Joie de Vivre Hotels Shares Seasonal Joie With “Handcrafted Holidays”

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Fall and Winter Promotion Kicks Off “Chip’s Picks” Weekly E-mail Deals, Holiday Packages

People think of California as a summer destination, but we have some of our best weather and coolest things to do in the fall and winter

With summer officially in the rear view mirror, Joie de Vivre hotels is embracing the changing seasons with its new “Handcrafted Holidays” fall and winter promotion. With more than 30 boutique hotels in California, starting Sept. 21 and running through mid February, Joie de Vivre will be giving travelers ample incentive to book seasonal travel with a brand new weekly deals e-mail highlighting limited time offers. Enhancing the seasonal joie are festive holiday packages from each property, with competitive off-season rates and holiday themed amenities, from whimsical Halloween and harvest packages to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day getaways.

Headlining the “Handcrafted Holidays” promotion is “Chip’s Picks,” a new weekly e-mail featuring exclusive limited time offers at Joie de Vivre’s hotels, restaurants, and spas along with Joie de Vivre Founder Chip Conley’s favorite things to do at one or more of the destinations. Each week starting Oct. 5, “Chip’s Picks” will showcase great deals at three Joie de Vivre properties, with each of Joie de Vivre’s more than 30 properties in California included in the promotion. Some rates will start at under $100 and the first weekly deal will highlight three distinctly different hotels from northern California, southern California, and the central California coast region. Those who wish to receive “Chip’s Picks” e-mail offers must sign up or “opt in” online at http://www.holidayshandcrafted.com. The deals are good for a 48-hour window. “Chip’s Picks” joins Joie de Vivre’s highly popular Twitter Tuesdays and Facebook Fridays weekly deals that fans and followers can access by following Joie de Vivre on Twitter and “Liking” it on Facebook.

“People think of California as a summer destination, but we have some of our best weather and coolest things to do in the fall and winter,” said Conley. “From wine tasting in Sonoma Wine Country during harvest to experiencing the rugged beauty of the coast during the off-season winter months, it’s a great time of year to experience all the state has to offer.” The Handcrafted Holidays promotion will run from Sept. 21 through mid February, with the Chip’s Picks weekly e-mail promotion possibly continuing on an ongoing basis.

Handcrafted Holiday packages will highlight off-season rates and amenities reflecting each hotel’s personality and location. For example, San Francisco’s Hotel Del Sol, a green-certified property nestled in the city’s Marina District, is wrapping up the warmth of the season with two cozy packages: the hotel’s Green for the Holidays package (rates from $159 for stays Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, 2010) invites guests to indulge their eco-friendly artist within with a holiday card making kit (paper is green certified by the Forest Stewardship Council) and lesson from local

stationer Paper Source, located in the heart of the popular shopping district’s Chestnut Street. The Del Sol is also featuring an Eat and Drink Like a Local package for stays Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2010 that treats foodie travelers to a California wine, cheese, and truffle tasting at a favorite local wine bar, with a cheese knife and a book about cheese thrown in to take home (rates from $159).

Hotel Drisco is sending guests from city to (wine) country with its San Francisco to Sonoma Wine & Dine package (rates from $846). The three-night, four-day long weekend for stays Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, 2010 begins with chauffeur service from the airport to the Drisco in San Francisco’s tony Pacific Heights neighborhood, where guests will enjoy a Friday and Saturday night stay in the property’s luxurious City View Suite, with the Drisco’s “chef concierge” available to make restaurant and food-related event recommendations and reservations. On Sunday, guests will depart the Drisco in the morning with custom picnic lunches and be driven to the Zen-luxe Gaige House in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country. Wine lovers will be chauffeured to three award-winning Sonoma wineries for exclusive VIP tours and tastings, arriving at Gaige House in the afternoon to check into one of the property’s signature Zen Suites, which are outfitted with 3,000-lb. granite soaking tubs, fireplaces, private patios, and meditative rock gardens. The weekend experience concludes on Monday, when guests can enjoy a late check out (up to 2:00 p.m.) before being chauffeured back to the airport for their flight home.

