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Welcome to the Apple Farm Blog! We are excited to bring you information from our property including announcements, tips, recipes, event information and more! Read on!

8/15/17: The Apple Farm Family

By Kim Wykoff, Guest Services Director

If you are a fan of the Apple Farm, it likely has something to do with not only the beauty of the property, but the way you feel when you are here. We get many comments from our guests about the great staff we have here and how they were made to feel so comfortable while visiting. I believe there is a much stronger force at work here.

Apple Farm has a rather large management team here and most all of them have worked here a very long time. We have watched our families grow over the years. We have had babies born, weddings of our children and the death or illness of our family members. What a powerful bond this makes. We have laughed and cried, screamed and yelled, and most of all, we have been able to solve and celebrate our triumphs and disappointments. This is how a family behaves.

That commitment to our lives and jobs and the business of hospitality has made us well versed in the ability to stand together and solve the problems and celebrate the best our guests can experience. This is why our business is so successful. That success comes from a plethora of happy Apple Farm guests. Even when we don’t get it right, this family mentality gives us the resources to make it right. We pride ourselves on that. Here is a list of the management team and their years of the service devoted to Apple Farm’s success!

Dean Hutton

General Manager

28 years of service

Janis Triplett

Assistant to the General Manager

27 years of service

Michael Langlois

Food & Beverage Director

21 years of service

Kim Wykoff

Guest Services Director

27 years of service

Rachael Halstead

Rooms Manager

9 years of service

Christen Goldie

Revenue & Marketing Director

15 years of service

Joseph O’Keefe

Landscape Manager

28 years of service

Sharon Peters

Retail Manager & Buyer

21 years of service

James Leigh

Director of Sales

7 years of service

Karen Roots


14 years of service

Sergio Bernal

Maintenance Manager

13 years of service

Lauren Somppi

Warehouse Manager

5 years of service

Steven Smeets

Executive Chef

4 years of service

Stephen Walls

Restaurant Operations Manager

26 years of service

Joanna patch

Restaurant Operations Manager

18 years of service

John Scholz

Restaurant Operations Manager

11 years of service

Willie Vey

Executive Pastry Chef

16 years of service

This is a grand total of 290 years! I hope this list of experience helps you feel valued and cared for when you are visiting Apple Farm. Come see us soon! Our family is missing your family!


8/9/17: 4 Tips on How to Pick the Best Hotel Room at the Apple Farm

By Rachael Halstead, Rooms Manager

Apple Farm is such a unique property, that it is hard to describe its beauty over the phone or online. Time and time again I hear “Wow this is way better than we expected!” This is why I thought I would give you the inside scoop to help you pick your ideal room! While this may be my first attempt at a blog, I am veteran status when picking out rooms for our guests!

It’s no secret that Apple Farm gets compared to that other famous hotel in town. While we have no problem with this comparison, it isn’t exactly true. Are our rooms unique? Yes. Is each of them different? Absolutely! Back in the days our rooms were abundantly floral and oozing with knickknacks. These days, we are updating our rooms to appeal to everyone! Including our Frequent Farmers (a term used for our loyal guests, you know the ones who have been with us since day one). Regardless of whether you have been staying here for 25 years or this is your first time, here are some tips from me to you!

  1. Inn or Trellis Court? Yes we all know the rooms are different in size and location, but did you know we have 12 different room types? Anything from single queens with patios and private soaking hot tubs, to family suites that can accommodate up to 6 people! Your reservation agent will walk you through all the options and find a room perfect for your needs!
  2. You’ve decided on the Inn? Great! If you read the reviews you will see a common theme, they will tell you ask for third floor, creek side. But take it from me, an expert; you are missing out on the best floor, the first floor! This floor has some amazing room options I love room 107, it is tucked away in the corner, and has the most amazing view of our Millhouse patio! It has a huge king size bed and you can easily access the pool. Are you planning a girl’s trip? I highly recommend room 128; this room has two queen beds and has been recently renovated. It very charming and the colors are very soothing. One of my favorites!
  3. Maybe the Trellis Court appeals to you? I have 3 suggestions. Room B is our newest creation in the “Court”. It is just a fun room! Big bathroom, private patio and close proximity to our guest reception. (Wine!) My second recommendation is for someone who may be traveling alone, it is Room 2, this room is teeny tiny, but super cute and has a tub/shower combo (not common in the Trellis Court) so you can enjoy a nice hot soak! Lastly, I love Room 1. My girlfriend’s and I planned a weekend away and no surprise they wanted to stay where I work! We rented Room 1, it has three beds and ideal if you want to stay up all night drinking wine and eating our famous chocolate chip cookies!
  4. My last recommendation is for all you frequent farmers. You know me and I know you. Look, I know you have your favorites. I get it. But try something new next time you book! I promise your favorite will always be there! You will be glad you did. Thanks for trusting me!