Wine and Unwind: Where to Swim in Wine Country This Summer
(Courtesy of Calistoga Ranch)

Wine and Unwind: Where to Swim in Wine Country This Summer


Bust out the swim trunks or sleek maillot and venture to Wine Country.

Aside from the trellis-grown flora and corked concoctions, the region is home to some of the best watering holes anywhere in California. Grab your towels, make sure to hydrate, and remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours at our favorite places to dip into the drink.

The Best Swimming Pools in Wine Country

(Courtesy of Francis Ford Coppola Winery)

Francis Ford Coppola Winery

You'll feel like a movie star sipping on a cocktail when you lounge beside one of Francis Ford Coppola's pools. The glamorous property has two large lagoons, connected by a swimmable water bridge. And to make sure you stay chic at all times, there are 28 small cabins available to rent where you can change, store personal items, and even shower. The pools are open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A day pass to the pool is $35 per adult, $28 for Wine Family members. // 300 Via Archimedes (Geyserville),

Indian Springs Resort and Spa

Constructed in 1913, the geyser-fed Olympic-size pool at Indian Springs Resort and Spa is rich with minerals and naturally warm—around 102 degrees in winter and 92 degrees in summer. It's the perfect place to relax—regardless of the weather—with a gorgeous view of the nearby mountains. They've recently added a new adult pool to the mix. Smaller, quieter and more intimate than the main pool, it's also kept about 10 degrees cooler. The pools are open until midnight, allowing you to float underneath the Napa Valley stars. The pool is only open to hotel and spa guests. // 1712 Lincoln Ave. (Calistoga),

Calistoga Ranch

At the luxe Wine Country resort Calistoga Ranch, you can find a sparkling pool surrounded by evergreen hills to enjoy poolside bubbly from. For extra weekend bliss, book the ranch's three-day, all inclusive "Spa With Nature" package, and wash your woes away in soothing soaking pools that overlook the ranch's running creek, canopied by moss-laden oaks. // 5 80 Lommel Rd (Calistoga),

Solage Resort and Spa

Now in its 11th year, Solage continues to put on their summer pool parties. From now through September, you can sip on poolside bubbly and nosh tasty hors d'oeuvres. All-inclusive tickets start at just $25 per person for non-members and day-goers; hotel guests and members can enjoy the poolside festivites free of charge. // 755 Silverado Trail North (Calistoga),

Hotel Yountville

Rooted in Yountville history—and smackdab in the heart of Wine Country—Hotel Yountville, aside from offering ultra-luxe digs, is home to an outdoor pool with copper accents and black steel. Particularly stunning at night, the pool is lined with candlelit lanterns come sunset furthering the serene ambiance. Take advantage of their "Rosé All Day Package," complete with vino and complimenting cheese plate, a rose petal-infused bubble bath, and all the pampering in the world. // 6462 Washington St. (Yountville),

Up Valley Inn

Upon first glance, Up Valley Inn's small, unassuming pool might not seem all too worthwhile...until you discover that it's among a handful of 100 percent mineral dipping holes in the region. Geothermal heated mineral hot springs, too, can be found around the laid-back boutique property. Come for the poolside Napa Valley wine, stay for the mineral soaks and glowing skin. // 1865 Lincoln Ave. (Calistoga),

Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa

Open to all guests, Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa's three naturally heated pools—Main Pool Wading Pool, Mineral Spa Whirlpool (all which range between 85 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit)—are bastions for relaxation. Post-soak, you can zen out on one of their poolside hammocks, or a lounger that sits idyllically under a shaded trellis—drink in hand. Weekly pool parties are held, but call 707-942-0991 for more information as each vary between time and, occasionally, theme. // 1115-1880 Lincoln Ave. (Calistoga),

The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa

After dining at Carneros Bistro—the in-hotel, modern farm-to-table cuisine that's complemented by an extensive wine list of Napa Valley wineries—enjoy your second glass of the evening while you wade in their newly renovated (and heated) outdoor pool and patio. Fancy a cup of piping-hot or iced-over caffeine instead? Bean & Bottle doubles as both a coffee shop and wine bar, so you can start your midday or late-night pool lounging with a rich cup of coffee or crisp wine; sweet treats and unique wine-cheese pairing are also on hand to enjoy. // 1325 Broadway at Leveroni and Napa Rds. (Sonoma),

Fairmont Sonoma MIssion Inn and Spa

The award-winning Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont features four geothermal swimming pools, as well as a main pool shrouded in tall, glorious palms enveloping the space in a quasi-tropical landscape. Non-hotel guests can expect to pay an $89 daily charge for pool access, with in-spa treatments starting at $175; though various, more affordable specials can be taken advantage of frequently. (Opting for a 60-minute-plus pampering will also wave the pool access charge.) // 100 Boyes Blvd. (Sonoma),

Monte Rio Beach

East of the Monte Rio Bridge, known by locals also as Big Rocky, Monte Rio Beach is a natural NorCal oasis with quiet stretches of smooth sands that shoulder part of the Russian River. Beachgoers have the option of renting a canoe, paddle board or kayak at varying rates. Swimming and floating is allowed, as well. Volleyball courts and horseshoe pits are free to any who wish to play and, yes, your fur-child can come along too—as long as he or she is leashed. // 20488 CA-116, (Monte Rio),

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This story has been updated since it was originally published on May 26, 2017.

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