Nestled amid the rolling hills of northern California between San Francisco and Sacramento, Napa Valley is renowned the world over for its abundance of wineries, along with picturesque scenery and charming small towns such as Napa and Calistoga. In addition to hotels, countless bed-and-breakfasts, campgrounds and more offbeat lodgings cater to vacationers visiting this bucolic locale, including a thoroughbred ranch that doubles as an operating winery. With that being said, these five unique Napa Valley accommodations should be on every traveler’s bucket list.
1. Napa Vineyard House, Napa
Bounded by vineyards on three sides, this chic yet charming bed-and-breakfast is the perfect place for Wine Country travelers to rest up between seemingly endless days of sightseeing. Featuring both a turn-of-the-century farmhouse and a private two-bedroom cottage, the inn goes the extra mile to tickle guests’ fancies, with luxurious bedrooms, cozy gas fireplaces and no shortage of spectacular vineyard views. Not to be overlooked is the adjacent Bouchon Bakery, where guests can sample freshly baked French pastries each morning.
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2. Yurts at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, Calistoga
For a unique twist on camping, visitors to Bothe-Napa Valley State Park near Calistoga can spend the night in one-of-10 yurts situated throughout the park. What these distinctive domed structures lack in creature comforts, such as heat and electricity, they certainly make up for in their functionality and one-of-a-kind design – indeed, the park’s three largest yurts are 21 feet in diameter and accommodate up to six guests. Furthermore, their location places visitors within close proximity of all that this scenic wonderland has to offer, including the easternmost grove of coastal redwoods in any California state park. It’s sure to be an amazing experience.
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3. RustRidge Ranch & Winery, St. Helena
The picturesque Chiles Valley near St. Helena is home to the RustRidge Ranch & Winery, a vast property encompassing a winery, a thoroughbred horse ranch and a charming country inn. Guests at this rustic retreat can partake in a variety of activities, including tennis, birdwatching and hiking, in addition to educational programs on topics ranging from racehorse training to winemaking. Furthermore, the ranch’s spacious guest house features four comfortable rooms with plush bedding and plenty of breathtaking vineyard vistas. With an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub rounding out its long list of amenities, RustRidge Ranch & Winery is not just a place to stay, but a destination in and of itself.
4. Brannan Cottage Inn, Calistoga
Calistoga’s charming Brannan Cottage Inn dates back to 1860 and was once part of a nineteenth-century tourist resort drawing plenty of vacationers, most notably famed author Robert Louis Stevenson. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the six-room inn seamlessly blends modern conveniences with timeless Victorian elegance and charm, satisfying even the most demanding travelers. With its lush gardens and convenient downtown location, Brannan Cottage Inn is sure to be the perfect home base for any Napa Valley getaway.
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5. Inn at Salvestrin, St. Helena
Situated on a longstanding St. Helena winery, the Inn at Salvestrin was built in 1879 for local viticulture pioneer Dr. George Belden Crane and later served as a private residence for the Salvestrin family before it was converted for its present use. Today, the inn immerses guests in the region’s rich farming and winemaking tradition, offering complimentary wine tastings and tours of the estate grounds. Although occupancy is limited to only two guests per room, the Inn at Salvestrin is not to be missed.
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