Auberge du Soleil
A private cottage at this "Inn of the Sun” commands up to $4,250 a night, making a single room seem like a virtual steal at $525. Yet get past the sticker shock, and remember that's why this remains one of the most coveted properties in wine country, consistently turning up on respected lists of the world's finest hotels. Just look at the priceless setting: the gorgeous landscape impresses with adobe-style buildings nestled throughout the wooded property, featuring just 50 private guestrooms and all with breathtaking views of vineyards and olive trees dotting the hills. Prepare to stretch out - standard rooms span 500 square feet with fireplaces, while a person could easily live full time in the cottages that rival the size of a nice home.
180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford, 707-963-1211, aubergedusoleil.com
Zipping along Hwy. 12/121, The Carneros Inn looks like a tight, shiny industrial park, though a very pretty industrial park. Yet go behind the gates into the private retreat just past the centerpiece Farm restaurant, and discover a luxurious Napa Valley oasis. This PlumpJack Resort sprawls across 27 acres of lovely grape vines, bucolic Napa farmland and scenic apple orchards, with rustic architecture including barns, silos and ranchers' cottages accented by swimming pools, a spa, and private gardens. You’ll love the outdoor showers and soaking tubs that can be enjoyed under a blanket of stars, crisp white linens and heated floors that feel so good on your feet.
The Carneros Inn, 4048 Sonoma Hwy., Napa, 707-299-4900, thecarnerosinn.com
Oak Knoll Inn
Driving down tree-lined Oak Knoll Avenue past endless vineyards, it would be easy to miss Oak Knoll Inn. A stone building nestled behind a wall of cypress, it’s entirely secluded, and one of the most luxurious bed and breakfast inns in all of Napa Valley. Your cares will melt away as you relax amid 600 acres of Chardonnay vines, replete with a hot tub in the garden and a swimming pool. Take your breakfast on the deck in summer, or in front of the fireplace in the winter.
2200 E. Oak Knoll Ave., Napa Valley, 707-255-2200, oakknollinn.com
Silverado Resort and Spa
Tucked into rolling hills amid the vineyards, the resort offers ample recreation from golf, to fireside massages, to three destination restaurants, ten swimming pools and 13 tennis courts, plus hiking and biking trails. Still, the most lavish retreat exists in your guest room, a sanctuary of plush king-sized beds with 340 thread-count Egyptian cotton bedding, fireplaces, private balconies and patios.
1600 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa, 707-257-0200, silveradoresort.com
La Residence, Napa
Welcome to your private indulgence, with just 26 spacious guest rooms and suites scattered across two acres of oak-, redwood- and pine-studded property. This elegant escape is owned by vintners Craig and Kathryn Hall, who took over in 2006 and updated landmarks such as the historic Mansion centerpiece building, which dates from 1870. Savor the views and enjoy complimentary breakfast on the private verandas, and mingle with other guests for the complimentary wine and cheese reception on the main terrace each evening. Or, you may choose to never leave your room, furnished with antiques, down-filled duvets, plush robes, and wood-burning fireplaces.
4066 Howard Lane, Napa, 707-253-0337, laresidence.com
Milliken Creek Inn and Spa
Hidden away on three verdant acres overlooking the idyllic Napa River, this treasure brims with five-star luxury. Thoughtful touches invite pampering and romance, such as flickering fireplaces, canopy beds with the finest linens, rain showers and oversized hydrotherapy tubs outfitted with green tea bath salts and votive candles. And with just 12 private suites, it’s like your own personal resort. Don’t miss Waterfall Terrace or the spa, and take time to wander the lush grounds, or just relax in Adirondack chairs.
Milliken Creek Inn and Spa, 1815 Silverado Trail, Napa, 707-255-1197, millikencreekinn.com
The Inn On First
Owners Jim Gunther and Jamie Cherry make each stay a lavish experience, with remarkable amenities drawing from Jim’s cooking background (he graduated from the California Culinary Academy) and Jamie’s unparalleled décor skills. Ten mansion rooms and garden suites are bestowed with aptly romantic names, such as “First Crush,” and “Sweet Reserve” and enjoy sumptuous views of lush landscaping, two-person whirlpool tubs, luxurious robes and fireplaces. The crowning touch: no children are allowed, and several rooms are pet friendly.
1938 1st Street, Napa, 866-253-1331, theinnonfirst.com
The Cottages of Napa Valley
Tucked on the edge of Yountville are eight master suite cottages that range from cozy (600 square feet) to cozier (450 square feet) – all the better to snuggle with your someone. Just a few amenities include indoor and outdoor fireplaces, full concierge service, and daily breakfast featuring pastries from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. More than a frou-frou fantasy escape, this is relaxed Napa style, with shared gardens and activities like croquet.
1012 Darms Lane, Napa, 707-252-7810, napacottages.com
The Napa River Inn
This is the only locally-owned luxury boutique hotel in historic downtown Napa, and it’s beautifully situated in the Historic Napa Mill, a National Registered Landmark built in 1884. It’s a destination in itself, too, surrounded by world-class restaurants, cafes, art galleries, shopping and nightlife, including Silos, Napa Valleys premier jazz club right on-site. Guestrooms reflect the refined elegance of the early 1800s yet are equipped with modern amenities such as iPod docking stations, flat screen TVs, plush linens on every bed and a gourmet two-course breakfast catered to guests each morning.
500 Main Street, Napa, 877-251-8500, napariverinn.com
This AAA Four Diamond rated property spans eight acres of gorgeously landscaped gardens, lawns and courtyards, framed by stunning vineyard views and the Mayacamas Mountains just beyond. But you’ll want to linger in your warm, inviting guest room with its handcrafted fireplace, intricate woodwork and country estate ambience. Charming brick and wood lodgings including 74 spacious guest rooms, suites and cottages are located in four separate neighborhood environments (Rose, Vineyard, Fountain, and Manor House), with some edging right up to the Whitehall Lane Winery's Leonardini vineyard next door.
One Main Street, St. Helena, 707-963-9463, harvestinn.com
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