Enter Day 4 of the 12 Days of Giveaways

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Earlier today I wrote that the owner of The French Laundry restaurant is thinking about adding on a hotel, and has even purchased the nearby inn.

Much as I love the idea I don’t think I’d realistically end up staying at the property. It does sound very convenient to stay so close to the restaurant, and the thought of room service or breakfast is intriguing. As a standalone boutique hotel there probably wouldn’t be any points redemption options for a stay though.

Nightly rates would undoubtedly be quite high as there would only be a few rooms in an extremely desirable (and pricey) location. Plus, I’d want to enjoy dinner at the restaurant too as that is half the fun. At an average of $400 per person for dinner alone (according to the French Laundry website), I just don’t think I’d value the experience highly enough to couple the expensive dinner with the expensive hotel stay.

Some might argue that both the meal and stay combined would be unique, and maybe ideal for a foodie or to celebrate a special occasion.

Today is Day 4 of Magic of Miles 12 Days of Giveaways.

To enter today’s contest for a chance at iTunes gift cards, airline pajamas, or travel swag galore, let me know in the comments below if you would try out the hotel + dinner at The French Laundry or think the hotel plus dinner experience just wouldn’t be worth it, or that you’d like to be the recipient of today’s contest prize.

If you’re just joining now at Day 4 of the Magic of Miles 12 Days of Giveaways, the prizes in the contest are fun and travel related. They include a couple GoGo 25 use Internet passes, USPS boxes stuffed with first class airline pajamas, and more!

Today’s Magic of Miles contest ends at 9pm PST tonight so get those entries in. Click here to read full contest details, and good luck!

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  1. Jennifer Hayden

    I think that I would spend the money to splurge for the restaurant. Truly a special experience and there are so many other great places to stay that aren’t too far.

  2. Dennis Caplicki

    Would definitely stay at the hotel near the French Laundry restaurant. Dining at Keller’s restaurant is expensive but if you can spare the money, it is an amazing experience

  3. James

    Would love to try both the hotel and restaurant. Need a huge cash injection first though.

  4. Maria

    definitely would love to try both

  5. Flynn

    I would try both since I live in the Bay Area and it’s a short drive.

  6. Chris

    I could see splurging on that…but my wife and I would probably want to hang around the kitchen to pick up some culinary tips..

  7. cnmaz

    That would not be something we would splurge on.

  8. cnmaz

    I would love to win today’s prize.

  9. cnmaz

    Happy Holidays! Thanks for offering your 12 days of giveaways. I hope to win on one of the days.

  10. Jim F.

    Maybe for a 50th anniversary celebration.

  11. todd s.

    I would definitely like to try out the hotel and dinner at The French Laundry

  12. todd s.

    I’d like to be the recipient of today’s contest prize

  13. todd s.

    If I win the lottery, I would definitely try out the hotel + dinner at The French Laundry 🙂

  14. Paul

    I tend to make arrangements for hotel and dining a la carte, but might make an exception in this case.

  15. Rob G

    Dinner yes, but hotel not really interested. Yay for 12 days of giveaways!

  16. Ricky

    I wouldn’t do it, but I think it’d do well. There are always people who will value the “one-stop-shop” idea!

  17. Nancy

    I would love to try both the restaurant and hotel, but the price tag is over my budget 🙂

  18. Phil gold

    I think I’d like to try it and I’m sure the wife would enjoy. Thanks

  19. Gino

    I’m personally not a huge fan of chef tasting menus but I definitely see the allure here – for a really special occasion this would be a fantastic experience.

  20. Robert

    Would like to try both the hotel and dinner combination

  21. Robin

    It would depend on the price point.

  22. Robin

    I would also be interested in the quality of the hotel and the amenities provided.

  23. Robin

    I’d love to win this, too!

  24. Chris

    A chance for dinner at the French Laundry, sounds good to me.

  25. Andrew

    Definitely not worth it.

  26. Cathy K

    The French Laundry is world renowned, so if given the chance I would definitely go there!

  27. Dan

    I’d love to win today’s prize!

  28. Dan

    I think that you are correct that the rooms would be too pricey. But a meal there is on my bucket list.

  29. Dan

    Winning today’s prize would be great!

  30. JRG

    I might be willing to try it, but I don’t think I could tell my wife the true cost!

  31. Niraj

    we live nearby sot the meal itself would be worth it!

  32. Matt

    Had dinner at French Laundry several years ago and it lived up to its reputation. Would definitely go back but would probably pass on the hotel just because it would be so expensive.

  33. Matt

    The Inn at Little Washington has a similar set up. The meal is amazing but so expensive you can’t afford to stay there too.

  34. Ed

    The gifts sound great

  35. Abhishek D

    I’d like to be the recipient of today’s contest prize.

  36. Varun

    I’m not sure I would splurge tbh

  37. john vilberg

    I love a good dinner

  38. Rita A

    I would try both but it would definitely be a splurge moment!

  39. Giant Sis

    If price were no object, I’d do both for sure!

  40. Giant Sis

    Sounds like a magical getaway for me!

  41. Giant Sis

    Count me in! I’d love a surprise!

  42. Doreen Drew

    Yep for 12 days of giveaways
    Yep for dinner at the French Laundry
    Nope for the Hotel

  43. Sidney cook

    I hate going home after a nice meal. This would be perfect

  44. Sidney cook

    Would love to be able to enjoy wine with dinner then walk to my hotel room

  45. Sidney cook

    Would love to win the Gogo inflight passes

  46. S. Bradford

    I am sure that I would not personally pay for the experience. I would rather spend the same amount of money for a few days in France or something like that. If somehow it was offered to me (stranger things have happened) and I could stay for little or no cost, then I would be happy to do it.

  47. Greg T

    i’d be interested but at a lower price!

  48. S. Bradford

    Yes, I would love to be the recipient of today’s prize. Thank you for hosting!

  49. Greg T

    Love the 12 day of prizes!

  50. Rich C

    get the room you can enjoy it longer.

  51. S. Bradford

    Would only stay at the hotel if it was non-smoking, offered free breakfast, and free wi-fi. Actually at the price they would probably charge, even if they accommodated my three requirements for selecting a hotel, I would probably pass. But one never does know. I have ended up doing many things in life that I never planned or expected I’d do.

  52. Jen

    I would like to win a prize 🙂

  53. J.

    No go.

  54. Rich

    Would not try the restaurant saw the menu did not like anything on it

  55. Steve

    Why not, if I’m making the trip, it should be the entire night — hotel would need to live up to the expectations though

  56. rmh

    i’d try it. sometimes things that can’t be acquired via points are the point!

  57. rmh

    i’ve eaten here before. if the inn is like the food, i’m in!

  58. rmh

    i wanna win the contest. i never win!

  59. david

    i would like to be the recipient of today’s contest prize.

  60. Neeha Agarwal

    I would totally try out the hotel and dinner. My husband and I are quite the travelers and we seriously need a vacation as we have been working so hard lately.

  61. Gigi

    Yes, definitely, I would spend the money for this experience!!

  62. Evan

    I walked past first class on the way out of the plane….often staring at the slippers they give them….and wanting to swipe them!

    Please consider my request to win the internet pass and PJ’s!

    Thanks and wishing you a billion miles in 2018!!

  63. mike murphy

    something a little closer to home would be nice

  64. dotti cahill

    If i had some xxtra$$$$$ i think i would do it…ONCE

  65. Jonathan

    I could see eating and staying.

  66. Jen

    It’s possible I would go there.