Hotels

Exploring Napa Valley can take several days, if not several trips, so travelers should plan their stay accordingly. A wide selection of hotels around the valley—from Carneros in the south up to Calistoga in the north—caters to different styles and budgets. Finding the right place can set the tone for your wine country adventure.

The first consideration for hotels is a special location. This means a prime position overlooking the expansive vineyards carpeting the valley, or one that provides easy access to the region’s wares while avoiding the steady hum of the highway.

The town of Napa, once a detour from the rest of the valley, now boasts a range of hotels, many within walking distance of its downtown shops, restaurants and tasting rooms. Those listed here stand out for their superior service, amenities and stylish decor.

If you prefer to leave the bustle of the town scene behind, many properties offer the beauty and serenity sought on a wine country getaway, by virtue of privileged sites and deft designs that integrate seamlessly with the surroundings and foster a sense of privacy. Two perennial luxury favorites are Auberge du Soleil and Meadowood. Both hotels are longtime Napa destinations and continue to set the standard for quality and service.

The range of services at the top hotels exceeds the expectations most guests bring to a wine-and-food destination. Looking for an appointment at a favorite boutique estate, usually closed to the public? Or for a reservation at a restaurant typically booked well in advance? The concierges might secure entrée, or at worst recommend appealing alternatives. Spas are now practically standard at top Napa hotels and, like a menu built around local ingredients, treatments usually employ an assortment of grape products.

Traditionally, Napa’s leading hotels have offered easygoing sophistication, with spacious accommodations and bright, sunny decors that suit farming country. That’s still true, but now there’s a broader range of intriguing aesthetic options. The Milliken Creek Inn echoes Southeast Asia; the Calistoga Ranch could settle into Idaho or Montana; and the Carneros Inn has back-to-the-future flair, with retro farmhouse exteriors and slick modern comfort inside.

Below, Wine Spectator editors selected 28 standout hotels that offer the most compelling combination of service, site and decor.

If you are planning to visit during the Napa Valley Wine Auction (in June) or at harvest, be sure to reserve months in advance. Please note that prices and other details can often change. We recommend that you call ahead before you go.

Auberge du Soleil
180 Rutherford Hill Road
Rutherford, CA 94573
Telephone: (707) 963-1211; (800) 348-5406
Fax: (707) 963-8764
Website: www.aubergedusoleil.com

Rooms: 31
Suites: 19
Cottages: 2
Rates: $575 to $4,900
Services: Concierge, Internet Access, Laundry Service, Restaurant/Bar, Room Service
Amenities: Fitness Center, Gift Shop, Jacuzzi, Pool, Steam Rooms, Spa, Tennis, Yoga

The sweeping views from Auberge du Soleil are some of the best in Napa, and are just one of many features that make this elegant hotel nestled on a hillside overlooking Rutherford so alluring. Guests can take in the valley and the Mayacamas mountains in the distance while relaxing beside the pool or enjoying a meal on the newly renovated dining terrace of the hotel’s restaurant, which holds a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for its wine list. With its warm earth tones and easygoing sophistication, Auberge brings a touch of the Mediterranean to Napa. The lush, 33-acre grounds are dotted with olive trees, sculptures and gardens, with sage and lavender growing along the walking paths. The spacious guest rooms convey a feel of rustic elegance with their hardwood floors and counters and limestone fireplaces, and each includes a stocked refrigerator with complimentary wine and cheese. The bathrooms have natural lighting and boast oversized soaking tubs, double sinks and separate showers. Guests can enjoy a glass of wine on their private terrace while taking in the valley below. The lovely spa offers a variety of treatments such as massages with warm grapeseed oil or local olive oil, aromatherapy with local herbs and flowers, and a Calistoga mud body masque. There is also a tennis court and a fully equipped gym, and the concierge will help you arrange visits to nearby wineries along the Silverado Trail and beyond.

Avia Napa
1450 First St.
Napa, CA 94559
Telephone: (707) 224-3900; (866) 644-2842
Website: www.aviahotels.com

Rooms: 50
Suites: 91
Rates: $149 to $609
Services: Concierge, Dry Cleaning/Laundry Service, Internet Access, Parking, Restaurant/Bar
Amenities:Fitness Center (free access to nearby facility), Spa Services In-Room

The sleek and modern Avia hotel would feel at home in a large city such as San Francisco or New York. Double doors of wrought iron and glass open into a stylish main lobby with a marble entranceway flanked by unpainted wood columns and contemporary lanterns. A bar constructed from recycled riddling racks lines one wall. The ground floor also shares space with a restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner. Rooms are stylish and comfortable, with king beds and wood floors covered by plush rugs. Bathrooms are large and done in white marble with walk-in showers. Touches such as sliding barn doors and backlit antiqued mirrors add a country style. At night, guests can relax on the back patio and chat while warming themselves next to an outdoor fire pit. Right in the heart of downtown Napa, Avia is easy walking distance from restaurants, shops and tasting rooms.

