For more than forty years Meadowood has been a well-known part of life in Napa Valley, historically supporting local, family-owned wineries by offering a place to hold tastings, meetings, dinners, and world-class wine conferences. This wine-focused, luxurious retreat near St. Helena is also a favorite of guests looking for privacy while appreciating the spectacular natural world. While the 250-acre estate has long been a destination for golf, tennis, hiking, and swimming, the resort is still recovering from the devastation of the 2020 fires and some of these offerings are more limited. The good news is, Meadowood Napa Valley is still one of the most dreamy places to stay in Wine Country, where three outdoor pools, a sanctuary-like spa, large fitness center, and gorgeous natural surroundings await. Rooms and suites are light, white, and airy, with elegant sophistication and a calming design. And the newly opened Forum serves exquisite but approachable cuisine.
There is a secret place called the Promontory along Oakville’s southwestern ridge. It was discovered one day in the 1980s by one of the Meadowood Napa Valley owners H. William Harlan, who was hiking in an area he called “an isolated territory” of wild and woodlands. He never forgot the mystical feeling there. Finally in 2008 the Harlan family acquired the parcel. The second generation began to explore this rugged geological area and thought about a grand experiment of trying grapes here. Today there is a vineyard and Promontory wine being bottled. It’s still a secret spot, but a place that guests are able to discover, relax on the large patio, taste wine, and take in the treetop views as the mist that blows in. Appointments can be made through Meadowood’s concierge.
Image courtesy of Meadowood | Paul Lange