Special Stay at Auberge – Cabernet Season

Auberge Cottage eveningAuberge du Soleil is offering a special hotel stay during Napa Valley’s Cabernet Season. This exclusive package celebrates the experiences that make Napa Valley one of the world’s ultimate destinations. Enjoy a bottle of their Auberge du Soleil Cabernet Reserve, presented in a keepsake leather wine carrier. Experience a VIP private tour and tasting at the nearby organic and biodynamic winery, Quintessa.

  • $100 Resort Credit (Per Stay; Applicable towards incidentals only)
  • One category upgrade (at time of booking subject to availability)
  • Breakfast for Two in our Michelin-starred Restaurant (Excludes alcoholic beverages and gratuity)
  • Private VIP Wine Tour & Tasting at Quintessa Winery
  • In room bottle of Auberge du Soleil Cabernet Wine with leather wine carrier

Auberge Spoils our Clients!

Available October 15, 2014 – March 31, 2015

**Restrictions – Subject to package availability at time of booking. Package subject to change. Not available to groups. Exclusive of taxes and gratuity.

Auberge PoolFull payment of hotel room and tax is required at time of booking to secure your reservation. Revisions or cancellations must be made 14 days prior to scheduled arrival date in order to receive a refund. Within the cancellation period you will be responsible for the entire amount of your stay.

Brilliant Guiding

Twelve days in Europe – spent partly on a cruise ship and a few touring days on each end in Rome and Barcelona, reaffirmed my strong principles that a guide can make or break a trip. A guide builds a relationship with a traveler and adds color, not just a local sharing their native history. All of our clients explore unknown lands with our hand-selected guides. We seek out the best guides, drivers and land team managers who represent and share our travel values.

Visiting six cities in 12 days, touring with my six guides and understanding their distinct style. A guide provides perspective, deep levels of information in museums and temples, and local neighborhoods. He or she is an expert, we can provide exclusive specific subject and art specialists, but we expect our city guides to have deep knowledge and resources. Sharing hidden shops brimming with vintage jewelry, hard to find local music, and on my recent delightful days in Barcelona, my most fabulous and charming guide shared the hot, but maybe not completely discovered by the media, tapas bars. Gaudi, Picasso, tapas, sombreros, olive oil and herb purveyors, he knew it all!

We spent a delicious afternoon in the smallest cheese shop in the narrow passageways of Gothic old town Barcelona. Owned by a charming Scottish woman, who only serves and sells artisan Spanish cheeses. A private tasting, we sipped sweet Vermouth, which is all the rage in Barcelona, and nibbled a platter of cheese delicacies.

Our favorite guide in Rome has authored the complete companion guide on Rome. An expert who walked my tootsies off across the ancient cobblestones, sharing: the city must be seen from the street as a local and an old citizen of Rome. He too knew an intimate place for a plate of garlic laced spaghetti vongole served with a smashing vista. A sense of humor, a gentle prod when I lagged behind, his 30 years in Rome make for an encyclopedic expert!

I love coming home from a trip with more than memories; travel should and generally does change us. Authentic experiences and authentic guiding – the perfect combination and essential to each Journey.

Everyone needs a touchstone story upon return. Barcelona stole my heart.