With the holiday season fast approaching, Montage Hotels & Resorts welcomes guests and locals alike to reconnect with family and friends and celebrate this favorite time of year with festive programming and distinctive culinary offerings. Montage offers a welcome respite with safe and spirited festivities at Montage Laguna Beach, Montage Deer Valley, Montage Los Cabos, Montage Kapalua Bay, Montage Palmetto Bluff and Montage Healdsburg.
Intended to create long-lasting memories, holiday-themed offerings are designed to help friends and family reunite while unwinding from the stresses of the year, including, family-friendly arts, crafts and culinary workshops; story readings of holiday favorites; visits from Santa and his Elves; seasonal traditions with new twists; and wellness programming from yoga to jolly runs with canine companions. Every Montage Hotels & Resorts property will also invite guests to join in the lighting of the Menorah each evening during Hanukkah, December 10-18.
With the holidays being the perfect time to strengthen bonds, all Montage Hotels & Resorts will participate in the seasonal Mistletoe at Montage social media campaign. Back for a sixth consecutive year, and running from Monday, Nov. 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 30, guests and locals are invited to snap a spirited holiday photo with friends and family under the mistletoe at each Montage property and share with their followers on social media using the hashtags #MontageMistletoe and #MontageMemory. Each week, Montage properties will share guests’ memories underneath the mistletoe. For those who are unable to travel this year, Montage Hotels & Resorts will be providing DIY instructions for how to make a creative mistletoe through its #MontageAtHome virtual program and encourage people to share images of themselves.
As unique and inviting as the settings that surround them, each Montage property offers an authentic sense of place to get in the seasonal spirit and make memories that will last a lifetime. Every Montage property has put its own merry spin on the holiday season, including the following programs, celebrations, and epicurean offerings.
Montage Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
In sunny Southern California, Montage Laguna Beach will gift wrap holiday revelers in seaside beauty with warm temperatures and bluff-top perspectives overlooking the Pacific. The coastal resort will offer a wide array of holiday culinary offerings. For the most extravagant meal of the year, the resort will serve four-course prix-fixe menu through a Thanksgiving Brunch at Studio, or guests can settle in for a four-course tasting menu with Thanksgiving at The Loft, starting at noon. The big games of the day will be available for viewing accompanied by a special menu at the Gallery Ballroom, and Mosaic Bar and Grille will be open for extended hours serving an à la carte menu.
Families can get in the spirit of the season and learn about the sweet art of architecture with Gingerbread Decorating led by the resort’s executive Pastry team and paired with a glass of Champagne for adults and hot chocolate and cider for the children. Spend cherished time together at Studio on Christmas Eve with a prix-fixe, six-course tasting menu for the family, or Christmas Eve at The Loft with a special prix-fixe holiday menu created just for the occasion. Guests can also catch Carolers in the Lobby Lounge, with complimentary hot chocolate, cider and cookies on weekends in December. Stroll the grounds, breathe the crisp sea air, and enjoy festivities throughout the resort, with Christmas Day dining options including an elegant Three-Course Holiday Tasting Menu at The Loft and a more casual À la Carte Holiday Menu at Mosaic Bar and Grille.
Ringing in 2021 will be a splashy affair along the coast, with New Year’s Eve Dinner at Studio featuring a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings, live music, and a Dom Perignon Champagne toast at the stroke of midnight. For something a bit more reserved, settle in for New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Loft with a ten-course holiday tasting menu, live entertainment, and a full bottle of Veuve Clicquot per two adult guests. New Year’s Eve in the Lobby Lounge will be available to in-house guests only, with live entertainment by David Allen Baker. For pricing, reservations, and more information on holiday events at Montage Laguna Beach, click here.
Montage Deer Valley (Park City, Utah)
This holiday season guests can immerse themselves in a winter wonderland surrounded by snowy peaks at Montage Deer Valley. The refined mountain retreat tucked within the Wasatch Mountains has much on the menu for Thanksgiving Day, starting with dessert-making with a Cookie Decorating Class led by the resort’s Pastry Chef, and Family Photos on the Grand Terrace framed by the beautiful mountains beyond. Live Football will shake the walls of Daly’s Pub & Rec, and S’mores will be available to enjoy with hot apple cider and cocoa on the Vista Patio in the late afternoon. Thanksgiving Day will also see the start of the resort’s Thanksgiving Holiday Bazaar, running through Sunday, Nov. 29, with shopping and specialty items available throughout all retail outlets including Pique, Compass, and the Spa Boutique.
A Family Style Thanksgiving will be served at Apex beginning at noon, while “Grab & Go” Turkey Dinner with enough fixings for eight people will be the special of the day at Buzz Coffee & Tea. Additional fun through the long Thanksgiving Weekend includes Ornament Decorating and Gingerbread House Decorating in the Gallery Ballroom, the Annual Turkey Shoot via archery on the Grand Lawn, a resort-wide Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt, and the 7th Annual Tree Lighting on the Front Drive.
