It’s been a remarkably cold summer in San Francisco and unfortunately, the fog and wind isn’t letting up anytime soon. In the next 10 days, the temperature in SF won’t reach 70°F. But don’t despair: while the high in the city today is 63°F, in wine country, Napa specifically, the temp will rise to 86°F. If you’re in need of some fun in the sun, book a couple of days of rest and relaxation at one of Napa’s most luxurious resorts. Find our recommendations for the hautest five hotels in the area below.
1 Meadowood Napa Valley
If we had to pick one hotel to spend the rest of our lives visiting, it would be The Meadowood Napa Valley. There is no other place in the world like it. The second you step onto the 250 acre property, life slows down—you can’t help but take in the beauty of the natural surroundings. Meadowood has 85 guest rooms that are actually cottages and suites designed in a variety of styles with different views. The resort oozes rustic sophistication and everything, from the comfortable bed linens to the elegant shaving kit, is discreetly luxe. There is plenty to do at Meadowood. Enjoy a meal at the Restaurant at Meadowood, a three-Michelin-starred eatery under the helm of illustrious chef Christopher Kostow. Play a round of golf or game of croquet. Indulge in a soothing body scrub at the recently opened Spa at Meadowood. Read a book while soaking up the sun alongside the adult pool. Whatever you do, reserve a cottage at Meadowood for more than one night. Trust us, once you set foot on the magical resort, you won’t want to leave.
900 Meadowood Lane St Helena, CA 94574
2 Solage Calistoga
Never been to Napa before? The Solage Calistoga is the best resort for wine country virgins. It’s casual refinement in the least pretentious region of the valley. Rooms are sumptuous individual cabins with outdoor sitting areas, warm neutral decor, and pebble-stone-floor showers. In front of each cottage are two bikes that guests are allowed to use throughout the length of their stay at the resort. You can bike to nearby wine tasting appointments! One of the main attractions at Solage is the large beautiful pool. Sip on a frozen beer while you take in the warm sun. Solage also has a stunning all-white spa with mineral-rich mud treatments and geothermal natural pools. The restaurant at Solage, Solbar, is open all day and serves up superb farm-to-table cuisine. Think scrambled eggs with black truffles and melted fontina for breakfast, crispy petrale sole tacos with sweet and sour cabbage at lunch, and grilled local salmon with seared chanterelles, zucchini-huitacoche soubise, and yellow corn salsa cruda for dinner.
755 Silverado Trail North Calistoga, CA 94515
3 Bardessono Hotel and Spa
Many of the hotels in Napa are several miles outside of town, however the Bardessono is in the heart of downtown Yountville—a five minute walk from the famed French Laundry. With soothing water elements throughout the property, an in-sight culinary garden, and fitness center with entire walls that open up to the outside, Bardessono is a zen oasis. More retreat and sanctuary than stereotypical resort, the lobby and public areas are filled with eye-catching artwork. The 62 rooms are all suites with Egyptian linens and private outdoor areas. There is a spa with four treatment rooms, but most guests prefer to receive a massage in the comfort of their own personal haven—all of the suites are equipped for in-room spa appointments. Lucy Restaurant and Bar offers fine California cuisine with dishes such as hand-rolled gnocchi and dry-aged beef. If you can’t leave home without your fury friend, Bardessono is dog-friendly and hosts a pooch happy hour ever first Tuesday of the month. Don’t over fill your schedule with too many activities. You’ll want to spend at least one afternoon lounging at Bardessono’s rooftop pool, where you can savor the delectable snacks—and cocktails—of Lucy.
6526 Yount Street Yountville, CA 94599
4 Calistoga Ranch
Lodge living is the highlight of Calistoga Ranch, which sits on a lush hilltop forest in Napa. There are 50 cabins with unique floor plans; when the resort was built, minimal trees were cut down, so everything was crafted to welcome the natural landscape. The resulting suites feature indoor outdoor elements that showcase the trees, vineyards, succulents, and flowers of Calistoga. Many rooms have private decks with fireplaces, hot tubs, and secluded patios. The property is home to two pools, several acres of cabernet grapes (wine education experiences are offered), three hiking trails, and a lovely lake with adjoining restaurant, The Lakehouse. The spa at Calistoga Ranch is at the very top of the resort, nestled into a mossy green nook, and has two soaking pools. From honey wraps to stone massages, the majority of treatments incorporate ingredients grown or found on the ranch.
580 Lommel Road Calistoga, CA 94515
5 The Carneros Inn
Don’t want to head too far into the Napa Valley? Head to The Carneros Inn which is just an hour’s drive away. Book a cottage, suite, or house that has a private outdoor space with showers, crisp white decor, and serene comfortable bedding. There is a bocce ball court and two pools—one with cabanas and a second, both brilliantly blue, with an elevated deck and plenty of padded lounge chairs. The Carneros Inn has multiple dining options from the casual Boon Fly Cafe to the more formal Farm at Carneros Inn, a restaurant with large alfresco dining space. Order a barbecue platter at the cafe or a five-course seasonal tasting menu at the Farm. The spa has an eucalyptus steam room, outdoor relaxation center, and a variety of face, body, massage, and beauty treatments, plus personal fitness training sessions.
4048 Sonoma Highway Napa, CA 94559