Napa Valley offers much more than wineries–it’s a world-renowned culinary and luxury resort destination. Below is a selection of phenomenal excursions, epicurean experiences and places to visit for a rejuvenating and unforgettable Napa getaway. (Don’t worry, wine is still the central theme—so keep calm and wine on.)
Quattro Vino, Napa
From Napa to St. Helena, the Quattro Vino tour offers a relaxing way to soak in the beauty of the area’s twenty miles of rolling green hills. This six-hour train excursion allows you to sit back, relax and appreciate the breathtaking views while indulging in a three-course tasting of regionally cultivated small bites. At each stop, visitors disembark just steps away from each of the four wineries. The restored antique Pullman railcars give off a hip and contemporary vibe while still embodying the classic elegance and charm reminiscent of the 1920s. Quattro Vino trains run once daily.
Domaine Carneros, Napa
If you prefer a slower-paced visit, Domaine Carneros offers a regal experience at one of Napa’s grandest and most picturesque wineries. At the château, the Sparkling Suite gets you a private terrace for two overlooking the vineyards with award-winning sparkling wine, Pinot tastings and caviar pairings. The Connoisseur’s Tasting features a customized set of wine and charcuterie for a small party.
Wine & Dine
La Toque, Napa
Wineries are just one way to explore Wine Country. La Toque is another, and a must-visit. Winner of Wine Spectator’s highest honor, the Grand Award (one of only 81 worldwide), Chef Ken Frank’s restaurant provides a world-class wine list and exceptional service—sommeliers help you select the perfect wine to pair with each dish, bringing years of experience directly to your table. In addition, La Toque’s seasonally evolving cuisine consistently earns a Michelin star each year, offering an unparalleled epicurean experience to linger in your memory.
The Restaurant At Meadowood, St. Helena
Only one of two California restaurants that can boast three Michelin stars, this farm-to-table concept in the woods impresses before you even step foot inside. Reserve the extravagant Chef’s Counter menu featuring Chef Christopher Kostow’s bold and inventive masterpieces. The culinary creations are presented artistically, served with a tailored wine selection and impeccable service to match.
Rest & Relaxation
Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford
Tucked along a hillside with breathtaking views and total privacy, Auberge du Soleil exudes a unique countryside European ambiance and offers a meditative Zen experience. Suites are designed to ensure total privacy, perfect for enjoying the outdoor sculptural tub and shower on your Private Maison patio to savor this rare sense of serenity and exquisite escape. For an all-around enchanting stay, the resort also boasts a Michelin star restaurant, luxurious spa treatments, temperate springs and renowned sculpture garden.
Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga
For the ultimate retreat into nature, reserve a private lodge at Calistoga Ranch. Nestled in the heart of the forest, it’s the quintessential haven from reality. Couples may spend hours in the spa all by themselves enjoying aromatherapy massages, a eucalyptus steam room or a soak in the warm pools under the stars—in the middle of the forest. Calistoga Ranch provides a complimentary Mercedes-Benz for when you’re ready to explore the rest of Napa Valley.