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GATEWAY, Colo. (August 30, 2017) – Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, a luxurious world-class destination in the heart of the American West, today announced the appointment of  Thomas Hartwell as executive chef of the resort.  Hartwell boasts decades of hospitality experience and has held several culinary positions at award-winning restaurants, hotels, and resorts around the world.

“It is a privilege to welcome Thomas to the culinary team at Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa,” said Stephen Johnson, general manager of Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa.  “He brings a wealth of knowledge from his experience at acclaimed restaurants across the country and around the world, and we’re thrilled to bring his expertise to amplify the resort’s culinary program.”

Hartwell began his restaurant career as a prep cook and busboy at the Stage Door Restaurant outside Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  After holding several positions at various restaurants in his home state of Michigan, he moved to Santa Rosa, California to join the team at Restaurant Matisse, a French-inspired California cuisine restaurant under the guidance of Chef Michael Hirschberg.  From Restaurant Matisse, he landed a coveted internship at Michelin-starred Land Hoff in Solingen, Germany.  

Hartwell also held culinary positions at The Westin Copley Place in Boston and at the historic Boston Park Plaza Hotel under Chef Roland Z.  In addition to his successes in Boston, Hartwell opened his own restaurant, The Old Stone Farm House, in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Prior to joining the team at Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Hartwell served as chef de cuisine at the Meritage Hotel and Resort in Napa, as well as the popular restaurant, Zuzu, in downtown Napa for four years.

Located in the spectacular red rock canyons of western Colorado, Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa caters to the most discerning traveler with 72 luxury guest rooms and suites, including 14 private casitas.  The property delights guests with savory dining options at Entrada Restaurant, wellness-focused treatments at The Spa at Gateway Canyons, canyon air tours and trips aboard a luxury helicopter, privileged access to more than 100 years of automotive history and design at the Gateway Canyons Auto Museum, and a variety of self-selected experiential activities offered through the on-site Adventure Center and Driven Experiences programs.

In 2017, Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa was honored to be named the #3 “Best Resort in the West” in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards competition, #52 in the Top 100 Hotels in the World category, and #11 in the Top 15 Resort Hotels in the Continental United States category.

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa is an independently-owned destination resort property managed by Noble House Hotels & Resorts.  For more information, please call Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa at 1-866-671-4733 or visit  

About Noble House Hotels & Resorts

A privately held company for more than 30 years, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd. was founded in 1979 by owner Patrick R. Colee as a commercial property development group, transitioning in 1994 to a hotel ownership management company. Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., the corporation owns and manages an upscale portfolio of 18 distinct and visually captivating properties spanning the U.S.  From luxury resorts in San Diego, Calif. and Seattle, Wash., to Jackson Hole, Wyo. and the Florida Keys, each property maximizes and showcases its physical setting. Noble House is continuously growing, operating more than 40 hotel restaurants, bars and lounges, showcasing local culture and inspiration from local surroundings. With a philosophy that emphasizes “location, distinction and soul,” Noble House Hotels & Resorts exemplifies individuality, dedicating itself to creating and managing exceptional properties that contribute to their communities, staying true to local history, culture and ambiance.  For more information, visit or call Noble House Hotels & Resorts at 877-NOBLE-TRIP.

Contact: Hilary Burns, Rachel Sutton, Christine Lin, or James O’Hagan / 415-394-6500

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