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.
Hotel Yountville Resort & Spa
(Courtesy of Hotel Yountville)
The French countryside meets Napa Valley Wine Country at Hotel Yountville. With meandering secret pathways, fountains, sculptures and stone buildings, you'll almost forget you're right in America. The hotel's new ownership group has been focusing on enhancing the property's luxury services and amenities: Guests are greeted with a complimentary glass of wine, receive truffles from local chocolatier Kollar Chocolates at turndown, and can grab fresh pastries from chef Michael Chiarello's Bottega on their way out each morning. Want room service? It's adorably delivered in a picnic basket via bicycle.
Hotel Yountville's most swoon-worthy rooms, bright bungalows with tall, vaulted ceilings, feature stack stone fireplaces, four-poster beds, oversized tubs (fit for two; we tested it) and private outdoor space. But our favorite feature has to be the spacious shower that doubles as a personal steam room, perfect for curing hangovers if you've had too many cocktails at Redd Wood the night before. If you're craving extra R&R, book a relaxing treatment at the spa, or order the in-room Couples Retreat massage ($480). The pool has a fire pit, outdoor bar, and cozy loungers for afternoon naps, and the brand new fitness center was completed at the end of 2017.
Napa Valley's top breakfast spots (Bouchon and Model Bakery) are just a short stroll away, but you should spend at least one morning at Hotel Yountville's restaurant Heritage Oak. The brioche French toast (with vanilla mascarpone, caramelized Asian pears, and almond crumble) is in best-ever territory. // Rates start at $350/night, 6462 Washington St. (Yountville), hotelyountville.com