Napa Valley’s luxurious rustic escape

50 Rooms / 35 Suites

Napa Valley is known for its scenic views, award-winning wines and amazing food, and these all come together harmoniously at Meadwood 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 Four-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. The staffer who comes to light a fire in your wood-burning fireplace when a chill sets in during the evening.

The Rooms

When staying at Meadowood, you’ll choose from 85 recently renovated cottages, suites and lodges scattered amid a leafy forest. The rooms feel more like intimate houses than typical hotel accommodations. Although there are more than 18 different floor plans, all of the airy rooms share the same refined, contemporary farmhouse style. You’ll find high ceilings with white exposed beams, a natural color palette of whites and beiges mixed with marble and hardwood details, stone fireplaces, plush seating areas with plump oversized pillows in muted prints, mounted flat-screen televisions, crisp white bed linens and cozy cashmere throws. Bonus: Most accommodations have their own deck, and no room has a bad view. Some overlook the golf course, others a tree-lined hill, and the most extraordinary vistas are found high up on top of the property at the larger lodges. The living spaces are private and once you're in your room, you quickly forget the outside world. 

The Amenities

You won’t have to stray from the property to find things to do. Get active on the 4.5 miles of hiking trails that crisscross the 250-acre property (which was once a Christmas tree farm). Bring your regulation whites to play on Meadowood’s two croquet lawns (don’t worry if you’re a novice — croquet pro Mike McDonnell can give you a lesson). Swim in one of the heated swimming pools; there’s a lap pool strictly for adults and a family option for children. The luxury hotel has a nine-hole golf course along with a golf studio, driving range and pro who is ready and waiting to give you pointers on your swing. A recent renovation of the course provides unique year-round conditions on drought-friendly grounds. If tennis is your game of choice, there are also seven outdoor hard surface courts.

Opened in late 2015, the state-of-the-art Five-Star Meadowood Spa feels more like a personal wellness retreat than your typical hotel spa. Every part of your experience can be customized to suit your needs, from the best essential oil to use in your aromatherapy shower to which housemade juice you'll find to be the most refreshing way to end your session. The use of natural materials and a matching color palate throughout the 14,000 square foot space creates a serene hideaway that features two relaxation gardens (one for women and another for men) each with a sauna, mineral soaking pool and steam room.

The Food

You can’t stay at the Napa hotel without dining at The Restaurant at Meadowood. The Five-Star restaurant is run by chef Christopher Kostow, a pioneer of new Napa cuisine. It’s hyper-local food — there’s even an on-staff forager — that’s clever and innovative. Dining at The Restaurant at Meadowood is a thoughtful, masterful experience that illustrates a certain place (the Napa Valley) at a certain point in time. While the seasonal menu changes often, expect a procession of up to 20 creative courses, like lamb with sunflower “tripe” or whipped yogurt with black sesame and pickled plum purée dots sitting on a shiso chiffonade nest. It’s a meal that should be on every foodie’s bucket list.

If you’re looking for something a little more casual, The Grill serves up scrumptious seasonal classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Think lemon buttermilk pancakes with local ricotta, vanilla bean and blueberry compote for breakfast; asparagus flatbread with green garlic, smoked bacon and micro greens grown in the property’s garden for lunch; and organic chicken with forbidden rice and salsa verde for dinner. And if you want to stick to healthy fare, Meadowood can accommodate. The Grill just launched a wellness drink program that features housemade cold-pressed juices, nut milks and elixirs.

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