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General Manager Philippa Perry Heads Management
Team for Les Mars Hotel Opening in Fall 2004
in Healdsburg, California


HEALDSBURG, Calif. (September 13, 2004) - David and Sarah Mars, owners of the new Les Mars Hotel, today announced a projected opening date of November 2004 for the newest entrant among Healdsburg's increasingly sophisticated array of luxury hospitality offerings.  The couple will operate the hotel, designed to recreate the gracious ambiance of the classic European family owned inns, with their daughters Christina Mars Sharp and Gretchen Anne Mars and son in-law, Grant Sharp.

The inn has been designed to evoke the charm and style of a Continental chateau, replete with wrought iron window work, aged finished façade and a steep slate roof with zinc dormers. Les Mars will offer unobtrusive yet highly personalized service in the time-honored tradition of Europe's boutique hotels and country inns. 

Located just steps from Healdsburg's historic Town Plaza, the inn is ideally situated for Wine Country excursions as well as for exploring the town's many appealing shops, culinary attractions, and cultural offerings. 

"Each member of our family has been exposed to experiences with European lifestyle and culture, whether through business trips, educational endeavors or leisure travel," said David Mars.  "It became our goal to recreate that guest experience where we felt it would be most likely to flourish, here in Northern California's wine country.  Healdsburg, with its elegance and charm, ideal location and rich wine country heritage, was unanimously our first choice."

Les Mars features 16 rooms, each individually designed in the style of an elegant European country house and furnished with personally selected 18th and 19th century antiques and fine reproductions.  Custom designed four-poster beds draped and dressed with the finest Italian linens grace the bedrooms, and bathrooms are finished in European marble.  Guests enjoy all the amenities of modern luxury lodging, including cozy bathrobes, luxury bath products, and the latest entertainment and communications equipment. 

The family has assembled a top-notch management and design team that includes Philippa Perry, formerly of Auberge du Soleil, as general manager and Helga Horner, furniture consultant to the Ann Getty House Collection and Sandra Jordan Collection, as designer.  Chef Douglas Keane, formerly of Gary Danko, will create the hotel restaurant's menu of contemporary world-class cuisine and, together with Maitre d' Nick Peyton, also from Gary Danko and The Ritz Carlton, will operate the fine-dining restaurant.

Les Mars' country get-away motif extends, too, to the hotel's elegant amenities.  Guests can enjoy a book or periodical in the library, lounge by the pool, relax on the sun deck, exercise in the fitness center, or sample local wines at the lobby-bar.  Spa services include a variety of therapeutic massages.  Other hotel attractions include meeting/event facilities and the Peyton/Keane-run destination restaurant. 

Healdsburg, located only 67 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, is the quintessential wine country town, combining the best of small-town America with upscale boutiques, restaurants, art galleries and local micro farms and gardens.  In addition to the many amenities available at the hotel and in the town, more than 60 wineries are located within a 10-minute drive of Les Mars, including award-winning wineries in the celebrated appellations of Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Russian River Valley.

Les Mars Hotel
27 North Street
Healdsburg, California
(707) 433-4211

Also See: Sonoma County's Hotel Healdsburg Accepted in Small Luxury Hotels of the World / July 2002
First New Resort Approved in Napa County in 20 Years - The Carneros Inn, Napa Valley, Scheduled to Open Early Fall 2003 / March 2003

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