After all the preparation for the perfect wedding, and your blissful day has come and gone, you need a chance to relax and unwind while enjoying a great glass of wine. Whether you are getting married in your twenties or forties, a wine country honeymoon getaway is the ideal way to start your lifetime with your love. Both California and Oregon, the premier destinations for wine in the country, offer an added philanthropic element to your blissful respite, garnering an elevated appreciation for the region. Auction Napa Valley or ¡Salud! in Willamette Valley showcase the best of each region with proceeds donated back to the workers in each community, thus allowing you to get to know both the flavors of the regions and the heart of the people.
Auction Napa Valley, celebrating 35 years in 2016, welcomes visitors and guests to their 4 day June celebration of all things Napa. Through intimate winemaker dinners, to a lavish marketplace tasting and animated barrel auction, to the showcase live auction event, Auction Napa Valley rolls out the red carpet for wine lovers each year, all for good.
The live auction is hosted annually in the inviting, wine country comfortable setting of The Medowood Resort and Spa in the hills of St. Helena. It ensures each guest to be treated like family and welcomed into the arms of the Valley. A long time host partner of the event, The Meadowood is the epitome of Napa Valley elegance, complimented with hospitality. The newly opened Spa at Meadowood is an all-suite concept; it is ideal for honeymooners, creating a wellness journey for guests. Make sure to stay over an extra night after Auction to enjoy dinner with celebrated chef Christopher Kostow at his 3 Michelin star Restaurant at Meadowood. Each element of his multicourse tasting menu showcases regional California cuisine.
Auction Napa Valley is hosted annually by the Napa Valley Vintners, a non-profit organization made up of over 500 local wineries and vintners. Celebrating the food, wine and hospitality of the valley with the mission to promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley appellation. On average over 2,000 guests attend each year, with 2015 seeing over $15.8 million raised. These funds, used throughout the Napa Valley, help with children’s education and community healthcare. Inspiring, heart warming and truly one of the best weekends of the year, tickets are on sale now for an experience to remember.
Forty-five of the finest Pinot Noir makers in Oregon are invited to participate in the annual ¡Salud! festival each year in Willamette Valley, OR. They raise funds to assist Tuality Healthcare, one of the major healthcare providers of the region, the ability to bring health education, access and services to vineyard workers and their families in Oregon. These people are the backbone of the industry, which in 2015 included over 4,200 workers and their families.
Taking place annually the second weekend of November, after the grape harvest is complete, the two day ¡Salud! event includes a barrel auction on Friday evening, held at Ponzi Wine Cellars. In 2015 Ponzi Wine Cellars accommodated the growing attendance and the live auction occurring at the heavenly Alison Inn and Spa in Newberg, OR.
Cozy, comfortable and completely gracious, every element of The Alison Inn and Spa is designed to relax, refresh and revive. In room fireplaces that start with a simple flick of a button, make even the rainiest of Oregon autumn days comfortable. Large picture windows overlooking The Alison garden and harvested vineyards showcase the locales spirit of the establishment. Perfectly located just outside the town of Newberg, you are a short hop to some of the finest wineries in the region: Adelsheim, Purple Hands, Alexana and ROCO, owned by Rollin Soles and his wife, Corby Stonebraker-Soles, 2015 ¡Salud! event chair.
In its 24th year, ¡Salud! made record breaking history at the 2015 event, raising over $800,000 to the sold out attendance of 300 for Saturday night’s black-tie gala and 500 for the Friday barrel auction. Like Auction Napa Valley, this unique event gives attendees the opportunity to visit directly with the owners and winemakers of Willamette, whom is considered the premier area for growing high quality Pinot Noir in the country. Though the scale is smaller than Auction Napa Valley, the goals are the same: raising funds to help their community, giving back to those in need, and celebrating the people who help create some of the most adored wines in the world. Tickets for ¡Salud! go on sale around July of each year.
