Experts BeautifulPlaces Expands “Wine Baron” Experiential Vacations

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Home / Villa Rentals / Experts BeautifulPlaces Expands “Wine Baron” Experiential Vacations

Experts BeautifulPlaces Expands “Wine Baron”
Wine Country Experiential Vacations In Northern California


(Sonoma, CA) The Travel Industry Association’s survey on Culinary Travel came as no surprise to BeautifulPlaces (www.beautiful-places.com), the Sonoma-based company that specializes in epicurean travel and wine country home rentals. “With bookings up nearly 200% this year, we are well aware of the dramatic increase in Gastrotourism,” commented BeautifulPlaces, founder and president Patrick Smith. “To satisfy the particular vacation goals of these culinary travelers we have expanded our ‘Wine Baron’ customized vacation itineraries.”

All “Wine Baron’ vacations are customized to the individual guests’ interests and no two are alike. Activities range from viticulture education (planting, grafting, nurturing, and harvest) to hands on activities (participating in the crush, blending and bottling; ‘pick your own’ farms) to personal enrichment (menu planning and cooking with a noted chef; wine pairing and personal cellar consultations; wine auctions) to total indulgence (private chef dinners, wine pairing picnics in vineyards, tastings at ‘closed to the public’ wineries; custom blended barrels made from their own pre-selected vines; helicopter tours) and much more.

All “Wine Barons” stay in one of the BeautifulPlaces portfolio properties including rambling estates; historic homes; Tuscan villas; modern masterpieces; and cozy family cottages…all located in the wine regions of Napa and Sonoma.

BeautifulPlaces “Wine Baron” vacations are designed to satisfy the five vacation lifestyles goals of Gastrotourists:

Culinary Adventures

Highly customized experiential activities from the art of food and wine pairing or consultations on personal cellars to participating in the grape harvest and side-by-side cooking with a chef.

Wine Education

These travelers are passionate and eager to learn about wine. BeautifulPlaces satisfies this yearning by pairing guests with experts in the field of viticulture who take them through the entire wine production process: grape growing, harvesting, blending, and bottling.

Feel Like a Native

“Insider” knowledge is coveted – culinary travelers place a premium on getting the inside scoop -- where to buy homemade crafts; up and coming winemakers not yet on the map, local street fairs, pet-friendly restaurants, etc.

Something to Brag About

Affluent culinary travelers want something ‘over the top,’ something to brag about. A stay in a drop-dead gorgeous mountainside villa, a custom-blended barrel, tickets to trade-only wine auctions, and celebrity chefs are the new conversation stoppers.

Shared Social Activities

People who love food and drink enjoy sharing the experience with friends, family and colleagues. The serious culinary traveler prefers to cook special dishes with local ingredients, pour wines they’ve selected at local vineyards and enjoy the informality and privacy of a villa rental.

The TIA study cites California as the #1 U.S. for food and wine travel and identified the roughly 27 million general U.S. culinary travelers and the four million serious travelers who have actively participated in both food and wine-related travel noting that culinary travel has reached the tipping point as a niche industry.

BeautifulPlaces recently expanded their villa portfolio to include chateaux and wine estates in Tuscany and France including Chateau Villette made famous in The DaVinci Code.

About Beautiful Places

BeautifulPlaces is a distinctive highly-personalized hospitality model created to serve the needs of an emerging segment of experienced travelers who have enjoyed their share of high-end hotels and resorts and are now seeking “something different.” Research has confirmed that a prime villa rental affords the guests the utmost in privacy and the luxurious informality they relish while on vacation. BP offers all of this without the extended commitment of residence clubs or fractional ownership.

BP represents some of the finest villas in the wine country with properties to suit all tastes from mountain top architectural wonders to charming Tuscan villas to luxury vineyard estates to cozy family homes. Clients discuss their particular needs and vacation ideals with a consultant trained to match property and guest for ultimate satisfaction.

In addition, BP offers a custom concierge service that consults with guests prior to arrival and during their stay in order to design personalized experiences and itineraries including: entry into exclusive vineyards and events; experts to assist in building a wine collection; cooking side by side with private chefs; tutoring in the art of wine pairing; escorted custom tours with winemakers; a day with a local artist; night sky viewing with a noted astronomer; custom blending at local wineries; meals in cellars and picnics in vineyards; garden tours and nature hikes; golf or tennis with a pro at private clubs; and much more. In home spa treatments, certified nannies, local transportation and pre-arrival shopping can all be handled with one phone call.

To view homes and epicurean experiences go to www.beautiful-places.com

BeautifulPlaces, Inc., 539 First Street West, Sonoma, CA 95476, 1-800-495-9961

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