We first admired our No. 1 spot for its decidedly cosmopolitan take on typical Napa Valley accommodations. But when we discovered that Solage Calistoga was not only one of the valley’s most stylish resorts, but also it’s most eco-friendly, we knew we’d found a resort deserving of its California wine country surroundings!
It’s rare to witness natural beauty these days – especially in California – so when we first stepped onto Solage Calistoga’s impeccable grounds, we had to take a second to admire the scenery. Outside, ancient oak trees and majestic Palisade Mountain peaks are a striking complement to the resort’s urban sophistication. Inside, an inspired color palette of olive greens and chocolate hues blends with locally-sourced materials like pebbled floors and warm wood furnishings. It’s hard to tell where the vineyard-dotted valley ends and the understated luxury of your Solage Calistoga suite begins! This is California wine country, so don’t waste too much time taking in the view. And you definitely won’t want to miss an opportunity to tour Napa Valley’s sights and attractions, especially with one of Solage Calistoga’s earth-friendly cruiser bicycles at your disposal. But a sweat won’t be the only thing you’ll work up on your wine country tour, and Solage’s award-wining Solbar restaurant is more than willing to oblige your post-exercise cravings with its signature organic cuisine.
Solbar’s Meet the Maker dinners give local vineyard proprietors an opportunity to showcase their talents, while giving you a chance to sample the fruits of their labors.
Solage Calistoga’s luxurious spa was voted one of the Top 5 Best New U.S. Spas by Spa Magazine. Don’t forget to ask about Spa Solage’s signature Mudslides!
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Make an eco-impact by hosting your next retreat, meeting or group event at Solage Calistoga. This Napa Valley resort can help you plan a Napa Valley meeting or event that supports your company’s green agenda.
It may be more Tuscan village than traditional Napa Valley inn, but we think our No. 2 spot’s Mediterranean influences only add to its appeal. If food, wine and relaxation are what you seek, you won’t find a warmer welcome to California’s wine country than the Villagio Inn and Spa.
We can’t think of a better way to begin your Napa Valley vacation than by popping the cork on a bottle of the valley’s finest wine! Someone at the Villagio Inn must have had the same idea, because a complimentary bottle of wine is precisely what awaits your arrival. Toss in a daily champagne breakfast buffet, plush down comforter and oversized soaking tub and you’ve got all the ingredients required of an unforgettable Napa Valley romantic getaway. Villagio Inn and Spa treats you to a taste of Tuscany in the heart of wine country, but for a taste of a different kind, stroll down the lane to the Wine Cellar. Daily wine tastings let you sniff, swirl and savor the vintages of Napa Valley. And Wine Cellar’s delicious small plates and blending seminars pair a taste of California wine country with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into this scintillating industry.
Spa Villagio’s sparkling fountains, cascading waterfalls and serene reflecting pools are a welcoming sight after a blistering day in the California sun.
The Mediterranean-inspired Spa Villagio introduces you to the art of indulgence. Add one of Spa Villagio’s luxurious Suite Sensations to your Napa Valley vacation to transform it into a California spa getaway.
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Your Napa Valley vacation to the Villagio Inn also includes afternoon tea, coffee and cookies and access to the inn’s swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
Cradled by mighty redwoods, Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer offers a sense of seclusion that allows you to drift away from the world while also being just a few footsteps from all of Napa Valley's renowned wineries. Uncork a vintage stay at this intoxicating inn!
Your Chardonnay stay gives you the choice of 74 guest rooms and suites spread across four unique neighborhoods. These stunning accommodations are surrounded by rose gardens and vineyards and feature elegant amenities like signature in-room fireplaces, sunken tubs, and chic country decor. Make a splash in one of two sparkling swimming pools, relax in a hot tub, or set your mind at ease in the sculpture garden. Before you head out to visit the wineries, savor a complimentary Napa Valley-inspired breakfast of fresh seasonal fruits, fresh cheeses, and warm pastries. The Mayacamas Mountains will serve as your scenery from the patio. You'll have access to dozens of nearby wineries like Alpha Omega Winery, Hall Napa Valley, and Silver Oak. Of course, you can also sip the vino onsite in the Vineyard View Room each Friday and Saturday. After a successful sampling session, enjoy a rejuvenating treatment at the onsite spa. Unwind in Wine Country!
