Napa Valley in the Winter

Not a lot of people think about Napa in the winter but they are missing out! While Napa and Sonoma were hit with awful wildfires this fall that devastated a lot of the region, mosthotels and restaurants have fully recovered and are in much need of tourism.  Further, it is much much warmer than the arctic blanket that seems to have covered the nation.  And last but not least, January is the month of Restaurant Week & the Truffle Festival.  However, Napa is great at any time of year and I’ve listed some of our favorite hotels here.  We stayed this past June at the Los Alcobas – a beautifully renovated modern hotel in a perfect Napa location, parallel to the Silverado trail.  The pool is so relaxing and most rooms have a patio that overlook the Beringer vineyard.

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On a previous trip a few years ago, we stayed at the White House Napa.  It had the perfect blend of traditional and modern design plus a nice pool and great breakfasts.  The rooms are generous and the bathtubs are real soaking tubs.  There is no on-site dining (other than breakfast) but that is definitely not a problem in downtown Napa.

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Next up, the cute five room Poetry Inn.  It is on the Lede Family Vineyard and the architect designed each room to be unique.  All have west-facing private balconies where you can watch the sunset every evening before dinner.  The smallest room is 950 square feet, so you can be assured you will have a lot of room to unwind after a day of tastings.  Each room also has both indoor and outdoor showers, a private terrace with chaise lounge chairs, and a wood-burning fireplace.

The next true boutique hotel is the 11 room Milliken Resort & Spa, definitely one of the nicer boutique options out in Napa. It has a perfect location for the Silverado Trail, but apparently several winemakers visit the property to do tastings on the regular.

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Now, on to some of the well-known luxury options.  My favorite brunch or lunch is at the famous Auberge du Soleil which is housed in a luxury hotel of the same name.  This is one of the few main well-known luxury resorts in the town of Napa (not the entire Valley) and definitely plan on lunch here even if you don’t stay at this hotel.  The views while enjoying a long luxurious pre-fixe lunch here is probably one of my top 3 Napa experiences.

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Next up in the luxury category, the Carneros Resort and Spa has various sized cottages with a butler who will light up your fire pit at a moments notice.  The pool is pretty heavenly as well.

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I debated including Meadowood, another luxury Napa Valley resort, as it is technically in St. Helena and I will do another post on where to stay in Sonoma and the other Napa Valley towns later on.  Meadowood as a resort looks amazing – it is a village like Relais & Chateaux property and private country club set over 250 acres.  The restaurant has 3 Michelin stars, and the only real competitor to French Laundry in the area in terms of Michelin stars.  Our trip in June was in part to pit these two against each other and more later on which one took home the prize!

Let me know if I missed any of your favorite spots to stay in Napa!

the twirl


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