A few thoughts from our 1st XD Camp Willamette Valley Wine Dinner

Staff Rides at Hotel Domestique

Cycling on the roads surrounding Hotel Domestique is always a highlight for our guests. Many who stay with us come exclusively for the scenic bike rides through the foothills and countryside of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our hotel and restaurant staff have also gotten the two-wheel bug and started to take advantage of the world-class cycling the area has to offer. It’s not uncommon to see the Restaurant 17 crew sneak out for a quick ride before they begin a meal prep.

George has taken notice of the staff’s cycling enthusiasm and has organized scheduled team-building rides. Of course George’s version of “team building” actually means “race each other up the climbs.” The champion of these rides is determined at the top of the final one-mile climb leading up to the entrance of the hotel. On today’s staff ride, Chef Adam Cooke threw down the figurative spatula at the sprint finish and is now the reigning champion of Hotel Domestique. (Note: Adam, please don’t switch careers to professional cycling. We would miss your beef short-ribs at Restaurant 17 too much.)

We would also like to encourage guests to join us. The Hotel has a full fleet of rental BMC road bikes available to guests. So bring along your friends, family members, or associates on your next visit and enjoy some team building or even a little spirited competition along the beautiful roads of upstate South Carolina. And beware of Chef Adam’s patented sprint to the finish.

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