No wonder Napa Valley remains one of the most sought after vacation destinations year after year. The landscape couldn’t be easier on the eyes, with its rolling hills and vast expanses of vineyards. The Mediterranean climate is sublime, with dry and balmy days followed by cool evenings. And the abundance of quality restaurants, from Michelin-starred mainstays (SingleThread Farms, Kenzo) to laid-back mainstays like Gott’s Roadside, satisfies every appetite. In short? There is never a bad time of year to visit.
But with such wide appeal comes herds of people. It’s not uncommon to come across familiar faces, even out of season. So where should you go for some real rest and relaxation (not to mention the much-needed privacy) in Napa?
Four Seasons Resort Napa Valley
Despite opening just a few weeks ago, the Four Seasons Resort Napa Valley has grown into one of the area’s most luxurious places to stay. Calistoga’s address on the north end of Napa gives the resort a wonderfully secluded feel, and the property’s spacious layout on 22.5 acres adds to the feeling of seclusion.
But the biggest draw to staying here is being able to leave your accommodation and walk straight into the vineyards – without having to get into a car. And that’s because of the resort’s distinction as Napa’s first and only resort town set in a working cellar. Inspired by the word Wappo which means ‘to take care of’, Elusa is a 4.7-acre organic vineyard run by Thomas Rivers Brown, one of the country’s most accomplished winemakers. (The Calistoga resident received 25 perfect 100-point ratings from wine critic Robert Parker for his Cabernet Sauvignons.)
Although Elusa is backed by major references, the vibe is very laid back. “We take what we do seriously, but don’t take ourselves seriously,” says Luke Magnini, Elusa Estate Manager. “We want to draw back the curtain on winemaking. The portfolio includes the brand’s first Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as wines blended with estate fruit and grapes from neighboring Calistoga vineyards. Because bottles are currently only available to members: book The Complete Elusa Experience for a full tour from the vineyard to the barrel cellar, where you can taste a variety of wines.
Thanks to the creative vision of Napa-based interior designer Erin Martin and Hirsch Bedner Associates, the 85 guest rooms, suites and 3,400 square foot Estate Villa look more like beautiful residences than a traditional hotel. Equipped with fireplaces, a glass-enclosed shower and tubs with Sodashi products, private terraces to enjoy the outdoors and original accents reminiscent of Napa (horse bits and copies of The Grapes of Wrath), the accommodations combine charm rustic wine country with the contemporary comforts you expect from Four Seasons.
Overlooking the resort grounds and the Palisade Mountains, TRUSS Restaurant + Bar offers two dining experiences celebrating the region’s bounty in a high, yet accessible way. While the more formal TRUSS restaurant is due to open in the coming months, the TRUSS lounge has been lively from day one. The menu is smart and abridged, with crowd-pleasing dishes like the deeply haunting tavern-style pizza (cracker-thin dough takes six days to prepare), indulgent caviar dishes (breakfast toast, serving traditional with whimsical accessories) and wine at 250 labels listed by sommelier Morgan Gray. Fancy an outdoor lunch? Head towards Campo. Located between the two pools, the open-air restaurant specializes in Oaxacan-inspired bites (black bean tyuladas, Barbacoa lamb tacos).
Building on the legendary spa culture of Calistoga for 150 years with its holistic approach to body-mind wellness, Spa Talisa offers Seed to Skin (a luxury Tuscan brand that harnesses molecular technology for optimal results), multiple spaces relaxation area (including the heated outdoor Spa Garden), and Calistoga-style, an iconic mud experience incorporating the region’s mineral-rich mud. Looking to try something different? Reserve the Vineyard Scrub. The 50-minute treatment uses antioxidant-rich grape seeds to exfoliate and nourish the skin, proving that wine is good for the heart and body.
Fly to Napa Valley in comfort and style
Want to arrive in Napa in comfort and style, while avoiding the crowds, delays, and the extra commute from Oakland and San Francisco? Think about private aviation.
Because while commercial airlines have been hit hard during the pandemic, interest in private aviation has skyrocketed. NetJets, the global leader in private aviation and owner of the world’s largest private jet fleet, has experienced unprecedented growth with a 350% increase in new owners in 2020. To meet demand, NetJets adds 26 new jets to its fleet by the end of the year.
While there are many obvious reasons to choose NetJets – like in-flight culinary offerings from celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten for those departing from New York City and exceptionally quiet ultra-long-range jets like the Bombardier Global 6000 – the perks are not. stop once you have landed.
Since NetJets is an official partner of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, NetJets owners receive VIP treatment at the Four Seasons Resort Napa Valley, from daily breakfast for two to access to NetJets Vintner Circle. The highly organized program includes exclusive experiences at renowned wineries (like Addax, Mira and The Vineyardist), dedicated concierges to ensure every moment is unforgettable, and invitations to the wine industry’s liveliest events. .