Take a trip up to one of Michelle Olivers favorite places, Wine Country.
With many charming inns and luxury boutique hotels in town, there's a pleasant detachment from reality. It's not unusual to see rock stars and the Mayor hobnobbing at a low-key wine tasting or South American jet-setting visitors strolling down the main street in a toweling robe with a glass of wine in hand.
Sophisticated and luxurious, but still sticking with rigorous LEED Platinum building standards, Bardessono sets a new standard for “green” hotels. Kudos to the developers for using salvaged woods, non-toxic materials and mainly solar panel energy.
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But on the other hand, thanks to these dream-builders for not holding back on decadent extras like soaking tubs built for two, private outdoor showers, and comfortably-furnished enclosed patio space where guests can enjoy their own private Wine Country.