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Wine Lovers Paradise: Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites

Posted by on March 3, 2014

Disclosure: I enjoyed a two night stay on behalf of this story.  All opinions are my own, and would recommend this inn as a place to stay for all wine lovers.  

It is no lie, I am a wine lover so when I heard about Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites, the very first wine themed inn within Monterey County I was intrigued to find out more.  Vendange being the perfect name for this inn in that it means “Grape Harvest.”  This is my experience below.

Vendange Inn

Carmel is such a beautiful area within Monterey County.  Minutes from the scenic Big Sur drive, minutes from the Monterey Peninsula, and abounds of wineries adorn the area along with boutique hotels and inns throughout, each one offering a little something different, but what makes Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites stand out from the rest is its unique wine themed rooms.

This little inn, host to 18 rooms, has invited the area wineries within Carmel, Carmel Valley and the Monterey area to come inside, choose a room, and have at it with their way of decorating creating a bit of competition amongst the wineries.

Part of the fun is seeing how the rooms began, and the end result.  Twisted Roots was the first room to be fully decorated at the Inn, and once other wineries saw the finished results they knew they had to get involved, and soon, it became, “who will come out with the best designed room?”  So far, 12 of the 18 rooms have been completely renovated since new owners Brian and Jonathan Lee, a team of brothers, took over in August 2011.  A 13th is beginning to be worked on, and a potential winery is coming in.  That leaves just 4 more rooms to renovate.

McIntyre Room

During my stay I was given keys to the McIntyre Room.  The McIntyre Room had interesting features that I absolutely loved including a 100 year old Grapevine hanging above the bed, a clock that came from a wine barrel and beautiful winery art that were pictures from the McIntyre Winery.

McIntyre Wine Clock

In each room, wine is available for purchase.  In the McIntrye room there was a Chardonnay,  a Pinot Noir and a Merlot available.  Each room has a price list available and the bottles of wine can be added to your bill at room checkout.

And staying in the McIntyre room encouraged me to take a visit to their Wine Tasting Room, located at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey.  There, I tried out a flight of wine from McIntyre including a Riesling, Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir Rose and their estate Pinot Noir while I learned about the winery.

McIntyre Tasting Room

Some other features about the Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites include:

Wine and Cheese Reception:

On the weekends, Friday and Saturdays from 5 to 7pm, guests are invited into the hotel lobby for a wine and cheese reception.  Stop in for a nice little treat after your 4pm check in on Friday night before hitting the town, or after a day out on Saturday, swing in to try out some wine.

Wine and Cheese Reception

Breakfast is served from 8am to 10am every morning.  It is complimentary with your stay at the Vendange.  Pastries are fresh daily.

This is a sneak peak of the breakfast I had on Saturday morning during my stay:

Breakfast at Vendange

 Yogurt, Bagels, Fruit and Pastries with Orange Juice.  Coffee and Milk are also available.

And, the Vendange also has a beautiful firepit area.  Sit in the chairs surrounding the firepit, make s’mores or just enjoy the atmosphere outside after exploring the area throughout the day.  During the summer months, this area also has musicians play music.  Some may receive a balcony view right from their rooms (J.Lohr and Joullian Rooms.)

Vendange Firepit area

 The Firepit Area: Day and Night

A peek at one other room at the Vendange:

Dawn's Dream at the Vendange

 Dawn’s Dream at the Vendange

For those that are familiar with Dawn’s Dream, and their iconic bathtub, it’s the perfect fixture inside this room.  And now I hope you can see the fun of this inn within Carmel, CA.  And, as you can see, no one room is alike.

To reserve a room please visit Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites here.  I know, for myself, an avid wine lover, this is where I’ll be staying when I visit Carmel in the future.

And with your visit to Carmel, CA you can make it a wine lovers weekend by purchasing a Carmel Wine Walk by the Sea Wine Passport at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce (65 dollars).  This passport will allow you to visit 9 wineries within Carmel-By-the-Sea.  Each tasting room will provide you with a 10 dollar wine flight, and the passports never expire so if you can’t use it during your first visit, come back for a second.

8 Responses to Wine Lovers Paradise: Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites

  1. Kristen McIntyre

    Thank you for staying in the Vendange hotel, Jamie. I hope your stay was as enjoyable as it looked! I am also thrilled that you got to experience our Tasting Room inside the Hyatt. We at McIntyre Vineyards hope you travel safely and have a wonderful year. Looking forward to hearing from you for a possible return trip down to Monterey in the summer. 🙂

    • Jamie

      Thanks so much for stopping by Kristen. I really loved the details you put into the McIntyre room. It gave it a very cozy feel and I felt right at home with my love of wine. You captured it beautifully. =)

    • Jamie

      Ohh, and keep me in the loop when your new tasting room opens up =) Would love to see how it turns out!

  2. Melissa Burton

    That place looks like a little slice of down-to-earth heaven.

  3. Rhiannon

    Sounds dreamy! Do you have any pics of the bathtub? It must be super nice if they named it!

    • Jamie

      Not within the hotel, but in another post soon there will be a bathtub feature and more of the story of Dawn’s Dream =) Stay tuned!

      • Rhiannon

        yay! I’m a big bath lover. I am in the middle of a bathroom remodel and can’t wait to take a bath in my new tub.

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