Wine Country Travels - Day 1 - Westin Verasa

Heather and I planned a trip this week to the wine country to check out a few new hotels for our 2010 events. Our first stop was new Westin Versa in Napa.

Behind the front desk was a creative wall of wine bottles adorned with the Westin logo.

The floral arrangements at the hotel were potted in white birch tree bands and wooden boxes. A nice touch - and one of my favorite looks.

For lunch, we ate at the hotel's Bank Cafe - our favorites were the Burratta Mozzarella with roasted heirloom tomatoes and the Petaluma chicken.

The hotel consists almost entirely of suites with kitchens (except for 20 rooms). All the rooms have king beds. The room prices for the location are reasonable too.

They have outdoor and indoor event space, as well as a built-in bocce ball court.

The meeting rooms are well designed with attractive carpeting, lighting and chairs. I love their outdoor buffet tables - I want one for my backyard!

The hotel is located in downtown Napa around many restaurants and wine tasting rooms - and the famous Oxbow Public Market.

Our favorites: The large sleeping rooms, great decor in the hotel and event space, and delicious food.

We wished: They had a spa and as well as roll-away beds for the sleeping rooms (or at least double double options).

Next up - the new luxury 'green' Bardessono and our favorite meal ever...stay tuned!