NAPA, CA — From lavish five-star luxury resorts; private bungalows and cottages; to intimate B&B’s, the Napa Valley offers a wide variety of lodging options for retreating “away from home, while close to home.” Napa Valley’s rural 35-mile scenic landscape offers vast outdoor space allowing for natural social distancing and summer fun.
The Napa Valley is conveniently located just an hour’s drive from the San Francisco Bay Area and accessible to many nearby airports, including Sonoma County Airport; Sacramento; Oakland; and SFO. Additionally, JetSuiteX offers 30-seat limited passenger flights from LAX and Las Vegas to Buchanan Field Airport in Concord, a short 45-minute drive from Napa Valley. Guests may also opt to charter a private flight through Napa Jet Center into Napa County Airport.
The Napa Valley consists of five small towns to explore and experience – including, from north to south, Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville, the city of Napa, and American Canyon.
Below is a highlight of lodging options for a variety of Napa Valley getaways – including cottages, B&B’s and boutique inns to reconnect with family and friends; multi-generational retreats; solo escapes; working away from home; private guest houses; as well as laid back motor lodges.
Cottages, B&B’s and Boutique Inns to Reconnect with Family and Friends
Ideal for a getaway with friends and family, Napa Valley offers Bed & Breakfasts and boutique inns ranging in size from three rooms or more – as well as free standing bungalows and cottages. From elegant and modern to charming and traditional, guests have the option to reserve the entire property for a private retreat to reconnect.
In downtown Napa, just steps away from boutique shops; restaurants; and wine tasting rooms, the Inn on Randolph located in Napa’s historic district offers five guest rooms in the main house as well as five independent cottages, with an outdoor garden terrace for gathering. The recently opened R Inn Napa, a re-imagined historic building converted into a contemporary boutique inn with a private urban feel features 10 guest rooms, each with skylights, and a secluded outdoor courtyard. The White House Napa Valley Inn features 17 rooms and a lush outdoor garden, complete with private pool-side cabanas. The Cottages of Napa Valley offer eight unique private cottages centered around a large lawn with outdoor firepits and ample seating; while River Pointe Napa Valley features cozy vacation studios as well as one-bedroom cottages located along the Napa River Trail. The Setting Inn provides a true country escape on its one-acre property just north of Napa off Highway 29. The remodeled 1901 farmhouse features less than ten rooms, with an adjacent separate two-bedroom cottage.
In downtown Yountville, the Napa Valley Railway Inn has transformed eight historic steam-era railcars into individual guest accommodations, each with a private bath and patio. Lavender Inn and Mason Fleurie each offer rooms with private entrances; some through a private patio. Guests may enjoy breakfast in the garden or have it delivered to their room or private patio. For a more secluded experience, Poetry Inn’s five guest rooms overlook the Stags Leap District, each with a private terrace and indoor and outdoor shower.
St. Helena’s Vineyard Country Inn features 21 suites situated on an acre of landscaped gardens overlooking more than 100 Cabernet Sauvignon grape vines. In Calistoga, Brannan Cottage Inn, built in 1860, and just steps from shops and restaurants on the town’s main street, Lincoln Avenue, features six rooms and a large wrap around porch for afternoon gatherings. Chateau de Vie is an elegant country house with five suites surrounded by formal gardens and a heated lap pool. The Bungalows at Calistoga are three modern craftsman style homes, each with large private outdoor space, that accommodate up to four guests. Cottage Grove Inn features 16 private cottages, each with a fireplace and Jacuzzi tub for two. And, for an adults only getaway, the five room Francis House, originally built in 1886 and listed on the Register of Historic Places, has been transformed as Calistoga’s newest luxury B&B where guests may relax by the pool; or play bar billiards in the game room.
Napa Valley’s resorts and full-service hotels cater to the entire family. In Napa, Silverado Resort and Spa offers one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens, as well as golf, tennis, and swimming pools. Embassy Suites Napa Valley features both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a children’s menu and bicycle rentals. The Carneros Resort and Spa offers 103 standalone cottages, residences, and luxury private homes, providing ample space for all family members. The resort also has a family pool (as well as an adults-only pool). The Meritage Resort and Spa features “Live at Five” outdoor musical performances on the lawn every Friday, Saturday 5 to 7 p.m. beginning July 3, 2020 through Labor Day weekend. The resort’s Crush Lounge, with six lanes of bowling and sports entertainment is scheduled to reopen on Aug. 8, National Bowling Day.
Vista Collina Resort in Napa offers families a home-away-from-home with 39 suites, each offering spacious living rooms, dining areas and full kitchens, ideal for family dinners. In partnership with Hestan Cue, the resort also provides guests with an in-suite culinary experience where families can select farm-fresh ingredients from Five Town Grocery and learn to cook gourmet and child-friendly meals.
