New Venue Spotlight: The Murieta Inn & Spa

  • New Venue Spotlight: The Murieta Inn & Spa

    A new luxury property in Sacramento County offers an easy and comfortable escape for retreats and corporate groups. 

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     
  • New Venue Spotlight: The Murieta Inn & Spa

    A new luxury property in Sacramento County offers an easy and comfortable escape for retreats and corporate groups. 

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     
  • New Venue Spotlight: The Murieta Inn & Spa

    A new luxury property in Sacramento County offers an easy and comfortable escape for retreats and corporate groups. 

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

It’s not exactly rural, but neither is it urban or suburban. The Murieta Inn & Spa, which opened early this year 25 miles east of downtown Sacramento, is a luxury resort property on the edge of a high-end gated community and walking distance from California’s largest equestrian center. With 83 guest rooms, a 5,000-square-foot spa, 15,000 square feet of meeting space, a farm-to-fork restaurant and a hacienda theme, it’s attracting not just horse-show patrons, but Amador wine country visitors and planners seeking new and novel venues for their gatherings. 

“The Murieta Inn and Spa is the ideal destination for executive retreats, corporate meetings, weddings  and successful incentive programs,” says Natalie  Kalinowski, catering and event sales manager. “We offer a variety of indoor and outdoor flexible meeting space with the ability to accommodate up to 250  attendees with our state-of-the-art technologies, along with the perfect balance of fun and relaxation for our business travelers.”

Parking and internet are complimentary, adds Aaryn Val, director of sales and marketing, and many off-site activities are available nearby. “Our business travelers can explore the quiet countryside of Rancho Murieta with a variety of activities, including equestrian events, wine tasting, golfing, hot air ballooning, boating and fishing.”

 Meeting space at the inn includes a divisible, 2,800-square-foot ballroom, the Bourbon Room private dining/meeting space for up to 40, a boardroom, and extensive outdoor venues. The Gate Restaurant & Bar showcases produce from an on-site garden and wine from the nearby Amador and El Dorado wine regions, while the adjacent Murieta Equestrian Center attracts thousands to more than 50 events annually. Previously, the nearest hotel accommodations to the Rancho Murieta community were 15 or more miles away. 

On the drawing boards for the property: an extended-stay hotel wing, retail center and residential housing.  

Shira Steiger discovered the smileinducing fun of Segways—those self-balancing, electric-powered transportation machines—a decade ago when she tried one for a tour in San Francisco and got hooked. Now, with a fleet of 16 Segways, she’s introducing corporate groups and leisure travelers to the “human transporters” through her company, Segway Tours of Healdsburg.

 

The San Francisco-based company tinyB Chocolate produces “brigadeiros,” a heavenly Brazilian cousin to the chocolate truffle that has a smooth, creamy texture but no hard shell. tinyB founder Renata Stoica is a São Paolo native who’s using her old family recipes to bring the tradition to America. She infuses the brigadeiros with flavors that remind her of home, like passion fruit, pineapple, cayenne pepper and Brazilian coffee.

 

Mortar & Pestle, the Bay Area craft cocktail bars, are known for their globally inspired drinks that feature traditional Indian flavors. The Bangalore Old Fashioned is an Indian-inspired take on the classic Old Fashioned, made with an Indian rum blend, housemade garam masala syrup, and Bittercube’s Blackstrap and Jamaican #2 bitters. A staple in Indian cooking, garam masala is a mix of warm winter spices like cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. That makes this cocktail perfect for imbibing around the fireplace during the holidays.