Bardessono Napa Valley
6526 Yount St.
Yountville, CA 94599
Telephone: (877) 932-5333; (707) 204-6000
Website: www.bardessono.com

Suites 62 suites
Rates: $450 to $1,000
Services: Concierge, Dry Cleaning/Laundry Service, Internet Access, Pet Services, Restaurant/Bar
Amenities:Bicycles, Fireplaces, Fitness Center (free access to nearby facility), Pool, Spa and Spa Services In-Room, Yoga

Bardessono gives eco-conscious wine travelers a destination for green dining and accommodations. The sleek hotel resembles a stylish Tuscan villa, done in a modernist approach that feels both natural and open. Olive trees line the property, and stone sculptures and man-made streams and ponds punctuate the grounds. The spacious, 540-square-foot rooms are inviting, with walnut flooring, fireplaces and private outdoor patios or balconies. The luxurious bathrooms are equipped for in-room spa treatments and feature an array of amenities that can include a steam bath, sunken tub and outdoor shower. There is also a separate spa facility and a rooftop swimming pool with a view of the surrounding valley. Several downtown Yountville tasting rooms are within walking distance.

Beazley House
1910 First St.
Napa, CA 94559
Telephone: (707) 257-1649; (800) 559-1649
Fax: (707) 258-1518
Website: www.beazleyhouse.com

Rooms: 11
Rates: $150 to $340
Services: Breakfast Included, Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Internet Access, Pet Services, Room Service
Amenities: Fireplaces, Spa Services In-Room

Napa’s original bed-and-breakfast, which opened in 1981, is in a quiet, residential neighborhood near downtown Napa. The best rooms are in the carriage house, with fireplaces, up to 550 square feet of space and two-person spa tubs. The main house, built in 1902, is charming, with special touches like stained glass and redwood paneling. While there is no spa, the hotel can arrange in-room massages. For a sweet indulgence, order strawberries dipped in chocolate-Merlot sauce from room service or try the crème caramel French toast for breakfast. For an afternoon of wine tasting, make the five- to 10-minute drive to wineries such as Artesa and Domaine Carneros or walk to any of the tasting rooms in downtown Napa.

Calistoga Ranch
580 Lommel Road
Calistoga, CA 94515
Telephone: (707) 254-2800; (800) 942-4220
Fax: (707) 254-2888
Website: www.calistogaranch.com

Suites: 48 lodges
Rates: $550 to $4,000
Services: Babysitting, Concierge, Dry Cleaning/Laundry Service, Internet Access, Parking, Pet Services, Restaurant/Bar, Room Service
Amenities: Bicycles, Bocce Courts, Fitness Center, Hiking Trails, Jacuzzi, Pool, Sauna, Spa, Wine Tastings, Yoga

Surrounded by forested, boulder-strewn hills, this rugged, 157-acre property evokes the isolation of western ranch country, but the Cabernet vineyard at the entrance underscores its true location. A placid lake feeds a creek that gurgles through the property. Guests reside in private lodges, ranging from 600 to 3,000 square feet, that are constructed of cedar, stone and copper. Mahogany decks are shaded by either retractable roofs or overhanging tree branches, and the living areas are decorated in creamy tones. The spa offers Calistoga mineral water soaks, mud baths and more. Many Calistoga and St. Helena wineries are within a short drive of the ranch.

