Napa and Sonoma are known for their superb wineries and vineyards, top notch restaurants and famous chefs, chic shopping and luxuriously pampering spas and resorts. For beautiful scenery and a purely relaxing getaway, wine country in California is the perfect destination. With quite a few small towns peppering the area, you can find the perfect niche and quite a few luxury resorts Here are the Luxe Lookbook’s top wine country resorts.
Dating back to 1873, this rustic farmhouse offers luxurious and modern accommodations. Tucked away in a quiet nook set apart from the Napa/Sonoma wine and restaurant circuit, the Farmhouse Inn is for those looking for a truly relaxing getaway.
The barn cottages have king size four-poster beds, a jetted tub, romantic indoor/outdoor fireplace, steam shower, and private outdoor deck. For a truly relaxing experience, they offer spa and massage services to fully pamper you. Cozy, aged, and rustic yet modern and luxuriously comfortable, the Farmhouse Inn is a great way to “rough it”.
Calistoga Ranch is nestled in a canyon with over 157 acres of surrounding natural beauty with hiking trails for the outdoor types. The resort has a spa, fitness center, yoga deck and a pool overlooking the vineyards and groves. The best part of Calistoga Ranch? The rustic yet opulent wine cave with wrought iron chandeliers, a trellis with vines and flowers, and romantic lighting is available for the most intimate, romantic events guests will never forget.
Each cedar-shingled lodge is quite spacious, offering expansive views, a private patio and cozy fireplaces. The best accommodation is the Estate Lodge, featuring a 2400 sq ft two bedroom indoor/outdoor lodge of luxury. The outdoor deck has a private Jacuzzi and shower garden with beautiful views. Even better, this room comes with exclusive use of the resort’s Mercedes, while a stay at the resort also comes with reciprocal privileges at nearby Auberge du Soleil and Solage Calistoga resorts.
Located in a small community, Hotel Yountville is perfect for the travelers who want the small town feel with great shopping, top restaurants, and wine tasting rooms, all in a walkable, cute, and friendly place. Truly a food town, Yountville apparently has more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the world. So this is the place to eat. With a spa, bar and acclaimed restaurant in house, you really have enough on site and within walking distance to fully experience Yountville without even hopping in your car. Then again, there are some amazing places to explore (and taste) in the rest of wine country!
The most luxurious accommodation is the Yount Suite, offering an 1100 sq ft one bedroom suite with three outdoor patios, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, a two-person spa tub, and a separate rain shower.
Another fabulous Yountville hotel, Bardessono is a resort known for green luxury as a LEED Platinum certified hotel. The terms organic and energy efficient don’t usually equate to a luxury experience. Yet Bardessono seems to master merging the two together seamlessly, creating a lavish, pampering and eco-friendly experience. Resort amenities include valet parking, a year round rooftop pool, on-site culinary gardens, fitness deck, spa and restaurant/bar.
The Tufa suites are the most luxurious, offering 780 sq ft, state-of-the-art one bedroom suites. The custom bathroom with shower/steam room doubles as a private spa retreat with a hidden massage table and soaking tub. A private courtyard offers 300 sq ft of lovely outdoor space to enjoy your natural surroundings. The room also has a private outdoor shower, a cozy gas fireplace, motion controlled shutters, virtual surround sound speakers and a plush king size bed.
A Tuscan style oasis of beauty, the Auberge du Soleil is perhaps the epitome of luxury, nestled on a hillside in Napa Valley, with expansive views of vineyards, forests and mountains in the distance. The hillside pool boasts expansive views with chaises and canopied day beds to enjoy poolside cocktails and lounge the day away under the California sun. With a fitness center, full-pampering spa and Michelin star-earned restaurant, Auberge du Soleil is the resort to experience top luxury in wine country.
The private maisons offer 1,800 sq ft of privacy, luxury and romantic accommodations in a two bedroom suite. The private maison has a fireplace, sculptural tub, two-person steam shower, and French doors leading to a trellised terrace with a private soaking tub and shower. The Loire Maison also includes a private fitness studio and additional half bath.