Plank Goodness

By Richard Mineards   |   December 7, 2017
he Ritz-Carleton Bacara Resort and Spa general manager Roberto van Geenen and Goleta mayor Paula Perotte greet guests at their tree lighting with carolers in the lobby (photo by Priscilla)

Champagne and apple cider were flowing freely when the Ritz-Carlton Bacara threw a socially gridlocked reception for the lighting of the tony hostelry’s Christmas tree.

The 11-feet-high fir was stunningly decorated by in-house designer Rosie Neely for the occasion, when Goleta mayor Paula Perotte threw the switch, watched by the 195 guests, many of them children.

New manager Dutch-born Roberto van Geenen, who has worked for the tony hotel chain for 31 years and moved here from Dallas, Texas, was master of ceremonies, while the Lil’ Dickens Carolers, suitably attired in Victorian period costume, from Los Angeles warbled away.

Copies of the tree decorations are being sold at the hotel, with profits going to the Gaviota Coast Conservancy.


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