Carneros Inn
4048 Sonoma Highway
Napa, CA 94559
Telephone: (707) 299-4900; (888) 400-9000
Fax: (707) 299-4950
Website: www.thecarnerosinn.com

Rooms: 76
Suites: 10
Rates: $420 to $1,400
Services: Babysitting, Concierge, Dry Cleaning/Laundry Service, Internet Access, Restaurant/Bar, Room Service
Amenities: Bicycles, Bocce Courts, Boutique, Fitness Center, Jacuzzi, Pool, Sauna, Spa, Yoga

The decor melds cultivated rusticity outside—corrugated metal roofs, deck chairs built out of recycled wooden milk crates—with sleek, modern interiors—Brazilian cherry floors, French doors and limestone countertops. Other special touches include romantic alfresco showers, wood-burning fireplaces and private patios. The combination works nicely with the neighboring properties, an organic vineyard and a 4-H farm with horses lolling in the field. For a view of the vines, request a Vineyard Suite or the new Harvest Cottage, which features an outdoor soaking tub, outdoor fireplace and private garden. Guests can unwind in the spa, lounge by the infinity-edge pool or travel to nearby wineries such as Domaine Carneros and Artesa for tours and tastings. But there’s no need to go far to dine; the inn’s Boon Fly Cafe and FARM are both open to the public, while Hilltop is for guests only.

Cottages of Napa Valley
1012 Darms Lane
Napa, CA 94558
Telephone: (707) 252-7810; (866) 900-7810
Website: www.napacottages.com

Cottages: 8
Rates: $305 to $575
Services: Breakfast included, Concierge, Internet Access
Amenities: Fireplaces, Grills, Jacuzzis, Kitchenettes In-Room, Spa Services In-Room

Located between Napa and Yountville on a small side road just off Highway 29, Cottages of Napa Valley offers an intimate and unique approach to wine country lodging. This 2-acre property features eight private cottages in a quiet garden setting with cobblestone paths, redwoods and cork trees. The cottages were originally built in the 1920s and ’40s as homes for orchard workers but have been renovated with comfort in mind. The interiors set a romantic tone with soft hues, king-size beds and gas fireplaces. Down-home features such as custom-made furniture and the cabins’ original old-growth fir floors add to the charm. Bathrooms have two-person Jacuzzi tubs and heated tile floors. The cottages have been updated with wireless Internet and modern amenities, but it’s easy to forget them while enjoying the quiet of this country hideaway. Though it’s only a few minutes’ drive to some of the top restaurants in the valley, the cottages have kitchens equipped with gas stoves, microwaves and refrigerators and are stocked with snacks and coffee. A basket of pastries from Bouchon Bakery is delivered each morning for breakfast. Each cottage has a private garden with a wood fireplace where guests can roast complimentary s’mores. Spa services and grills are also available, and the property has a concierge.

El Bonita Motel
195 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
Telephone: (800) 541-3284; (707) 963-3216
Fax: (707) 963-8838
Website: www.elbonita.com

Rooms: 37
Suites: 5
Rates: $80 to $280
Services: Breakfast included
Amenities:Jacuzzi, Pool

This pastel-hued motel is right out of the 1950s. It may not be the fanciest lodging around, but El Bonita provides casual comfort at good value and enjoys a location in the heart of the valley, a short drive from numerous St. Helena restaurants and wineries. The original motel rooms are small but tastefully appointed, while a new wing offers more space and some suites with efficiency kitchens. The garden and lawn span more than 2 acres, and the motel has a pool and whirlpool out front that are shaded by tall trees. Continental breakfast is included and can be enjoyed on the patio when weather permits.

Harvest Inn
1 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
Telephone: (707) 963-9463; (800) 950-8466
Fax: (707) 963-4402
Website: www.harvestinn.com

Rooms: 69
Suites: 5
Rates: $299 to $899
Services: Babysitting, Breakfast Included, Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Internet Access, Pet Services
Amenities: Fireplaces, Fitness Center, Jacuzzi, Pool, Spa Services

Harvest Inn has the serene charm of a Tudor country house leavened with a dash of whimsy. The property borders the highway, but the lovely 8-acre grounds, covered with old pines, redwood trees and flowers, foster privacy. The accommodations, many with vaulted 18-foot ceilings, are lord of the manor, nearly 500 square feet with cool, masculine oak tones throughout. Brick paths wind through the property, and sturdy wood-burning brick fireplaces add weight and warmth to nearly all the rooms. Almost half the rooms have views of the neighboring Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. There are two pools, and massages are available outdoors, under the redwoods, or in the Garden Sanctuary. Several wineries are within a 10-minute drive.

