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The Happiest Hour on Earth

Just when you thought Happy Hour couldn’t get any happier, The Cellar Lounge goes and  Continue Reading »

September
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My Dream Home Away From Home…

Surrounded by vineyard views… My dream hotel mirrors my idea of a dream home: A  Continue Reading »

August
5

Seasonal Eating at Its Best at Bouquet

Summer is arguably the most exciting season when it comes to local, seasonal food. Markets  Continue Reading »

July
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Rise and Dine!

Rise and Dine!

Your reasons for wanting to enjoy a stay in the country just increased. Our popular  Continue Reading »

June 30, 2016

Speaking to Your Guest

Speaking to Your Guest

It’s all in the details. So often it is the small things that set something  Continue Reading »

June 7, 2016

A Hotel to Remember

A Hotel to Remember

A sparkling wine welcome at Ponte Vineyard Inn It doesn’t take much to make a  Continue Reading »

May 25, 2016

Go on Holiday at Bouquet

Go on Holiday at Bouquet

Hans Christian Anderson once wrote, “To travel is to live.” I wholeheartedly agree. Whether you  Continue Reading »

April 21, 2016

What Makes a Good Hotel Great?

What Makes a Good Hotel Great?

Once upon a time, a hotel was a place to rest weary travelers’ heads while  Continue Reading »

March 16, 2016

Blog Title: Movin’ on Up

Blog Title: Movin’ on Up

Imagine our surprise last year when travel Goliath TripAdvisor named Ponte Vineyard Inn #13 on  Continue Reading »

February 1, 2016

Valentine’s Day Weekend

Valentine’s Day Weekend

No, it’s not too early to talk about this. If stores can display their candy hearts  Continue Reading »

January 14, 2016

Top of the Morning!

Top of the Morning!

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We’ve all heard this.  Continue Reading »

November 24, 2015

Fall In Love with the Season

Fall In Love with the Season

I have always thought of fall as a time of change and renewal. New colors in  Continue Reading »

October 9, 2015

Meet the Chefs

Meet the Chefs

From left: Line Cook, Christian Orea; Line Cook, Francisco Gonzalez; Chef di Cucina, Riccardo Cuccaro;  Continue Reading »

September 10, 2015

What’s Better than Gold? Platinum!

What’s Better than Gold? Platinum!

Ponte Vineyard Inn – Setting the Platinum Standard in Sustainability Call us granola-eaters. Call us  Continue Reading »

August 7, 2015

The Perfect Date Spot, Part II: Time to Impress

The Perfect Date Spot, Part II: Time to Impress

Last week we told you why The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn might just be the  Continue Reading »

July 2, 2015

The Perfect Date Spot

The Perfect Date Spot

To describe the “perfect date spot” is very personal. For some it’s dinner and a  Continue Reading »

May 19, 2015

The Diamond Standard

The Diamond Standard

“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”  These famous words were originally sung by Carol Channing  Continue Reading »

May 5, 2015

Nothing to Hide

Nothing to Hide

Tell us if this sounds familiar: You’re about to travel. You find a hotel, booking  Continue Reading »

April 6, 2015

Ponte Satisfies the Need for Speed. And Wine.

Ponte Satisfies the Need for Speed. And Wine.

Each March, the Southwest Region of the Ferrari Club of America holds it’s annual “Ortega  Continue Reading »

March 16, 2015

More Than Wine Tasting

More Than Wine Tasting

Most people come to Temecula Wine Country to taste wine and if you ask us,  Continue Reading »

February 13, 2015

If it’s true, it ain’t braggin’

If it’s true, it ain’t braggin’

It’s a famous Texas saying, and it’s particularly appropriate for this Blog. After almost 3  Continue Reading »

January 26, 2015

Not Just Another New Year

Not Just Another New Year

New Year’s Eve at Ponte Winery, #nofilter #nokidding. Photo courtesy of hulsephoto.com 5…4…3…2…1…Happy New Year!  Continue Reading »

January 6, 2015

Big Casks and Small Rooms

Big Casks and Small Rooms

I traveled to Italy recently to check on our new casks and to see dad  Continue Reading »

December 5, 2014

Let’s Talk (All Natural) Turkey

Let’s Talk (All Natural) Turkey

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday.  I start menu-planning at least a month in  Continue Reading »

November 18, 2014

Can’t I Just Get a Negroni Anymore?

