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Napa Weekend Getaway: Where to Stay

Napa River Inn, Downtown Napa

There may not be as many places to stay in Napa Valley as there are in San Francisco, but I’d wager my weight in wine that they are just as diverse. From exclusive resorts to motels out of horror movies, we’ve got it all and plenty to choose from. Some of the most elegant and exclusive resorts in Napa Valley can be found on our list of the best spas and most romantic things to do and here are more favorites from North to South (upvalley-downvalley, as we say):

Calistoga Ranch drips in the luxury and elegance offered at other Auberge Resorts. Tucked into a private canyon filled with hills, streams and even a private lake, this 157-acre site is anything but your Grand-pappy’s ranch.

The Poetry Inn, sister resort to Cliff Lede Vineyards, is the kind place you go for an extravagant honeymoon or lavish getaway when expense is no obstacle. You can watch the sunset from your private balcony overlooking the valley, indulge in spa treatments and travel quickly to fantastic wineries, knowing that you’re heading home to happiness.


Yountville has a collection of some of the best places to stay in the Valley and is conveniently located where you can walk to restaurants and tasting rooms galore. My favorites are: Bardessono, with chic and secluded atmosphere they are a leader in everything from food and cocktails to their eco-friendly programs, spa and pet friendly attitude. The Villagio, which is among Valley’s most luxurious hotels, has a spa that rated in Travel + Leisure's top 50 in the US and Canada, and sharp feel that balances its cozy elegance. If you’re looking for the latest and greatest, Hotel Yountville, directly across the street from The Villagio, was already posh but just took it up a major notch and is reminiscent of a creekside mountin village like Vail.

The Avia

Downtown Napa is also packed with great places to stay and has a youthful but chic vibe. Favorites here are: The Napa River Inn, which is the quintessential historical, luxury hotel filled with warmth and the elegance of Napa’s past. The Westin may lack a bit of the historical charm you’ll find at the Napa River Inn but if you’ve stayed in a Westin, you know you’re in for a treat and this one is brand new, and shiny. The Avia is another very new hotel in downtown Napa and if you’re looking for a resort-like feel mixed with the vibes of an elegant San Francisco hotel, you’ll be very happy here and at the John Anthony Lounge nextdoor.  

For those of you looking for beds and breakfasts you’ll find a comprehensive list here and if you’re on a budget but want somthing nice, I’d recommend El Bonita (upvalley) and the Napa Marriott (downvalley).