WHY IT RATES: Charlottesville, Virginia’s only AAA Four Diamond resort has sacrificed none of traditional feel while bringing in more modern upgrades. — Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Writer
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The historic Boar’s Head Resort, one of the mid-Atlantic region’s most celebrated properties, has completed a multi-million dollar re-imagination of the property, which includes a full renovation of the restaurant, bar, main entrance and lobby. Keeping traditional elements intact, the upgrades provide enhancements that add modern character to the historic inn.
The updates, designed by Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry of Atlanta, include a relocation of the main entrance and porte cochere. According to Russ Cronberg, Boar’s Head general manager, the new entrance makes for a completely reimagined lobby. “Our guests can walk into a totally transformed area filled with natural elements, bookshelves adorned with historic reference materials and updated furnishings, making it a truly welcoming gathering place,” he explained.
Along with the lobby and entrance renovations, Johnson Studio transformed the hotel’s iconic Old Mill Room restaurant, now known simply as The Mill Room. According to Shawn Jernigan, director of food and beverage, this new space has a carefully curated mixture of old and new. “History will still run deep in this space as we’ll have increased natural lighting that will illuminate the existing 1834 wood beams that provide a focal point for the room.” The design includes seating for 200 guests and upgrades to the porch room, with a private dining area and flexible banquet space for larger gatherings. “The marquee element of this project is the glass-backed bar that enlivens the main restaurant seating areas, giving the space an open and airy feel,” Jernigan added.
Complementing the physical changes, the restaurant has an entirely new locally-inspired menu by Executive Chef Dale Ford, featuring dishes that evoke regional history with a modern twist. The resort also worked with local organization, Babylon Micro-Farms, to transform its historic Trout House into a state-of-the-art hydroponic garden that will provide fresh produce for the resort’s restaurants.
Owned and operated by the University of Virginia Foundation, Boar’s Head Resort, located on a 573-acre estate, is a charming AAA Four Diamond property with 175 guest rooms and is part of Historic Hotels of America. On-property amenities include fine dining, a luxury spa, a state-of-the-art sports club and the Audubon-certified Birdwood Golf Course.
For more information, visit www.boarsheadresort.com.
SOURCE: Boar’s Head Resort press release.
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MGM Resorts to Open First Las Vegas Properties on June 4
MGM Resorts International will reopen Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand Las Vegas and The Signature on June 4, the company announced on Wednesday.
Naturally, amenities will be limited; however, additional on-site venues and other MGM Resorts properties on The Strip will reopen as demand increases.
The company recently introduced a seven-point safety plan to combat the spread of COVID-19, which includes contactless check-in through the MGM Resorts app, a firm social distancing policy and employee screening via temperature checks and COVID-19 specific training, among other important aspects.
In the event that a guest or employee does encounter COVID-19, MGM Resorts has compiled its own internal team and processes, asking guests to reach out through a special email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that MGM can immediately report any positive test results to the local health department and assist with contact tracing.
“Our hearts go out to everyone in the communities where we operate, and around the world, who has been personally impacted during this time of crisis,” said Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts’ Acting CEO and President, in a statement. “As we plan for these openings, the health and safety of our guests and employees is at the forefront of all we do. Getting many of our employees back to work and welcoming guests through our doors once again will allow us to do what we do best—entertain. The team is ready and we can’t wait.”
Contact your travel advisor or visit MGMResorts.com for a full listing of amenities that will be available at each resort.
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