CHLA California Lodging News March/April 2022

12 CALIFORNIA LODGING NEWS 7 The Fixings for a Barbecue On a stretch of highway just outside of Solvang, a classic California motor lodge has been reimagined as a rustic-chic wine country escape. At the new Hotel Ynez, each of the rooms open to a central courtyard with private patios strung with hammocks. As a unique perk, you can also host a cookout on your patio. The hotel will roll out a Weber barbeque grill complete with pre-seasoned Santa Maria ribs and veggies. Just light the grill, kick back, and soak up the taste of summer. Secret Subterranean Speakeasy Newly rebuilt with massive stones and rough-hewn timbers, the redesigned Inn at Zaca Creek feels like an old-world estate transported to the rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley. One of the most distinctive features of the new property is its “secret” wine cellar. With a speakeasy vibe, the intimate space features hand-troweled brick walls and offers vertical tastings from a carefully curated collection of wine. Secret speakeasies are also under construction at The George and The McClelland House in downtown Napa. 8 Soothing Welcome Amenities A luxe wellness retreat in Encinitas, the Inn at Moonlight Beach provides a soothing welcome. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a warm pot of the inn’s signature organic wellness tea, house-crafted organic dark chocolate mandalas, and healthy treats from the inn’s own biodynamic garden. You’ll also receive a flower herbal tea bath kit for enjoying a restorative, relaxing bath in the in-room soaking tub. The tea bath kits feature medicinal herbs and flowers grown and harvested from the inn’s garden and hand-assembled by the innkeepers into pouches with Epsom salt and essential oils. 9