Pelican Hill To Celebrate Fall Olive Harvest With Outdoor Italian Festival, Special Menus And Seasonal Spa Treatments

Pelican Hill® is home to 750 mature olive trees across 504 pristine acres along the coast of Newport Beach. In celebration of its second annual olive harvest, the Resort presents Festa Dell’Autunno, a one-day "autumn festival" for Resort guests featuring traditional Italian foods, wine tasting, live music, street painting artists, Motori Italiani automobile exhibitions, an espresso lounge and an olive oil pressing demonstration.

"We are bringing the traditions of Italy to Pelican Hill, so that guests truly feel a world away with unparalleled autumn experiences right here in coastal Southern California," said Giuseppe Lama, Managing Director of Pelican Hill Resort. "Many locals know what visitors are continually discovering during the fall season at Pelican Hill – that is, our ideal climate endures long past summer and fall is the perfect time to be outdoors under the California sun, celebrating the harvest season."

Acclaimed for its casually chic coastal ambiance, iconic Palladian architecture, luxurious accommodations, and gracious personalized service, Pelican Hill presents a variety of fall packages, seasonal events and Epicurean Experiences. As the highlight of the harvest season, Festa Dell’Autunno on Saturday, October 29 invites Resort guests to experience an Italian-style street festa outdoors along charming olive tree-lined lanes.

Throughout October and November, Resort guests and local residents will experience special harvest season offerings, from The Spa at Pelican Hill’s Olive Oil Body Polish and special Olive Oil Savor menus, to Camp Pelican children’s activities and weekly Art & Olives tours.

Special accommodation packages include:

Festa Dell’Autunno Weekend Package
Stay one night in a Bungalow or Villa over Festa Dell’Autunno Weekend, with access to Saturday’s main event featuring the pressing of Pelican Hill’s Resort-grown olive oil and limited edition olive oil mementos. This package includes your choice of one Grape Seed & Olive Oil Scrub or Olive Oil Body Polish at The Spa, as well as one round of golf for one player. Enjoy preferred dining reservations at Andrea and Pelican Grill, where seasonal Olive Oil Savor Menus are offered. Starting from $795 per night for stays on October 28 or 29, based on double occupancy and availability (excludes applicable taxes and gratuities).

Harvest Season Package
Stay one night in a Bungalow or Villa during the harvest season and enjoy a limited edition olive oil amenity upon arrival! Included in your stay is a complimentary lunch for two guests at Pelican Grill, featuring a prix fixe Olive Oil Savor menu. This package includes your choice of one Grape Seed & Olive Oil Scrub or Olive Oil Body Polish at The Spa, as well as one round of golf for one player. Starting from $875 per night for stays from October 30 through November 23, based on double occupancy and availability (excludes applicable taxes and gratuities).

Ranch-to-Kitchen “Hands On” Harvest Package
Enliven your senses and indulge your culinary passion with an exclusive Epicurean Experience at Pelican Hill. Begin by joining Executive Chef Jean-Pierre on his weekly pilgrimage to the nearby Irvine Ranch, where the freshest fall fruits, vegetables and herbs are hand-picked from the farm. Participate in chef-led cooking workshops in the temperature-controlled Cucina della Pasta (pasta room) and Laboratorio del Gelato (gelato laboratory). Work alongside a certified Olive Master to create hand-pressed rustic olive oil. Finally, savor your own culinary creations during an intimate dinner where dining without utensils is encouraged for a truly hands-on Epicurean Experience from beginning to end! Starting from $2,290 for a three-night stay on October 27-30, based on double occupancy and availability (excludes applicable taxes and gratuities).

Limited-time fall Epicurean Experiences include:

Olive Oil Savor Tasting Menus
Pelican Hill’s Resort-grown rustic olive oil will be featured in a la carte selections from Chef Luca’s special lunch and dinner menus at Andrea. At Pelican Grill and Coliseum Pool & Grill, enjoy a la carte seasonal lunch and dinner creations by Chef Chang and Chef Mark. Sip finely paired wines and savor the fresh flavors of locally sourced Irvine Ranch® ingredients in celebration of Southern California’s harvest season. Available October 28 – November 23, 2011.

