Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and what better place to put a little love in your heart than in Wine Country? From romantic resorts to adventures that will set hearts aflutter to fantastic wine and food that will awake the senses, Napa Valley is the perfect spot to write your own love story.
Of course, Cupid isn’t out in full force right now due to COVID-19, which definitely puts a damper on stolen kisses thanks to constant mask-wearing, but love birds can still find magic in this enchanting Northern California region; it just involves a little flexibility with the existing guidelines. (More on that below). Even if you don’t plan that big Napa rendezvous with your Valentine this month, you can still use this guide to plan another romantic getaway, whatever time of year, because Napa Valley’s weather makes it easy to visit each and every month. After all, after waiting patiently to visit Napa Valley again, you’ll certainly deserve it.
COVID-19 Note: Napa Valley is again welcoming visitors! Please note that existing regulations limit some activities, like wine tasting and in-person dining, to outdoors only. Be sure to confirm hours and guidelines with each of these businesses before visiting, and check out our pandemic news page for further information.
A stay at this luxurious resort in the heart of Wine Country should come with a warning: You’ll find it almost impossible to pull yourself away from the picturesque estate, which for a romantic weekend is perhaps actually perfect. Truly, there’s no need to leave as the resort has everything one could possibly want: charming secluded cottages with private front porches and backyard gardens, fire pits and fireplaces, and outdoor soaking tubs; two pools with hot tubs (one which sits atop a hill with vineyard views and is adults-only); a full-service spa exclusive to guests; and three farm-to-table dining experiences. If you do manage to venture away from the grounds, you’ll find plenty of world-renowned wineries nearby, as well as outdoor activities, like golf, horseback riding, hiking, and kayaking. But if you decide to enjoy breakfast in bed before making your way to a chaise lounge for the day (interrupted only by your couples massage), no one will judge you.
WineCountry Perks: Book using code ‘WINECOUNTRY’ to receive a complimentary bottle of wine and $100 spa credit to use at the Spa at Carneros.4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559, (866) 860-2328
Romance is the name of the game at this hillside escape, perched above the Silverado Trail in Napa’s Stags Leap District. Offering both privacy and serenity, Poetry Inn pampers guests with luxury amenities and personalized hospitality, from the spacious suites with private terraces and wood-burning fireplaces, to the customized concierge services, to the gourmet three-course breakfasts served each morning. Enhance a stay with a romantic spa experience, like a side-by-side couples massage or couples spa shower treatment, and no doubt you’ll be rekindling the flame in no time.
WineCountry Perks: Make a reservation using the code ‘WINE’ to enjoy a complimentary cheese board upon arrival, as well as complimentary wine tastings at nearby Cliff Lede Winery.6380 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 944-0646
If your idea of romance is relaxation, book a room at the recently renovated (and affordable) Calistoga Spa Hot Springs. Spend the day soaking and/or swimming in the healing waters of the four outdoor geothermal mineral pools and unwinding at the spa, where you can take mud baths with volcanic ash and enjoy massages that will melt away all of your stress. After you’ve indulged in all of the amenities, take a stroll to downtown Calistoga (just a few minutes away on foot) where you can shop, visit tasting rooms, and enjoy a meal at a local restaurant before returning for one more soak and a glass of wine by the firepit before bed.1006 Washington Street, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 942-6269
Set pulses racing with an outdoor adventure that will allow you to experience Wine Country in a whole new way. Getaway Adventures has something for everyone, including tours where you’ll bike and wine taste in the morning and kayak in the afternoon, sip and cycle through Calistoga, or hike through the hills and valleys of Napa Valley. If you’d prefer to cruise around at your own speed, you can also rent a hybrid, e-bike, or road bike and enjoy the feel of the wind in your hair as you hit the open road.61 Front Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (800) 499-2453
Soar to new heights in your relationship (literally and metaphorically) during a hot air balloon ride over Yountville. Napa Valley Aloft balloon rides fly above the valley floor with panoramic views of Mt. St. Helena, the Mayacamas Mountains, and, if the weather cooperates, glimpses of the San Francisco skyline and the Sierras. After you safely land, you’ll enjoy a post-flight Champagne brunch where you can toast to more adventures to come. Most flights have around 8 to 12 passengers, but if you’re celebrating a special occasion and want to splurge, you can reserve a basket built for two.6525 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599, (707) 944-4400
If the way to your loved one’s heart is through their stomach, then don’t miss dining at Press, known for its award-winning (and extensive) wine list and its selection of Prime beef, free-range poultry, local lamb, and fresh local seafood, all cooked on a custom-built, wood-fired grill. Everything about this fine dining experience is utterly enjoyable, from the food to the moody, romantic ambiance, and makes for the perfect date night out.587 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 967-0550
Transport yourselves to France while sitting in an old boathouse on the Napa River. Angèle is a charming restaurant in downtown Napa that has become a staple for locals and tourists alike. Enjoy wine and oysters on the heated patio overlooking the water or, on colder nights, tuck into some French onion soup or crispy duck confit in the rustic and cozy dining room.540 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 252-8115
If there’s anywhere in Napa where Cupid perches in the air waiting to shoot his golden arrow, it’s Chateau Montelena. After all, what is more romantic than an ivy-covered stone castle carved into a hillside surrounded by sprawling grounds with a Chinese-style garden, a lake with footbridges, and, of course, seemingly never-ending vines? There are several wine tastings to choose from, but The Library Tasting and the Montelena Estate Collection will allow you to sample wines not commonly in the market while sitting outdoors and enjoying the view. (Curated luxury experiences are also available via the concierge.)1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 942-5105
HALL Winery in St. Helena pairs world-class wine with intriguing art for an experience unlike any others you’ll find in Wine Country. As you roam the lush 33-acre property, you’ll come across over 35 impressive pieces of contemporary art, including the famous metal “Bunny Foo-Foo” sculpture at the entrance. You can wander the grounds alone and steal kisses in the Olive Grove, but if you’d like a more in-depth look at the wine and the art, reserve the Wine and Art Exploration experience where you’ll be guided through the collection while sipping on some of HALL’s best wines.401 St. Helena Highway South, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 967-2626