Can’t I Just Get a Negroni Anymore?

Something old, something new at The Cellar Lounge Something’s happening in the cocktail lounges and  Continue Reading »

November 5, 2014

Popping the Question at Ponte

Popping the Question at Ponte

Helping guys with their perfect marriage proposal is one of my favorite things to do  Continue Reading »

October 24, 2014

A Horse is a Horse, of Course

A Horse is a Horse, of Course

Thought of the day: why are horses romantic? Don’t laugh, I’m serious. There is a  Continue Reading »

October 15, 2014

Ponte Vineyard Inn’s Hidden Catacombs and Other Rumors

Ponte Vineyard Inn’s Hidden Catacombs and Other Rumors

With summer, 2014 coming to a close, at Ponte Vineyard Inn we are taking a  Continue Reading »

September 26, 2014

Hit Pause Right Now!

Hit Pause Right Now!

This last week I had the privilege of hearing a very unusual commencement speech delivered  Continue Reading »

June 26, 2014

Chain or Boutique II?

Chain or Boutique II?

Back in March 2013 I wrote a blog about the difficult choice between going boutique  Continue Reading »

June 24, 2014

The Hotel Garden Turns Two

The Hotel Garden Turns Two

Dear friends, Today is May 15th, exactly two years since we opened the hotel. It  Continue Reading »

May 15, 2014

Start Summer on a High Note

Start Summer on a High Note

Here at Ponte, we are always aiming to give our guests the very best hotel  Continue Reading »

May 12, 2014

Wine Country Meetings

Wine Country Meetings

When it comes to company meetings, many if not most businesses will host their event  Continue Reading »

May 8, 2014

Every Day is Earth Day at Ponte Vineyard Inn

Every Day is Earth Day at Ponte Vineyard Inn

This year, April 22nd was recognized as Earth Day.  It’s a time when we are  Continue Reading »

May 1, 2014

Can a Hotel Restaurant be any Good?

Can a Hotel Restaurant be any Good?

For years experienced travelers have stayed away from hotel restaurants, preferring the local place “around  Continue Reading »

April 8, 2014

TripAdvisor #1 Ranking – Does it Mean Anything?

TripAdvisor #1 Ranking – Does it Mean Anything?

This last December I found myself quickly planning a trip to Italy.  I needed to  Continue Reading »

January 23, 2014

Be Our Guest

Be Our Guest

At Ponte Vineyard Inn, the goal we strive to reach every day is to please  Continue Reading »

January 9, 2014

Commute to the Country

Commute to the Country

What is a commute?  A boring, monotonous drive from home to work and back.  Does this  Continue Reading »

November 26, 2013

Trip Advisor: Blessing or Curse?

Trip Advisor: Blessing or Curse?

“So unbelievably disappointing”; “Save your money”; “WARNING: Graphic Details”; “Wedding night Ruined”; “Couple’s Weekend: A  Continue Reading »

October 1, 2013

Come on Over, Beautiful

Come on Over, Beautiful

We all know wine is good for your heart, but who knew it also helps  Continue Reading »

September 27, 2013

Take a Ride on the Vine Side

Take a Ride on the Vine Side

This is an exciting time of year at Ponte Family Estate. Our vineyard and wine  Continue Reading »

September 20, 2013

Harvest! Why Now is the Time for Your Vineyard Vacation

Harvest! Why Now is the Time for Your Vineyard Vacation

Last night might have been the biggest night of the year for us. Our Muscat  Continue Reading »

August 2, 2013

Would you like Vineyard Views with that Sandwich?

Would you like Vineyard Views with that Sandwich?

Just imagine: You’ve spent the morning tasting wine at some of your favorite Temecula Wineries  Continue Reading »

July 12, 2013

Diamonds are Four-ever

Diamonds are Four-ever

There are a number of AAA diamond-rated hotels in the Temecula area, with many in Temecula  Continue Reading »

June 28, 2013

Here to welcome you!

Here to welcome you!

