• Ghost Winery Comes Back to Life

     
    POSTED July 13, 2016
     
  • Ghost Winery Comes Back to Life

     
    POSTED July 13, 2016
     

Bergfeld Vineyard is what’s known as a ghost winery, one of many that were built in Napa Valley during the region’s first wine boom from 1860 to 1900, then shut down during Prohibition. Acquired by the Hall family in 2003, it has been lovingly restored to its historic splendor and is now a new event space in the courtyard of what is now the HALL St. Helena winery. The Bergfeld building offers several different reception and meeting options. The Founders Cellar can seat 44 guests at its 43-foot-long table, while the Peterson Loft, decorated with overhead fiberglass spheres that span several feet in diameter, accommodates 120 guests seated. Outdoor gardens, terraces and lawns have a reception capacity of 500. Guests can also enjoy tours of the newly opened HALL St. Helena Visitor Center, a strikingly modern experience. The building houses an extensive collection of 20th and 21st century art, while dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows offer sweeping views of the vineyards.

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.

 

Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.

 

To say Wisconsin is having a moment would be an understatement. A statewide renaissance resulting in plenty of new developments, impressive renovations and entrepreneurial ventures has been years in the making and shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.