A foursome of well known hospitality professionals have taken over the beautiful Naramata Inn. Kate Colley, Paul Hollands, Maria Wiesnermake and chef Ned Bell make up the newly formed Naramata Hospitality Limited Partnership, which is set to reopen the property this May.
We’re being told that “From produce to proteins, the menus will be built around the best local growers and artisans in Naramata and the Valley”, and that it “will showcase the true depth and breadth of award-winning wines produced by British Columbia’s winemakers…”
The prospect of stability is great news for a stunning, 113-year old property that has seen owners and operators come and go in recent years. From the press release:
Built in 1907, the Naramata Heritage Inn has been a hub for culture and recreation on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake for more than a century. It is with great pride that the Naramata Hospitality Limited Partnership announces today it has taken ownership of the storied Inn.
Composed of four of B.C.’s hospitality experts – Ned Bell, Kate Colley, Paul Hollands and Maria Wiesner – the Naramata Hospitality Limited Partnership has a deep appreciation for, and commitment to, the Okanagan Valley and all that it represents.
“I’ve had the good fortune to work around the globe in my 30-year career as a chef and culinary ambassador,” says Chef Ned Bell. “I’ve experienced many of the world’s finest food and wine regions. The Okanagan is the equal to any of them. We are so excited about the opportunity to invest and build our future here.”
Constructed 113 years ago by the town’s founder, J.M. Robinson, the Naramata Inn would welcome some of the Okanagan’s very first tourists and go on to weave a colourful thread throughout Naramata’s history. The Partners want to build on that legacy, and write the Inn’s next chapter based on outstanding culinary experiences, warm Okanagan hospitality, and a true commitment to local artisanship.
The Inn will deliver a proudly “Naramatian” experience. From produce to proteins, the menus will be built around the best local growers and artisans in Naramata and the Valley. It will showcase the true depth and breadth of award-winning wines produced by British Columbia’s winemakers.
“The opportunity to reimagine a legacy property like the Naramata Inn is a real gift,” shares Paul Hollands. “We are looking forward to creating something that will have such a positive impact on the community, the Okanagan Valley and ultimately guests from all over the world.”