Head across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County’s Mill Valley Inn and Water’s Edge Hotel to celebrate Halloween with a Great Pumpkin package that gives guests a chance to win a free night’s stay for carving a Jack-O-Lantern deemed spook-tacular enough to be displayed on property. Guests who stay at the properties between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2010 receive a free pumpkin and carving kit when they check in at either property, and are invited to let their imaginations loose to help add some Halloween flair to the properties. Rates start at $199 at the Mill Valley Inn and $189 at Water’s Edge. In the San Francisco East Bay, Oakland’s Waterfront Hotel is offering A Ferry Good Time package for travelers who want to stay in Oakland but venture across the bay sans wheels for shopping and sightseeing. The package starts at $149 and includes complimentary overnight parking for one vehicle and two round-trip ferry tickets from Jack London Square to San Francisco. Two complimentary cocktails and 20 percent off lunch or dinner at Miss Pearl's Jam House are also included. Package is good for stays between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2010.

Joie de Vivre’s Silicon Valley hotels are also getting in on the holiday joie. Domain Hotel in Sunnyvale is debuting a fall Share the Joy package with a charitable bent. Guests who check in at the Domain between Sept. 21 and Nov. 30, 2010 can save up to 50 percent on their second night when they donate a gently used winter coat, which will be given to a local charitable organization.

And Santa Clara’s geek chic Avatar Hotel, recently named one of the “The Best Geek Hotels in the World” by Hotel Chatter, is getting in the game with a package for football lovers for October and November stays. The Avatar’s Fall into Football features rates from $89 and invites fans to check in between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2010 and check out the big screen gridiron action on the Avatar Lounge’s five flat screen TV's while enjoying draft beer from an NFL mug.

In Southern California, Pacific Edge Hotel, Joie de Vivre’s newest property that is located right on the Pacific Ocean in stunning Laguna Beach, has put together an artful holiday package inspired by the town’s thriving artistic culture. Guests who check in between Nov. 1 and Jan. 8, 2011 will receive two disposable cameras, two holiday-themed photo albums, in-room homemade hot cocoa and marshmallows for four. Rates starting at $109 for a Village View Room and $219 for a Waterfront Room. Late check out (up to 2:00 p.m.) is also included. Huntington Beach’s Shorebreak Hotel has crafted a Surf City Oktoberfest package for stays from Sept. 21 to Oct. 31, 2010 that offers the full beer fest experience by including two personalized beer steins engraved with guests’ first names, two tickets to Oktoberfest (not open Monday and Tuesday), and late check-out (2:00 p.m.). Rates start at $199 for a Courtyard View Room and $239 for a Waterfront Room. Hotel Angeleno in Los Angeles is offering the Joie La La Holiday Shopping Package to entice holiday shoppers to check in and check out one of L.A.’s most exclusive shopping destinations, Santa Monica Place, with a big book of discounts, pre-shopping champagne and cheese in-room, a re-usable shopping tote, transportation tokens, and complimentary gift wrap.

Booking dates for Handcrafted Holidays are different for each hotel’s holiday package, and range from the Sept. 21 launch date to Feb. 22, 2011 for travel from Oct. 1 to March 1, 2011.

About Joie de Vivre Hospitality
San Francisco-based Joie de Vivre Hospitality (http://www.jdvhotels.com) manages a portfolio of creative lifestyle businesses, including hotels, restaurants, and spas. Founded in 1987 by entrepreneur Chip Conley, Joie de Vivre is recognized for creating some of the most innovative hospitality services and products and designing one-of-a-kind properties. It is the second largest independent boutique hotel company in the country and California’s largest boutique hotel collection. With more than 30 properties in the state, Joie de Vivre offers a wide range of unique urban, suburban, and waterfront boutique hotels that cater to leisure and business travelers in all market segments. Joie de Vivre hotels are located in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Marin County, San Francisco East Bay, Big Sur, Sonoma County, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Laguna Beach, and Venice Beach.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Lori Lincoln, Director of Public Relations, Joie de Vivre
Tel. 421.773.1067/ Email : llincoln(at)jdvhospitality(dot)com

Kristina Hjelsand, Senior Public Relations Manager, Joie de Vivre
Tel. 421.364.5581/ Email:khjelsand(at)jdvhospitality(dot)com

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