California Napa Valley Resorts

by Cathleen Calkins
Napa Valley is home to almost 400 vineyards.

Napa Valley is home to almost 400 vineyards.

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California’s Napa Valley is a sophisticated destination for both adventurers and wine aficionados. Framed by two mountain ranges -- the Mayacamas and Palisades -- the Napa Valley region is host to a petrified forest of giant redwood trees, hiking and biking on Mount St. Helena, two California state parks and nearly 250 wineries. Year-round, the Napa Valley treats visitors to sweeping views, up-to-the-minute shopping, trendy spa services and deliciously diverse restaurants and wine tasting. The Silverado Trail, a 29-mile scenic route that runs along the east edge of Napa Valley, is home to several resorts for Napa guests planning to spend a night or two.

Milliken Creek Inn & Spa

Stylish Milliken Creek Inn & Spa is reminiscent of an English country home. Each of its 12 rooms and suites is distinct in decor and layout and feature indigenous woods accented with quiet shades of khaki, chocolate and cream. Three levels of rooms offer a variety of design details, including vaulted ceilings, canopy beds, fireplaces, private decks and hydrotherapy bathtubs. The inn made Conde Nast Traveler’s 2008 Gold List for best rooms. Tucked away on three acres overlooking the Napa River in Napa, the inn is small, and guests reserve rooms months in advance. Concierge services provide information on wine tasting, dining and regional activities, while the on-site spa caters only to the inn’s guests.

Solage Calistoga

Located at the northern edge of the Napa Valley, the Solage Calistoga is set on 22 acres in prime wine country. The resort features eco-friendly design and green business practices, including rooftop solar panels; bicycles to transport staff and supplies throughout the resort; non-toxic cleaning products; bamboo flooring; and drought-tolerant, native plants. Additionally, the resort’s restaurant, Solbar, offers a menu based on locally grown, organic produce and composts food wastes for its garden. The 83 studio rooms and six suites provide guests ample opportunity to conserve through recycling and reuse of bed linens, and even bath amenities are handmade by local artisans. The dog-friendly resort provides plush bedding and natural treats for your canine. The award-winning, 20,000-square foot spa includes a geo-thermal mineral pool and a full-service fitness facility with yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling and water aerobics.

Silverado Resort and Spa

The 1,200 acre Silverado Resort and Spa offers accommodations and activities in line with traditional luxury resorts, including two 18-hole, par-72 championship golf courses, the largest spa facility in the Napa Valley and 17 tennis courts. Sophistication and privacy feature prominently in Silverado’s 439 guest rooms, each with private entrance and ample living space. The Silverado also features two restaurants, a lounge and wedding and meeting facilities. In fact, Meeting and Convention magazine named Silverado 12 times as its Gold Key award winner.

The Meritage Resort and Spa

Vine-inspired Meritage Resort and Spa is known for housing the first underground wine-tasting center in a resort. The Trinitas Tasting Room is located inside the Estate Cave and provides samples and sales of award-winning wines from winemaker Kevin Mills of Folio Fine Wine Partners. Aside from wine, romance is also an inspiration for the Meritage. The resort is home to a wood-beamed, private wedding chapel named Our Lady of the Grapes. Rounding out the guest experience at Meritage are the accommodations: Each room is well-appointed with marble baths, 32-inch plasma televisions and a refrigerator stocked with a complimentary bottle of wine. Executive-level suites include living space and a full gourmet kitchen.

About the Author

Cathleen Calkins specializes in writing about travel, adventure, lifestyle, health, fitness and brand identity. She is a regular contributor to and her work has appeared in "Backcountry," "Telemark Skier," "The Rotarian," "LA Weekly" and "Las Vegas Review Journal" as well as on a number of online adventure travel websites. She holds a Bachelor of Science in hospitality management from Rochester Institute of Technology.

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