Posts Tagged : Fall

2014 Gran Fondo: Looking forward to a peak experience

Everything is coming together perfectly for the 2014 Gran Fondo this weekend (Oct. 25). The fall leaves are peaking. The weather’s going to be ideal. And lots of friends, family, and fellow cycling enthusiasts will be on hand for what promises to be an epic weekend in the Carolina Mountains. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a full year since we unofficially kicked off the hotel and restaurant at the 2013 Gran Fondo. It’s been a busy and rewarding 12 months, and now that the time has come again it gives me great pride and pleasure to be a part of this weekend.

Making memories on the bike and off
Rich and I have always had a fondness for this area: the mild year-round weather, the natural beauty of the countryside, the winding mountain roads—it’s why we chose to make this place our home. One of our goals for Hotel Domestique and Restaurant 17 was to create a place that people could visit and feel at home themselves. We love to be able to share these experiences, like the Gran Fondo, with the many people we have either grown up with, or grown close to over the years. My hope is that we will continue to draw more and more people each year that not only appreciate the sport of cycling, but enjoy making memories with their loved ones in this beautiful region. That is what this ride is all about.

Hope to see you this weekend!

George

Bethel Trails Farm Dinner

At Restaurant 17 we make a point of partnering with local growers and farmers who share our philosophy on fresh, flavor forward ingredients. Tuesday, October 7, Chef Adam will be showcasing the offerings of one of our partners, Bethel Trails Farm, a family run, organic farm in nearby Gray Court, South Carolina.

Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 pm
$65* for 5 Courses with Wine Pairings
Seating is limited to 30

Call soon to reserve your spot. 864.516.1715

Farm Profile
Bethel Trails Farm is owned by the Ellis Family and operated as a sustainable farm specializing in pastured meat and poultry. All of the animals at Bethel Trails Farm are raised and finished on pasture without the use of hormones or antibiotics. As a member of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Bethel Trails Farm supports the concept of local, sustainable farming which is beneficial for the economy as well as the environment. Visit www.betheltrailsfarm.com for more information.

*tax and gratuities not included

Fall is looking bright

As a cyclist, fall has always been my favorite time of year, especially in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s a big reason why my family and I chose to make Upstate South Carolina our home, and why we decided to build a luxury hotel and restaurant in this picturesque region. In addition to having some of the best roads and trails for cycling in the country, the area has four distinct seasons, each one spectacular in its own unique way.

Summer blows out in epic form
It’s been a quick, eventful year. In late August we threw our “farewell to summer” party by celebrating the USA Pro Challenge, sometimes referred to as “America’s Race.” I couldn’t have been more proud of how the Hincapie team performed, not only that week in Colorado, but throughout the summer season. Highlights included the Tour of Utah, in which Joey Rosskopf took second place to Cadel Evans in Stage 6; and of course, the team’s biggest victory to date: Robin Carpenter’s impressive Stage 2 win at the Pro Challenge out in Colorado. It was truly remarkable, as was the Pro Challenge Party we held at the Hotel. We had 75%20 riders show up for a fun, spirited ride, and then celebrated afterward with great food and drink prepared by our very own Chef Adam Cooke and his staff at Restaurant 17.

Fall breezes in with high expectations
It’s hard to believe that this time last year we were putting the finishing touches on Restaurant 17 in preparation for the 2013 Gran Fondo in October. It was a swirl of activity that culminated in a great weekend—despite the wet weather. With a full year under our belt since then, it is a great time to reflect on the many successes we have had—that includes those on and off the bike. Both the hotel and the restaurant have really been on a roll, and with fall on the horizon the calendar is filled with guests from all over coming to stay, tour the area, hike, bike, and enjoy what we feel is one of the most elevated hospitality experiences in the country. We also have some big events coming up, including the 2014 Gran Fondo in October. The interest is even greater this year and we expect a huge turnout. It will be a full weekend of cycling, delicious cuisine, fine wine, and southern hospitality—all part of what has become multi-colored fall destination that is unparalleled for its beauty, elegance, and camaraderie. Come join us.

We hope to see you soon, on the roads and off.