Hotel Yountville
6462 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94599
Telephone: (707) 967-7900; (888) 944-2885
Website: www.hotelyountville.com

Rooms: 67
Suites: 13
Rates: $395 to $1,895
Services: Internet Access, Restaurant/Bar
Amenities: Bicycles, Painting and Photography Instruction, Pool, Spa

This hotel is the newest addition to Yountville’s thriving downtown. Originally called the Yountville Inn, it has undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation over the past couple of years. A stone facade and timber beams convey Old World elegance, and oak and olive trees pepper the grounds. The interiors, completely redone, feature new furniture and decor. Guest rooms are comfortable, with gas fireplaces, four-poster beds and reclaimed wood floors. Second-story rooms have vaulted ceilings, while ground-level accommodations offer semi-private patios. Bathrooms include Jacuzzi tubs, and some rooms have separate showers. For more privacy, choose one of the spacious suites with its own private garden. Guests can relax at the cypress-framed pool or spend a day at the spa. The Hopper Creek restaurant is for guests only and features an upscale take on the farmstead breakfast, such as eggs Benedict with crisp Kurobuta pork belly. Yountville’s downtown restaurants and tasting rooms are nearby.

Indian Springs Resort
1712 Lincoln Ave.
Calistoga, CA 94515
Telephone: (707) 942-4913
Fax: (707) 942-4919
Website: www.indianspringscalistoga.com

Rooms: 24
Suites: 15, plus 2 houses
Rates: $185 to $849
Services: Breakfast Included, Internet Access
Amenities: Bicycles, Bocce Court, Croquet, Grills, Pool, Spa, Steam Room, Tennis

This resort spans 16 acres with whitewashed bungalows, a Spanish-style lodge and palm and olive trees. Four (capped) geysers on the grounds gush boiling mineral water used to fill the Olympic-size pool, a plus for serious swimmers, and the spa. Mud baths, a Calistoga staple, are 100 percent volcanic ash dug and hand-sifted on the property, and numerous wineries such as Clos Pegase, Cuvaison and Sterling are a short drive away. The bungalow interiors evoke a clean, simple beach-house feel, while the lodge is modern, with special touches such as stone floors, ceiling fans and Frette linens. Children are welcome at this family-oriented locale, where hammocks and barbecue areas dot the grounds. Telephone addicts should bring their own cell phones, though. Rooms are phone-free.

Inn at Southbridge
1020 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
Telephone: (707) 967-9400; (800) 520-6800
Fax: (707) 967-9486
Website: www.innatsouthbridge.com

Rooms: 20
Suites: 1
Rates: $275 to $525
Services: Babysitting, Breakfast Included, Concierge, Dry Cleaning/Laundry Services, Internet Access,
Amenities: Business Center, Fitness Center (free access to neighboring facility), Spa (free access to neighboring facility)

Located at the entrance to downtown St. Helena, this inn projects a rustic elegance with a touch of Italian country style. The inn’s main asset is its central location, within walking distance of many fine restaurants, including Go Fish and Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, and as well as nearby wineries, including Merryvale. Rooms are 350 square feet with working fireplaces. Some offer tranquil views of the mountains to the east, but others face a busy courtyard or a busier Route 29, something even double-thick windowpanes can’t remedy. If you’re a light sleeper, be sure to request a room facing east. Guests enjoy free access to the neighboring day spa’s heated lap pool, fitness center and eucalyptus steam rooms.

Maison Fleurie
6529 Yount St.
Yountville, CA 94599
Telephone: (707) 944-2056; (800) 788-0369
Fax: (707) 944-9342
Website: www.maisonfleurienapa.com

Rooms: 13
Rates: $140 to $300
Services: Breakfast Included, Concierge, Dry Cleaning/Laundry Service, Internet Access,
Amenities: Bicycles, Jacuzzi, Pool

As the name implies, the grounds surrounding this charming brick house and its auxiliary buildings are graced with brightly hued flowers. Rooms are furnished tastefully in a French country style and range from small (120 square feet) to moderate (350 square feet). Many also have a fireplace, private patio and a whirlpool tub. Maison Fleurie is within walking distance of some of the region’s best restaurants, including the French Laundry and Bistro Jeanty, and several wineries are within a 10-minute drive, including Domaine Chandon. The inn also offers bikes for guests to cycle around town and to nearby vineyards. Work up a sweat? Cool down with a cold beverage and homemade treat from the “bottomless cookie jar.”

