The Ultimate Hosts: Ned Bell & Kate Colley
Proprietors, Naramata Inn, Naramata, B.C.
The former Four Seasons chef and Ocean Wise ambassador is no stranger to accolades (Ned Bell first made this list back in 2008), but this year saw Ned Bell and wife Kate Colley (along with partners Maria Wiesner and Paul Hollands) taking a big gamble to open what might be the first great inn in wine country. The all-potential-but-never-quite-there circa-1907 Naramata Inn has blossomed under their stewardship: even in a troubled year, they enjoyed a restaurant and rooms that were booked from day one with visitors looking to recreate the magic of Healdsburg and St. Helena up north. And in the process, they’ve helped transform quaint Naramata from a day trip to a destination.