Solage Calistoga offers two pools, one for families and a separate Olympic-size pool for adults. Kids can play bocce ball or borrow the complimentary beach cruisers to bike into town. They also offer “dine anywhere” picnic options with custom menus.
Other family and budget-friendly properties, which feature swimming pools for a relaxing splash at the end of the day and large enough to allow for proper social distancing, include Holiday Inn Express & Suites and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley in American Canyon; the Hilton Garden Inn, and Hampton Inn and Suites, each in Napa; and the Best Western Plus Stevenson Manor in Calistoga.
For those looking for solo retreats for a truly quiet and restorative hideaway, Napa’s Milliken Creek Inn and Spa features river and woodland views and private external entrances and patios. Set in the middle of a vineyard, St. Helena’s Wine Country Inn & Cottages offers vineyard views from every guest room and private patios and decks. Set on a private 250-acre estate, Meadowood Napa Valley offers 85 spacious private cottages, suites and lodges, as well as in-room spa experiences and self-guided hiking trails.
Working Away from Home
Working from home, while away from home takes on a new meaning when the backdrop includes a view of a vineyard or golf course, with Business Center services available.
The Napa River Inn in downtown Napa features private balconies overlooking the Napa River, and is just steps from the Napa Valley Vine Trail for a walk; run; or bike ride during a lunch break. Archer Hotel offers rooms with balconies overlooking downtown Napa as well as Sky & Vine, a rooftop bar and restaurant with plenty of space for a laptop. The Cottage Drive golf course accommodations at Silverado Resort & Spa overlook the resort’s North Golf Course while the family retreats at Oak Creek offers spacious two-bedroom suites with an open living area. The Westin Verasa, located just steps from the Oxbow Public Market and CIA at Copia, features suites with kitchens and living rooms. The Harvest Inn in St. Helena is set on eight acres surrounded by redwood trees, with rooms that open onto views of vineyards. Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, also in St. Helena, will reopen Aug. 1, 2020. Rooms feature vineyard views of Beringer Vineyards and and private balconies, ideal for working away from home.
Private Guest Houses
Surrounded by rolling vineyards, Carneros Resort and Spa in Napa features two-and-three-bedroom homes equipped with a gated entrance; gourmet kitchen and dining room; courtyard, and rooftop sun deck for added privacy. The five-bedroom Villa at The Estate Yountville, with ensuite baths, accommodates up to ten guests and also includes a private swimming pool. Also in Yountville, Bardessono offers three new Maple Grove Villas which may be booked individually or as a three-bedroom retreat providing more than 3700 square feet of space. Guests also have exclusive access to the property’s hybrid Lexus.
Auberge du Soleil features two 1800 square foot, two-bedroom, two-bath private Maisons, which come with the use of a dedicated Mercedes-Benz. In Calistoga, each of the multi-room lodges at Calistoga Ranch feature a full kitchen and a central outdoor family space. Complimentary bicycles are provided to guests for easy access to downtown Calistoga.
Laidback Motor Lodges
For those seeking the spirit of a classic American roadtrip, Napa Valley offers a variety of motor lodges which provide a sense of nostalgia with the added convenience of door-to-door self-parking and easily accessible rooms.
In Napa, the Napa Valley Hotel & Suites is located in the heart of the downtown shopping area, complete with an outdoor swimming pool. Other choices include Chardonnay Lodge and Motel 6 Napa. St. Helena’s quaint and historic El Bonita Motel offers rooms with outdoor sitting areas centered around an outdoor swimming pool. In Calistoga, Indian Springs Resort depicts a family vacation circa 1930, offering outdoor living spaces and full access to Indian Springs amenities. At the head of the Silverado Trail, Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa is a newly reinvented 50-room resort with a 1950’s vibe, complete with cruiser bikes, communal spaces with ample room for social distancing; and an outdoor swimming pool fed by the property’s own hot mineral springs.
“Napa Valley visitors will experience the world-class hospitality they have always enjoyed, with the added assurance that all of our restaurants and retail businesses, as well as our wineries and hotels, are committed to practice the highest safety standards, above and beyond the mandated requirements, in order to protect the health and welfare of guests, employees, and the Napa Valley community,” said Linsey Gallagher, president and CEO for Visit Napa Valley.
A complete list of lodging options may be found at VisitNapaValley.com with the option to search by category; town; as well as lodging and in-room amenities. Social distancing, indoor mask use, limited occupancies, and other health protocols are required by the Napa County Public Health Officer. It is important to make and/or confirm reservations directly, as individual businesses will open on their own schedule.