savor them. Thankfully, Calistoga has dozens of outstanding eateries, including Sam’s Social Club, named after the area’s founder. Half outdoors, half indoors, the restaurant maintains a farm-fancy aesthetic common in the Valley with a massive fire pit, hand laid stonewall, and gleaming white wood paneling. Portions are generous and filling, laden with ingredients hand-picked or grown less than a few miles away in true Napa style.

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A post lunch activity ideal in the warm afternoon sun is Spa Solage, the signature 20,000-square-foot spa destination of Solage Calistoga. The all-white décor, manicured landscapes of lavender and topiaries, and idyllic pool give a heavenly essence to Spa Solage. It’s easy to spend an entire afternoon at the spa, suspended in a dreamy state. The spa’s most popular treatment, the Solage Signature Mudslide, is a three-part experience that unwinds and restores bodies with the area’s natural spring waters and minerals. The one-hour treatment starts at the mud bar where an attendant mixes a custom essential oil infused mud bowl. Once caked in the mud, applied either by an attendant or a companion, you’ll be escorted to the mud lounge, otherwise referred to as a massive dry sauna with fitted showers, where the mud dries and tightens the skin. The waters portion of the treatment is a blissful soak in a private tub, filled with geo-thermal mineral waters. The crowning third part, and honestly my favorite post-bike excursion, was a sonic nap in vibrating zero-gravity chairs.

Spa Solage

Though it took quite some effort to peel myself off the pool chaise at Spa Solage after an afternoon of lounging, I was pleased to make it to Evangeline, a quaint French Creole style bistro less than a mile from the spa. Seating is best outdoors amid the orange trees and vintage strung lights. The restaurant is relatively new, but has the congenial warmth and hospitality of a beloved local’s spot. Executive Chef Gustavo Rios doesn’t miss with Evangeline’s all-star French classics, from the brunch’s croque madame to dinner’s succulent foie gras. Unsurprisingly, Rios trained under one of the Valley’s most lauded celebrity chefs, Thomas Keller at Bouchon Bistro.

Calistoga, Napa Valley’s nook in the North, is reason enough to make an entire trip whether for epicurean exploration, wine tasting or spa-soaked sojourns.

Katherine Bond

Katherine Sutton Bond is a freelance travel and luxury item writer for Justluxe.com. She’s traveled the world and sampled some of the leading hotels and destinations of the globe. She often covers luxury events and technology. …(Read More)

 

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