It’s been one of those weeks here for us–busy at work and a sick little guy to take care of, so apologies for the somewhat infrequent postings. Here are a couple quick items that caught our eye.
There’s been lots of buzz around these parts about a planned visit today by the President of the United States. While everyone is being quite tight-lipped about when and where George W. Bush will grace us with his presence, we do know that he’s expected sometime in the late afternoon/early evening. Apparently locals in Yountville and St. Helena have received automated calls warning of traffic delays between 4pm – 8pm. Here’s what the Weekly Calistogan predicts:
According to various sources, likely Upvalley stops for the presidential visit include lunch at Harlan Estate Winery along the Oakville Grade, a landing at the Sutter Home Winery helipad on Main Street in St. Helena, and a reception at Frank Family Vineyards on Larkmead Lane.
Should be an interesting day…
Ritz-Carlton gets thumbs up from Napa City Council
In a somewhat astonishing development–particularly for those of us who’ve lived in the valley for some 30 years–the Napa City Council approved plans last night to develop a Ritz-Carlton resort near downtown Napa.
Here’s how the Napa Register describes the project:
The Ritz will be a â€œvillage-likeâ€ complex of a dozen buildings from one to four stories, with a contemporary Craftsman design, the developer said. Grounds will be lushly landscaped with mostly native plants, with an â€œart walkâ€ open to the community.
The development, which is planned for Napa’s “five corners” area, is expected to cost about $300 million and will apparently get going sometime this fall. Additional details here.