Hotel du Village captures the beauty and romance of the French countryside and places it squarely in the charming and creative hamlet of New Hope. It’s long been a New Hope landmark, beloved by visitors and residents, many of whom spent Thanksgiving dinner around a table at the hotel’s restaurant, so it was naturally met with curiosity when Hotel du Village was sold in 2013. Luckily the new owners, Jeanne and Frank Cretella of the New Jersey-based Landmark Hospitality, were dedicated to preserving the generous spirit of the property while updating it. “My husband Frank and I had been patrons of Hotel du Village for many years,” says Jeanne Cretella. “We always loved the property and the feeling you got when you drove up. In fact, Barbara (the previous owner) became a friend,” adds Cretella.

Renovations took over a year and the completely refreshed Hotel du Village now offers 22 guest rooms, a swimming pool with cabanas, tennis courts and fire pits, along with two event spaces, the Colt Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 200 guests, and the Historic Ballroom, with space for 130 guests. Each room has its own entrance, cocktail space, outdoor terraces with fire pits, bathrooms and coat rooms. “There is no crossover at all. This, coupled with our policy of staggering events, will allow a true feeling of exclusivity for all of our guests,” says Cretella. “Creating a lasting memory for everyone who visits Hotel du Village is what we will strive for as well as providing our guests with an experience that they will never forget. We feel strongly that our level of service, quality of food and our unique design will allow Hotel du Village to prosper.”

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.  

 

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a city rich in history. It’s here, in 1775, that Patrick Henry famously declared “Give me liberty or give me death.” And while the extensively renovated Hilton Richmond Downtown can’t trace its roots back quite that far, it is housed in the historic former Miller & Rhoads department store, which dates back to the end of the 19th century. 

 

Every planner wants to create experiences that make meeting attendees feel they’re on top of the world. If you’re planning a meeting in northwest North Carolina, you can achieve that with a visit to Grandfather Mountain. Soaring 5,946 feet and estimated to be 300 million years old, with some rock formations dating back 1.2 billion years, the peak off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, is accessible by vehicle and by a paved road.