Napa Valley: A Wine Lover’s Hideaway

Home to vast expanses of perfectly ordered grapevines, Michelin restaurants on every…

Napa Valley: A Wine Lover’s Hideaway
Photo: Auberge du Soleil

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February 14 2020 / Travel Contributor
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Home to vast expanses of perfectly ordered grapevines, Michelin restaurants on every corner, luxurious boutique resorts with world-class amenities and bubbling spas, and over 500 wineries to keep even the most wine lover busy, the wine country of Napa Valley is a dream destination for the elite.

Getting There

Napa Valley has no airport for either commercial or private aircraft, to get there you’ll need to fly into either nearby Sacramento or Oakland through the bustling, busy airports. You will surely want to fly in your private jet flight to avoid the large crowds at the terminals and the long ques in security. Charter Flight Group (CFG)EVOJETS and Monarch Air Group are great options if you are looking to charter a plane.

Photo: Napa Valley

Best Time to Visit

Napa Valley is an all-year-round destination, with each season offering something different. The best time to visit Napa Valley will hugely depend on the type of experience you seek.

Visit during the harvest season, in late August – October, for the full winemaking experience.Harvest season encompasses the intricate art, and science, of winemaking. It’s no surprise that this is the busiest time of the year in Napa, attracting large crowds of oenophiles eager to have a taste of this one of a kind experience. If you choose to travel during this season, make sure to make restaurant, and wine tasting reservations months in advance.

Visitors and locals alike love summertime in Napa. The season is kicked off with plenty of music and cultural festivals that bring together headlining music acts, local brewers, vintners, artists, and chefs. While summer in Napa has sunshine-filled days, it's also the region’s wettest season, especially during June and August (Napa's wettest month), so remember to carry an umbrella.

The mild weather in spring makes it the perfect time to embark on a hike through the hills and get up close and personal with nature. Winter is the quietest time of year, and also one of the most underrated. With fewer visitors, you can get more one-on-one time with vintners and enjoy quiet evenings drinking by the fire at one of the area’s many stylish hotels.

Where to Stay

From intimate boutique inns to sprawling luxury resorts, California’s Napa Valley has sumptuous accommodations that cater to every indulgence. 

The Francis House– There is nowhere more prestige to enjoy Napa Valley’s opulence than at this exquisite property. The House which features a contemporary French Second Empire architectural design was built in 1886 as a family home for a wealthy local merchant. But only in 2015 was the property taken by the current owners, restored and redesigned to the luxurious escape haven it currently is. The Francis House only has five guest rooms, providing absolute privacy, comfort and highly personalized service.

Photo: Francis House
Photo: Francis House

Meadowood– Tucked in a two-hundred-fifty acre estate surrounded by woods and vineyards outside St. Helena, is the prestigious Meadowood, Napa Valley’s ultimate country club. The property spots world-class amenities and activities, like a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, croquet lawns, hiking trails, swimming pool and a spa. It also has a three-star Michelin restaurant run by the prestigious Chef Christopher Kostow.

Photo: Meadowood Wine Tour

Auberge du Soleil- Set on the eastern Vaca Mountain Range, Auberge du Soleil affords its guests the best sunset view in Napa Valley. The 33-acre resort features 50 individual cottages and suites nestled among oak trees, olive groves and an impressive outdoor sculpture collection, with more than 100 works of art.

Photo: Auberge du Soleil

Wine Tours

With over 500 wineries, choosing which one to visit can be daunting. Here are a few tours that will help you get the best wine tour experience.

Napa Private Tours- Rated five stars in both TripAdvisor and Yelp, Napa Private Tours is made of a team of wine industry experts with a vast knowledge of wine and strong connections with the best wineries in the Napa valleys. They offer wine concierge services that are tailored to your personality, tastes, prior experience and objectives. You can also opt for a wine coach that will provide a well-researched narrative for each wine, helping you learn more. The tour also gives you access to exclusive private tasting rooms, wine caves and salons that focus on limited edition wines by arranging for visits to private, by-appointment-only boutique wineries.

Karen Macneil’s Private Wine Tours & Wine Classes- World-renowned wine expert and author Karen MacNeil curates top notch tours of Napa Valley, with unmatched access to the most exclusive wineries, restaurants, and experiences you didn’t even know were possible. Karen will curate a unique experience for you after understanding your passions about wine, where you’ll get to enjoy private, sit-down tastings with the world’s great winemakers and vintners. She sometimes offers wine classes to the public, check out her website for details of the next class. 

Float Over the Valley

Nothing beats the scenic view of the vineyards dotting the hillsides of Napa Valley as that from up in the air, soaring over the valley at up to 3,000 feet in a hot air balloon as you sip your stress away with one of the best wines the valley has to offer. And Napa Valley Aloft, a family-owned and managed hot air balloon company, and one of the first pioneers of commercial ballooning in Napa Valley is your best option to make this dream come to a reality. The best time to experience this is in the early morning just as the sun is rising when the winds are calmest. For 3-4 hours, you’ll be treated to unparalleled views of the morning sun speckling beautiful acres of green vineyards all across the valley. 

Photo: Napa Valley Aloft

Unwind at The Most Luxurious Spas

After you've wined and dined, it's time to recline. In Napa Valley, you’ll find a variety of pampering packages, from half-day treatments to full-day spa treats. Whether it's a facial or a mineral hot springs bath that you so desire, you can be sure that your pursuit of luxurious rejuvenation will begin and end here in the valley.

There is so much to do and experience in Napa Valley, making it the perfect weekend getaway for you and your loved ones.

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