One Main Street, St. Helena, California 94574
The tranquil sculpture garden showcases 24 sculptures constructed by Bay Area artist Amanda Klimek. These creations are composed of cast bronze, ceramic, steel, acrylic, and glass.
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The Spa at Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer offers an enchanting experience of serene indoor treatment facilities and an outdoor cabana room.
They say a good relationship is like a fine wine and we can’t help but agree. Just like a palette-pleasing Merlot, true romance requires the right conditions, a bit of patience and a fair amount of stomping – er, tweaking – to mature into something worth keeping.
For those looking to wine and dine their way into a loved one’s heart, there’s no finer – or more fitting – destination than Silverado Resort. Brimming with elegance and sophistication, this Napa Valley resort offers just the right ambiance for your romantic weekend or special occasion. If your relationship is more akin to an aged Merlot than newly-bottled Bordeaux, a luxurious couples’ fireside massage at Silverado Resort’s spa – Napa Valley’s largest – can literally rekindle love’s flames. And for young love that’s sweeter than a glass of Riesling, secluded cottage suites complete with wood-burning fireplaces and Egyptian cotton linens are perfect for enjoying each other’s company. At Silverado Resort, sunshine and blue skies pave the way for hot air balloon adventures, horseback riding, garden tours and more on your Napa Valley vacation. After all, what’s the sense in planning a romance-inspiring adventure, only to have your careful planning undone by inclement weather?
Silverado Resort’s Wine Taster’s Dream package includes a picnic for two at V. Sattui Winery, wine tastings at other nearby wineries and a luxurious Silverado Resort room or suite.
Napa Valley’s first established commercial vineyard appeared in 1858. By the end of the century, Napa had more than 140 wineries dotting its valley landscape.
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Silverado Resort’s sprawling grounds include two championship golf courses, 10 swimming pools, 17 tennis courts and hiking and biking trails.
Like a good wine, our No. 5 pick has only improved with age. From its humble 1979 beginnings to its modern-day reputation as the wine country destination for discerning travelers worldwide, Meadowood promises you an exclusive experience on your Napa Valley vacation.
They say milk does a body good, but the Valley’s own are responsible for restoring your radiant glow inside Meadowood’s luxurious spa. The aptly-named Vineyard Polish pairs the skin-restoring powers of aromatic grape seed extracts with exfoliating sea salts to restore your complexion’s natural glow. And that pleasant sensation you feel is more than the warmth of the Cabernet Crush’s grape seed polish; it’s utter relaxation and wellbeing flooding you from head to toe! Gilles de Chambure may not be a household name, but we promise you’ll want to take him home after your paths cross at Meadowood Napa Valley. As the gracious host of the resort’s nightly wine tastings, de Chambure’s sole purpose is passing on his impressive knowledge of all things wine. Whether you come to swirl and savor or simply socialize, these inspired Napa Valley tastings are not to be missed!
In 1979, H. William Harlan was searching for land on which to create a wine estate when he was introduced to Meadowood. With the addition of guest rooms and suites to the property, Meadowood was soon invited to join the exclusive ranks of Relais & Chateaux.
Meadowood boasts a distinguished collection of California chic cottages, suites and private estates to choose from on your Napa Valley vacation.
The Twelve Days of Christmas is a Meadowood signature event celebrating wine, cuisine and the world's great holiday traditions.
We can’t speak to the clichéd lap of luxury, but we did find a California lodge that promises to set you on a path to luxury on your Napa Valley vacation. For an exclusive tour of California wine country’s finest sights, scenery and accommodations, our destination of choice is Napa Valley Lodge!
