What Are You Feeling? A Guide To CA Wine Country Hotels

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We’re now coming into spring, how have your new year’s goals held up? If health and wellness were at the top of your list, we’ve got some suggestions are completing those goals. A California Wine Country vacation is one of the most enjoyable ways to combine fun with a health-conscious experience.

The wine country is about so much more than wine tasting these days. Adventure activities, rejuvenating spa treatments and healthy dining offer ample opportunities to relax, detox and unwind.

Choosing the right hotel for the kind of experience you seek should be at the top of your list when planning your wine country escape. From incomparable luxury to the coziness of an informal bed and breakfast, your own personal preferences will help define the wine country lodging that is just right for you. So what are you feeling?

Would You Love To Be Pampered At A Luxury Resort?

Solage
755 Silverado Trail
Calistoga, California 94515
(866) 942-7442
Trip Advisor: 4.5 stars, 848 reviews

Solage, an Auberge Resort Collection hotel, is a luxurious oasis. From the delectable food and wine at Napa Valley’s Michelin-rated Solbar to the property’s geothermal outdoor pools that look like they are straight out of a Hollywood movie set, Solage is the perfect place to indulge all of your senses and relax the body, mind and spirit.

To help you achieve your fitness goals, there is a state-of-the art fitness facility. Daily yoga classes are offered, and guests can enjoy the complimentary use of cruiser bikes for two.

Solange’s clean, spare and contemporary design is an integral element of this peaceful and meditative environment.

The perfect “spoil yourself” getaway is to stay in the Silverado Suite with separate living room, fireplace, dual everything and – best of all – a private patio and hot tub for two.

Insider tip: Book their signature mudslide treatment for two. When you do, you’ll see why two is better than one.

Does A Classic Resort With A Lot Of Amenities Appeal To You?

Meritage Resort and Spa
875 Bordeaux Way
Napa, Ca 94558
(855)981-7674
Trip Advisor: 4 stars, 1654 reviews

Vineyards views, an adults-only swimming pool with private cabanas, a wine cave with a spa, a bocce ball court, bowling and twenty-four hour concierge service make the Meritage Resort the ideal destination for anyone who desires an active vacation with a lot of options. The resort sits just minutes away from dozens of wineries, two world-class golf courses, and downtown Napa. AnEstate Cave that is home to Spa Terra and the Trinitas Cellars wine tasting room, both in the heart of the earth.

The Meritage offers four restaurants to choose from including Siena, a California/Tuscan restaurant with farm-to-table cuisine; Crush Ultra Lounge, an entertainment and sports bar with bowling lanes; Blend, a quick-service café; and The Commons: A Wine Bar.

Insider tip: Order a box lunch for two or bring your own and have lunch under the old oak tree in the vineyards. Then, take a short hike up to the Grape Crusher statue. On clear days you can see all the way to the San Pablo Bay.

Would You Like To Have An Adults-Only Luxury Experience?

Kenwood Inn and Spa
10400 Sonoma Hwy. 1
Kenwood, Ca 95452
(707) 833 – 1293
Trip Advisor: 4.5 stars 617 reviews

Italy meets California in the best possible way at the Kenwood Inn and Spa. Complete privacy and total relaxation are nurtured: there are no televisions, no pets allowed and no kids – Kenwood Inn is an adults-only property. The eighteen Italian-inspired guest rooms are elegant, spacious and comfortable.

Indulge in healing spa treatments; the spa at the Kenwood Inn has been rated one of the top spas in America by Conde Nast Traveler.

Feed your body and soul with delicious cuisine that fuses the best of local Sonoma Country ingredients and Italian recipes. Or you can design your own custom relaxation package. All you have to do is ask.

Insider tip: For the utmost in-room spa service, order the Bath Butler with products from the lavender fields of Matanzas Creek Winery’s lovely estate. Light the lavender scented candle, pour yourself some bubbles – and float your cares away.

Is A Room With A View The Place For You?

The Milliken Creek Inn
1815 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 320 – 2277
Trip Advisor: 4.5 stars, 367 reviews

Experience the Napa River much as people in the 1800s did at the Milliken Creek Inn and Spa. Located on three acres, the Inn was originally a stage-coach stopover on what is now the Silverado Trail. The completion of the Napa River project has allowed wildlife to once again flourish along the river.

Stay at the Milliken Creek Inn and enjoy views of the river from your private deck. Order your hot breakfast served outside on the terrace – or anywhere you’d like. Luxury and intimate design bring the outside in.

You will truly find “a room with a view” at Milliken Creek Inn.

Insider tip: Start your day with yoga on the river banks, then have the concierge arrange a river history tour and learn all about the wildlife found along the Napa River

How About A Cozy Bed And Breakfast?

Inn at Occidental
3657 Church St
Occidental, CA 95465
(800) 522-6324
Trip Advisor: 5 stars, 343 reviews

Occidental, CA – population 1000 – feels like another world, a bit like a hippie town that time forgot. Located along the Bohemian Highway, with its ancient redwood forests, Occidental feels like it’s a million miles from civilization.

Happily, this extraordinarily scenic excursion, one of the most iconic in California, is only a twenty minute drive to Santa Rosa.

A cozy bed and breakfast graciously presided over by the owners, the Inn at Occidental is a delightful place to relax and unwind. Each room is artfully decorated, and Sky West Magazine has rated their art collection as one of the best small collections in a bed and breakfast. Don’t miss the evening wine tasting hosted by a local winery.

Insider tip: Occidental is located at the beginning of Coleman Valley Road, a gorgeous drive through pastures and redwood forests that eventually takes you downhill and straight to the coast. Whether biking or driving, this is a must do.
Whether your wellness goals include becoming more active, reconnecting with nature, pampering yourself with healing spa treatments or indulging in the utmost luxury, let a vacation in the wine country guide be the beginning of feeling more like you.

Penny Sadler is on a mission to visit every AVA in California with an occasional detour to the old world in Europe. She loves roaming the vineyards with her camera in and and believes that great wine pairs best with engaging conversation. Follow her on her blog Adventures of a Carry-on.