The 8 Hottest Resorts in Wine Country for Summer

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  • by WC STAFF
  • on AUGUST 29, 2016
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Wineries are far more than just places to drink up—they offer scenery and hospitality beyond the average bar or restaurant, so much so that they make a fine basis for a summer vacation. The gorgeous weather the season brings makes it a great time to plan a trip to one of the nation’s wine producing regions. Here are eight prime lodging options located near acclaimed wineries.

The Remote Side of Napa Valley

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Vintage House
6541 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-1112
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 597 reviews

In the heart of the tiny culinary haven called Yountville, a town just far enough removed from Napa to be both quiet and convenient, the Vintage House offers complimentary Champagne breakfasts that go far beyond continental (a delicious omelet station doesn’t hurt). The rooms themselves include private patios, whirlpool bathtubs, and wood-burning fireplaces, all of which make the Vintage feel a whole lot homier than most competing hotels.

Insider tip: Don’t miss out on the daily afternoon tea, boasting all the decadent pastries and finger sandwiches of a traditional British tea room in the spacious lobby.

Hotel Hot Springs

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Paso Robles Inn
1103 Spring St
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 238-2660
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 977 reviews

It’s easy to take advantage of everything that makes Paso Robles a great destination at the centrally located Paso Robles Inn. Art galleries and eateries abound just beyond the doorstep, (including the hotel’s own The Steakhouse), while their themed rooms alternately reflect the rugged Old West history of the area and the ambiance of famous local wineries. The Paso Robles Spa in the hotel is fed directly by underground hot springs that first attracted both Native Americans and pioneers to the region.

Insider tip: Opt for a deluxe mineral spa rooms with private outdoor jacuzzi, and request natural oils at the front desk to help rejuvenate.

Room Service Outside Your Room

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Carter Estate Winery & Resort
34450 Rancho California Rd
Temecula, CA 92591
(844) 851-2138
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 190 reviews

There are obvious benefits to staying at an estate that doubles as a winery and resort, including expert advice from staff members who actually know their wines, and frequent packages that offer winery tours and tastings alongside multiple-night stays. Their room service includes a wide selection of estate wines and farm-fresh cuisine that can be served poolside at your request, where you can enjoy a view of the vineyards and rolling hills of chaparral. A complimentary shuttle is also available to transport guests to the nearby sister property, South Coast Winery.

Insider tip: Wake up early to enjoy your own private view of the vineyards and the hot air balloons filling the sky, one at a time, beginning around 6 a.m.

Hotel and a History Lesson

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Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center
6 W Rose St
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 525-2200
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 1266 reviews

You hardly need to leave the hotel for a solid sampling of Walla Walla’s thriving wine and food scene, since the lobby includes six on-site tasting rooms, a wine and cocktail lounge, and a restaurant consistently ranked as one of the best in the city. The hotel is beautiful inside and out, its historic charms complemented by recent renovations and amenities like free airport shuttles and hot breakfasts consisting of monkey bread, French toast, sausages, and more.

Insider tip: Visit the second floor for an interesting free exhibit on the history of the hotel and Walla Walla told through original paintings.

Retro Glamping

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The Vintages Trailer Resort
16205 SE Kreder Rd
Dayton, OR 97114
(800) 844-1492
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 51 reviews

For a secluded Wine Country getaway, it’s hard to beat the art deco styles and offbeat appeals of the Vintages Trailer Resort, where guests stay in vintage trailers at the Willamette Wine Country RV Park in Dayton, just a 10-minute drive from downtown McMinnville. Every trailer is unique, but all include classic campout amenities like gas grills, a nearby general store, lawn games and gourmet pour-over coffee.

Insider tip: Rentals come with two complimentary beach cruiser bicycles—perhaps the best way to explore the picturesque glamp-grounds.

Cottages Off Main Street

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Carriage House Bed & Breakfast
312 E Travis St
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(855) 955-2623
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 79 reviews

The Carriage House was built in the Victorian style in 1903, making it a picture-perfect version of an old world B&B, surrounded by a white picket fence and shrouded behind stout pecan trees. Other rooms are located in personal cottages and a tree-lined loft, each style offering its own charming atmosphere and decor, but the best part of the Carriage House is its location across from the town creek and mere blocks from the dozens of dining options on Main Street.

Insider tip: Rather than housemade breakfast, Carriage House offers $10 vouchers for local brunch spots within walking distance—a great incentive to enjoy the B&B’s central location.

Lakeside Log Cabins

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Montfair Resort Farm
2500 Bezaleel Dr
Crozet, VA 22932
(434) 823-5202
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 77 reviews

Enjoy the rugged hill country of Virginia the way it was meant to be enjoyed—from within a real log cabin. The lakeside cottages of this eco-friendly resort are nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains near world-class hiking at Shenandoah National Park and dozens of family vineyards, and multiple businesses offer horseback rides, winery tours, and yoga classes that begin right at your door. The rooms have complimentary coffee and organic teas as well as all the standard modern tech, though you’ll want to be outside as much as possible while you’re here.

Insider tip: Enjoy the rustic location by taking a gorgeous hike along Moormans River, beginning at the very end of Sugar Hollow Road, just a 15-minute drive away.

Bed and Breakfast and Evening Snack

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Green Gables Inn
301 Ocean View Blvd
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 375-2095
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 230 reviews

A gorgeous Victorian building in a gorgeous California location, the Green Gables Inn offers panoramic views of Monterey’s north coast, where harsh waves meet uneven rocks hemmed in by vibrant succulents, and convenient access to historic Cannery Row. Every morning, guests wake up to a breakfast buffet that includes daily fresh-baked pastries and hot entrees like quiche or Grand Marnier French toast. Take a break from your wine tasting and return in the afternoon for yet another complimentary meal, including a glass of wine, cheeses, and savory hors d’oeuvres.

Insider tip: Upon arriving, guests are greeted by an enormous teddy bear holding roses and chocolates in their rooms.

Wine Country destinations can be luxurious, leisurely, or both, but there’s no right way to experience America’s most attractive growing regions. These resorts offer their own atmosphere and amenities to create a personalized touch that will perfectly appeal to some while alienating others, so choose carefully based on what kind of Wine Country vacation you’re looking for.