There’s so much to see, taste and discover in Napa Valley, we can’t imagine a more fitting – or luxurious – beginning to your wine country vacation than a four-hour tour of Napa’s best. We wish we could take credit, but we’ll have to defer to the masterminds behind Napa Valley Lodge’s V.I.P package. This whirlwind winery tour includes the plush comfort of a luxury vehicle, but the V.I.P treatment doesn’t end when the key leaves the ignition. You’ll also be treated to an en-suite champagne breakfast each morning, turndown service each evening and the plush comfort of Napa Valley Lodge’s newly-renovated deluxe rooms – complete with a view of the surrounding vineyard! If you have some very important people of your own to impress, you won’t find a more striking destination than Napa Valley Lodge. The Vintner’s Board Room, with its generous proportions and expansive table, easily seats up to 14 in stately splendor. And Vintage Hall’s beamed ceilings, Italian stone fireplace and breathtaking vineyard views set just the right tone for intimate Napa Valley receptions, dinners and events.
Napa Valley Lodge features a complimentary champagne breakfast buffet including gourmet pastries, bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, juices, teas, coffee and more.
Napa Valley Lodge is just one outpost of Northern California’s premier hotel group, Woodside Hotels.
Looking for a good meal to go with the California’s famed wines? Head to nearby Napa Valley eateries like French Laundry, Bistro Jeanty or Bottega – all just minutes from Napa Valley Lodge.
We’re tempted to call our No. 7 pick the poor man’s Provence, but we’re afraid our well-intentioned nickname will be mistaken for an insult by some. So instead, we’ll say this: For the charm of Provence paired with unparalleled luxury at an affordable price, Bel Abri is our hands-down selection!
Our No. 7 pick translates to “beautiful shelter,” and we can’t think of a name more befitting a bed and breakfast tucked under Napa’s wing. Bel Abri’s hand-crafted furniture, ornate chandeliers and French tapestries may lend it the feel of a French chateau, but the scenery outside can’t be mistaken for anything other than California wine country. And inside your Bel Abri suite, you may be overcome with the urge to close the plantation shutters and draw a heavenly-scented bath, but don’t panic. This Napa Valley inn’s deep soaking tubs and imported bath products had a similar effect on us! Bel Abri may thoughtfully provide the morning fare, but that still leaves you with plenty of opportunity at lunch, dinner or both to sample the first-class offerings at St. Helena’s Culinary Institute of America. You could settle for a tour of CIA’s private vineyards and exquisite gardens, but we recommend reserving a table – and some room in your stomach – for its Greystone Restaurant.
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Bel Abri’s lavish baths also feature custom-cut granite vanities, polished marble floors and pewter accents.
Napa Valley Wine Train offers scenic brunch, lunch and dinner tours though California’s premier wine country region.
From Hwy. 29, exit at First Street in Napa. Turn right at the end of the exit. Turn right at the first light (California Boulevard) and proceed south for one block to Second Street. Turn right onto Second Street. Bel Abri is on the corner of California Boulevard and Second Street.
Below average rainfall and abundant sunshine have earned Napa Valley a reputation as one of the world’s leading wine growing regions, but we think its these same conditions that make Napa the perfect destination for your special occasion. Toss in the charm of a fairytale inn – our No. 8 pick – and your Napa Valley vacation promises to be a magical experience!
Napa Valley brings the weather, the adventure, and of course, the wine. All that’s missing is the romance – unless your California vacation includes a stay at our No. 8 spot, Candlelight Inn. This peaceful wine country retreat includes an enticing range of cozy rooms along the banks of Napa Creek, but that’s nothing compared to its Ultimate Wine Country Package. Soar the skies on a hot air balloon tour, then saddle up for a scenic horseback ride through the vineyards, complete with a picnic lunch. Taste the fruit of the vines at Napa’s most exclusive wineries, then sprawl out in your Candlelight Inn suite for a luxurious massage. It’s everything you’ve dreamed of for your Napa Valley vacation – only better! Candlelight Inn may feel worlds away, but it’s only minutes from downtown Napa. Even if you don’t feel like venturing out, you’ll find plenty to discover both in and outside this California inn. Enchanting suites like the Candlelight Room feature cathedral ceilings and stained glass, while the inn’s manicured grounds give way to a sparkling outdoor pool.
