1712 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga
On the north end of Napa Valley, the thoughtfully revamped Indian Springs resort features 115 rooms across its 17-acre property. Accommodations run the gamut from charming cottages and bungalows to larger residences (two-and three- bedrooms, respectively), each with their own outdoor space for entertaining a group. The draw here is really the pools—an Olympic-sized mineral pool, originally built in 1913, is fed by the resort's on-site geysers. (Typically it runs between 92-102°F.) Next door, there's an adults-only pool that's a bit more secluded and open for night swims. Downtown Calistoga is within striking distance of the property so it's worth grabbing a cruiser, available for day use, and biking into town or, better yet, one of the nearby wineries. As far as dining goes, the activity centers around Sam's Social Club, which is open all day and serves up rustic American fare (chilled Hog Island oysters and rib eye steak frites) that draws from regional ingredients. A picturesque outdoor patio is flaked by heritage oak trees and tiny twinkling lights, making it especially pretty at night.
Brannan Cottage Inn
109 Wappo Ave., Calistoga
A quaint, immaculately-kept inn on the quieter east side of town. The decor is sort of old world with its rich wallpaper and mahogany wood. It's large pool and efficient spa makes it a good package at a slightly lower rate than some of the other hotels in the area.
Napa Valley Lodge
2230 Madison St., Yountville
Part hotel, part wine country retreat, Napa Valley Lodge exudes sort of an old, familial feel–like you're staying with relatives on their Tuscan vineyard. The rooms are bright and spacious and the staff is incredibly friendly; they'll help you customize your experience how you like it, offering advice as to which wineries to visit. The location is one of the assets here, centrally located, you can come back after a day of wine tasting, take a swim, and then walk to Bouchon for dinner.
Meritage Resort and Spa
875 Bordeaux Way, Napa
Given its grand amenities–including its own nine-acre vineyard–this hotel and spa is definitely more of a resort, therefore not the best bet if you're looking for a quaint-style inn or hotel. The customer service is excellent, as is the spa. It offers tastings in it's cellars and is only about a ten-minute drive from downtown Napa if you're looking to explore or head out to dinner.
1915 Main S., St. Helena
This stunning new hotel merges modern, minimalist design within a historical landmark. Six of its sixty-eight rooms are housed in the Acacia House, a 1905 Victorian mansion that also hosts the Chris Cosentino-helmed restaurant (aptly named Acacia House), as well as a lounge that offers some of the most expansive views in the valley. Like its sister hotel in Mexico City, the rooms are elegant and considered, and the architecture is noteworthy. Book the Atrio Experience, a reflexology & aromatherapy experience topped with an Indian head massage, stat upon your arrival.
6526 Yount St., Yountville
Just a short walk from downtown Yountville and its bevy of great restaurants, Bardessono definitely boasts one of the best locations in the valley. With sleek, streamlined décor, excellent tech in room, and the almost impossible-to-accomplish LEED platinum rating, the vibe here is decidedly modern without sacrificing luxury. The grounds are incredibly lush, with the addition of a few well-placed water features, giving you the sense of an outdoor experience despite the relatively compact property.
580 Lommel Rd., Calistoga
This hotel has its own cabernet-producing vineyard, so you get the full Napa Valley experience without even leaving the property. There's plenty else to do on site, from walking the stunning grounds and hanging out at the pool, to gathering eggs from their deluxe new coop. Should you book a stay in the early fall, you can join the pruning, harvesting, and crushing of the grapes. Each of the fifty rooms has a fireplace and a private deck, and occupies its own, secluded lodge, which guarantees plenty of privacy. While Calistoga Ranch makes for a great romantic holiday, it’s kid-friendly too, with a new family pool and a lunchbox menu just for little ones. Should you want to go out (it is Napa, after all) you can borrow one of the ranch's cars.
Carneros Resort and Spa
4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa
Formerly the Carneros Inn, the 28-acre resort is now under new ownership but still maintains its farmhouse-style charm, with a few welcome updates. Like many Napa hotels, rooms here are situated in individual cottages, each outfitted with rocking chairs and an outdoor shower and fire pit. An adults-only pool overlooking the neighboring vineyard is probably the most Instagrammed thing on property, but it's totally idyllic all the same.
6462 Washington St., Yountville
Although it's eighty rooms strong (and has the spa, restaurants, and pool to accommodate that many guests), Hotel Yountville feels like a small, quaint, boutique hotel. The cozy, updated interiors match the grand stone building that houses them. Definitely ask for a room with a fireplace.
6380 Silverado Trail, Napa
The Poetry Inn is somewhat isolated up in the Stag's Leap District (it's about a twenty-minute drive from downtown Napa), and although the rooms feel accordingly secluded and private, almost all of them have excellent views of the nearby hills. The décor is understated but elegant (leather sofas, natural woven wicker chairs, and cozy woven throws). If you're interested in an extended trip, look into their three-bedroom farmhouse that's available for monthly rental; it’s complete with a full kitchen and a private pool.
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