The minute you step into the AAA Five-Diamond resort on the Hawaiian island of Maui at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and have a plumeria lei laid around your neck, you are transported to an island paradise. The hospitality of the Ritz-Carlton is endless, ensuring every request fulfilled. Although this is an international hotel designed to relax guests with fruit filled cocktails while enjoying sun and surf, the underlying Hawaiian spirit of ‘ohana (family) is felt throughout the resort. Symbols of rich Hawaiian culture, with a dedicated aloha ‘āina (love of the land) sink in, even when you aren’t expecting it. This is a place that honors the history of Hawaii, making it more than your typical tourist destination.
Honokahua Preservation Site
The most obvious is where the resort itself sits. At the north end of Maui, abundantly rich with palm and pine trees, the 23-year-old Ritz-Carlton Kapalua was to be built oceanfront with a panoramic view of the island of Lanai. However, when the builders were excavating the land they found a Hawaiian burial ground in their building spot dating back to 850 A.D. The building was moved back, away from the Honokahua Bay and the Honokahua Preservation Site was created. Today Cultural Advisor to the hotel, Clifford Nae’ole, leads guests on walking tours of the hotel grounds to the wall of the preservations site to explain its importance to Hawaiians and the cultural renaissance happening here now.
Nestled on 54 acres of the total 22,000 acre Kapalua Resort, formerly a pineapple plantation, in 2008 the award winning resort underwent a thorough $180 million transformation, including renovations of each of the 463 guestrooms. The blissful Spa at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua was inspired by the concept of Waihua, which the ancient Hawaiians believed was the most pure form of water, captured from raindrops falling on leaves in the Hana rainforest. This purity guided ancient Hawaiians with healing traditions. The spa’s Lomilomi massage is based on the Hawaiian tradition of working with the body, mind, and spirit.
Intention and attention is given to each culinary aspect the Ritz-Carlton Kapalalu in each of their onsite restaurants, with a focus on sustainability and a healthy global ecosystem. With an expansive on-site organic vegetable and herb garden the resort is creating a sustainable environment for future generations, with seasonal ingredients included in every dish and many cocktails created.
Make plans now to attend The Kapalua Wine and Food Festival held annually in June. The 4-day event gives you a chance to interact with some of the best winemakers in the business, like David Adelsheim, Philippe Melka and Christopher Carpenter. Additionally one may learn from celebrated chefs (and enjoy tasty delicacies) like Dean Fearing, Wolfgang Puck, Michael Mina, and just announced Chef Hugh Acheson, celebrity chef, author and TV personality, joining the 2016 festival.
Walk around tasting experiences include one of the most impressive line ups of premium quality wines paired with flavors of the islands, with dishes created by the award winning restaurants on Maui, like the much celebrated Merriman’s Hawaii Restaurant – Kapalua.
With the goal to do good, proceeds from the annual event benefits a different charity each year. They celebrate the epicurean excellence of the finest in food and wine while embracing all things Hawaiian. The Maui Culinary Academy was the recipient in 2015. For every bride, a week in Maui at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, will relax and revive and give you an understanding of this serene sense of place. 2016 event tickets go on sale late January.
If an opportunity to enjoy a beach or a pool is all you desire for your honeymoon, who can blame you. The Riviera Maya, Mexico is conveniently a short 2-hour flight from just about anywhere in the South. One place allows you to get a little taste of California wine country in an all-inclusive Mexican escape.
Two years ago the El Dorado Royale and El Dorado Casistas Royale Spa Resorts & Hotels, by Karisma joined Jackson Family Wines to create a week long wine and food event offered in addition to the hotel’s “gourmet inclusive” offerings. From an opening night wine tasting to the final dinner gala, members of the Jackson Family Wine join guests to showcase wines paired with regional food selections.
The all-inclusive resort, featuring free flowing, premium brand cocktails paired with cuisine from 12 different dining establishments, stretches almost a mile in distance along the beach front property. It is youthful, relaxing, casual and quite popular for honeymooners. The Jackson Family Wine occur the first week of every month at the resort.