Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer
What We Love
- The locavore fare at the Harvest Table restaurant
- Close to some of the valley’s best vineyards and an easy walk from St. Helena’s main drag
- The concierge often doles out free tasting passes for local wineries
What To Know
- The inn is located on eight acres of land overlooking vineyards and mountains
- Many rooms have private terraces and hot tubs
- Get a massage in one of three treatment rooms or out in the Redwood Grove garden sanctuary
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Flanked by the Mayacamas Mountains and offering enchanting views of the surrounding vineyards, Harvest Inn’s 78 units are spread out among the four branches of the resort (Rose, Vineyard, Fountain, and Manor House), which cover eight acres of well-manicured gardens. A carved wooden bar, towering stone fireplace and exposed beam ceilings lend an Old World elegance to the cozy spaces, which are dotted with overstuffed sofas and buttery leather armchairs. Oversized rooms are designed for romance with Mission style oak wood beds, 400 thread-count linens and marble bathrooms stocked with Aveda products. Many rooms have gas-burning fireplaces, patios and soaking tubs. Some have private terraces with hot tubs for two. The rooms also feature fluffy robes, a flat-screen TV, a bottle of wine from a local vineyard and a coffee maker for your morning cup of joe. After a long day of exploring, book an in-room grape-seed facial and body scrub or lounge by one of two pools/hot tubs, then sample an array of vinos in front of a cozy cobblestone hearth. Chef Charlie Palmer helms the hotel’s locavore restaurant, Harvest Table, which serves dishes like pan roasted wild king salmon and organic chicken with roasted artichokes and cipollini onions. The concierge will be happy to suggest some nearby haunts, and can get you into most places. (Just don’t ask about French Laundry!)
In the Area
Go on a wine-tasting spree and hit some of St. Helena’s and Yountville’s most beloved wineries, like Domaine Chandon, Merryvale and V. Sattui. See the landscape from above by hot air balloon on a trip into the clouds with Napa Valley Balloons or join a guided bike ride through the vines with Napa Valley Bike Tours. Test your need for speed at Infineon Raceway, where you can be a spectator or join the action through the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School in Sonoma. Nearby Calistoga is known for its rejuvenating mud baths and geyser-fed mineral pools; book a tub and a scrub at Indian Springs Resort & Spa.
How to Get There
I believe I was in room 207 and the bed was the most uncomfortable and noisy (suspect it was broken) bed I've ever attempted to sleep in. In addition, the 1st evening of the stay was less than relaxing due to the broken ceiling fan making a squeaking/squealing sound all night long even though the fan was OFF! Maintenance was called the following day/morning to address however, we had to place a follow up call to because of the delay in arriving to our room to address the issue. When he finally showed up, he stated it was a known issue, wiggled the fan cover and left. Lastly, we dined in your restaurant and one of your employees took an appetizer dish from our table that was clearly unfinished. I brought it to the attention of our server and restaurant manager and apparently "I apologize or I'm sorry" is not in your staff's vocabulary. The number of mishaps and lack of customer service was a enough for me to not return.
Great overall value. The gym is pathetic. Spa not really a spa. But that's not why you go to Napa Valley, right? Or is it...? Staff is very attentive, and the real live fireplaces is retro fabulous for winter! Love it.
Well I don't have to worry about where to stay in the future, now that I have found the Harvest Inn. I enjoyed my four nights there and wouldn't consider staying anywhere else. We had a cottage/duplex overlooking a vineyard. Never heard the people next door. Used the fireplace all four nights. They give you a bag of wood in a burlap bag and a box of matches. Warms the entire room. The wine delivery system is not bad, although I would prefer to just leave it in the room and have them box and ship it from there. The breakfast was excellent with scrambled eggs, yogurts, bacon, oatmeal and great juice (real) and coffee. We travelled there post Thanksgiving when census was low. Leaves everywhere but they blow them away each day. People were friendly. Parking can be an issue with minimal spots in my favorite lot across the street from the car dealership. Consierge was friendly and helpful. Restaurant was great too with good Halibut. My martini was kind of funky though and they only had Ketel One. Bed was soft and relaxing and shower was good and strong. I wont look anywhere else but will always try to stay at this resort.
Room was clean and well stocked. The location is well centered in St. Helena. Very warm and caring staff. The grounds are lust with green plants and tall pine trees. To walk the property is very relaxing and peaceful.
I was at the Harvest Inn and found the rooms rustic, but charming. The staff are exceptional and the views are spectacular. It's definitely a nice place for a company retreat or family outing. I loved the fact I had a fireplace in my room for the cool nights and the bathroom was enormous. The grounds of this hotel were absolutely lovely. I will be back!