At the end of September, a group of wine writers (including me) were invited by Snooth to visit Lodi Wine country. It was an opportunity to see the tremendous growth Lodi has made as a wine destination, not just as a region for growing grapes. The Lodi Winegrape Commission put us up at Wine and Roses - it abuts the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center and is also a great representation of what visitors will have in store as the region matures. We arrived on Sunday and left on Thursday, so, even though our days were spent visiting vineyards and wineries, plenty of time was spent at this resort for meals and rest time. I personally never found the time or energy to utilize the fitness center or swimming pool, a serious oversight with the amount of food and wine ingested (fitness center) and the temperatures approaching a 100 degrees Fahrenheit (swimming pool). Overall I was very impressed with the resort and would definitely recommend a stay there with some caveats.
Amenities: Wine and Roses is a Preferred Hotels and Resorts member, which represents a diverse global portfolio of independent hotels and independent hotel experiences. Amenities at Wine and Roses include the hotel itself, The Spa, an onsite restaurant, fitness center, outdoor pool, and both outdoor and indoor spaces for business meetings, weddings and other events.
Staff: Hotel staff were pleasant and friendly without being obsequious. Grounds staff and housekeeping kept a low profile but appeared to be busy at all times - clean rooms and attractive landscaping attest to that. Service in the restaurant was a bit slow during breakfast, but a special welcome dinner put on for us by the Lodi Winegrape Commission could not have run more smoothly.
Room: I enjoyed a King Room with fireplace: king size bed, gas fireplace, work desk areas, a television, refrigerator, coffee station, fully stocked honor bar, and a full bathroom with a tiled shower-bath tub combination. These rooms also have French doors leading out to either a balcony or veranda. The room was very comfortable and kept clean by the housekeeping staff. I was on the ground floor and could hear both my neighbors to the side as wells above, so I would suggest reserving an upstairs room. There are a variety of other room types available, including a limited number of pet-friendly rooms available with advance notice and a pet deposit.
Location: Wine and Roses is in the Northwest corner of the city of Lodi, with easy access to the quaint downtown and freeway. If you are a walker, Lodi Lake Park, with an adjoining Wilderness, are within walking distance and well worth a visit.
Restaurant: The Towne House is onsite, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and a brunch and dinner on weekends. Breakfast featured a good selection from a menu that is seasonal and changes often and was, for the most part, very good. For our welcome dinner, we chose from the dinner menu and all options were excellent. The culinary team is made up of John Hitchcock, Executive Chef, Danica Aviles, Chef de Cuisine, Dawnelle O’Brian, Pastry Chef, and Brett Urias, Banquet Chef - they seem to be doing a great job with the bounty that surrounds them.
Wine and Roses is a great place to stay if you are visiting Lodi or even if you just want to stay at this self-contained resort. With its beautiful landscaping, terrific restaurant, and other amenities that appear of a high standard, I'd be happy to come back for a return visit.
*This stay was provided to me courtesy of the Lodi Winegrape Commission - all opinions are my own.
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