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The Carneros Inn Unveils $6.5 Million Renovation

The Carneros Inn in Napa Valley gets ready to unveil first phase of $6.5 million renovation, which includes a new wedding venue, enhancements to the family pool, new guest reception area, and refreshed cottages. Expected timeline of completion is early spring.

“We’re constantly striving to provide our guests at The Carneros Inn with the highest quality amenities and premier accommodations in Napa Valley,” says Vice President of Resort Operations, Philip Kendall. “These renovations showcase our efforts to complement the region’s distinct charm and our unique countryside location, and ultimately, are a testament to our goal of staying current and fresh among our loyal consumer base.”

Designed by Napa-based firm Shopworks, the new Guest Reception building is relocated near FARM restaurant. Guests will be welcomed with a new porte-cochère, water feature, and modern outdoor seating. The guest reception’s interior design will be an extension of the property’s charming countryside appeal with white battened walls, a front desk made of walnut with Carrera marble top, oversized mirrors to reflect the surrounding scenery, fresh cut flowers, orange and white furniture, as well as limestone flooring. By June 2016, the former guest reception area near the Hilltop Dining Room will be converted into two 500-square-foot owners’ lounge and board meeting space.

The Wedding Garden, the property’s main outdoor wedding venue, will receive a $1 million renovation with significant enhancements that include a beautifully planted trellis, an opulent water feature, lavish exterior landscaping, as well as drought tolerant and heel friendly turf, all of which overlook the surrounding Napa Valley vineyards and mountains. On the other end of the 27-acre property, the Family Pool will add an elevated deck with a shade trellis, new luxury padded lounges and furniture, fresh paint, and lush landscaping.

Additionally, the property’s 86 cottages and 10 suites are undergoing more than $2.8 million in soft renovations. The first phase to 40 cottages will be completed in 2016, with the remaining cottages completed in 2017. Keeping in line with the existing sun-washed space, the cottages will receive a lighter and crisper neutral color palette, including charcoal grey, white, dark purple, and accents with the Carneros orange. Bathroom renovations will include new heated tile flooring, counter-tops, bathroom fixtures, and soaking tubs. The cottages will also receive contemporary furniture and lighting, as well as soft goods, such as bedding, drapes, and accessories. Lastly, the cottages will install new TVs and media packages. The Hilltop pool will also add stylish lounge seating and eight cabanas, and the onsite gym will receive new flooring later this year.

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Mothers Day Five Ways by PlumpJack

Mother on Your Mind Collage
Love and cherish your mom everyday and celebrate that love and devotion on Mother’s Day. At PlumpJack, we have compiled a list that includes the more basic take-your-mom-to-brunch option to a more adventurous, give your mom the gift of the outdoors, which includes a fly fishing excursion in Squaw Valley.

  1. Honor Mom with a Meaningful Meal – dine at Balboa Cafe San Francisco, Balboa Cafe Mill Valley, FARM at The Carneros Inn or Boon Fly Restaurant.
  2. Pamper Mom with a Day(s) of Rest and Relaxation – Book a spa package or just a couple of nights at our Napa Valley Resort, The Carneros Inn.
  3. Pop Bottles in Honor of Mom with some Fabulous Bubbles – Sign up for PlumpJack Wine & Spirits’ Champagne Club and she’ll be celebrating every other month with a new pick.
  4. Show Mom the Great Outdoors – Gift mom with PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn’s Fly Fishing Package!
  5. Treat Mom and Her Friends to a Fun Baking and Dessert Class in Tahoe – There’s nothing like bonding over fresh baked breads and desserts with your friends and then settling in for the night at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn – for 25% off your guest room. Register for baking dessert class.

For 100’s of other ways PlumpJack can create a magical experience for your mother, visit us at plumpjack.com

The Boon Fly’s Famous Chicken & Waffles Recipe

ChickenWafflesThe Boon Fly Cafe is renowned as a go-to pit stop for people road-tripping in the Napa Valley. And when the people come, much of the time it’s for a few of Boon Fly’s signature items, like our lip-smacking Chicken and Waffles. Due to popular demand, we decided to share the love and give out the recipe. Please share your feedback and photos on our Facebook page if you make the recipe at home. We want to hear from you!
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Recipe for Fried Chicken:
1- 3 Pound All Natural Chicken Cut into 10 pcs
2 Cups Franks Hot Sauce
1 Cup Buttermilk
1 TBL Onion Powder
1 TBL Garlic Powder
2 Cups AP Flour
Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper

Process: Place chicken in a large bowl with hot sauce, buttermilk, onion and garlic powder and mix well to evenly coat chicken pieces. Place in a container and refrigerate for 24 hours to marinate.

Recipe for Waffles:
2 Cups AP Flour
¼ Cup Malt Flour
2 TBL Corn Meal
2 TBL Sugar
1 ¼ TSP Baking Powder
½ TSP Salt
2 Eggs
2 Cup Whole Milk
¼ Cup Melted Butter
1 TBL Vanilla Extract
Maple Syrup
Powder Sugar

Process: In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients together. Add eggs, then milk, vanilla and melted butter. With a whisk mix wet ingredients thoroughly into dry. Let batter rest for 10 minutes before using.

Remove chicken from marinade and season with salt and pepper. Dredge in AP Flour and fry at 350 degrees for 13 minutes. While chicken is frying, place batter in a waffle iron a cook until done. Place waffle on bottom of plate, spread with butter and sprinkle powder sugar. Place pieces of Fried Chicken atop waffle and serve with warm Maple Syrup on the side.

Come visit us next time you’re in the Napa Valley or if you’re staying at The Carneros Inn.