The 89-room Solage Calistoga attracts groups to California’s Upper Napa region with four new group activities that accommodate all personality types: the foodie, movie lover, spa-goer and fitness fan.
The “Meet the Maker” experience highlights one of Solage’s 20 vintner partners by featuring them in a custom 4-course, wine-paired dinner for groups. Solage Executive Chef Brandon Sharp crafts the meal, while the winery owner or winemaker hosts the event. The two work together to combine education and delicious fare that meeting planners can top off with a take-home wine gift signed by both parties.
Planners can create a “Night at the Movies” where attendees enjoy a private screening of a chosen movie on the Solage Event Lawn. Popcorn and soft drinks make the outdoor experience reminiscent of a drive-in theater. For an upscale affair, the program can be upgraded to include gourmet popcorn, a premium cocktail and wine bar, and a movie theater candy bar.
The 20,000-sf Spa Solage is the perfect space for a “Day of Indulgence.” Attendees get private access to the spa’s Bathhouse mineral pools and cabanas to be used while the team takes turns receiving 60-minute mudslides and massages. During that same time, additional activities such as chair massages, outdoor yoga, tarot card readings and Tai Chi can be added to the group menu.
Active attendees can test their fitness levels (and patience with one another) with the “Team Fitness Challenge.” Instructor-led activities such as Boot Camp, Competitive Bocce or Wine Country Olympics will give groups a teambuilding experience true to the Napa Valley region—those wine drinkers love a good match.
“These extraordinary group experiences highlight the playful spirit of Solage Calistoga,” says Richard Hill, GM. “We’ve provided a framework for a number of fun and distinctive corporate events, all of which can be customized for each group to create a memorable and lasting impression.”
Groups can meet in a more traditional way—well, in terms of actually doing business—in the 3,5000-sf event barn, the largest event space in Napa Valley. Sliding window walls on three sides of the facility matched by a 3,700-sf event lawn give attendees views of the Palisades Mountains in the distance. Two outdoor terraces, complete with an outdoor fire pit, are available for smaller events.
The resort’s “wellness paired with indulgence” mentality is apparent in the design of the 22-acre property, which features natural materials such as Plyboo bamboo flooring in the gym, natural fabrics and materials in the guest rooms, and local handcrafted bath products. The electronic car charging station, solar rooftop panels, organic produce at Solbar restaurant and complimentary cruiser bicycles for guests are a further testament to the resort’s sustainability commitment.
These environmental elements are matched by contemporary artwork such as the bronze and stainless steel sculptures created by Archie Held as well as modern paintings of California landscapes by Wade Hoefer.