8 Spots To See a Celebrity In Napa Valley

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Beautiful people love beautiful places, so it’s not surprising that celebrities come to Napa Valley to enjoy the scenery and celebrate special occasions. Here are our best spots in the area to come across, dine amongst, and relax around the stars of film, television, sports, and the culinary world.

Meadowood Napa Valley Resort
This beautiful estate is a hit for celebrity weddings. Last summer, baseball great Derek Jeter tied the knot with Hannah Davis and 100 of their closest friends at this luxurious hotel. Even John Legend has gone on record saying that Meadowood is his number one place to visit thanks to their world-renowned restaurant and picturesque gardens. Need more John Legend in your life? Head down to Raymond Vineyards to check out his LVE Wine collaboration with Jean Charles Boisett.

Insider’s Tip: Interested in more celebrity and wine collaborations? Venture up to CADE Winery or down to Stags Leap District to Odette Estate , both owned by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom.

Calistoga Ranch
The perfect place to get back to nature with a touch of glamour, the Calistoga Ranch spares no expense to make sure that you are treated like royalty from your arrival to departure. This must be why the Queen of Jordan frequently visits. Be sure to take in the views just like Lady Gaga and go hiking on their beautiful grounds. This 157-acre spread also features a candlelit, granite wine cave that was once rented by P. Diddy for a romantic dinner, but is open regularly for guests to attend meditation sessions and host private events.

Insider’s Tip: Reserve an Oak Creek Lodge where you can relax in your very private oasis with deckside outdoor shower and hot tub for optimal relaxation.

Easily one of the hippest hotels and venues to spot stars and get a glimpse of the luxe life, and supposedly Allison Williams of HBO’s Girls fame prefers to relax here on her visits to Napa Valley. With every stay you have access to the resort’s beach cruisers and a fleet of Mercedes and with their interesting rooms, fabulous service, amazing spa, pristine pool and hot tub, and the delicious meals at their SolBar restaurant, you’ll never want to leave.

Insider’s Tip: Live the lux life by adding a few somethings extra into your plush suite at Solage. Check out their special upgrades, offered exclusively through Napavalley.com

Just taking a walk or a ride around town might find you shoulder to shoulder with Hollywood’s A-list including the likes of Will Smith, Francis Ford Coppola, and Hilary Swank. And of course, we must mention that 49ers football legend Joe Montana owns a home here. As the Valley’s most northern town, Calistoga is the perfect amount of quaint and bustling with a touch of modern dining experiences you don’t want to miss.

Insider’s Tip: Sports legends are finding sweet retirement living in Calistoga’s wine region. Visit Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver’s Seaver Vineyards on Diamond Mountain and former St. Louis Ram’s Head Coach Dick Vermeil has a downtown tasting room, Vermeil Wines.

Bottega Restaurant
If it’s good enough for Victoria and David Beckham, then it’s good enough for us! Book your reservation at the Yountville Italian hotspot yourself where the owner and chef Michael Chiarello is a celebrity in his own right with shows on the Food Network. Catch Chef in the back working the line, rolling out fresh pasta dough and sharing stories.

Insider’s Tip: Don’t want to miss a celebrity sighting, like Wynonna Judd? Then stick to eating at the bar. Plus, you won’t have to wait for a table, and the bartenders are wonderfully attentive for drinks and the restaurant has quite the robust bar menu.

Auction Napa Valley
Touted as the world’s grandest wine event, Auction Napa Valley is a 4-day party to help raise money for the Napa community. Featuring bidding wars on elaborate dinners, exotic vacations and yes, lots and lots of wine. If the who’s-who of the wine world is more to your taste, then be sure to attend the illustrious event. Past guests have included Oprah, Michelle Pheifer, Kate Upton, Courtney Cox and Dennis Quaid are just a few on the celebrities that have attended. From Michelin-starred restaurateurs, to legendary vinters, to the Hollywood “friends”, you can expect to dine and give with the best of them.

Insider’s Tip: In 2017, the entire Coppola family was named chairs of the event. So expect to see some very familiar (and famous) faces in the crowd.

Napa Valley Film Festival
Where else can you catch movie stars then at the premiere of their own films? Of course, you can view much more than actors at the Napa Valley Film Festival from compelling documentaries to hilarious shorts, there’s a film for every taste. Every year NVFF honors a variety of Hollywood stars from Kurt Russell and Matthew McConaughey to Shailene Woodley and John Travolta.

Insider’s Tip: For the most intimate access to filmmakers and stars purchasing Patron Circle VIP tickets guarantees you seats at the tables of well known Hollywood movers and shakers.

BottleRock Napa Valley
If you have an ear for music, then be sure to attend the 3-day music festival that takes over the area every year celebrating the start of summer. This concert is known for amazing food vendors, high-end wine tastings, and craft beer tents. And of course, the musicians themselves. Listen to and rock out with Maroon 5, Tom Petty, Macklemore, Modest Mouse, and many more.

Insider’s Tip: Looking to keep rockin’ after Friday and Saturday’s events, hop on the Napa Valley Wine Train’s Hidden Tracks after party! Join them 8pm-midnight for music, food and drinks both nights between Third and Soscol as they celebrate the kick off event of the summer!