Answer: Each has entered into a partnership emblematic of ‘the great minds think alike' mantra, thus making their existences greater than the sum of their posh parts. Each has elected to align with Lexus, the luxury car brand that shares the hotels' values of quality, design, and exceptional service with a focus on sustainable initiatives. But what exactly does the alliance mean for guests of these coveted resorts?
It's all about access and perks. Guests at these Lexus partner properties are provided access to the newest in the Lexus fleet. Staying at Cavallo Point? Take a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge in a GS 450h F Sport, NX 300h, or RCF – the San Francisco city skyline your vista as sailboats glide across the Bay. As a Bardessono guest, borrow a new RX or GS to tour the picturesque vineyards and wineries of the Napa Valley. Or have hotel staff chauffeur you to dinner in a new LS. These Lexus driving opportunities are the cherry-on-top to an already deluxe hotel stay – and allow each resort to showcase its property and surrounding region in the best – and most luxurious – light.
Perhaps you are already a proud Lexus owner, and a two to three-hour joy ride is not necessary for you to more fully appreciate the brand's sumptuous comfort and reliability. If so, additional rewards await you. The Lexus Perks program allows Lexus owners to enjoy a range of amenities at some of the country's most sought-after destination resorts. Your Lexus car key (flash it at check-in) literally unlocks room upgrades, resort credits, complimentary meals, and a host of additional perks at entertainment venues, restaurants, and wineries. Who knew that the benefits of driving a Lexus extended far beyond the bounds of state-of-the-art navigation systems, incredibly quiet operation, and supple leather upholstery?
Cavallo Point cooking school
Here's a suggested two-night itinerary that makes the most of your Lexus perks:
Check-in at Sausalito's Cavallo Point, the award winning, Golden Gate Bridge-adjacent lodge overlooking San Francisco Bay. Show your Lexus key and receive a room upgrade, a $100 resort credit (good for dining, spa services, the fabulous Mercantile gift shop, the cooking school, or room service), and daily breakfast for two. If you opt for the cooking school credit, Chef Tony Adams will encourage you to taste, create, and explore as he demonstrates how to prepare dishes with fresh farmer's market ingredients. Spend the latter part of the evening enjoying the Bay views from either your hillside contemporary room, or your cozy historic room. The next morning, utilize your breakfast credit at Murray Circle or Farley Bar, the lodge's two highly regarded and popular restaurants. (Don't miss the carrot muffin and fresh fruit smoothie.) Borrow a Lexus RC for a quick and scenic drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and back before checking-out and heading to Yountville's Bardessono Hotel and Spa.
Clif Velo Vino Tasting Room
Bardessono is the perfect vantage point from which to take advantage of a variety of Napa Valley Lexus perks – beginning with their offering of a $100 dining credit toward breakfast, lunch, or dinner at their lauded Restaurant Lucy where Chef Nate Lindsay's dishes showcase the best seasonal ingredients. Stash your bags in an elegant, LEED certified platinum room, and then hit the road in a Lexus from the Bardessono fleet. Head to Clif Family Winery and Farm (yes, that Clif family of energy bar fame) and show your Lexus keys to receive a complimentary food and wine experience for two at their Velo Vino Tasting Room in St. Helena. (It goes without saying that if partaking, a designated driver is a must.) Enjoy a selection of Clif's small production varietals, served with bruschetta bites topped with ingredients sourced from the Clif Family Farm.
Hall Rutherford Tasting Room
Cross the Valley to the Silverado Trail for wine tasting at Hall Rutherford, where your Lexus ownership allows you preferred access to Hall's popular and nearly-always-booked Appellation Exploration experience. (Advanced reservations are a must for this popular venue.) This one-of-a-kind cave tasting, held in the glorious Chandelier Room, showcases the impact of terroir, climate, and elevation on each varietal/vintage. Enjoy carefully paired small bites from acclaimed local chefs as you marvel at Donald Lipski's magnificent “Chilean Red” chandelier, adorned with 1,500 Swarovski crystals.
Courtesy of The Restaurant at Meadowood
As you ponder your dinner choices in the Valley, consider that this Lexus itinerary so far has not steered you wrong. Why not continue on the Lexus path, and book a table at The Restaurant at Meadowood where Lexus Culinary Master Christopher Kostow consistently raises the bar on his three-Michelin starred cuisine. As a Lexus brand ambassador, Kostow is a member of a diverse group of celebrated chefs (listed below) across the Nation who exemplify the core values of the Lexus brand: quality, innovation, prestige, luxury, and performance – the latter traits perhaps not ordinarily attributed to a dish or a meal, but in Kostow's kitchen and dining room, each of these elements is exceeded. To dine at The Restaurant is to make a memory of a lifetime and the perfect way to end your Lexus luxury tour.
Eager to learn more about Lexus perks? Lexus owners enjoy various benefits such as complimentary dining experiences, wine tastings, discounts, preferred parking at sports venues and so much more. Visit http://drivers.lexus.com/lexusdrivers/rewards-events for a full listing of Lexus perks.
Photo credits: Michael Venera, Kodiak Greenwood, and MJ Wickham
The following hotels are currently Lexus partners:
The Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg, OR: Complimentary wine tasting
Bardessono, Napa Valley, CA: $100 dining credit
Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN: $100 resort credit
Cavallo Point, Sausalito, CA: Room upgrade, $100 resort credit (good toward dining, spa, mercantile, cooking school or room service) and daily breakfast for two
Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham, MA:‘Room upgrade, daily continental breakfast for two, $100 resort credit, and 15% off chartered boat excursions
Lake Placid Lodge, Lake Placid, NY: Welcome amenity of wine, fruit and cheese; daily gourmet breakfast; complimentary lunch for two; upgrade based on availability; and a boat tour with Champagne around Lake Placid in the Lodge's 35-foot mahogany Hacker-Craft
Pebble Beach Resorts, Pebble Beach, CA: $100 resort credit with a minimum two-night stay at full rate
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA: Tree House or ocean facing room, four-course dinner for two at the award-winning Sierra Mar Restaurant
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas, TX: $100 dining credit.
Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA: $100 resort credit, plus two spa day passes
Thompson Chicago, Chicago, IL: Room upgrade, discounted parking, late check-out, and $100 hotel credit that can be applied toward food, beverage, parking
Topping Rose House, The Hamptons, NY: $100 dining credit and 15% off stay
The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Aspen, CO: $100 dining credit and 20% off stay
XV Beacon, Boston, MA: $100 dining credit, complimentary valet parking, and a room upgrade based on availability
The Beekman, New York, NY: $100‘hotel credit, $50 mini-bar credit, and an exclusive VIP amenity worth $50
Lexus Culinary Masters Roster:
Michelle Bernstein: chef/owner of Seagrape, Cena by Michy and Crumb on Parchment – Miami
Daniel Boulud: chef/owner of The Dinex Group restaurants – New York
Dominique Crenn: chef/owner of Atelier Crenn & Petit Crenn – San Francisco
Dean Fearing: chef/partner of Fearing's Restaurant – Dallas
Stephanie Izard: chef/partner of Girl & the Goat, Little Goat & Duck Duck Goat – Chicago
Christopher Kostow: executive chef of The Restaurant at Meadowood & The Charter Oak - Napa Valley
Carlton McCoy: master sommelier/wine director of The Little Nell – Aspen
Carlo Mirarchi: chef/owner of Roberta's and Blanca – Brooklyn
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo: chefs/owners of Jon and Vinny's, Animal, Son of a Gun, Trois Mec, Petit Trois and Trois Familia - Los Angeles
Michael Symon: chef/owner of Lola, Lolita, Roast and B Spot – Cleveland