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4 Awesome Wine Country Resorts

4 Awesome Wine Country Resorts
Luxurious spas, farm-to-table dining, and easy access to dozens of wineries—these Napa and Sonoma resorts offer the indulgent getaway you need

Ready for some “me time” in Wine Country? Reserve your spot at one of these spectacular Napa and Sonoma resorts.

Farmhouse Inn, Forestville

You might stumble on this Russian River Valley resort when you’re making dinner reservations—its Michelin-starred restaurant, Farmhouse, puts it on the map. The Farmhouse Inn has only 25 rooms, including eight cottages with dry saunas, all gussied up in woodsy-chic style. A full-service spa offers organic treatments using herbs, honey, and fruit harvested on the six-acre property. Swim in the heated pool, take a sommelier-led wine tour, roast late-night s’mores around the fire pit, or just luxuriate in your feather bed.

Auberge du Soleil, St. Helena, Napa

World-class Auberge du Soleil has reigned as the posh resort queen since its opening in 1982. Choose rooms (with French names like Saint-Tropez and Loire) in the main building or stay in one of the hillside cottages with terraces that capitalize on mesmerizing views. A tricked-out spa offers multiple ways to find your bliss—including a Cabernet grape body masque. There’s also a sculpture garden, yoga pavilion, fitness classes, pool, and Michelin-starred restaurant. A stay at this sun-kissed spot high on Rutherford Hill is California’s answer to a weekend in Provence.

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, Sonoma

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa is the grande dame of Sonoma’s resorts. Built in 1927, its distinctive pink walls, red tile roof, and courtyards dotted with fountains and gardens give it a storybook California mission look. The massive structure—more than 40,000 square feet—contains 226 rooms, wine lounge 38 North, and Santé Restaurant. But the biggest draw is the thermal mineral water bubbling up from the ground, which fills four geothermal swimming pools. Try a Watsu massage at the on-site spa, play 18 holes of golf, or simply soak away the world.

Carneros Resort & Spa, Napa

For a treat-yourself weekend that’s an easy drive from San Francisco, head to Carneros Resort & Spa. Spread over 28 acres of orchards and vineyards, Carneros’ farmhouse-style cottages make a perfect casual-chic setting for a Wine Country getaway. Most have patios or decks with lounge chairs, outdoor showers or soaking tubs, and picnic tables. Spend an afternoon at the adults-only infinity pool and make reservations for dinner at Farm. For casual dining, the Boon Fly Café serves cozy roadhouse food, including out-of-this-world doughnuts.


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With luxurious spas, farm-to-table dining, and easy access to dozens of wineries, Napa and Sonoma resorts offer some of the world’s most indulgent getaways.
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Discover the San Francisco Bay Area

A crimson bridge, cable cars, a sparkling bay, and streets lined with elegant Victorian homes—San Francisco is undeniably one of the world’s great cities. Located along the Northern California at the state’s distinctive bend in the coast, the region has an alluring magic that stretches beyond the bay to diverse cities with nightlife and trend-setting cuisine.

"I left my heart in San Francisco, High on a hill, it calls to me."  –singer Tony Bennett

The Bay Area is also home to some of the world’s finest wine country, including Napa Valley and Sonoma, plus waterfront towns, dramatic beaches, and the tech-savvy southern end of the bay known as the Silicon Valley, where lunchtime ideas at Google, Facebook, and Apple, turn into the next brilliant innovation. 

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