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Where to Stay on Your Next Wine Country Getaway

Jeanne Cooper | September 18, 2018 | Story Travel

Vista Collina Resort
Across the street from the Meritage Resort & Spa, its sister property on the city of Napa’s rural outskirts, the new Vista Collina Resort features not only 145 casual-elegant rooms with Frette linens and a wine-inspired palette of Merlot, green and gold, but also a culinary compound that’s a microcosmic version of downtown’s The CIA at Copia. Called the Village, it boasts nine tasting rooms for wineries and craft breweries such as Trinitas Cellars and Napa Smith Brewery; a locally sourced artisanal grocery, featuring fresh bread and other wares from Paris-trained executive chef Vincent Lesage (formerly of Bacara); and an exhibition kitchen with cooking classes by a rotating lineup of chefs. Guests in the 39 suites—which have full kitchens—can also prepare Lesage’s recipes using Hestan Cue’s video guide for their Bluetooth-connected pans and induction burners with ingredients provided by the resort. Opening specials from $300 per night, 850 Bordeaux Way, 888.965.7090

Gaige House + Ryokan
Jack London appreciated the beauty of rustic Glen Ellen, where the landmark Gaige House was built in 1890. Since May, guests of what’s now a 23-room inn can appreciate a taste of Japan as well as Sonoma. The inn’s nine new Ryokan Zen Suites, separate from the main house, showcase Asian modernist design with king beds, indoor atriums, fireplaces, and private rock gardens and patios. Amenities include Japanese slippers and yukata kimonos, traditional bathing accessories to use in deep soaking tubs (granite rather than wood), plus sake, mochi ice cream and green tea. All guests may enjoy the new Meditation Deck along Calabazas Creek, the Sun and Moon decks off the inn, an inviting pool, a full breakfast buffet, wine and cheese pairings, and, upon arrival, jasmine green tea with freshly made matcha cookies. Rooms from $339 per night, Ryokan Zen suites from $549 per night, 13540 Arnold Drive, 707.935.0237

Auberge du Soleil
The bloom is back on the rose at this grandpère of wine country resorts, following yearslong room and landscaping upgrades that finished in May. Groomed walking trails now meander through grapevines, redwoods and oaks, dotted with several garden spaces for relaxing, while white wisteria frames a new enclave for weddings and intimate events. The updated decor hews to the Provencal spirit with lighter hues and contemporary touches; the complimentary minibars include Nespresso machines; and plasma TVs hang over deep soaking tubs. Take advantage of Napa Valley’s fall sunshine via the two-night La Vie En Rosé package (available select dates through Oct. 31), which includes a bottle of the resort’s current-release rosé, lunch for two in the eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant, breakfast and discounts on services at Auberge du Soleil’s guests-only spa. Rooms from $1,100 per night, suites from $1,925 per night, 180 Rutherford Hill, Rutherford, 800.348.5406, 707.963.1211

Originally published in the September issue of Silicon Valley

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