Charlie Palmer Reveals Plans for Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer
Renowned chef and hotelier Charlie Palmer announces the transformation of the iconic St. Helena resort: Updated reception, new rooms, enhanced gardens, and an all-new restaurant and bar.
St. Helena, Calif., December 2, 2014--Palmer City-Core, the hospitality firm spearheaded by celebrated chef Charlie Palmer, announces the groundbreaking of the highly anticipated transformation of Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer, the historic St. Helena property the group acquired in early 2014. Phase one of the new plan takes the Main House, Harvest Inn’s central building, from standard check-in and common area to a fully revamped reception area, a welcoming bar, and a signature Charlie Palmer restaurant, Harvest Table. In addition to the ground floor updates, a total of four guest rooms are under construction on the second story, and in progress is an updated landscape plan that includes botanical and culinary gardens along with a 24-piece sculpture garden. Phase one, the first of three, is targeted for completion in Spring 2015.
“The Harvest Inn is an enchanting property and our incredible, hands-on team is working diligently to enhance the property’s natural beauty, the guest rooms and common areas, as well as the overall guest experience,” says Palmer. “Each day I watch the changes take place that transport us from a boutique hotel to a full service resort. With the addition of the new accommodations, restaurant, bar and culinary gardens, Harvest Inn is becoming a truly expansive and synergetic resort and I can’t wait to introduce these new components in 2015.”
The Main House & Harvest Table
Taking inspiration from Harvest Inn’s existing composition of brick and classic woodwork, the new reception and restaurant building will feature a sleek and modern 12-seat U-shaped bar to welcome visitors and locals alike, along with a more subtle reception area covering approximately 900-square feet. Portioning the reception and bar from the restaurant is a greenhouse encasement of local plants, moss, succulents, and more earthly elements culled from the surrounding grounds. The existing two outdoor terraces will be upgraded to allow for alfresco dining and Harvest Table, the all-new 110-seat restaurant with an open action kitchen will take the space of what was previously the hotel’s Great Room.
Focusing on all things Napa Valley, Harvest Table’s food and beverage offerings provide a refreshed approach to California contemporary farm-to-table cuisine, with ingredients predominantly sourced from the property’s culinary gardens and the surrounding areas and seasonal dishes showcasing the true flavors of the local agriculture. The Napa-centric wine list pays tribute to the great area winemakers and vintners, and the inventive seasonal cocktails feature American crafts spirits with house made tinctures and syrups, while the beer menu includes a number of Northern California brews and ales.
The award-winning design firm MBH Architects is responsible for the redesign to create a truly “lived in” aesthetic, and maximum comfort through the common areas, as commissioned by Chef Palmer. Lead designer Andres Grechi will employ recycled metals, pressed glass, and a metal mesh exterior throughout the Main House area and through to the next phase of transformations.
New Guest Rooms
On the second story of the Main House, four new rooms are underway, and MBH Architects has skillfully created a balance between the new room design and the existing architecture: Each new room will be approximately 475 square feet with handsome king size wood bed frames, armoires, desks, and desk chairs, comprised of warm hues and offset by modern pendant light fixtures and contemporary side lounge furniture with LED lights, smartphone docks, and more. The building’s existing fireplaces, the cornerstones of nearly all Harvest Inn guest rooms, will be entirely refurbished to offer a welcome spot for unwinding after a day in wine country. These four new rooms, on track for completion in Spring 2015, are the model for four additional new guest rooms on the other side of the property (as well as the total room update as part of transformation phases two and three), bringing the resort’s room count to eighty-one.
New Culinary Garden, Grounds & Landscape
Harvest Inn’s new Culinary Horticulturist, Laura McNiff, is supporting the resort’s culinary program with a complete edible garden adjacent to the restaurant, planting herbs, salad greens, berries, and citrus with plans to expand the garden as construction finishes on the Main House. While the seasonally rotating garden supports the farm-to-fork restaurant concept, the overall landscape design also reflects and enhances the natural beauty of the property.
Located on eight acres of prime Napa Valley land, Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer is home to pristine grounds that include redwood trees, rose gardens, and Northern California botanicals. Since Palmer-City Core’s acquisition in January, the landscape architecture firm of Michael Painter Associates, working along with McNiff and the grounds team at Harvest Inn, has been busy planning, planting, and grooming. The goal of the new grounds design is to offer a more cohesive landscape from the roadside to the rooms, introducing more complete planting and color throughout the property with flower beds of roses, violets, native wildflowers and geraniums as well as agricultural botanicals like thyme, rosemary, citrus fruits, olives, and much more. Guests walking through the grounds will find abundance in bloom year round at the all-new Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer.
Harvest Inn Sculpture Garden
Chef Charlie Palmer has partnered with Bay Area artist Amanda Klimek to curate a one-of-a-kind rotating sculpture installation. This 24-piece program celebrates local artists with large handcrafted sculptures, each serving as an artistic complement to the grounds and gardens. Every participating artist has signed on for a one-year commitment and those currently on display include Amanda herself, as well as Wayne Schaffer, Peter Dreyfuss, Nina Lyons, Stephanie Robison, Ann Weber, and more. Images of the fully installed sculpture garden can be seen here. The current art installation recognizes the synergy between art and nature, while offering a beautiful setting for artists to display their work.
Phases 2 and 3
Plans for transformation phases two and three include the aforementioned four additional guest rooms, new and improved meeting and event spaces and a complete room revamp. Details for these phases will be released in early 2015 along with more information on Harvest Table and the new guest rooms.
About Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer
Located at One Main Street in St. Helena, California, Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer is an idyllic resort designed to celebrate the vineyard way of life, with 74 luxurious accommodations nestled into four uniquely crafted neighborhoods, two secluded swimming pools, and a plush spa with indoor and outdoor facilities. Surrounded by the lush landscaping of expansive clipped lawns and serene shaded groves, partially forested by towering redwoods, Harvest Inn also is home to gardens of agricultural botanicals. Although well situated in proximity to the hub of activity in historic St Helena, Harvest Inn offers picturesque privacy and a “let’s get lost” feeling of total relaxation. In classic California fashion, the architecture and land are in harmony, making Harvest Inn an integral part of the terrain. The distinctive mixing of heritage and modern style seen in the richly stained wood, leaded glass panels, and exterior stone as well as Tudor stucco with timber framing adds up to a storybook setting that is both rustic and elegant. As comfortable as it is beautiful, Harvest Inn welcomes both families and friends with its charming warmth and friendly ambiance. Learn more at www.harvestinn.com.
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