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Mr. Ogdie

Joe Ogdie

General Manager, The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection

Joe Ogdie serves as the General Manager of The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection, a luxury resort located just outside Park City, Utah in the Wasatch Mountain Range. In his role, Mr. Ogdie oversees the daily operations of the resort, which encompasses 46 rooms and suites, The Edge Spa, signature restaurant Yuta led by James Beard Award-winning Chef Galen Zamarra. The High West Distillery and countless outdoor activities, such as heli-skiing, horseback riding and kids' programs seek to connect guests with the expansive 3,500-acre mountain paradise.

An experienced luxury hospitality professional, Mr. Ogdie has spent his career working in key management positions with globally recognized hotel brands. Before joining The Lodge at Blue Sky team, Mr. Ogdie served as Interim General Manager at Calistoga Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection, the luxurious private canyon hideaway in Napa Valley, California. Prior to that, he served as Director of Operations and Director of Food and Beverage at Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection, Napa Valley's spirited property designed for foodies and wellness seekers. Mr. Ogdie began his career with Four Seasons, working across properties in Hawaii, New York and Florida.

Mr. Ogdie holds a degree in hospitality management from Baltimore International College. An outdoor enthusiast with a passion for food and wine. Mr. Ogdie spends his free time skiing and cooking. When traveling, he loves to visit exotic locales where he can experience the destination's food and beverage scene one restaurant at a time, with a preference for places off the beaten path.

Please visit http://www.aubergeresorts.com/bluesky for more information.

Mr. Ogdie can be contacted at +1 435-571-0349 or joe.ogdie@aubergeresorts.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.