Exploring the most prestigious wine region in the United States takes several days, if not several visits, so wine enthusiasts arriving in California should carefully plan their stay – with few places offering a more complete experience than Napa Valley vineyard hotels.
Over 4.5 million people visit Napa Valley each year seeking food and wine tours bathed in the Golden State’s renowned sunshine – so the region is exceptionally well furnished in terms of accommodation options, ranging from humble bed and breakfasts to illustrious five-star resorts.Staying at a Napa vineyard hotel, however, is a wine lover’s dream – with many of the region’s 450 wineries offering this unique opportunity to experience an authentic winemaker’s lifestyle. Guests can marvel at views of vineyards from their balconies and literally wander from their rooms to take part in premium wine tastings, without any travel concerns.
At Wine Paths, our local expert can arrange exclusive stays at vineyard hotels in Napa Valley, as well as elaborate tastings, fine dining experiences and some unique activities in the region.All of our private Napa experiences can be tailor made to meet your exact requirements, ensuring every detail is taken care of so that you can relax and enjoy the matter at hand – living in luxury in the heart of one of the world’s foremost wine producing areas.
Of the 16 designated AVAs (American Viticulture Areas) within Napa Valley, there are several towns that are best suited to accommodation, including the town of Napa itself.Napa has been transformed from a sleepy town to a thriving centre for wine tourism, featuring a collection of high class hotels within touching distance of the wine tasting bars and fine dining restaurants that line the picturesque riverside.
Yountville, which is renowned for its culinary excellence, and St Helena are superbly positioned to use as a base to explore the Valley. And, Calistoga is comparatively affordable while also offering the idyllic relaxation brought by natural thermal spas.If you prefer to escape the bustle of the towns, Napa Valley vineyard accommodation is available at many places throughout the region – which is famed for the quality of its New World wines, especially its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.These stays offer the beauty and tranquillity that are synonymous with wine tours, by virtue of privileged vineyard locations and deft architectural designs that integrate seamlessly with the surrounding natural environment.Traditionally, vineyard hotels in Napa Valley have been characterised by bright, spacious, farmhouse-style accommodation, although modern architecture has created a broader range of aesthetic alternatives.
If staying in Napa vineyard hotels does not appeal to you then the region is also inundated with boutique guest houses and spa resorts, which offer an all-inclusive experience as well as a complete range of wellness treatments – there are few better ways to unwind after a challenging afternoon’s wine tasting than with a massage or soak in a thermal pool.Be aware that if you are planning to visit Napa Valley during high season – which includes the harvest months between August and October, or in June when the annual charity wine auction takes place – you may need to reserve months in advance.
If you are interested in staying at the best vineyard hotels Napa has to offer, contact Wine Paths for more information and inspirational ideas before planning a bespoke visit.
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