Come December, families can make Montage Deer Valley their home away from home and purchase a handcrafted stocking to be placed underneath the fireplace with the resort’s Holiday Stocking Delivery, Dec 15-25. Caroling on the Vista Patio will set the scene and sounds for celebration, starting with Christmas Eve Magic featuring the resort’s annual reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with cookie decorating in the 5th Floor Salon, followed by a four-course prix-fixe Christmas Eve Dinner at Apex Steak, a Christmas Day Family Style Lunch at Apex, and four-course prix-fixe Christmas Dinner at Apex Steak.
Save some holiday spirit to usher in 2021 in style with a choice for New Year’s Eve Dinner featuring a five-course prix fixe menu at Apex Steak and exquisite sushi at Yama Sushi. Vista Lounge will welcome NYE revelers with craft cocktails and artisanal food from mid-afternoon to mid-evening before transforming festively to celebrate the arrival of 2021 with live music and a balloon-drop at midnight. And don’t worry: younger guests are invited to ring in the New Year too with a Paintbox New Year’s Eve Celebration complete with a Winter Wonderland dinner, arts, crafts, games, and a holiday film. For pricing, reservations, and more information on holiday events at Montage Deer Valley, click here.
Montage Los Cabos (Los Cabos, Mexico)
Situated along the shores of Santa Maria Bay, Montage Los Cabos invites guests to Thanksgiving Dinner at Mezcal with a modern Mexican twist featuring a delectable four-course tasting menu prepared by Chef Odin Rocha. The Baja resort will also offer a seasonally inspired family feast at Thanksgiving Superb at Marea, as well as Turkey Dinner to Go! with a three-course menu for guests to enjoy in their rooms, or a whole turkey with sides, salads and desserts for intimate in-residence gatherings of families and friends. Other must-dos through the Thanksgiving Weekend include Family Photo Shoot Sessions, Movie Night on the Grand Lawn, a Cookie Decorating Class led by the Paintbox Team in the Gallery Ballroom, a Black Friday Market at Eclectic Array, and Wine and Unwind with complimentary regional wines at the Residential Pool and Lounge.
The resort offerings will continue to ignite all the senses through the heart of the holiday season, including complimentary Chocolate & Churros on the Grand Lawn, photo sessions with Studio EM Photography to capture the fun of your beach getaway, the Montage Posada Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Central Lawn, Mexican Wine Tasting with appetizers to match at Mezcal, and an Elves Workshop with opportunity to meet Santa’s helpers and dig into live food stations during an evening of surprises from the Paintbox team.
Christmas Eve will be a lively evening for all – younger guests can dive in creating Gingerbread House Décor with the Paintbox team in the afternoon, followed by a seasonally inspired family Christmas Feast at Marea, served buffet-style with live entertainment. Christmas Eve at Mezcal will brighten the resort’s signature restaurant with a four-course tasting menu, live entertainment, and optional wine pairing, while Christmas Eve at Talay will put the ‘pop’ in ‘pop-up’ with à la carte selections served in a holiday setting. Start Christmas Day with a Christmas Deluxe Breakfast featuring regional dishes, Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, and live entertainment at Mezcal. The Man in Red will hang around long enough for complimentary Pictures with Santa Claus on the Central Lawn, and Posada at Paintbox’s Night Out will bring the day to a close in the Gallery Ballroom.
From Secrets of Ceviche and Aguachiles to a Full Moon Ceremony, a Cocktail Making Class to an authentic La Kermesse bazaar with traditional street fair games, a Mexican market, and local dishes by Executive Chef Xavier Salomon, festive offerings are abounding, filling the week leading up to the end of the year. Come New Year’s Eve, join in celebrations for the whole family with a ‘Baja Seafood Bonanza Experience’ at Marea; a five-course tasting menu and Champagne toast of Champagne at Mezcal; and a set menu and DJ-spun music at Talay. For pricing, reservations, and more information on holiday events at Montage Los Cabos, click here.
Montage Kapalua Bay (Maui, Hawaii)
Nestled along the coast of Namalu Bay, Montage Kapalua Bay is embracing the aloha spirit this holiday season. Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, the island sanctuary is wishing guests happy holidays with island-inspired programming for children, families and couples. While our young guests learn to swim with tails at the Mermaid Academy, the adults can indulge in limited-time holiday spa treatments, a sacred sound bath & meditation session, or begin the season of shopping with a trunk show featuring local jewelry artists. Satisfy your holiday appetite with a Prix-Fixe Menu at our signature restaurant Cane & Canoe, or for a more private experience, feast on a modern Thanksgiving spread with an In-Residence Dining Family Menu, or reserve the historic Cliff House overlooking the Pacific Ocean a customized holiday menu for you and your loved ones.