Meadowood
900 Meadowood Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
Telephone: (800) 458-8080; (707) 963-3646
Fax: (707) 963-3532
Website: www.meadowood.com

Rooms: 48
Suites: 37
Rates: $475 to $5,000
Services: Babysitting, Concierge, Dry Cleaning/Laundry, Internet Access, Restaurants/Bar, Room Service
Amenities: Croquet, Fitness Center, Golf, Hiking Trails, Pool, Spa, Tennis, Wine Tastings, Yoga

Ever since the stately Meadowood resort began hosting Auction Napa Valley in 1981, it has held a prominent position in the life of the valley, with first-rate accommodations and one of the top restaurants in the valley. Hidden in the hills above St. Helena, the 250-acre property offers intimacy and comfort in a forest setting, its clapboard cottages and lodges framed by pines and oak trees. Guests can choose from a wide variety of room types, from cozy studios to spacious suites. Guest rooms are done in an elegant, country style that strikes a nice balance between rustic and romantic, with exposed wood-beam ceilings and stone fireplaces. The spacious bathrooms feature marble counters, twin sinks and sunken tubs. Meadowood is also a private country club, so overnight guests, like members, can take advantage of tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course, a croquet lawn and swimming pools. At the signature restaurant, Chef Christopher Kostow’s prix fixe menu offers seasonally inspired meals using ingredients sourced daily from the resort’s garden and local producers. The wine list, which holds a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence, features 950 selections with an emphasis on California. The resort’s exceptional wine program is headed by Master Sommelier Gilles de Chambure, who offers wine education classes and guided winery excursions.

The Meritage
875 Bordeaux Way
Napa, CA 94558
Telephone: (707) 251-1900; (866) 370-NAPA
Website: www.themeritageresort.com

Rooms: 155
Suites: 3
Rates: $149 to $439
Services: Concierge, Internet Access, Restaurant/Bar, Room Service
Amenities: Bocce Courts, Pool, Spa, Wine Tastings

Set against a series of rolling hills covered in grapevines, the Meritage, situated a short drive from downtown Napa, features private vineyards, a tasting room and spa facilities. Built in 2006, this modern resort resembles a Tuscan villa, with sun and earth tones, white columns and stone entranceway. The interior continues the theme with dark wood accents and paintings of Italy on the walls. Rooms are comfortable and feature understated decor with plush bedding and large bathrooms. Ask for one of the rooms with a balcony overlooking the central courtyard with its pool and bocce courts. There is an expansive cave built into the hillside that serves as a spa and features grottos with soaking pools that evoke images of classic art. There is also a wine bar in the cave. Walking paths wind among the vines and lead up to Napa’s iconic Grape Crusher statue, which stands sentinel above the resort. Looking ahead, work is under way on a new complex with additional guest rooms and a fitness center.

Milliken Creek Inn
1815 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
Telephone: (707) 255-1197; (800) 835-6112
Fax: (707) 255-3112
Website: www.millikencreekinn.com

Rooms: 12
Rates: $375 to $725
Services: Breakfast Included, Concierge, Dry Cleaning/Laundry Service, Internet Access,
Amenities: Fitness Center (free access to nearby facility), Spa

Only a subtle sign with a script “M” marks the entrance to Milliken Creek Inn, along a bend of the Silverado Trail. But it would be a shame to overlook this outstanding property tucked alongside the Napa River. An arborist owned the land in the first quarter of the 20th century, so it’s a horticulturist’s dream, featuring exotic species such as Japanese maple, deodar cedar, seven types of bamboo, ferns and palms. The carriage house, built in 1857, features delightful 19th-century imperfections such as slightly warped tiger oak floors. Impeccable rooms, up to 775 square feet, feature sage and khaki tones, reflecting an English colonial sensibility. They sport high-backed rattan chairs and palm-leaf fans, keeping with the elegant vibe. The mix of treatments at the spa includes a seasonal “chocolate decadence” scrub, mud wrap and massage. Wineries such as Darioush and Domaine Chandon are within a 15-minute drive, and the inn pours complimentary selections from well-known producers nightly

Mount View Hotel & Spa
1457 Lincoln Ave.
Calistoga, CA 94515
Telephone: (707) 942-6877; (800) 816-6877
Fax: (707) 942-6904
Website: www.mountviewhotel.com

Rooms: 18
Suites: 10, plus 3 cottages
Rates: $159 to $439
Services: Breakfast Included, Concierge, Internet Access, Restaurant/Bar
Amenities: Jacuzzi, Pool, Spa

Mount View is spare and simple, but it still feels warm and elegant. There are artists cottages with private patios, Jacuzzi and mini bars, and the main house features 10 winery suites. Each is named for a different local winery such as Merryvale and Markham and includes a bottle of wine from the corresponding producer. The spa has a full menu of massages, facials, hydrotherapy and body wraps and polishes, including a grapeseed mud wrap. Beyond that, tasting opportunities abound for the wine lover. Clos Pegase, Chateau Montelena and Sterling are five minutes away by car, and the hotel’s bar, Barolo, serves local wines by the glass along with an array of Italian-inspired plates, including fettucine carbonara, Bellwether Farms ricotta ravioli and eggplant parmesan. The hotel also opened JoLe, a farm-to-table restaurant that offers dishes that strike a balance between comfort food and refinement, such as fried chicken livers with grilled chicory.

