Indagare Matchmaker: Napa Valley & Sonoma

The valleys that make up Napa and Sonoma boast 1,500 wineries between them, providing world-class options for oenophiles. However, the soil not only lends itself to grapes, but also to a deeply rooted farming culture, placing this destination in the center of the organic movement. The serene landscapes are reflected in the design of many of the gorgeous hotels in the Valley, making it an ideal getaway for just about anyone. Here are Indagare’s top places to stay.

For the ultimate romantic getaway: Auberge du Soleil

This coveted Napa classic defines five-star service and accommodations. Guests are surrounded by valley views and the delicate symphonies played by the rustling olive trees and gardens throughout the property.

  • Best for: Couples looking for an indulgent escape
  • Room to Book: The Deluxe Maison Suite offers a bright one-bedroom suite with a big bathtub and outdoor shower on its private deck.
  • Top Activities: Breakfast and drinks on the main building’s terrace, tennis, soaking up the California sun by Auberge’s pool “La Plage,” spa treatments, visiting Quintessa vineyard across the street
  • Keep in Mind: This property is high-luxury and meant for a secluded vacation. If you are looking for a scene, Auberge is not for you. No children under the age of 16 are allowed.

For a wellness oasis: Solage Calistoga

Solage Calistoga

blends eco-friendly design with sophisticated modern furnishings and features a luxurious white spa facility and the Michelin-starred Solbar restaurant.

  • Best for: Active, youthful couples, friends, families and large groups
  • Room to Book: More private than the other stand-alone suites, the Silverado Suite features an outdoor hot tub and modern fireplace.
  • Top Activities: The Mud Bar at Spa Solage; breakfast (or any meal or snack) at Solbar; a bike ride to one of Calistoga’s local wineries; laps in the Olympic-length pool with a personal trainer
  • Keep in Mind: Solage has multiple communal spaces, giving it a more social vibe than the other properties in the Valley. Calistoga is located at the northern-most tip of Napa Valley and is not ideal for guests who wish to be more centrally located.

For tranquil, low-key charm: Meadowood

The sprawling lawns surrounding Meadowood, a rare find in the farmed Valley, satiate roaming children and picnickers alike. Charming white cottages, hiking trails, tennis, croquet and golf courses are spread throughout this classically American, 250-acre private estate.

  • Best for: Families, couples and friends looking for relaxed luxury and sports
  • Room to Book: The Hillside Terrace Suite, Treeline Suite or Meadow Suite
  • Top Activities: Dinner at the three-Michelin star Restaurant at Meadowood, one of the premier restaurants in country; picnics on the lawn; hikes; tennis; swimming; golf; croquet
  • Keep in Mind: Couples looking for a purely romantic escape or spa experience might be happier at Auberge du Soleil.

For Sonoma style: Farmhouse Inn

Topping many lists of best wine country inns, or indeed best inns anywhere, Sonoma's Farmhouse Inn indulges guests with gourmet meals; airy, welcoming rooms; a lush, wooded setting; and a serene spa.

  • Best for: This is the best choice for couples seeking a luxuriant escape from the sometimes busy wine country.
  • Room to Book: The private barn rooms and suites are the most luxurious, with muted tones, amazing bathrooms and a farmhouse-chic vibe.
  • Top Activities: Meals at the Michelin-starred Farmhouse restaurant; spa treatments; winery tours; hot air balloon or helicopter tours; skydiving; zip-line tours in redwood forests; kayaking and paddle-boarding on the Russian River; golf; horseback riding; biking; visiting nearby art galleries.
  • Keep in Mind: Based in Sonoma, Farmhouse Inn is a 1-hour drive from Napa Valley, so travelers who want to visit Napa will have to spend some time in the car.

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