The cool mornings and warm days of the Napa Valley make it an ideal climate for growing wine grapes and a comfortable place to visit the hundreds of wineries that now inhabit the area. In between you can find museums, spas and multiple dining options for your vacation. You also will find more than 3,000 places to stay. St. Helena, Yountville and the city of Napa are where the majority of wineries are located and you will find the best selection of resorts and hotels for your California wine country getaway.
Location and Transportation
The Napa Valley is about an hour’s drive from the Northern California international airports at San Francisco, Sacramento and Oakland. Since many of the wineries are located along or just off Route 29, it’s an easy area to navigate by car. If you prefer not to drive from your resort or hotel – which is a good idea if you are planning on doing a lot of wine sampling – several companies offer private tours.
Don’t let the world “Inn” fool you, the Harvest Inn in St. Helena is nothing close to a bed and breakfast – although the complimentary breakfast offers quite a selection. This hotel is spread over eight acres and has received a AAA four diamond. The rooms and cottages are rustic, but large, with massive brick fireplaces to keep you cozy on those cold California nights. All rooms have decks or balconies, many with views of the Whitehall Lane vineyard next door.
The Bardessono combines modern amenities with green living to supply Yountville with one of only three Leed Certified hotels in the world. Solar panels provide power and heat; salvaged wood is used throughout; and wells supply water for heating and cooling. The hotel also grows its own vegetables and herbs for the restaurant. You won’t feel like you are missing anything in the oversized rooms with fireplaces, flat-screen televisions and spa baths. Bikes are available for guests to use around town.
Meritage Resort at Napa
At the Meritage Resort in the city of Napa you will not run out of things to do between visiting vineyards. The hotel has an underground section with a spa and wine cave. Rooms include refrigerators stocked with complimentary beverages and marble bathtubs. Activities at this resort include swimming in a heated pool, a vineyard walking path, spa services and even bocce ball. The Sienna Restaurant, shown on the Bravo network’s Top Chef program, serves indoors and outside by the fire pit.
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