From Thursday, Dec. 10 through Friday, Dec. 18, guests can celebrate Hanukkah and enjoy the lighting of the menorah from the comfort of their expansive residence with the Festival of Lights amenity, comprised of a prayer card, menorah, dreidels and chocolate. Beginning Christmas Week, the seasonal pop-up bar and lounge, Champagne Hale will return with a new cocktail pairing menu for Veuve Clicquot enthusiasts to sip on, while taking in Maui’s extraordinary sunsets. Families can take part in private cultural classes such as Haku Lei Making and Coconut Husking, watch movies on the lawn under the stars, whale watching from Maui’s historic venue, Cliff House, while learning about Hawaii’s annual aquatic visitors, and experience a personalized Holiday Stocking Delivery or Christmas Traditions Holiday Delivery, making the resort a true home-away-from-home holiday destination.
On New Year’s Eve, guests are invited to take part in a unique sunset send-off to 2020, led by a cultural practitioners who will conduct a lighting of the tiki torches and perform an oli (chant) to honor the year that has passed and welcome 2021 with a powerful aloha. For pricing, reservations, and more information on holiday events at Montage Kapalua Bay, click here.
Montage Palmetto Bluff (Bluffton, S.C.)
The coastal Carolina resort is kicking off the festive season with a cornucopia of offerings planned through the entire week of Thanksgiving, setting the scene for a season of celebration. Enjoy a Pop-Up Sushi Bar at River House with Master Japanese Sushi Chef Shinya Horiguchi, a Family Grace Cruise on the May River in the resort’s restored antique motor yacht, Moreland Oyster Roast at Moreland Landing, Gobble, Gobble Shoot Out via paint ball sling shot, air rifle, and archery for ages six and up at the Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club, glow-in-the-dark Nightlight Putting on Boat House Lawn, the annual Turkey Trot 5K benefitting Meals on Wheels on the Village Green, and Kid’s Night Out with Charlie Brown (and Snoopy, too!) at Paintbox. Start Thanksgiving Day with Gratitude Yoga on Sunrise Lawn, Family Photos on the Village Green, and a Scavenger Hunt at River House, and finish with Outdoor Movie Night on Boat House Lawn. Feasting in between includes Thanksgiving Day Turkey To Go from Cole’s Smokehouse and Thanksgiving Brunch To Go from River House, as well as a Thanksgiving Day Feast on the Village Green. For pricing, reservations and more information on Thanksgiving events at Montage Palmetto Bluff, click here.
As the calendar inches closer to Christmas, children can Take a Ride on the Santa Tram in front of the Inn on Saturdays and Sundays starting Dec. 5, while adults can let a pro handle the hardest part of gift giving with Holiday Gift Wrapping at the Discovery Center. The annual Holiday Boat Parade will sail by Fore & Aft on Saturday, Dec. 19, and the Moreland Holiday Gathering will serve fresh oysters and a Lowcountry boil at Moreland Landing, Dec. 23 & 24.
On Christmas Eve, join the Jingle Bell Dog Jog 5K on the Village Green, and Reindeer Games for younger guests ages six and up at the Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club. Christmas Day Brunch To Go will be available from River House, and a Christmas Feast will be served on the Village Green with traditional favorites prepared by the resort’s talented culinary team. Flip forward with myriad options for welcoming 2021 including Go with the Glow New Year’s Eve Family Party on the Village Green, Carnival, a New Year’s Eve Kids Party at Somerset Chapel, and a Toast at the Inn New Year’s 2020, with the entire Inn open for the festivities including a bourbon bar, dancing to Shimmer Band in the ballroom, and hors d’oeuvres, dessert & two drink tickets per guest. For pricing, reservations, and more information on holiday events at Montage Palmetto Bluff, click here.
Montage Healdsburg (Healdsburg, Calif.)
Montage Healdsburg opens its doors just in time to celebrate this holiday season. Set among rolling hills full of vines and heritage oak trees, Montage looks forward to joining the festive fun in Healdsburg. Overnight guests and members of the community can enjoy a three-course Prix-Fixe Thanksgiving dinner including turkey with all the trimmings at the resort’s signature restaurant, Hazel Hill. Hazel Hill will also offer a Holiday Feast for the whole family during Christmas. Served family-style, the special holiday dinner includes Nantucket Bay Scallop Gratin, Beef Wellington and Valrhona Chocolate Bouche du Noel. Guests will also be invited to ring in the New Year with a glass of bubbles as we all welcome 2021 and the first winter for Montage Healdsburg. For pricing, reservations, and more information on holiday events at Montage Healdsburg, please call (707) 979-9000.
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