White Truffle Menu at Andrea
Chef Luca celebrates an exquisite delicacy from Italy in a four-course white truffle dinner at Andrea. Heralded as ?the diamond of the kitchen,? white truffles still maintain haute cuisine status in the culinary world. A la carte servings available at market price, based upon availability during the fall season.

Chef’s Fall Culinary Academy
Explore the flavors of the season with fresh, local ingredients from the Irvine Ranch, as one of Pelican Hill’s chefs du cuisine leads a hands-on preparation course paired with wines. Each class in the series features a distinct menu and takes place Fridays evenings from November 4 through December 16 in a luxurious Villa kitchen. $150 per person with wine pairings (excludes applicable taxes and gratuities). Limited to 14 guests per class. Reservations are required and may be arranged by calling 800-820-6800.

Fall Ranch-to-Table Menu
Fresh Irvine Ranch ingredients are in season this fall at the Coliseum Pool & Grill. Chef Mark and Chef Amy select the best of the Orange County’s own salad bowl for nutritious, natural and seasonal offerings, served as a creative three-course menu. $65 per person or $95 per person with wine pairing (excludes applicable taxes and gratuities). Available in October and November.

Seasonal spa treatments available in October and November include:

Olive Oil Body Polish
Experience renewal as finely ground olive skins complement organic raw sugar for gentle exfoliation, followed by hydrating olive oil shea butter enriched with Vitamin E. Hand-blended body olive oil is yours to take home, following this 50-minute treatment. Monday – Thursday: $95; Friday – Sunday: $160 (excludes applicable taxes and gratuities)

Grape Seed & Olive Oil Scrub
This 50-minute sensory journey begins with a warm scrub featuring ground olive skins, grape seeds and nourishing olive oil. A relaxing massage follows as grape seed and olive oils hydrate the skin. $95 Monday – Thursday, or $160 Friday – Sunday (excludes applicable taxes and gratuities)

Olive Oil & Rosemary Hair Infusion
Relax in gracious and giving hands, as this 50-minute deep-hydrating treatment invigorates the senses, adding moisture to the hair and scalp. $95 Monday – Thursday, or $115 Friday – Sunday (excludes applicable taxes and gratuities)

Seasonal Fig Body Gelato
This seasonal body treatment combines fresh figs and pure botanicals for a scrub and moisturizing wrap, completed with a honey gelato treat. $95 Monday – Thursday, or $160 Friday – Sunday (excludes applicable taxes and gratuities)

Additional Resort activities during the fall harvest season include:

Art & Olives Tours
Discover the Resort’s unique Plein Air art collections, Palladian architecture and hundreds of mature olive trees every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. from September 7 through November 16 during this 60-minute tour, completed with an olive tasting in the Great Room.

Camp Pelican Olive Harvest Activities

In celebration of the harvest season in October and November, the Resort’s children’s retreat, Camp Pelican, presents a series of special fall activities! Young guests will enjoy seasonal ?Olive Trees & Gelato Treats? tours, seed planting with tiny terra cotta pots, mini canvas painting and ?Olive Branch Story Time,? featuring the theme of peace. Complimentary for Resort guests ages 4-12 enrolled at Camp Pelican. Other children may participate for $25 each (excludes applicable taxes and gratuities).

About Pelican Hill®

Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, Pelican Hill features: 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces; a rejuvenating Five-Star spa with a menu of the world’s most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants including Andrea serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine; an iconic ?Coliseum Pool,? one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. A Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim in Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report ?500 Favorite Hotels in the World™? (2011), as Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 California Golf Resort (2011) and #22 among the ?Top 100 Best in the World? (2010 Readers’ Choice Awards). Travel + Leisure also ranked Pelican Hill among its “500 World’s Best Hotels? (2011).

The Irvine Company Resort Properties owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to Pelican Hill, the portfolio includes the Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city’s landmark property and only AAA Five Diamond hotel; Hyatt Regency Irvine, the city’s only Four Diamond hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and several of the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.

About the Irvine Company

The Irvine Company is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management. The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California. As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as ?Natural Landmarks,? one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.