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046-074 Shortcuts_SU05 Carmel Magazine 10/26/13 10:31 AM Page 11 SHORTCUTS BUSINESS Photo: Kelli Uldall Vendange Carmel Opens Wine-Themed Inn Vendange means "harvest" in French, and the new hotel Vendange Carmel Inn & Suites is decorated around the theme of local wineries. The Carmel hotel was opened by brothers Brian and Jonathan Lee, with the participation of 13 wineries. n the world of wine, vendange is a French term that means harvest. I The McIntyre Vineyards-themed room contains an eye-catching section Locally,Vendange Carmel Inn & Suites is the newest vintage on the hos- of a 100-year-old vine as a wall treatment. Twisted Roots' suite features Opened in April after an extensive remodel by new owners, broth- the current season. Of course, each room is stocked with that vintner's pitality scene. And it's one with a twist. ers Brian and Jonathan Lee, Vendange Carmel Inn & Suites is the first hotel encountered upon entering town via the Carpenter exit from beautiful large-format photos of their vineyards that are changed to reflect wines available for purchase. Some of the biggest names in Monterey County wine are represented Highway 1. The property's 18 comfortable suites are nestled around here, including Ventana, Cima Collina, Otter Cove, J. Lohr, Joullian and it's inside the rooms that the features that set Vendange apart from the "We're really happy to welcome them into the family of local Carmel lushly landscaped grounds set in a quiet, residential neighborhood. But Galante/Dawn's Dream. crowd become apparent. hotels," winemaker Jack Galante says. "This concept helps promote wine world, we wanted to do something to showcase that," says Brian forward to a long partnership." "Because Monterey County has become such a powerhouse in the Lee, the creative force in the brothers' partnership. The Lees approached Carmel as a wine destination and we really applaud that. We're looking A cozy outdoor patio containing a fire pit is a great place for guests to several local wineries and offered them each the opportunity to decorate gather, sip wine, enjoy live music and share tales of the day's Monterey accommodations with wine-related accoutrements such as furniture For more information or reservations, go to or one of the inn's suites. So far, 13 have accepted, tastefully appointing the made from wine barrels (and in some cases, barrels themselves), bedspreads with the embroidered logos—even actual vines. 64 C ARMEL M AG A Z I N E • H O L I D AY 2013 Peninsula adventures. call 831/624-6400. —Michael Chatfield

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