Meadowood Napa Valley

Napa Valley’s luxurious rustic escape
Editor's note: Meadowood Napa Valley is closed for renovations.

Napa Valley is known for its scenic views, award-winning wines, and amazing food, and these all come together harmoniously at Meadowood Napa Valley. Tucked away in a secluded spot in charming St. Helena, Meadowood is a 250-acre countryside estate complete with a groundbreaking restaurant, stunning hiking trails and grassy croquet fields. Take in the nature-filled surroundings from Meadowood’s series of shingled cottages that dot the picturesque landscape. 

Everything about the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel oozes rustic sophistication and discreet luxury. Meadowood shines when it comes to the subtle details: The smile and candid banter that the bellman provides while whisking you by golf cart to your temporary home. The hand-written welcome note from the gracious hotel director that awaits you in your suite. The lobby’s daily wine reception that features a tasting of the area’s best reds and whites poured by a knowledgeable staff member.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The resort is nestled into a charming valley surrounded by mountains, and it’s just about as picturesque a scene as you’re likely to find. It’s also, of course, in the heart of California’s famed wine country, and right near chic boutiques and great outdoor activities.
  • The Restaurant at Meadowood has been a favorite among foodies for years, but chef Christopher Kostow is young, hip and amazingly talented. If you want to see the future of American haute cuisine, reserve a table for dinner during your stay.
  • Meadowood Napa Valley outdoes itself in this wine-growing region. Its estate sommelier is the only full-time wine expert at a Napa Valley resort or hotel, and his input and discerning palate have taken the selection at Meadowood Napa Valley far beyond many other Napa institutions.
  • The croquet. You can’t help but smile while watching (or joining in with) dignified people in their summer whites playing a game Americans traditionally associate with the most absurd scene in Alice in Wonderland.
  • Every resort seems to feel as though they need a big, splashy fountain or a couple of torturously landscaped waterfalls, but not Meadowood Napa Valley. Instead, there are serene ponds with stunning white swans gliding past.
Things to Know
  • Public transportation options are slim in Napa. San Francisco has great public transit, but once you’re out of the city, you’re going to need to either drive yourself or arrange a car service.
  • Pets aren’t allowed at the Five-Star hotel, so you’ll have to find a sitter for Fluffy while you go on vacation.
  • The property has added three new pools in early 2020: an adults-only option with four cabanas; a relaxing club pool; and a family pool with a snack bar, play area and Creekside Dining option.

  • Not to be outdone by the Five-Star Meadowood Spa, the refreshed fitness center now features new saunas and steam rooms, expanded spaces for classes, Peloton bikes and much more.
The Rooms
  • The guest rooms at Meadowood vary from studios to suites, each with its own appeal and uniqueness. The one thing that they all have in common is the calming, luxurious décor, wood-burning fireplace and majestic views.
  • Among the different types of rooms, you can find seating areas that double as extra sleeping room, French doors that open onto large private porches and patios, vaulted ceilings and reading chairs and built-in window seats.
  • The bathrooms at Meadowood are light and bright and vary from room to room where some rooms host a shower and vanity, others offer a combination of a soaking tub and separate shower. Larger rooms have two vanities and estate suites come with luxurious bathrooms featuring two-person soaking tubs and separate showers, dual sinks and dressing vanities.
  • Meadowood Napa Valley’s turndown service is a feast for the senses that will satisfy your sweet tooth. You’ll return to your room in the evening to find everything tidied and the luxurious white linens on your bed prepared for your arrival, your pillows fluffed, and your robe and slippers put out for you.
  • Generally, guests will find queen or California king beds. From the inviting linens to the comfortable throws, the exquisite beds are designed to host the sweetest of dreams.
The Look
  • Instead of trying to impress guests with wild architecture and glitz, they put their money and energy into making the resort’s indoor and outdoor spaces an exemplar of easy luxury.
  • The Meadowood Napa Valley’s cheerful Alpine-style lodges and quaint cottages are brimming with California antiques from the early half of the 20th century everywhere you turn and luxurious additions (like huge soaking tubs and private gardens with outdoor showers) that are timeless in their sumptuous appeal.
  • Every room and suite has a lush view, whether it’s a woodland view that makes you feel as though you’re in a fairytale forest or French doors that open directly onto the gorgeous croquet lawn, where club members and guests in bright summer whites give you the sense that you may have stepped back in time to some lovely late Victorian hotel in the Catskills.
  • Instead of cramming all the cottages and lodges together in a central area, the resort has them distributed across the entirety of its acreage, so there’s always a sense of privacy and of being one of a pampered few guests.
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Getting There
900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena, California 94574
APC (1 h 25 min-1 h 40 min)   OAK   SMF  
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