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It’s not only a great way to vacation … it also seems like a great place to work

May 7, 2012

I stayed recently at Inspirato’s Manzanita home at the Mayacama Resort in California’s Sonoma County. Read all of my Inspirato coverage here.

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Where I’ll be staying for the next few days

April 30, 2012

I wrote in my On The Town column today about Inspirato’s Manzanita home in northern California.

Here’s what it looks like, and here’s a little more about it.

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Inspirato’s Manzanita home in Sonoma County is a gated retreat in Wine Country that will have you boasting about the experience for years to come. Its remarkable beauty and uncrowded landscape adds to the residence’s reputation as a sanctuary that’s tucked away in an enchanted forest. You’ll have access to hidden hiking trails, swim and tennis facilities, a clubhouse with a European spa, a private 3,000 square foot wine cellar for club members and guests, gourmet dining, and only the best five-star service available (with the exception of golf at the Mayacama Golf Club). Visit some of Mayacama Resorts’s preferred Sonoma and Napa vintners such as Cakebread Cellars, Ferrari-Carano Winery, Jackson Family Wines, Lancaster Estate, Lynmar Estate, Realm Cellars, Terra Valentine, Wattle Creek Winery, and many more. Calmly sip a glass of your favorite wine while becoming enveloped in a gorgeous Mayacama sunset. There’s no other way to fully experience the brilliance of California Wine Country.

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New Denver Ritz-Carlton GM has all the right credentials

April 17, 2012

I told you dear readers on Sunday about the sad departure of The Ritz-Carlton Denver general manager Andrew Rogers who left Monday for his first trip to his new gig as GM of the under-construction Ritz in Chengdu, China.

Meanwhile, Rogers’ replacement (and I hope he has big feet, because he has big shoes to fill) Steve Janicek takes over The Ritz Denver GM job after serving as the top dog at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera.

Janicek’s 25-year hospitality career includes stints with Stouffer Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton Aspen, The Coeur d’Alene Resort, The Lodge at Rancho Mirage and Vail Cascade Resort and Spa.

His biggest challenge as the general manager of one of Denver’s two luxury hotels will be to maintain the AAA Five-Diamond rating that Rogers led his team to earn two years in a row. Good luck!

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China bound

April 12, 2012

Denver’s heart (and mine) is breaking over the Monday departure of The Ritz-Carlton Denver GM Andrew Rogers, who has taken the job of opening a new 300-room Ritz in Chengdu, China. Rogers, 40, is flying to his new country, returning May 29 to Denver to escort his all-girl fam (except for Ollie the Maltese) to Vermont for the summer while he plants roots in China. He retrieves his family at the end of the summer and they all make the trek to their new life.

Rogers was the first hotelier to bring the coveted AAA Five-Diamond rating to a Denver hotel, and he and his team achieved that two years in a row. Denver will miss you, Andrew, and” gung hay fat choy” (Happy New Year) because that’s all the Chinese I know.

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