Where to Stay in Napa Valley Right Now
Choosing to vacation in California wine country is never a hard decision, but deciding where to stay might prove otherwise. A cozy cottage on the outskirts of a vineyard or a design-forward boutique built by a star architect? A Provençal-inspired "maison" or a cabin in the woods? We narrowed it down to just 7 charming stays—the best places (in our opinion) to spend your wine-filled days in Napa Valley.
This iconic Napa mainstay has everything you'd want in a five-star Relais & Chateaux property: there’s a three-Michelin-starred restaurant, 250 sprawling acres, and beautiful interior details like Tibetan silk rugs, global antiques, and ceramics by local artist Emil Yanos. A $60 million reno refreshed the guest rooms and golf course and introduced a standalone spa by Napa architect and landscape guru Howard Backen. The exterior wraps around an aging oak tree; inside, guests can choose from a treatment menu heavy on vinotherapy (think grape seed and black walnut scrubs) and detox-inducing bites like beets with Santa Rosa plum, purple carrots, and arugula.
Las Alcobas Napa Valley
Fans of Beringer Vineyards, Napa’s oldest winery, now have a luxurious place to stay close to the action. Thanks to design heavyweight Yabu Pushelberg, Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel is super-spacious and elegantly understated, with spa-like bathrooms and outdoor terraces fitted with fireplaces (some have soaking tubs) in the 68 guest rooms along with details that pay homage to its sister property in Mexico City—like the spa, which specializes in ancient healing practices. Don't forget to make a reservation at the restaurant, set in a rustic 1907 building, to taste seasonal specialties prepared by celebrated San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino.
Auberge du Soleil
Talk about a warm welcome: when guests arrive at this luxe Napa Valley stay, a crew of hotel attendants hand out glasses of California red and whisk away your luggage to Provençal-inspired “maisons” decked out with wine and cheese-stocked fridges, wood-burning fireplaces, deep-soaking tubs, and French doors that open onto huge terraces. After unpacking, the choice is yours. Book an energy-balancing massage or facial at the ultra-indulgent spa, perhaps, or a soak in the pool overlooking the vineyard and olive groves. For dinner, you’re in for a seasonal feast at Michelin-starred The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil where Executive Chef Robert Curry prepares dishes using the freshest local produce.
Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer
Napa does a good country inn, but this standout in St. Helena tops our list for its dreamy woodland setting and five unique accommodation options—the Grove, the Manor, the Vineyard, the Fountain, and the Harvest Lofts. Manor rooms are coziest thanks to their huge red brick fireplaces, English Tudor-style interiors, and ideal location between towering redwood trees. For seclusion-seekers, Manor Vineyard Fireplace & Spa rooms come with patios overlooking the valley, feather bedding, and deep soaking tubs. Room service is available for brunch, lunch, and dinner, but it's worth leaving your room for a meal at the Harvest Table restaurant or a treatment in the plush spa.
Hidden away in a private canyon concealed by mossy oaks and rambling streams, this cottage-style retreat tips the hospitality scales when it comes to R&R. Eight cedar-shingled buildings connected by trellised walkways incorporate materials like stone and hewn wood and feature floor-to-ceiling windows that put the forest setting on full display. The romance here is palpable: there’s a beautiful (if tiny) cabernet vineyard, a candlelit wine cave, “land to table”-style dinners at the lakefront restaurant, and winding hiking trails that crisscross through acres of private, secluded woodland. At the spa, indigenous ingredients and healing waters are incorporated into even more restorative treatments. Be sure to check out the adult pool enhanced by a stone fireplace and lush olive trees.
Those trying to avoid tourist-filled St. Helena stay at this 25-acre resort in Napa’s (comparatively) low-key Calistoga, whose 89 intimate bungalows feature Italian linens, vaulted ceilings, and complimentary loaner bicycles. When you're not cruising to the nearby vineyards, make your way to the spa, which features an open-air bath house, eucalyptus steam room, and geothermal pools, before sitting down for a meal at the Michelin-starred Solbar restaurant. Afterwards, work off those wine calories with a fitness class (aqua yoga, anyone?) or a dip in the iconic 130-foot swimming pool.
Carneros Resort and Spa
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