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The five things we love most about Meadowood Napa Valley are:
1. The amazing surroundings. 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. Still, the resort feels like a simple cabin in the woods, far from the madding crowd.
2. The restaurant. The resort’s restaurant (also called Meadowood Napa Valley) 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, drop by for dinner during your stay.
3. The cellar. It’s not surprising that a resort in California’s most storied wine-growing region would have an amazing collection of bottles, but Meadowood Napa Valley outdoes itself. Its master sommelier, Gilles de Chambure, 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.
4. 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.
5. The swans. 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’s a serene lake with stunning white swans gliding past. Running water is great for covering up noise, but it’s far tonier to show guests that you don’t need to.
Among the many things to experience at Meadowood Napa Valley, these are a few that our guests appreciate most:
1. The Restaurant at Meadowood. Chef Christopher Kostow and The Restaurant at Meadowood earned three Michelin stars for 2012. Chef Kostow was the second American-born chef (after Thomas Keller) to receive the honor. The Restaurant at Meadowood offers a casually elegant dining experience featuring a modern approach to Napa Valley cuisine by Kostow that is approachable, dynamic, evocative and playful.
2. Wine Education at Meadowood with Master Sommelier Gilles de Chambure, MS. For guests who seek to deepen their appreciation and wine knowledge, de Chambure offers private education sessions, exploring topics including winery architecture and history, or a more focused look at Napa Valley’s famed cabernets as well as winery excursions.
3. Spend an afternoon spanning two centuries of golf, exclusively at Meadowood Napa Valley. First, return to the era of Bobby Jones and play nine holes with authentic hickory-shafted clubs and replica gutty golf balls, all of which were used from the late 1800s to the 1930s. Back in the 1900s, players only had six wooden clubs and no yardage markers. Hickory golf takes away the formatted approach to the game — players have to calculate angles and position more closely than when playing modern golf. Soon after, you can be transported right back to the 21st century. Meadowood currently has the only course in California to offer both TrackMan Pro and the new TrackMan Range technology in our new Golf Permformance Studio. Golf Pro Doug Pike introduces you to the most current radar technology and teaching methods being introduced to the golf world.
4. Play croquet. Meadowood offers two championship croquet lawns, as well as our new Resident Croquet Pro Mike McDonnell. Not only does Mike have strong family ties to Meadowood (his dad introduced croquet to Meadowood Founding Partner H. William (Bill) Harlan), but he’s also an accomplished bass player, having toured with jazz great Maynard Ferguson and Sir Tom Jones. A Croquet Pro, musician and even pilot, meet Mike for a lesson on the Jerry Stark Memorial Croquet Lawns.
5. Tennis and hiking the property. In addition to having seven tennis courts, run by Meadowood’s resident Tennis Professional Doug King, hiking at Meadowood is an activity that guests of varying fitness levels may also enjoy. The Meadowood Health Spa and horticulture teams expanded the hiking trail to approximately 4.5 miles. Along the way, hikers may see Northern California wildlife, bird watch — more than 106 species of birds have been identified at Meadowood-and meditate at various benches created just for that purpose.