Meadowood Napa Valley
What We Love
- Room service, which arrives via picnic baskets
- The three-Michelin-starred restaurant led by chef Christopher Kostow
- Daily complimentary wine happy hour at the Reception Lodge
- House-baked sweet treats—rosemary shortbread; olive oil cookies—are a part of nightly turndown service
What To Know
- Renting a car is a must—there is no public transportation nearby
- Guests are required to wear white and flat-soled shoes on the resort’s two croquet lawns
- Craft cocktail classes are offered onsite
- The attentive staff is ready to assist with planning wine tasting excursions
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The Silverado Trail, with its Mayacamas panorama, enchanting sunsets, and expansive oak shades, is the far prettier sister to Highway 29 and often considered Napa Valley’s road less traveled. It’s also the scenic country road you’ll take to get to the leafy grounds that house 85 cottages, spread across one of St. Helena’s most serene pockets. Your rustic digs exude the vibe of an elevated farmhouse—exposed white beams, stone fireplaces, and cashmere throws abound—and serve as a cozy cocoon from the vineyard brigade. Though when you do emerge, splurge for an award-winning meal at chef Christopher Kostow’s renowned ode to hyper-local eating, more like a culinary odyssey (there are up to 20 breathtaking courses depending on the season), known to feature Miyagi oysters from nearby Tomales Bay and trumpet mushrooms, sourced by an in-house forager. With nearly 5 miles of hiking trails (scattered across the site of a former Christmas tree farm), seven outdoor tennis courts, and a viticulture-inspired spa, where practically everything, from the oils in your aromatherapy shower to the fresh juice you’re handed on your way out, is customizable, even world-class wine country may not be enough to lure you from this pastoral wonderland.
In the Area
Golf enthusiasts shouldn’t miss a round of “hickory golf” (a golf pro walks you along the nine-hole course and you play using vintage 20th-century equipment) on the premises. If you tire of the trails onsite, venture out to the summit of Mt. Helena, which towers just over 4,000 feet, or nearby Westwood Hills Park where a three-mile route with wildflowers awaits. Grab some baked goodies from the Model Bakery, known for its succulent sourdough baguettes, for fuel. Di Rosa, a former winery turned contemporary art center, showcases local artistry in a 125-year-old residence and is about a 35-minute drive away (guided tours are recommended).
How to Get There
Stayed at this property as a guest to an event I was hosting (off property) and it was as accommodating and delightful as it gets. The staff is incredibly friendly and the property is a retreat in itself. Breathtaking scenery and privacy at it's finest. Highly recommend.
Meadowood fills a vast 250 acres of land. There are seven tennis courts, croquet lawns, a nine-hole golf course, an expansive spa (we think this is now the best in Napa Valley), and the restaurant. However, despite its size, the resort has only 85 rooms, meaning that there is plenty of space for guest privacy, whether you choose to relax in the light and airy, classic/contemporary cottages, suites and lodges, or take advantage of that impressive list of amenities. If anyone in your party can’t walk far, or you just like the convenience, pick a room close to the pool/spa/restaurant as some are a little walk away and others are up a small hill. The atmosphere is refreshingly relaxed for such a large luxury resort – every afternoon guests are invited to a tasting from local vineyards, and staff are able to cater for almost every whim. Much more detail available in our Napa Dossier (available online for LTI members).
They define what service and hospitality are. If it's not perfect, tell them. I stayed at Post Ranch Inn a few years ago and didn't think any one could beat them, but Meadowood has edged them out to become my new favorite resort.