When it comes to jaw-dropping scenery, Napa Valley and the rest of California’s wine country is hard to beat. While the area suffered devastating fires in the fall of 2018, the resilient region has bounced back and tourism is in full swing, with hotels and vineyards happily welcoming guests. Whether you want to soak up the summer sun, experience the busy harvest season, or relax with the locals once all the Cabernet has been barrelled, there’s never a bad time to visit wine country. Before you start planning your vino-filled getaway, take a look at the best hotels in California that suite to luxury boutique hotels.
Auberge du Soleil
Inspired by the relaxed sophistication of the South of France, Auberge du Soleil has been one of Napa Valley’s most luxurious places to stay since 1985, when 50 sun-and-earth-toned “maisons” were added to Rutherford, Claude Rouas’s celebrated destination restaurant. Furthermore, the wine director Kris Margerum curates a stellar list of over 15,000 selections, working with the culinary team to create perfect pairings for the Michelin-starred restaurant’s Mediterranean-inspired menus.
Country-chic rooms come with terraces, fireplaces, luxury bedding, and soaking tubs. All feature flat-screen TVs, Blu-ray players, Bose sound systems and Nespresso machines. Wi-Fi and snacks are free. Upgraded rooms offer custom furniture and heated floors. Suites add mini fridges and wine coolers. There are also 2 villas.
At White House, you will see how the downtown Napa property perfectly blends traditional appeal with modern elegance. Though, you can spend the day walking along the nearby Napa River, go shopping at the many family-owned stores downtown, or head toward the wineries in the area. This upscale hotel is close to downtown Napa and is 2 blocks from the Napa River. Facilities including the chic rooms feature fireplaces, plus smart TVs and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms add whirlpool tubs, iPod docks and/or balconies. Moreover, the parking and breakfast, served in a posh dining room, are included. There’s also an outdoor pool and a hot tub, plus spa services (surcharge) and an evening wine hour.
Milliken Creek Inn & Spa
This hotel is hidden on three acres of lush land, which is located on the banks of the Napa River. This 12-room boutique hotel, which is just on the outskirts of downtown Napa, was once a 19th-century stagecoach stop. Golfers, take note: The Napa Valley Country Club is roughly 2.5 miles down the road. But make sure you have a friend who’s a member, as it’s a private club.
It is one of the only 28 LEED Platinum–certified resorts in California, which is underpinned by an ethos that combines luxury living with eco-minded design and art. Its facilities include Lucy Restaurant & Bar, which uses produce from an on-site organic garden, and a full-service spa. The hotel’s six ground-floor Tufa suites are arguably the most coveted accommodations, measuring 750 square feet and featuring fireplaces and private courtyards.