Napa Valley is found in California’s Wine Country, and is known for the hundreds of picturesque vineyards spread out over its hillsides. It’s also home to some excellent inns, where you can dine on local produce, enjoy local wines and relax with luxurious spa treatments. If you’re looking for the best spots to stay, these are six of the best inns in Napa Valley.
This idyllic inn and spa is hidden away on three acres (1.2ha) overlooking the Napa River, and has a long and fascinating history. The Main House dates back to the mid-1850s, when it was used as a stagecoach stop on Old Mountain Road, now the Silverado Trail, during the gold- and silver-rush era. It then became home to famed horticulturist Ira McKenzie, who left a legacy of beautiful trees on the property. In 1980, the house once again became a hotel, and today the pampering hideaway is part of the Four Sisters Inns luxury collection.
Unwind amongst the towering redwoods, magical vineyards and sculpture garden of Harvest Inn. This luxury getaway in St Helena offers contemporary rooms and suites overflowing with country charm. For a taste of Wine Country, make a reservation at Harvest Table, the on-site restaurant that celebrates farm-to-table dining – think roast root vegetables with salsa verde, or ricotta ravioli with wild mushrooms. There are al-fresco dining terraces in the summer and an impressive oversized fireplace for cozy winter dining. The brunch menu, which features Hen Pen farm-fresh eggs, is also worth checking out.
This historic boutique hotel in the charming hamlet of Rutherford was founded by Mary Tilden Morton, the late vintner, designer and pilot who was also responsible for the acclaimed Hotel Yountville. The Spanish hacienda-style inn has been handcrafted using materials from a 19th-century Ohio barn, with characterful exposed beams, custom doors and walnut counters. The inn is minutes away from some of the region’s best wineries and has partnered with a number of them to offer guests exclusive tasting experiences.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in Napa Valley, you can’t pass up Wine Country Inn. Nestled among the vineyards, this secluded hotel offers luxurious rooms and suites with expansive private decks overlooking the surrounding landscape, as well as five private cottages with fireplaces and hot tubs. There’s also a communal swimming pool and hot tub, and a daily home-cooked country breakfast. Dogs are welcome – just book the Pet Friendly Package, and your furry friends will be welcomed with treats and a special dog bed.
Behind the striking white-columned facade of this upscale boutique inn in the town of Napa, you’ll find 17 elegantly appointed rooms that offer the perfect base for exploring Napa Valley. The interiors are all old-world charm with a modern touch – think chandeliers, fireplaces and soft, comfy sofas. There’s also plenty to do around the grounds, which feature a pool, hot tub and fire pit. The spa offers yoga on request as well as a variety of luxurious massage and facial treatments.
Brannan Cottage Inn was one of the first buildings in Calistoga to be listed with the National Register of Historic Places. It dates back to 1860 and was one of 14 cottages to be featured in the grand 1862 Hot Springs Resort. Today, it’s an intimate, six-room boutique inn that immerses guests in the history of the region. The on-site Sam’s General Store, which serves breakfast daily, offers excellent coffee and a thoughtfully curated menu, including baked goods from Bouchon Bakery, homemade quiche and authentic New York bagels. They can also arrange a gourmet picnic basket for al-fresco dining.