2008 brought the end to the spiritual retreat when the Maharishi passed away that year on February 5th. Without the spiritual leader present to provide teachings to the followers of their practice, the resort became an empty shell of what it once was. The Maharishi’s surviving family reluctantly decided that the property should be put on the market so that it may be purchased and cared for by the next person who had an eye for the beauty of the place and a heart for it’s history.
In 2014, New ownership bought the resort with the goal of returning the destination to it’s former state of glory. Many of the buildings were in a state of disrepair and had become well-aged. Some of the cabins had been there since the 1940’s. The task at hand was no walk in the park.
Still, the impassioned new management got the project underway and Hoberg’s began to show color and life again. No doubt, the combined experience of a development professional, a successful large-concert/event planner and a lover of nature proved to be the right mix to envision and deliver a new Hoberg’s Resort & Spa.
The first of the buildings to undergo renovations was the classic cabin at the main entrance of the resort, The Almanor. Because of it’s appearance as a log cabin and it’s location at the very front of the resort, the plan was to revive the cabin as a welcome center for new guests and visitors of the property.
The Lobby and reception area played continuous footage and videos about the history of the resort, hosted morning breakfasts for guests, had memorabilia for sale and sold tickets to upcoming events at Hoberg’s.
The back office of the cabin served as the office of the resort’s general manager, who could greet new guests and help them learn about the resort’s history.
The Hobergian Lodge was named so because each of the newly renovated rooms would be named after some of the classic cottages from the old resort. An interior designer was brought in to order modern pieces and decor, while preserving the atmosphere of the historically legendary feel of the place and the natural ambiance of the mountain locale.
At the same time that the first renovated and remodeled accommodations were being completed, Hoberg’s had a new sign constructed for the front of the resort.
The sign boards and it’s posts were constructed from reclaimed indigenous trees from the resort property. Both sides were adorned with stainless steel, custom cut emblems to display the new logo, signifying the return of Hoberg’s for a brand new era. The Fence that lined the road along the front of the property was also constructed from reclaimed trees to match the sign and pay homage to the nature that made the location such an amazing place to see.
Hoberg’s had returned with a new face and the same name that the world had once recognized as a place to relax, have fun, and get away.
With the Welcome Center and accommodations ready, it was time for Hoberg’s to return to it’s place as an entertainment venue.
The ball-field was cleared of the dead foliage that had accumulated over the years, uncovering beautiful stone columns that had been there since the early years of the resort. Wood from standing trees that were cleared from the ball field were used to make benches for the VIP seating in several of the front rows and other furniture for events. Wood that could not be used for the creation of furniture was ground up into mulch that covered the ground to make it soft and comfortable to sit on for event patrons.
At one end of the field, a large stage was situated for the talent to play and on the other end, an old tennis court was converted into a concrete floored concession area to make food, beverages and memorabilia easy to get to.
The Red Hills AVA surrounds Hoberg’s Resort. Before Napa Valley became the world famous wine making spot, lake county had been the place where vintners found the best soil and weather to grow their grapes. The prohibition of alcohol in the 1920’s caused wine makers to close up shop and leave Lake County. Those who remained converted their production to agriculture.When the prohibition ended, winemakers and enthusiasts returned to the region. However, Lake County had become a location for agriculture, so Napa became the new selected place to grow grapes. Ever since, the fame and amazing flavor of the wines produced in the region has gradually turned Lake County back towards its roots in wine making, and the region has produced award winning wines.
The management at Hoberg’s, dutifully making every effort to preserve and pay tribute to the history of the resort and it’s mountain top home, knew that a Wine bar would have to be part of the resort’s features. A cabin between the new Hobergian Lodge and the Almanor Welcome Center, that was once used as a gift shop, was fully renovated and layed out to provide an elegant and cozy setting right in the middle of the forrest
With the Amphitheater ready to go, Accomodations open, and the wine bar on it’s way, the Hoberg’s event planning team was ready with their plans to come to the new venue. On Saturday, August 16th of 2014, the Summer of Love two-day concert began. The opening day brought some of the original bands from Woodstock in cleberation of the 45th anniversary of the legendary concert of 1969. Jefferson Starship brought the White Rabbit to the pine forest, Tom Constanten honored the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company gave the crowd some Cheep Thrills, Canned Heat was On The Road Again, Country Joe made the crowd Feel Like They Were Fixin’ To Die from excitement, and many other iconic talents moved the hearts and feet of the crowd.