About Matt and Grape Leaf Hospitality
I love good wine, good friends and my family.
I live in Seattle and make a living by consulting, managing my properties the Quail Park Lodge, the Canyons Lodge and other business investments. I constantly hear friends expressing how much they want my life, which makes me feel great and sometimes I do have to pinch myself and consider myself a very fortunate person!
So why this?
Until June of 2010 I had always had a regular day job. I worked through college at a local hotel and fell in love with the tourism business. Marketing and business was my focus and it made sense for me to combine this with my love for hospitality. After quickly working my way from the front desk into the sales and marketing office of a large convention hotel, I embarked on a career that allowed me to travel the U.S., work internationally, and develop skills and life experiences that have proved invaluable.
So here I am with a few things I know for sure:
I founded Grape Leaf Hospitality squarely upon the concept and the conviction that one of the greatest pleasures in the world for people is coming together with friends old and new, sharing great experiences and memories. Traveling whether for business or pleasure always has a sense of adventure for the traveler and the marketing message, service and experience established by a business is the catalyst to heighten this experience.
With Grape Leaf, I’m concentrating on satisfying my clients by helping them find balance with the art of making memories for their guests, achieving the lifestyle they envision and the science of marketing.
Why the Wine Focus?
Wine is like art and is considered the "classy alcohol". People enjoying the taste of wine are not seen as drunkards, they are seen as educated, intelligent people who work hard and love to relax with a beverage that is calming and has proven health benefits.
The reason for wine's reputation is based in reality. The entire art and science of wine making renders this beverage the most diversified in nuances of tastes and it is seen as a sacred drink that it's used in religious services more than any other beverage outside of water.
In a stressful world in which people travel in order to relieve that stress, I believe that including wine directly into tourism and hospitality packages is a brilliant idea.
Lodging and Hospitality
Intimate, comfortable, relaxing, warm, inviting…..great adjectives for lodging. Your guests are going to want to relax, leave the stresses of the job behind, meet friends, make new memories and reflect on old memories.
When I cater to guests, I ask myself, “What would I want?” I never take short cuts and I always listen to my answer to that question. It has not failed me yet.
So here I am. Ready to explore what I am passionate about and share with you. My goal is to create a life that requires as few geographic and time boundaries as possible. The 'it' term for this is "Lifestyle Design". I call it - Awesome!