Napa River Inn
500 Main St.
Napa, CA 94559
Telephone: (877) 251-8500
Fax: (707) 251-8504
Website: www.napariverinn.com


Rooms: 65
Suites: 1
Rates: $229 to $599
Services: Breakfast Included, Concierge, Dry Cleaning/Laundry, Internet Access, Pet Services, Shuttle
Amenities: Bicycles, Gift Shop, Spa Services, Wine Tastings

Stepping into the lobby of the Napa River Inn is like entering a turn-of-the-century salon. Partly this is because the main building is in the historic Napa Mill, which was built in 1884. But the decor also exudes Old World charm, with decorative rugs, wood furnishings and a circular couch à la a European drawing room. The hotel is located along the riverfront in downtown Napa, well placed for travelers who want to experience the city’s burgeoning nightlife and urban tasting rooms. It shares space in the complex with a jazz club, a day spa, shops such as the Napa General Store and several restaurants, including Celadon and Angèle; the complimentary breakfast comes from Sweetie Pies bakery. The hotel is spread among three separate buildings. Accommodations in the main house reflect the old-fashioned charm of the mill building, with exposed brick and wood floors. Decorations extend this look through touches such as velvet accents and claw-foot tubs in the modern bathrooms. Lodgings in the Embarcadero building follow a nautical theme, while the Plaza building, which has views of the river, is done in contemporary wine-country style.

Napa Valley Lodge
2230 Madison St.
Yountville, CA 94599
Telephone: (707) 944-2468; (888) 944-3545
Fax: (707) 944-9362
Website: www.napavalleylodge.com

Rooms: 50
Suites: 5
Rates: $280 to $625
Services: Breakfast Included, Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Internet Access
Amenities: Bocce Courts, Fitness Center, Jacuzzi, Pool, Spa Services

This charming hotel at the northern end of Yountville offers rooms with views of the surrounding vineyards and mountains, and private balconies or patios—the ideal place to sip a glass of wine at sunset. While the hotel is close to Route 29, it remains somewhat sequestered from the sounds of traffic. Breakfast by the pool includes homemade pastries, bagels and smoked salmon, and platters of fruit and cheese, plus waffles and biscuits with gravy for those craving hot dishes. The lodge is a five-minute drive from nearby wineries, including Domaine Chandon and Cliff Lede Vineyards, and within walking distance of tasting rooms and restaurants in Yountville. After a busy day, guests can take a dip in the pool, indulge in a massage or body buff in a private treatment room, or continue with wine, as the hotel pours tastings of local wines every Friday night.

Oak Knoll Inn
2200 East Oak Knoll Ave.
Napa, CA 94558
Telephone: (707) 255-2200
Fax: (707) 255-2296
Website: www.oakknollinn.com

Rooms: 4
Rates: $350 to $750
Services: Breakfast Included, Concierge, Dry Cleaning/Laundry, Internet Access
Amenities: Fitness Center (free access to nearby facility), Jacuzzi, Pool, Spa Services In-Room

A seven-minute drive north of downtown Napa, this small luxury inn is among the best B&Bs in the valley. Guestrooms are large, with 500 square feet of space, tall French windows, king-size beds, rustic fieldstone walls, marble baths and Italian-marble fireplaces. Innkeeper Barbara Passino makes some of the best breakfasts in the valley. Typical morning meals include a chocolate taco filled with fresh fruit, followed by a poblano chile-layered omelet with black beans, fresh salsa, vegetables and a corn muffin. Take a dip in the pool or hot tub, or visit nearby wineries such as Chimney Rock, Darioush and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. In the evenings, cheese and wine are served gratis for guests.

