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Meadowood Napa Valley
Napa Valley, California
Why Stay At Meadowood Napa Valley
Set among 250 lushly wooded acres in a small private valley, this Relais & Châteaux resort is a serene retreat that affords easy access to Napa's most renowned wineries.
A sprawling estate set on 250 forested acres just outside the town of St. Helena, this peaceful California retreat enjoys easy access to some of Napa's most vaunted wineries. While the presence of a nine-hole golf course, seven tennis courts, private spa, and croquet lawns could give the resort a country club feel, the vibe here is refreshingly relaxed, low-key, and unpretentious. Each of the 85 rooms is spacious and airy, while still remaining cozy; many have vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, large fireplaces, and terraces. Take advantage of the complimentary wine tasting offered each afternoon in the reception area.
Can't get a reservation at the (impossibly booked) French Laundry? The Restaurant at Meadowood is the only other California eatery to have received three Michelin stars—and one of fewer than a dozen to receive this honor across the United States.
While Napa Valley's only croquet lawn is located at the resort, you'll need to dress in regulation whites before you take your place on the green. If you don't know how to play, an expert instructor can teach you the game in a single two-hour session.
Both wine novices and tasting gurus alike can enhance their sipping savvy with the help of the resort's master sommelier, Gilles de Chambure, who tailors private introductory courses and escorted winery visits to each guest's preferences and knowledge.
On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, the resort offers complimentary car service to and from nearby restaurants, wineries, and other local attractions—so you won't have to pay for a cab or designate a driver within your group.
Arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) which is approximately 79 miles from the hotel. Anticipate between 2 and 2.5 hours of travel time depending on traffic.900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena, California, United States
Hotel FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Services
- Daily Wine Tastings
- 9-Hole Golf Course
- Croquet Lawn
- Fitness Trails
- Fitness Center + Classes
- Tennis Courts
- Uniquely Furnished
- Luxury Linens
- Private Patios or Decks
- Flat-screen TVs
- Spacious Bathrooms
- Michelin-starred Restaurant
- Bar + Terrace
- In-Room Dining
- Poolside Dining
- Max occupancy in a Lawnview Fireplace room is 2 adults + 1 infant (crib only)
- Max occupancy in a Woodland Room is 3 people
- Evening wine reception from 4:30 - 5:30 pm nightly
Why We Love Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the West Coast address pairing excellent wines with exquisite food and luxurious surroundings that please body and soul.
Best Day Trip: While Napa is known for its world-class Cabernets, nearby Sonoma (located one valley closer to the coast, and therefore cooler at night) is the place to find top Merlots and Pinots. Chart a course for the town square, where some of the area's best restaurants and tasting rooms are located.
Where to Eat: Book lunch or dinner at the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant, located within a mile of the hotel at the Culinary Institute of America. The CIA has been the training ground for some of the country's most famed chefs, including Todd English, Anthony Bourdain, Cat Cora, Rocco DiSpirito, and Richard Blais.
Get Dirty: Take a scenic 15-minute drive north along the Silverado Trail and you'll reach Calistoga, a town renowned for its therapeutic hot springs and top-notch spas. At the Solage Calistoga, opt for the signature Mudslide treatment. After applying a full-body mud mask (mineral-enriched clay, volcanic ash, and essential oils), guests rehydrate and rinse off in an oversize tub then dry off (and power nap!) in their own private relaxation chair.
Why Go Now
January 13-16, 2012
Napa Valley Truffle Festival
Devotees of this rare and fragrant fungus can watch, learn, and taste as Michelin-star chefs prepare it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
March 4, 2012
Napa Valley Marathon
More than 2,000 runners will put their best feet forward in a race that starts in Calistoga and ends in north Napa. Will they serve Cab Sauv at the water stops?
May 31-June 3, 2012
Auction Napa Valley
Held at Meadowood, this much-anticipated event offers insiders access to the cellars of Napa's top vintners. More than 250 wine lots are auctioned off, and proceeds go to charity.