Our friendly and gracious associates are awaiting your arrival.  We want to ensure you are  Continue Reading »

June 6, 2013

Great New Packages at Ponte Vineyard Inn

Great New Packages at Ponte Vineyard Inn

Who doesn’t love the summertime? Sun, surf, barbeques, friends, vacations, and now…fantastic overnight packages at  Continue Reading »

May 30, 2013

In Case Boutique Hotels are your Choice…

In Case Boutique Hotels are your Choice…

Here are three of our favorite boutique hotels. Two “Parkers” in California and a “tearful”  Continue Reading »

May 14, 2013

Beware of Flying Corks!

Beware of Flying Corks!

As a new associate to the Ponte Vineyard Inn, I was eager to assist in  Continue Reading »

May 9, 2013

Bouquet, Past and Present

Bouquet, Past and Present

On the dinner menu: Paccari pasta with shrimp and asparagus A year is a long  Continue Reading »

May 2, 2013

A Stay in Temecula

A Stay in Temecula

Many come from all over the world to experience Temecula Valley Wine Country. Over the  Continue Reading »

April 25, 2013

Another Clean Report!

Another Clean Report!

Last year Ponte Vineyard Inn teamed up with Clean the World, a company that recycles  Continue Reading »

April 18, 2013

Spring Cocktails At The Cellar Lounge

Spring Cocktails At The Cellar Lounge

Springtime is in the air at Ponte Vineyard Inn. The days are warmer, the flowers  Continue Reading »

April 11, 2013

A Gem of an Award at Ponte Vineyard Inn

A Gem of an Award at Ponte Vineyard Inn

Before Ponte Vineyard Inn opened its doors for business, we knew that our number one  Continue Reading »

March 28, 2013

SELF SERVICE HOTELS – What will they think of next?

SELF SERVICE HOTELS – What will they think of next?

My favorite hotel blog is HotelChatter.com, not only for their trendy reporting and cool hotel reviews,  Continue Reading »

March 21, 2013

Chain or Boutique?

Chain or Boutique?

Chain or Boutique? Those of you who travel a lot are familiar with this age  Continue Reading »

March 14, 2013

Death of a Tree

Death of a Tree

In one of my construction blogs, I described our shopping for the four pepper trees  Continue Reading »

March 12, 2013

Increased benefit for Wine Club Members:

Increased benefit for Wine Club Members:

When it comes to wine clubs, at most wineries you sign up, you get a  Continue Reading »

March 5, 2013

Where did we get the inspiration?

Where did we get the inspiration?

Now that the hotel has been opened for a few months and I have had  Continue Reading »

February 12, 2013

Clean the World

Clean the World

What do you do with the toiletries when you stay at a hotel? Some of  Continue Reading »

January 29, 2013

My favorite features in the hotel rooms at Ponte Vineyard Inn

My favorite features in the hotel rooms at Ponte Vineyard Inn

Well, it’s official. I have now stayed at our Temecula Wine Country hotel more than  Continue Reading »

January 8, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Inn

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Inn

When I moved to the east coast six years ago, I knew holidays would never  Continue Reading »

November 19, 2012

Temecula Wine Country Breakfast Trends

Temecula Wine Country Breakfast Trends

A challenge: think right now about dining in wine country.  What comes to mind?  Dinner,  Continue Reading »

October 25, 2012

Happy Hour at The Cellar Lounge

Happy Hour at The Cellar Lounge

By now you’ve probably heard that Ponte Vineyard Inn has a full bar. You’ve also  Continue Reading »

October 23, 2012

My Dinner at Bouquet

My Dinner at Bouquet

Recently I wrote a blog, My Stay at The Ponte Vineyard Inn. I just briefly  Continue Reading »

October 9, 2012

Already A World-Wide Top Ten Wine Resort

Already A World-Wide Top Ten Wine Resort

A few weeks ago we got a very pleasant surprise when Ponte Vineyard Inn was  Continue Reading »

September 27, 2012

Our 9th Anniversary – Let’s celebrate at the Cellar Lounge

Our 9th Anniversary – Let’s celebrate at the Cellar Lounge

By Claudio Ponte It was almost exactly 9 years ago that we opened the doors  Continue Reading »

June 7, 2012

We’re Done! And Open, of Course!