Poetry Inn
6380 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
Telephone: (707) 944-0646
Fax: (707) 944-9188
Website: www.poetryinn.com

Rooms: 4
Suites: 1
Rates: $575 to $1,500
Services: Breakfast Included, Concierge, Internet Access, Laundry, Parking
Amenities: Fireplaces, Jacuzzi, Pool, Spa Services

When developer and winery owner Cliff Lede purchased the Cross Roads Inn in 2003, the aging bed and breakfast in the Stags Leap foothills was far from luxurious. But since Lede’s multimillion-dollar renovation, the reopened, renamed Poetry Inn rivals Auberge du Soleil and Meadowood for sumptuousness. The five rooms, named after poets Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Robert Louis Stevenson, e.e. cummings and Walt Whitman, offer up to 1,450 square feet of space and special touches such as wood-burning fireplaces and private, heated decks with outdoor showers. Start the day with cardamom brioche French toast or eggs Benedict with seasonal vegetables and crisp prosciutto, then head to Cliff Lede, Paraduxx, Pine Ridge and Shafer wineries, all within a 10-minute drive of the inn, for an afternoon of wine tasting. End with a relaxing massage or skin treatment in the couple’s treatment room with outdoor shower, or take a dip in the pool overlooking the valley below.

Rancho Caymus
1140 Rutherford Road
Rutherford, CA 94573
Telephone: (707) 963-1777 (800) 845-1777
Fax: (707) 963-5387
Website: www.ranchocaymus.com

Suites: 26
Rates: $129 to $499
Services: Breakfast Included, Concierge, Internet Access
Amenities: Garden

At Rancho Caymus, the rooms are named for those who have made their mark on Napa history, including stagecoach robber Black Bart and novelist and poet Robert Louis Stevenson. Special touches in the rooms set this hotel apart. Wrought-iron lamps cast shadows on the 100-year-old oak ceiling beams, and the floors are covered with wool rugs that were hand-dyed and woven by natives of Ecuador. Some suites have wood-burning fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs or private balconies. The lush courtyard gardens are a soothing place to relax with a book, although there is no pool. But who needs swimming when there is wine tasting steps away? Beaulieu Vineyards is next door, with a host of Rutherford wineries within a 10-minute drive, including Caymus, Mondavi and Rubicon Estate, and the Rutherford Grill is just down the street for dinner.

River Terrace Inn
1600 Soscol Ave.
Napa, CA 94559
Telephone: (866) 626-2386; (707) 320-9000
Fax: (707) 258-1236
Website: www.riverterraceinn.com

Rooms: 78
Suites: 28
Rates: $169 to $459
Services:Babysitting, Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Internet Access, Restaurant/Bar, Room Service
Amenities:Bicycles, Fitness Center, Jacuzzi, Pool, Spa Services In-Room

Located within walking distance of the Oxbow Public Market and the downtown Napa restaurants, tasting rooms and nightlife, River Terrace Inn offers value in a convenient location. The main lobby opens onto a lounge with a wine bar that features local wines, and guests can enjoy a glass on the hotel’s large outdoor patio overlooking the Napa River. The high-ceilinged guestrooms are done in a handsome, contemporary style, and many of the standard rooms and suites have balconies. The sizable bathrooms have tubs and granite-topped counters; suite upgrades include a jumbo Jacuzzi tub. There is also a pool and gym. Restaurant Cuvée is located in the same complex as the hotel.

Solage Calistoga
755 Silverado Trail
Calistoga, CA 94515
Telephone: (866) 942-7442
Website: www.solagecalistoga.com


Rooms: 83
Suites: 6
Rates: $350 to $910
Services:Concierge, Internet Access, Pet Services, Restaurant/Bar
Amenities:Bicycles, Bocce Courts, Fitness Center, Hiking Trails, Jacuzzi, , Pool, Spa, Yoga

Solage Calistoga is located just off the Silverado Trail, a short distance from downtown Calistoga. The 22-acre resort mixes urban-chic style with rustic appeal and green design. Two sunken bocce courts flank the main entrance, and water- and fire-themed fountains dot the grounds. Guest rooms are situated in refined studios with private entrances, vaulted ceilings, semiprivate patios and pebble-stone showers; soaking tubs are available in some rooms. Suites take the urban-cabin feel to a new level with private patios and outdoor Jacuzzis. Solage’s 20,000-square-foot spa is best-in-class and includes a geothermally heated pool, mud baths and a fitness center. There are two guest pools, one of which is designated for families.

