Next time you’re planning a getaway to Napa Valley, a must luxury stay for a romantic weekend escape is 5-star property Meadowood Napa Valley, which is surrounded by lush vineyards in St. Helena, a mere 11.8 miles from the stunning Silverado Trail.
We had an opportunity to review the hotel in August while in Napa for the annual Cochon555 Food & Wine Festival at the renowned Charles Krug winery, the oldest in the Valley.
Think cozy cottages, sophisticated suites and upscale lodges with free Wi-Fi, goose-down bedding, coffeemakers, and wet bars with minifridges. Some have wood-burning fireplaces and private terraces, which I’d recommend given the lush green lawns and trees in every direction.
Complimentary perks include local car service, wine socials and bottled water, plus access to the gym, outdoor pool, hiking trails and fitness classes including Cardio Strength Training, Zumba, and Flow Yoga. We love the wellness aspect to the property — it’s a lovely combination of exercise class options, a gym, a spa and nature in all directions. Other pampering features include al fresco, in-room and seasonal poolside dining. And of course, my favorite: two hot tubs (YAY!)
Below is a shot of a lobby “station” on a hot late August afternoon: iced tea and lemonade were certainly welcome. Did I mention just how fabulous their cookies are?
Our suite had vaulted ceilings, tons of wonderful natural light and beautiful views of the wooded area surrounding the property. To our left were hiking trails, a family pool and then further along, an all adults only pool. Just above the adult pool is a boutique and the gym. They also serve tea and coffee here every morning if you don’t want to trek to the lobby or restaurant. We also had a lovely deck, a must when you stay at this nature-centric property.
Given that you’re in the heart of Napa Valley, it’s worth noting their wine “hour” every day from from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. I also love the fact that they offer special perks like bike rentals and shoe shine service as well. Because Meadowood is also a club, locals come here to play tennis and croquet on their perfectly manicured lawns.
We didn’t have time to take a bike out but hope to on a future trip when we have more time to experience the property over a couple of days. On a bike, I can only imagine the incredible photography I’ll be able to capture.
I’m a huge fan of Molton Brown shampoos and lotions, so was thrilled to see them perched up on the sink when we arrived. We were both equally thrilled about the extra deep soaking tub as well because not all luxury properties have one. Who doesn’t need a nice hot soak from time to time?
While I personally think that the activities and natural beauty amidst all of the rooms and cottages are its biggest asset, (I’ll get to the over-the-top-food in a minute), the rooms are also incredibly comfortable and spacious and the service is out of this world.
Let’s take a look at some of their other ‘stay” types!
Tree Top Room
Airy and sunny, with wrap-around windows and vaulted ceilings, the California king bed is surrounded by views of the resort’s tree top foliage and distant hillsides.
Other features are a sitting area with a wood-burning fireplace, desk, bar cabinet and dining table. Napa Valley Treetop view guest room: 460 square feet of indoor living space. The spacious bathroom offers a romantic pedestal bathtub, shower and vanity. Selected spa treatments may be enjoyed in this guest room.
Located high on the hillside this room offers a luxuriously quiet, tranquil setting. Nature lovers will appreciate the views into the leafy treetops. You will want to keep in mind, however, that the secluded setting means you’re a little further away from resort activities such as swimming, tennis and golf. Note that it was quiet from nearly everywhere in this luxe stay, so if peace and relaxation is your need, Meadowood is your spot.
Favorite features of this guest room include French doors opening onto a large, private porch with views into the resort’s wooded hillsides. Cottage Guest Room in Napa Valley: 415 square feet (285 square feet indoors and an additional 130 square feet of outdoor living space on the large private porch.)
Meadowood Napa Valley
900 Meadowood Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
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Note: we were hosted by the hotel but all opinions expressed are entirely our own.
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