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
My wife and I had an awesome weekend in Napa Valley celebrating our anniversary. The room and the staff at Meadowood couldn't have been nicer, the property was in great shape, and the dining experience at the grill was very good as opposed to our last trip there and the fiasco at their acclaimed restaurant which we would never go to again. We just had a fabulous time and the rest and relaxation was second to none.
It is our opinion that Meadowood is the finest accommodations and resort in the Napa Valley area. The ownership and staff have made every effort to make this a Premier resort. The golf course, tennis courts, croquet lawn, and the soon to be finished pool area and fitness club is Top notch. The grill is a wonderful place to have a quick bite with high-quality products. We will always return to Meadowood in our future travels as we have many friends in wine country who live there work there and have kids in school.
The property and restaurant were a dream like experience. Amazing beauty, comfort, and service! I am still stunned at the amazing experience at The Restaurant. The entire staff at Meadowood was friendly, helpful, and knew you and your plans personally. It is truly a special place on planet earth.