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Weekender: Valentine’s Day in Napa
Jenna Scatena | Photo: Courtesy of Milliken Inn & Spa | February 7, 2013
It sounds trite, but admit it—you just might like a romantic weekend in a picturesque countryside, a short drive away.
Current as of February 2016
Milliken Creek Inn & Spa
Tucked away on the three verdant acres along the Napa River, the Milliken Creek Inn & Spa feels farther from downtown than two miles. Thoughtful touches make this boutique inn feel homey and intimate: a complimentary wine and cheese hour with a guest vintner, a common living room with a fireplace to share stories over a nightcap of port, and gourmet breakfast delivered to your room. If you weren’t right on the Silverado Trail, there’d be no reason to ever leave.
For dinner, Farm restaurant at Carneros Inn offers a lively rustic modern space and refined California fare. Farm offers a Valentine’s Day dinner menu, as does the inn's roadhouse-style café, Boon Fly. Hint: If you're headed to Farm, ask for a table by the fireplace, or linger by the communal alfresco fire pit with a glass of sherry to cap off the evening. Bonus: This month, Carneros’s So Inn Love package sets you up with a stay in one of their intimate cottages or suites, and includes a couples massage to get you through those chilly country nights.
Making your way from Milliken up the Silverado Trail, don’t miss these tasting stops: Odette Estate (of PlumpJack group) pours all of the group’s wines on their open patio. Across the street, Pine Ridge offers a tasting which represents five different appellations in the region. The 5x5 tasting takes it a step further by pairing each appellation with a gourmet sampling prepared by the winery’s chef.
In the mood for something more intimate? Splurge on a private tasting and tour for two at Vineyard 7&8, a breathtaking estate with bold wines and sweeping views of Calistoga and St. Helena. Just brace yourself for the winding drive up Spring Mountain Road.
Find more weekend getaway ideas here.