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Napa Valley's Silverado Resort
Receives Series of Enhancements
NAPA VALLEY, Calif., March 13, 2007 - Silverado Resort - particularly its elegant white-columned mansion - has been a Napa Valley landmark for more than 135 years. During that time, it has been a private home, a commercial operation, a golf clubhouse and since the 1960s, a full-service resort. 
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In recent years the resort has undergone a series of updates that have given it a fresh new style. Among the changes are the addition of the Grill at Silverado,  renovation of the Royal Oak Restaurant, renovation of the resort's two championship golf courses, the addition of a 16,000-square-foot spa and a series of comprehensive environmental initiatives designed to ensure the resort's viability for the next 100 years.

Built in the 1870s as a private home, the stately mansion is still the centerpiece of the resort. A colorfully landscaped circular drive leads to the front of the white-columned building that houses the registration area, lobby bar, meeting space and restaurants. Guests experience a palpable energy before they even cross the threshold to the mansion as bustling valets in crisp polo shirts greet guests and escort them to the registration area. 

"There is a great deal of energy and sense of fun at the resort,'" explained Dan Edson, director of sales & marketing. "Even though we have updated many aspects of the resort, there is also a renewed appreciation - among employees, local residents and guests - for the elegance and warmth of our Mansion."
 

Dan Edson, Director of Sales at Silverado Resort, resides in Napa with his wife, Kathleen, and their two children. He traveled the world for 10 years after graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree before choosing a career in the hospitality industry. A native of Palo Alto, he visited more than 50 countries before accepting positions with the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, and the Hotel Intercontinental in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although Bali, Kenya, and Brazil rank among his favorite places, Edson always had Napa Valley in mind as the place he would eventually make his home. Upon returning to the United States and locating in Napa Valley, he worked at Meadowood Resort before arriving at Silverado where his former colleague at Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, Kirk Candland, hired him to serve as Director of Sales in 1987. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has honored Edson twice as “Director of Sales of the Year” for his civic and industry accomplishments, and the Napa Valley Conference and Visitors Bureau named him “Member of Year” in 1993. “My goal is to make Silverado an extension of our Napa Valley community,” he says. “Our new restaurant, The Grill at Silverado, will be a perfect place for business people to meet and a beautiful place with a great view to take the entire family for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The new building also includes a fantastic golf shop and will be a tremendous resource for members of the community, as wells as resort guests.” 

One of the biggest changes at the resort is the food. Under the attentive leadership of award-winning executive chef Peter Pahk, the cuisine at the resort's Royal Oak, Grill at Silverado and Main Lounge has been updated and freshened to reflect the adventurous and discerning tastes of today's Silverado guest. The Grill at Silverado serves Wine Country cuisine with an Asian flair while the Royal Oak is known throughout the Valley for its prime cuts of beef and fresh, sustainable seafood. Both restaurants offer the freshest-possible ingredients harvested using environmentally sustainable techniques.

The restaurants are not only popular with resort guests but also - increasingly - with local residents. Recently, according to Edson, the Grill at Silverado was filled entirely with local customers one mid-week winter evening. "It is gratifying that Chef Pahk's hard work and innovative style have been recognized by the local community. We're foodies here, and we are not easy to please."

The resort's 280 condominiums and cottage suites feature private entrances and a variety of comforts such as fireplaces, private balconies and kitchens. With just a few units to each two-story building, guests are assured of privacy. Lush landscaping, private courtyards and gardens, meandering pathways and 10 outdoor swimming pools of varying sizes are featured throughout the resort. 

The resort's two 18-hole championship golf courses cover 360 acres and feature lush vegetation, ponds, lakes, three creeks, trees arching over the fairways and artfully placed traps and greens. In 2003, the resort conducted a $3.5 million golf course renovation on both courses. The most significant project was the installation of a new irrigation system on both courses. The system features new piping, sprinkler heads, pumps, controls and a weather station.  Reflecting the resort's commitment to sustainable operations, the computer-controlled system allows greens keepers on the course to selectively water dry spots and use far less water than older irrigation systems.

The 16,000-square-foot Spa at Silverado was built in 1999. Spa director Yalda Teranchi has kept the fitness facilities up to date with the newest equipment and classes. Spa treatments range from traditional to unusual. The spa is one of the few locations in Napa Valley where certified therapists offer Tui-Na (pronounced tway-nah) Massage, an ancient Chinese modality that combines acupressure and stretching.

The resort also has some of the most comprehensive and largest meeting space in Napa Valley. The Executive Conference Center contains more than 15,000 square feet of indoor space and 10,000 square feet of outdoor function space, a dedicated banquet kitchen, full-service business center and on-site multi-media services. Additionally, the resort can accommodate a variety of group sizes and special needs with a 5,200-square-foot ballroom, 13 smaller meeting rooms, a large deck overlooking the 18th hole of the South golf course and a spacious outdoor area surrounded by trees for casual barbecues, weddings and other outdoor functions.

Reservations at Silverado Resort can be made by calling (1) 707-257-0200 or (1) 800-532-0500. The Silverado Web site is www.silveradoresort.com. Silverado Resort is operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts (consisting of Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc. and Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C.) operates lodges, restaurants and other concessions at national parks and state parks and resorts. Xanterra Parks & Resorts is the country's largest national park concessioner. Xanterra operates concessions in the following locations: Yellowstone, the North Rim of Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial; and at the Silverado Resort in Napa, Calif.; Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and eight Ohio State Parks. Its affiliate Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C. operates concessions at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Contact:

Mesereau Public Relations
(1) 720-842-5271
mona_mesereau@msn.com
www.xanterra.com
www.silveradoresort.com

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Also See: Napa Valley’s Silverado Resort's Growing List of Sustainable Cuisine Offerings Includes Beef, Produce, Seafood and Wine / May 2006
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