Antiquing, hiking, golfing, shopping and gourmet dining can all be enjoyed just minutes from the Candlelight Inn.
Fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs for two and spacious king-sized beds draped in fine linens and jewel-toned fabrics wrap you in the utmost comfort and luxury on your Napa Valley vacation.
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Your stay at Candlelight Inn features its signature candlelight breakfast, complete with inspired dishes like fresh berries smothered in whipped cream and banana pancakes topped with caramel sauce and toasted cashews.
As its name suggests, our No. 9 pick offers you both a river and a terrace on your Napa Valley vacation. But what it fails to mention is that the river it promises is actually Napa’s own, the Napa River, and the aforementioned balcony overlooks the radiant splendor of the river waters and the valley’s finest vineyards!
Village side suites are a testament to Napa Valley’s astounding beauty. There’s a fair dose of luxury, with flat screen TVs, oversized whirlpool tubs and plush goose-down Napa Dream Bedding feathered in many of River Terrace Inn’s rooms. But what really drew us in was the inn’s elegant yet casual country manor-style décor. Rich chocolates, harvest golds and earthy muslin hues pay tribute to Napa Valley’s breathtaking beauty, particularly in early fall. Speaking of autumn, there’s no greater time to pack your suitcase for a wine country getaway than during Napa Valley’s extraordinary harvest season. Come September, the grapes are plump and ready to be plucked from the vines, and you’ll be just in time to see this spectacular display. River Terrace Inn’s exclusive Harvest Special package even lets you learn the art of winemaking from some of the industry’s leading artisans!
River Terrace Inn offers a complete menu of in-room spa treatments, including massage, facials, nail treatments, body therapy and hydrotherapy.
Wine country’s vineyards are a sight, but cruising Napa River’s waters is a close second. Ask about the inn’s River Adventure Package!
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No Napa Valley vacation would be complete with a glass (or two) of the valley’s finest Cabernet, Sauvignon or Merlot, and River Terrace Inn’s fall packages include a complimentary glass on one of its scenic terraces!
Napa may be home to some of California’s, if not the world’s, finest vineyards, but we think it’s high time for its wine country counterpart – Sonoma County – to share in the glory. For those looking to live the beautiful life in California’s other wine country, our final pick – Bella Villa Messina – is up to the task!
We think there’s more to love about Sonoma County than its wines – delicious, full-bodied vintages, though they may be. You see, the fun doesn’t end where the vineyards meet the horizon. In fact, some would say the adventure is merely beginning when acres of vine-covered soil gives way to Sonoma’s famed geyser country – all visible from Bella Villa Messina’s sprawling estate. And the viewing doesn’t get much finer than from the French Room, a European-inspired suite with a private deck that overlooks Geyser Peak and the Alexander Valley! With more than 50 wineries tucked into the hills that surround Bella Villa Messina, you’re in for more than a pretty view on your Napa Valley vacation. You’ll find it’s never been easier to breeze through the day than with a glass of vino blanc in one hand and a knowledgeable guide leading the way. There’s never been a better reason to wake up each morning than the inn’s delicious gourmet breakfast. And there’s never been a more luxurious and hospitable place to stay in Sonoma County than Bella Villa Messina!
Take Hwy. 101 to the Dry Creek Road exit. Go east to the first stoplight and turn left onto Grove Street. Continue north on Grove Street and turn left onto Chiquita Road. Proceed under the freeway until you reach the stop sight. Turn right onto Burgundy Road. At the divide, turn left and proceed to Bella Villa Messina via the third driveway on your right. Parking is available on the right of the driveway.
Bella Villa Messina’s rooms feature goose-down comforters, fine linens, bath robes, private baths, TVs with VCRs, Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces and phones.
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Bella Villa Messina offers a daily cocktail hour, complete with wine and cheese selections, for its guests.