On a gorgeously sunny and warm early February day, Yountville’s Bardessono–a gorgeous and eco-friendly 62 room resort–celebrated its official ‘soft’ opening. We were on-hand to take in the sights, sounds and smells and to learn a bit more about a project that has literally been years in the making.
The event started with a wedding style receiving line where guests were greeted by eco-developer Phil Sherburne, Steve Bardessono and various other members of the Bardessono family.
Once inside the property, guests were free to mill about the grounds, checking out every detail and having any/all questions answered by the attentive staff.
As we mentioned previously, Bardessono is seeking a platinum LEED certification, which would make it the ‘greenest luxury hotel in America’. Here’s a quick rundown of just a few of the environmental initiatives Bardessono has implemented:
- A 200 kilowatt solar power system on the roofs (see photos in slideshow)
- Eighty two 300 foot wells as part of a geothermal system to provide heating and cooling of rooms and preheating of domestic hot water
- Automated external venetian blinds on windows to limit heat gain and reduce air conditioning load (see photos in slideshow)
- Occupancy sensors that turn off lights and alter thermostats to reduce energy while guests are out of the room
- LED and fluorescent light fixtures to reduce electrical demand (see photos in slideshow)
More information can be found here.