Winter might just be Napa Valley's best kept secret: Free of crowds and traffic, the off-season also promises steals at Wine Country's hottest luxury hotels.
Take advantage of the cooler months by booking a room at one of Napa's coziest boutique stays—there's no shortage of stylish newcomers.
River Terrace Inn
(Courtesy of River Terrace Inn)
A large-scale renovation at the River Terrace Inn has resulted in a hot new restaurant, luxury suites with views of the Napa River, and a secret walking path that leads to downtown Napa. Each of the eight new suites comes equipped with a fireplace, balcony, and romantic French windows that separate the soaking tub from the bedroom. Choose a junior or king suite and awake to a cotton-candy sunrise over the river.
Alba serves up original craft cocktails—we love the Valley Heat (tequila, jalapeño, cucumber, and pineapple)—on their outdoor patio, kept warm in the winter months by fire pits and heaters, and the center of live music on the weekends. For dinner, share small plates like lobster mac and cheese and pork belly crepes. Save room for the uber-gooey beignets.
The River Terrace Inn's new, private walking path will take you right to the bustling Oxbow District, home to the Oxbow Public Market, plus a handful of wine tasting rooms, breweries, and restaurants. You can even hop aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Once you're done exploring downtown Napa on foot, grab a complimentary cruiser and set off down the Napa Valley Vine Trail. It reaches all the way to Yountville, home to more wine tasting rooms, world class restaurants, and shopping. // Rates start at $199/night, 1600 Soscol Ave. (Napa), riverterraceinn.com