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Tablet Plus in the California Wine Country

Life in the hotels and resorts of the Napa, Sonoma, and Russian River Valleys is good — the Mediterranean climate, combined with an extraordinary food and wine scene, provides the setting for a number of truly extraordinary hotels. There’s only one way to improve on the wine-country experience. Tablet Plus, our membership program, guarantees privileges that go above and beyond the already high-end experience offered by the region’s hotels. Every one of the hotels below is a partner in our program — for details, click on through to the hotel’s page and you’ll see the Tablet Plus privileges they offer.

Hotel Healdsburg
Healdsburg
Hotel Healdsburg

If you’re more town mouse than country mouse — and more modernist mouse than Renaissance mouse, for that matter — then Hotel Healdsburg is your jam. Healdsburg itself is no metropolis, but it’s charming and walkable, and the hotel itself is bright, contemporary, and unsparing in its luxury. Bonus: the hotel’s own Dry Creek Kitchen is legendary, and for good reason.

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Calistoga Ranch
Calistoga
Calistoga Ranch

It’s hard to improve on the idea of a freestanding modern cottage in a natural setting that looks like something from a Thomas Kinkade painting, on an estate that incorporates just about every luxury known to man. The fact that it’s something of a sequel to the extraordinary Auberge du Soleil (of which more below) makes Calistoga Ranch the kind of proposition that’s impossible to turn down.

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Andaz Napa
Napa
Andaz Napa

The city of Napa itself was among the last wine-country locales to step up its hospitality game, and it’s no longer just a stop on the way to your real destination. Andaz Napa is for anyone who wants a slight urban edge to their Napa Valley experience, and provides the perfect jumping-off point for exploring what’s become a great town for foodies and oenophiles alike.

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Timber Cove Resort
Jenner
Timber Cove Resort

Timber Cove, built in the Sixties out of native redwood and stone, was originally intended as a meditation lodge. After thorough renovations in 2016, culminating in its reopening as a hotel, it’s more rustic-chic than strictly rustic — but compared to the European-inspired wine resorts of Napa and Sonoma, it’s a back-to-basics affair, the perfect place to disconnect for a weekend or more.

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Farmhouse Inn
Forestville
Farmhouse Inn

Forestville is a bit of an outlier, on the way to the Russian River, but Farmhouse Inn is well worth the drive. It doesn’t get much more charmingly mod-rustic than this six-acre estate, whose contemporary additions perfectly complement the original 19th-century farmhouse, and whose Michelin-starred restaurant keeps the regulars coming back for more.

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Meadowood
St. Helena
Meadowood

Meadowood Napa Valley was a country club first, a winemaking estate second, and only recently has it emerged as an absolutely first-rate luxury resort. Its location in St. Helena, home of the West Coast branch of the Culinary Institute of America, also doesn’t hurt — the Meadowood restaurant is the proud owner of not one or two but three Michelin stars.

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The Carneros Inn
Napa
The Carneros Inn

Closest to the Bay Area, Carneros Inn is a popular brunch spot, but it’s also the perfect destination for a more contemporary spin on the wine-country resort experience. The cottages, with their corrugated metal roofs, recall the lodgings of the early vineyard workers, but they’re outfitted with all the luxe necessities — and you might remember Farm, the restaurant, from our farm-to-table hotel roundup from late last year.

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h2hotel
Healdsburg
h2hotel

Healdsburg isn’t exactly a major metropolis, but make no mistake, this is urban living, and San Francisco architect David Baker is in full urban-rustic mode. Gone are the Tuscan villas and Provencal farmhouses of the early days of the California wine boom — this is a luxe little village, as contemporary as can be.

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Auberge du Soleil
Rutherford
Auberge Du Soleil

Last but in no way least is Auberge du Soleil, the original Provence-via-Napa luxury resort, whose iconic valley-spanning views and legendary Mediterranean-inspired cuisine — as well as its history — make it the grand dame of Napa County hotels. It’s fresh off a renovation, but longtime devotees are still just as devoted — it was a refresh, not a rethink, and the Auberge is looking better than ever.

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  • Are there any places to stay in and around Napa that are kid friendly? I have a 6 and a 4 year old. Thank you!

    Linda ScottAugust 27th, 2017
     

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