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Three Wineries Where You’ll Be Glad You’re Allowed to Sleep Over

At these wineries with vineyard-side lodgings, you can toast the sunset—and the sunrise.

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This story, originally published in March 2016, has been updated and is current as of November 2018.

What’s even better than a day in wine country? Staying the night, of course! Here, a flight of wineries where you get to sleep among the vines—plus the best things to do and eat in between tastings.

The Poetry Inn, Napa

Cliff Lede’s off-the-charts-luxurious Poetry Inn is just up the hill from the winery. If you’re considering proposing, or planning an occasion of that caliber, there is perhaps nowhere better to stay in wine country. Every room has a sweeping view of the valley, plush lounge furniture, a grand bathtub, indoor and outdoor showers, a fireplace, and a private balcony facing west for ideal sunset viewing.  

Wines to try: 2015 Moon Fantasy Rock Block Series ($110): layers of dark fruit and spice; 2017 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($25): citrusy and crisp.

What to do: Poetry Inn is about five minutes from all that charming Yountville has to offer. Shop at boutiques like Napa Style and California and Vine, grab a cup of coffee and a croissant at Bouchon Bakery, and walk from tasting room to tasting room while you mosey down Washington Street. Make sure to stop at Hestan and Ma(i)sonry, where you’ll find some of the most sophisticated and sought-after wines in the valley. If you don’t mind a short drive—or a long walk—head to Keever Vineyards for fantastic reds and expansive views, or Domaine Chandon if you fancy bubbles. Mix it up by stopping at the classy restaurant bars along the way and end the night at Pancha’s, Napa’s most notorious dive bar.

Where to eat: If you didn’t plan far enough in advance to nab that French Laundry reservation, you won’t go hungry. There is, of course, celebrity chef Michael Chiarello’s Bottega, Bouchon Bistro, and Bistro Jeanty for famous French. (Bouchon is also the top spot in town for coffee and pastries.) If you’re in a rush, try Yountville Deli or Soda Canyon Store.

Chateau de Vie, Calistoga 

The cozy Chateau de Vie inn is surrounded by vineyards, where they grow the grapes for their brooding and spicy cabernet sauvignon. And while the winery only makes a cabernet, there are plenty of options for white wine lovers, including a brunch with fresh-baked goodies paired with some of Napa Valley’s best chardonnays. The owners describe the inn and its decor as having “a quiet air of masculinity,” and while the warm lighting and bold colors lean in that direction, it’s certainly not overdone. The property has formal gardens, a pool, and a hot tub.

Wine to try: 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ($78): dark chocolate and spice.

What to do:  If you’re feeling outdoorsy, take a spin through the gardens and vineyards at the inn before hiking Calistoga’s Oat Hill Mine Trail through the Palisades Mountains. Or rent a bike from the Calistoga Bike Shop and cruise to nearby wineries as you explore the area’s wooded landscape. Lincoln Avenue runs through little downtown Calistoga, where there are fun eateries, bars, breweries, boutique shopping, and live music and dancing most nights. If you’re in the mood for a pampering, try historic Indian Springs or chic Solage. If your focus is wine, be sure to visit Venge Vineyards, Jericho Canyon, Hourglass and Chateau Montelena.

Where to eat:  Brannon's Grill and the Calistoga Inn and Brewery are lively, simple, down-to-earth spots with good American food. If you want to spice things up, try the Creole specialties at Evangeline or head to Solbar, which contends with the best restaurants in Napa Valley. If you’re in a hurry, Palisades Deli Café has everything you need for a picnic as well as a few Mexican favorites.


Inman Family Wines, Sonoma

Kathleen Inman’s vineyard farmhouse is a good home base for trips into Russian River Valley. Decorated with art and antiques, the farmhouse has three bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a garden, set on a property dotted with old farm buildings, fruit trees, and table grape vines. The best part is that guests are invited to enjoy the fruit from the orchards and veggies from the gardens, and a private tour of the vineyards and estate tasting are included.

Wine to try: 2014 Sexton Road Ranch Pinot Noir ($68): blackberry and cocoa.

What to do: Since you’re not far from the Russian River Valley, you could easily spend your day tasting wines at these hidden spots, as well as better-known wineries like Garry Farrell Vineyards. If you want to keep it close, catch some live music at Hop Monk Tavern in Sebastopol and taste wines around here as well as Graton and Forestville. You’re also close to the ocean, so it’s worth considering a day of hikes or hanging on the beach at Bodega Bay. If you do head for the coast, plan a stop in Freestone at famous Wild Flour Bread for treats and coffee. Or detox with a massage or a rejuvenating Cedar Enzyme Bath at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary.  

Where to eat: Tasty local restaurants are just five minutes away. Book ahead at award-winning Zazu kitchen + farm, funky but fun Underwood Bar & Bistro, or Kathleen Inman’s suggestion, Boon.

 

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