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Napa/Sonoma hotels

Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.
– Ernest Hemingway

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Auberge du Soleil

  • Rutherford, Timeless, $$$$ $$$$
  • 180 Rutherford Hill Rd.
  • Rutherford, CA, 94573
  • +1-707-963-1211
  • Website | Reservations

Hello, nature. It’s me, the Auberge du Soleil. I’ll be over here being gorgeous, fusing elegantly with these rolling hills, and quietly blowing guests’ minds with attentive, unobtrusive service. Don’t mind me, I’m just counting my gold stars while taking in the panoramic view.

Bardessono Hotel & Spa

  • Yountville, Cozy, $$$$ $$$$
  • 6526 Yount St.
  • Yountville, CA, 94599
  • +1-707-204-6000
  • Website | Reservations

A Leed-certified luxury hotel for the adventurous recluse. When exhausted from a day of extreme relaxation, park it at the bar at Lucy’s for drinks and dishes prepared with produce harvested from the on-property garden. Or in the case you ventured to the 11 wineries in walking distance, pad from your spot in front of the fireplace to the bathroom-turned-en-suite-private-spa for a massage.

Calistoga Ranch

  • Calistoga, Timeless, $$$$ $$$$
  • 580 Lommel Rd.
  • Calistoga, CA, 94515
  • +1-707-254-2888
  • Website | Reservations

Romantic bungalows right out of Williams-Sonoma home with incredible bedding. Fireplaces, and wine. Just so, so much wine. Be sure to have a nibble at the lakeside lounge. It’s only open to hotel guests, which, considering the clientele, turns it into a Napa version of Soho House come nightfall.

Carneros Inn & Spa

  • Napa, Cozy, $$$$ $$$$
  • 4048 Sonoma Hwy.
  • Napa, CA, 94559
  • +1-707-299-4900
  • Website | Reservations

Cozy private cottages with secluded patios and outdoor showers. Breathtaking vineyard views at the infinity pool. Spa treatments take cues from wine country’s harvest and terroir. The Boon Fly Café’s hearty breakfast (mmmm, donuts) and Farm’s elegant Cali cuisine make it hard to leave.

El Bonita Motel

  • St. Helena, Cozy, $$$$ $$
  • 195 Main St.
  • St. Helena, CA, 94574
  • +1-707-963-3216
  • Website | Reservations

An old relic. A hilarious option, and probably the only one under $200, aside from B&Bs and private home rentals, which are everywhere

Farmhouse Inn

  • Forestville, Cozy, $$$$ $$$
  • 7871 River Rd.
  • Forestville, CA, 95436
  • +1-707-887-3300
  • Website | Reservations

Squirreled away in the backwoods, the dreamy hotel’s rooms are appointed with fireplaces, fluffy feather beds, and huge soaking tubs. The way to cozy is through the lobby, where warm chocolate chip cookies and cold milk welcome you upon check-in and homemade bath salts and soaps sustain your relaxation regimen throughout your stay.


  • Healdsburg, Trendy, $$$$ $
  • 219 Healdsburg Ave.
  • Healdsburg, CA, 95448
  • +1-707-431-2202
  • Website | Reservations

Forward-thinking kid sis of Hotel Healdsburg merges ecofriendly decor and technologically advanced infrastructure for an easy-access option in the middle of town. Take advantage of local wines on tap at Spoonbar or purified water on tap in the lobby – depending on the time of day.

Hotel Yountville

  • Yountville, Timeless, $$$$ $$$
  • 6462 Washington St.
  • Yountville, CA, 94599
  • +1-707-967-7900
  • Website

All the right elements of French country farmhouse lodging in the center of the culinary capital of the county (and arguably, the country). Laying claim to the most important meal of the day, brekkie-only restaurant Hopper Creek Kitchen makes a.m. mainstays (fruit porridge, duck ‘n’ donuts) worth the wake-up call.

Indian Springs Resort and Spa

  • Calistoga, Timeless, $$$$ $$$
  • 1712 Lincoln Ave.
  • Calistoga, CA, 94515
  • +1-707-942-4913
  • Website

Venetian blinds and tangerine accents give this recently renovated historic resort and spa a vibrant feel. The real attraction is the Olympic-sized mineral pool, known as the best hotel pool north of LA County. A trip to Calistoga would be incomplete without a dip in the geyser waters, or at least a poolside glass of wine.

Kenwood Inn

  • Sonoma, Boho, $$$$ $$$
  • 10400 Sonoma Hwy
  • Kenwood, CA, 95452
  • +1-707-833-1293
  • Website

Turn off Highway 12 for an oasis of total relaxation and privacy in the Mediterranean-style spa hotel. The beautifully restored 1920s mansion has 29 spacious rooms — and rose gardens, palm trees, and long trellis tunnels snaking with vines. Things to check off your to-do list: sipping rosé by the pool; languishing in a cabernet scrub at the spa.

Read more on Fathom: No Whining in Wine Country


  • St. Helena, Timeless, $$$$ $$$$
  • 900 Meadowood Ln.
  • St. Helena, CA, 94574
  • +1-877-963-3646
  • Website

This is Napa's unofficial country club, and it's definitely a yuppie crowd. Charming cottages, two pools, tennis courts, and a golf course, all tucked away in the forested mountainside.

North Block Hotel

  • Yountville, Modern, $$$$ $$$
  • 6757 Washington St.
  • Yountville, CA, 94599
  • +1-707-944-8080
  • Website

Muted, modern, minimalist decor designed with the luxe maximalist in mind. Tuck into pasta and wood-fired pizzas at Redd Wood (the casual counterpart to Michelin-starred Redd) before turning in for the night. 

Poetry Inn

  • Yountville, Cozy, $$$$ $$$
  • 6380 Silverado Trail
  • Napa, CA, 94558
  • +1-707-944-0646
  • Website

Perched on a bluff in Yountville's Stags Leaps district are five contemporary rooms (named after literary greats), each with a wood-burning fireplace. All the rooms face west, which means stunning sunset views over Napa Valley. But the best perk is the innkeepers, known to be able to achieve impossibly last-minute reservations at French Laundry.


  • Calistoga, Modern, $$$$ $$$$
  • 755 Silverado Trail
  • Calistoga, CA, 94515
  • +1-707-266-7531
  • Website

The hippest resort in the Valley has a great brunch scene and attracts a sexy, younger crowd. If you come for the day, you can have mimosas while you play bocce and ride bikes around the property. If you stay the night, you can use the sexy pool, as well as the spa, mud bar, and bathhouse.

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