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The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California
Opens $40 million Expansion

Introduces 165 New Rooms, Dining and Entertainment Options
and New Event Facilities

NAPA, Calif. (May 18, 2012) – With the completion of a privately financed, $40 million, 19-month long expansion, guests of The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa can experience Crush Ultra Lounge with six luxury bowling lanes; an event piazza, perfect for weddings, dinners and receptions; Blend, an Italian-style café and 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The Meritage Resort and Spa was built to provide guests with the complete Napa experience. The resort features North America’s first underground, full-service spa; full-service restaurant; a vineyard and underground tasting room. The expansion officially opens to guests today, May 16, 2012.

With the expansion, The Meritage has more than doubled the number of rooms it offers, held eight job fairs to hire 100 new staff/team members and remodeled its main lobby to accommodate the additional guests, making it one of Napa’s largest employers.

Expansion Highlights:
165 New Guestrooms and Suites: Each new guestroom includes an oversized bathroom, workspace, refrigerator and private patio or balcony overlooking The Meritage Event Piazza or the resorts nine acres of private vineyards and Napa’s Grape Crusher Statue. Three new suites full-size fridge and bar, plus fireplace and bedroom. The two-story, ~1,280 square-foot Bacchus Suite is perfect for small business meetings, receptions and watching the Big Game on one of its four flat panel televisions.

Crush Ultra Lounge: Napa’s newest premiere location for cocktails, sports entertainment, dining and bowling. This multi-level space also includes a pool table, shuffleboard, fireplace and both high-top and lounge seating. Crush Ultra Lounge is open daily and open to all guests and the general public.

Blend: In true Italian fashion, Blend Café offers gourmet coffees, espressos, café lattes and teas (hot and cold) as well as fresh pastries, baked goods and savory lunch items. Indoor and al fresco seating is available. Blend, open daily until 7 p.m., also offers a full selection of gelato, magazines and daily newspapers.

Carneros Ballroom: At 7,300 square-feet, the Carneros Ballroom is the second largest ballroom in the Napa Valley and the largest ballroom at more than 10,000 square-feet is also located at The Meritage. Beyond the new ballroom there is a state-of-the-art kitchen for catering, two covered outdoor terraces for events and two meeting rooms. The Meritage now offers a total of 50,000 square feet of indoor and covered outdoor meeting space.

Piazza: Ideal for outdoor weddings, dinners and receptions, the piazza also features a spa, croquet lawn and outdoor fireplace.

Fitness Studio: The 1,650 square-foot fitness studio features floor to ceiling Wieland doors that open onto a private balcony overlooking the resorts private vineyards, olive grove and the Grape Crusher State. The studio includes both state-of-the-art equipment and free-weights for use by all resort guests.

Beyond these new amenities the resort continues to offer upscale, Napa dining at its Siena restaurant, spa treatments and wine tasting in its underground Estate Cave at Spa Terra and Trinitas Cellars, a large pool with Vineyard Terrace Bar, bocce ball and nine acres of private vineyards.

The Meritage Resort
The Meritage Resort and Spa is an extraordinary Napa Valley luxury resort set against a private vineyard. A destination unto itself, it features 322 Tuscan-inspired guestrooms and luxury suites, seasonal farm-to-table cuisine in Siena restaurant and wine tasting in the Estate Cave featuring Trinitas Cellars. Regain a healthful balance with curative treatments at Spa Terra – a lavish underground Napa luxury spa with steam grottos, soaking pools, treatment alcoves and tranquil walls of water. The resort boasts the most comprehensive event and meeting space in wine country, including its two large ballrooms, Estate Cave and covered terraces. Crush Ultra Lounge offers guests a chance to relax with a full bar, sports entertainment and six luxury bowling lanes. Far more than a place for expert relaxation, our unique property is an old world escape from the ordinary. Experience The Meritage Resort and Spa – an extraordinary Napa luxury hotel and resort with the perfect blend of gracious hospitality, unrivaled amenities and peerless personal care. The Meritage Resort and Spa, We are Napa.

Andrew Bradley, AugustineIdeas
(916) 960-2897
(916) 572-3443 – cell
(510) 910-3443 – cell

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Also See: Ellie Callihan, CHA, CHSP, Appointed as Regional Sales Manager for The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California as it Prepares to Open its 131,000 Square Foot $40 Million Expansion in Spring 2012 / November 2011

Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California Set to Complete $40 Million Expansion Project to Open in Spring 2012 / August 2011

Michael Collins Named Executive Chef at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California / July 2011

Laurent Berthon Named Executive Chef at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley / February 2009

Michael Lennon Named General Manager for the 338 room Meritage Resort at Napa (California); Sean Dempsey, Jeff Longnecker and Ross Anderson Named to Executive Team / May 2006

Pacific Hospitality Group, the Development and Management Company of the Meritage Resort at Napa, Building a Second Similarly Named Hotel in Healdsburg, California / April 2006

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