We’re Done! And Open, of Course!

Big thanks to you all for your support over the past few weeks, months and  Continue Reading »

May 24, 2012

Where we’ve Been.

Where we’ve Been.

By: Claudio Here are photos taken of our inn over the past three weeks. Some  Continue Reading »

May 15, 2012

So Close We Can Taste It!

So Close We Can Taste It!

By Claudio We are now on a count down to the May 4th opening of  Continue Reading »

April 25, 2012

Down the Stretch

Down the Stretch

By Claudio We are just inside 40 days from the opening of our Temecula Wine  Continue Reading »

March 27, 2012

Welcome to 35001 Rancho California Road!

Welcome to 35001 Rancho California Road!

By: Claudio Ponte The porte cochere is done! Well, almost done. The tile roof is  Continue Reading »

February 27, 2012

Getting Stoned at the Inn

Getting Stoned at the Inn

By Claudio This last Wednesday, Steve Converse and I were on a routine construction inspection  Continue Reading »

February 16, 2012

No, this wine country hotel will not be black

No, this wine country hotel will not be black

By Claudio Ponte Whenever I come to the winery I get the strangest questions: The  Continue Reading »

February 8, 2012

Plotting the garden

Plotting the garden

By: Claudio Ponte How do you know if landscape plans are any good? How do  Continue Reading »

January 20, 2012

Progress continues, thanks to great weather

Progress continues, thanks to great weather

By: Claudio Ponte Dear Friends, At the risk of jinxing the process, I’m reporting amazing  Continue Reading »

January 6, 2012

Dear Members and Friends

Dear Members and Friends

As you can imagine we have been very busy at the hotel construction site. Here’s  Continue Reading »

December 8, 2011

Hotel Progress As Seen From Above

Hotel Progress As Seen From Above

Dear Members: Progress continues on the hotel. As the enclosed photos show (they were taken  Continue Reading »

October 26, 2011

The Hotel’s Interiors

The Hotel’s Interiors

The Rooms: My instructions to our room interior designer Kristine Smith for our new wine  Continue Reading »

October 18, 2011

Hotel Progress

Hotel Progress

Dear members, As you can be seen from these photos we are making solid progress  Continue Reading »

October 5, 2011

Claudio’s Shopping List from Friday, September 9th

Claudio’s Shopping List from Friday, September 9th

Pictured: Claudio Ponte 1 lb. Coffee Beans French Roast 1/2 Gal. 2% Milk 1 Bag  Continue Reading »

September 16, 2011

Sustainability Features of Ponte Vineyard Inn

Sustainability Features of Ponte Vineyard Inn

One of our basic values at Ponte Winery is sustainability. We have spent a lot  Continue Reading »

August 12, 2011

Inn Construction Update

Inn Construction Update

Well, the concrete work is now finished at the Inn. The last Thursday of July,  Continue Reading »

August 11, 2011

The Basement

The Basement

Claudio Ponte The Basement is now, well… a basement These four photos show how we  Continue Reading »

July 13, 2011

The Pond at the Inn

The Pond at the Inn

Claudio Ponte I’ve always wanted a pond. A real pond, you know, one with a  Continue Reading »

June 6, 2011

We started pouring cement!

We started pouring cement!

Claudio Ponte Until this morning I had no idea how much concrete fits in one  Continue Reading »

May 6, 2011

The Landscape Design

The Landscape Design

Claudio Ponte As promised previously, here’s the winning design for the garden at the Inn.  Continue Reading »

April 18, 2011

Bulldozers & the Basement

Bulldozers & the Basement

Claudio Ponte Wow, so our bulldozer operator called his friends and they showed up with  Continue Reading »

April 7, 2011

Week 1 – Grading Begins

Week 1 – Grading Begins

Claudio Ponte With a belch of black smoke, at 6am sharp on Monday March 28th,  Continue Reading »

April 4, 2011

The Ponte Vineyard Inn – A New Lodging Alternative

The Ponte Vineyard Inn – A New Lodging Alternative

Claudio Ponte It has been a long time coming but we are finally ready to  Continue Reading »

March 28, 2011

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