Villagio Inn & Spa
6481 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94559
Telephone: (707) 944-8877; (800) 351-1133
Fax: (707) 944-8855
Website: www.villagio.com

Rooms: 112
Suites: 26
Rates: $225 to $750
Services: Breakfast Included, Concierge, Dry Cleaning/Laundry Service, Internet Access, Room Service
Amenities: Bocce Courts, Fitness Center, Pool, Spa, Tennis

Clustered in Italian-style village units around a small creek, Villagio’s rooms are spacious (around 450 square feet) and handsome, with soothing colors, dark wood shutters, wood-burning fireplaces, terraces and luxurious bathrooms with large sunken tubs. The Champagne breakfast each morning is complimentary. Make time for a trip to the Mediterranean-inspired spa, which offers signature treatments such as the 100-minute Wellness Massage, which incorporates essential oils from Napa Valley to help promote relaxation, and the 50-minute Monticelli Mud, a treatment of creamy mud imported from Parma, Italy. The spa also offers five private suites, allowing guests to be pampered with various treatments without having to leave their room. Like its sister property, the Vintage Inn, Villagio is adjacent to a shopping and dining complex that includes Michael Chiarello’s Bottega restaurant and NapaStyle wine bar. Downtown Yountville’s tasting rooms and top restaurants—including Redd, the French Laundry and Bistro Jeanty—are a short walk away, and dozens of wineries are within a 15-minute drive.

Vintage Inn
6541 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94559
Telephone: (707) 944-1112; (800) 351-1133
Fax: (707) 944-1617
Website: www.vintageinn.com

Rooms: 80
Suites: 8, plus 4 villas
Rates: $330 to $750
Services: Breakfast Included, Concierge, Dry Cleaning/Laundry Service, Internet Access, Room Service
Amenities: Fitness Center, Pool, Spa (free access to nearby Spa Villagio), Tennis

The Vintage Inn sits on the 23-acre property of the old Groezinger winery, which has been remodeled into a shopping and dining complex. Rooms are spare but stylish, with wood-burning fireplaces and comforters made from French toile du jouy. Guests are served complimentary breakfast with Champagne each morning, and afternoons are spent playing tennis or swimming in the 60-foot lap pool. The inn is also convenient: Michael Chiarello’s Bottega restaurant and NapaStyle wine bar are in the complex, and other top restaurants are within walking distance, including Redd, the French Laundry and Bistro Jeanty. Along with the downtown Yountville tasting rooms, wineries such as Domaine Chandon and Dominus are a quick drive away.

Westin Verasa Napa
1314 McKinstry St.
Napa, CA 94559
Telephone: (707) 257-1800
Website: www.westinnapa.com

Rooms: 20
Suites: 160
Rates: $159 to $819
Services: Concierge, Internet Access, Kitchenettes In-Room, Pet Services, Restaurant/Bar
Amenities: Bocce Courts, Fitness Center, Jacuzzi, Pool, Spa Services In-Room, Wine Tastings

The Westin Verasa, a play on the viticulture term veraison, is an impressive addition to Napa’s up-and-coming Oxbow district. The hotel blends stylish design with upscale dining and is located just a short walk from the Oxbow Public Market and downtown Napa’s tasting rooms and nightlife. The Westin is home to Best of Award of Excellence–winning La Toque restaurant. For more casual dining there is the Bank Café and Bar. Decor is modern and airy with only hints of wine country, including a wall made from riddling racks in the main lobby. A central courtyard with water sculptures and a swimming pool face the Napa River. Guest rooms are large and comfortable, with warm hues and dark wood furniture. Every room has a kitchen or kitchenette. All rooms have step-out patios or balconies. The good-sized bathrooms have sliding barn doors and combination baths and showers, while suites include a separate shower decorated with stone. The hotel has the standard Westin amenities such as in-room spa treatments and a gym, and it also offers bocce courts and complimentary wine tastings daily.

Wine Country Inn
1152 Lodi Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
Telephone: (707) 963-7077; (800) 465-4608
Fax: (707) 963-9018
Website: www.winecountryinn.com

Rooms: 20
Suites: 4, plus 4 cottages
Rates: $215 to $660
Services: Breakfast Included, Concierge, Internet Access, Shuttle to Restaurants
Amenities: Fireplaces, Jacuzzi, Pool, Spa Services

Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, the Wine Country Inn is two miles from downtown Napa yet boasts a quiet, rural setting that’s within a short walk of Duckhorn winery. Set on 3 acres, the inn offers 24 country-style rooms, ranging from 300 to 515 square feet, four cottages, public patios, lush gardens and a vineyard-side swimming pool. After a day of touring, guests can request an in-room couples massage or "Pinot Blanc" massage, which incorporates a rose-and-geranium body butter wrap with grape extracts, and a foot massage.

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