NAPA The scale of the recently opened $40 million expansion at The Meritage Resort & Spa effectively doubling the size of it already is contributing significantly to the ongoing resurgence of Napa Valley tourism.

In May, the number of rooms increased by 165 to 319 with a new three-story lodging building. Thats not including the affiliated 182-unit Vino Bello vacation housing complex across the parking lot. Meeting space expanded to 50,000 square feet with the new 7,300-square-foot Carneros Ballroom, divisible into 10 salons just as the 10,500-square-foot Meritage Ballroom in the existing hotel building is.

Also added were the Crush Ultra Lounge with six bowling lanes, 1,600-square-foot fitness room, Blend caf and bistro, and outdoor meeting areas, croquet lawn and fireplace between the new buildings. The existing pool area also got a $500,000 upgrade, embracing a firepit and eight permanent cabanas.

The additional rooms and amenities are boosting group bookings by attracting functions the resort couldnt before, namely companies or organizations wanting to reward star employees or customers, according to General Manager Michael Palmer. Attractions at the resort predating expansion have been the Siena fine dining restaurant, Spa Terra and Trinitas Cellars tasting room in a 22,000-square-foot cave bored under the landmark Grapecrusher statue overlooking the area.

We were fortunate to do a lot of site tours before we opened, and that has allowed us to put a lot more heads in beds Sunday through Thursday with group bookings, Mr. Palmer said. Such reservations help keep hotel occupancy up between waves of tourists making weekend trips to Wine Country.

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