• Resort Spotlight: Gurney’s Takes on Newport

    The newly renovated island resort in the heart of Newport is a planner’s paradise.

     
    POSTED May 30, 2018
     
  • Resort Spotlight: Gurney’s Takes on Newport

    The newly renovated island resort in the heart of Newport is a planner’s paradise.

     
    POSTED May 30, 2018
     

The name Gurney’s is synonymous with Long Island’s Montauk, but that’s not “the end” for this growing resort. After purchasing and renovating the former Hyatt on Goat Island in Newport, Gurney’s has indeed breathed new life into this island resort just minutes from downtown Newport. 

Newport may be best known as a sailing capital, as well as for its Gilded Age mansions and popular jazz festival, but this coastal New England town isn’t just for leisure travelers. Gurney’s makes corporate retreats, meetings or events a cinch, since the resort is tucked away on its own island. You don’t just feel like you have an island to yourself, you really do (don’t worry, it’s just a quick drive over the bridge to the quaint downtown). 

Gurney’s Newport is a true resort and is surrounded by water,” says George Filopoulos, president of Metrovest Equities, the principal owner of Gurney’s Montauk and Newport. “In addition to being situated on 10 beautiful acres, Gurney’s is a lifestyle encompassing the best food, wellness, programming and entertainment,” he adds. 

Rope chairs, gleaming teak wood and canvas accents hint at the resort’s contemporary take on nautical design. The 257 guest rooms and suites have also been refreshed and the restaurant, with both indoor and outdoor seating, is a coastal outpost of Manhattan’s famed Scarpetta. Indoor and outdoor pools, a full-service spa and salon, private marina and even its own lighthouse make Gurney’s a comprehensive resort experience. 

When it comes down to business, Gurney’s is well prepared thanks to its 50,000 square feet of outdoor event space and 27,000 square feet of ballrooms and halls. In fact, this resort is home to the largest amount of event space in Newport, making it the go-to for planners. “With the largest meeting space available in the area, Gurney’s Newport strives to offer the most unique and service-oriented experience in the group marketplace. Led by  staff with decades of hospitality experience, a nationally recognized award-winning food and beverage program and lifestyle experts, we are certain to deliver a memorable, successful experience,” says Filopoulos. 

This summer, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is debuting $25 million in expansions. The new Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge features a central gathering building, communal outdoor fire pits and more than 50 two-bedroom cabins. Also, the lodge recently introduced new Glacier Point at Sunset Tours that run from May through September and combine the expert knowledge of a local guide with the beauty of Yosemite National Park. Groups can enjoy wine, cheese and crackers or their own picnic dinner while enjoying the alpenglow.

 

Originally built in 1927 and located in Death Valley National Park, the mission-style Inn at Death Valley celebrated its $100 million transformation with a grand reopening celebration in November 2018. The property, owned by Xanterra Travel Collection, features 66 updated rooms, a renovated fine dining restaurant and cocktail lounge, the new Tranquility Spa, and a spring-fed pool bordered by a new café and cabanas. Twenty-two one-bedroom casitas have been added along with Mission Gardens, a prime location for outdoor events.

 

The Josie Hotel, a ski-in/ski-out boutique property in Rossland, British Columbia, opened its doors in November at the base of RED Mountain Resort’s slopes. The 106-room property, named after one of the town’s most notable mines, Josie Mine, also is located along Canada’s world-renowned Powder Highway in the heart of the West Kootenays. Key amenities include more than 1,500 square feet of function space, a spa (opening winter 2019) and fitness center, and The Velvet Restaurant & Lounge.