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Nine Luxury Retreats in California Wine Country (Photos)

Plan your next getaway to one of these luxurious hotels in Napa and Sonoma counties for relaxation and wine.

Hundreds of wineries dot the rolling hills in Napa and Sonoma counties, the heart of California wine country. Visitors come from all over the globe to take advantage of the region’s beautiful vineyards, quaint towns, hot air balloon rides, world-class cuisine, and, of course, wine. But for those looking for a weekend of pure pampering, one of these nine retreats should do the trick.

Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort

Napa Valley


It's no wonder royalty, A-list celebrities, and athletes keep returning to the luxury Calistoga Ranch: it's in a class of its own. Guests rent exquisite lodges that are set on a private 157-acre property complete with hiking trails and a top-of-the-line restaurant and spa. Attention to detail can be seen from the room design to landscape planning—all modules for the lodges were flown in by helicopter to minimize the impact on surrounding trees and to maximize privacy. The property boasts plenty of activities, including al fresco yoga, a heated outdoor pool, a boccie court, a fabulous fitness center, and wine tasting seminars. If guests decide to venture off the property for some reason, they can easily access downtown Calistoga and other nearby towns on one of the ranch’s loaner bikes—or take a loaner Mercedes-Benz out for a spin!

Kenwood Inn and Spa

Sonoma Valley


Kenwood Inn and Spa may be located in Sonoma County, but the hotel and grounds evoke beautiful Tuscany. The European-style property impresses with its lush gardens and courtyards as well as its exquisite fountains and pools. The 29 private and spacious rooms are individually decorated with romantic Mediterranean-inspired décor and are furnished with cozy fireplaces, quality Italian linens, oversize showers, and personal balconies (some with stunning vineyard views). The ultraluxurious spa ensures that guests feel pampered.

Auberge de Soleil

Napa Valley


This 50-room luxury inn is one of the most exclusive (and expensive) destinations in California wine country. Despite its intimate size, it has all the amenities of a larger resort: a 7,000-square-foot luxury spa, a lovely pool, and a Michelin-star restaurant. Views of the surrounding countryside are phenomenal, the grounds are lush and peaceful, and the homey rooms all come with huge terraces (and, in most, fireplaces and soaking tubs). It's a truly special, romantic retreat, with a convenient location for exploring Napa Valley.

Hotel Healdsburg

Healdsburg


It's hard to find fault with this 55-room boutique hotel in charming Healdsburg, featuring luxurious rooms (most with big soaking tubs), a convenient location within walking distance of tasting rooms (no designated driver required), and ample free perks that help guests feel pampered (free valet parking, free breakfast, free loaner bikes). The modern design places warm rugs and wood against exposed concrete.

Milliken Creek Inn and Spa

Napa Valley


Located right on the banks of the Napa River, the Milliken Creek Inn is one of the swankier hotel options in Napa. All 12 rooms are supreme with stunning views, and some include working fireplaces and four-poster canopy beds. Free wine and cheese are served in the main house at sunset, and guests can opt to have free breakfast served every morning in bed, on the patio, or anywhere on the grounds. There is an amazing full-service spa on-site that makes this tranquil, secluded retreat even more relaxing.

Hotel Les Mars

Healdsburg


This upscale property has the feel of a European mansion, exuding elegance from the rooms' high ceilings with exposed wooden beams to the dark cherry wood furnishings. With only 16 rooms, the hotel is small enough to provide guests with special attention (such as a fresh breakfast delivered to your door each morning) without being overwhelmed by staff. The rooms are equipped with fireplaces and free Wi-Fi and feature European-style design that includes draped four-poster beds, Italian linens, and antique-style furniture; some bathrooms even have big soaking tubs.

Solage Calistoga

Napa Valley


Located in the picturesque area of northern Napa Valley, Solage Calistoga is an ultrachic modern property featuring 89 separate bungalow homes with semiprivate patios. The hotel maintains an upscale, contemporary atmosphere. Studios and suites have high-vaulted ceilings, polished cement floors, and walk-in showers; some have gas fireplaces and large soaking tubs. The on-site, Michelin-starred restaurant, Solbar, has outdoor lounge seating arranged around a long water feature and a fire pit covered by shade trees. There are two pools, a hot tub, and boccie courts.

North Block Hotel

Napa Valley


Housed in a tiny Mediterranean-style complex, North Block Hotel is well suited for a romantic getaway. Each of its 20 cozy yet elegant rooms is outfitted with a comfy bed, an espresso machine, and a luxurious bathroom. The hotel also has an intimate and upscale spa offering personalized treatments and a swimming pool with a whirlpool. Redd Wood, the hotel's restaurant (with Michelin-starred Chef Richard Reddington at the helm), serves Italian-inspired cuisine. The location—within walking distance of Yountville’s acclaimed restaurant the French Laundry—is just a short drive to wineries, golfing, and boutiques.

H2 Hotel

Healdsburg


This 36-room boutique hotel in the heart of Healdsburg is a good pick for eco-conscious folks looking for a modern, hip, relaxed vibe and a convenient location to the area’s wineries. The rooms are decorated in a minimalist style using sustainable materials and are equipped with all the high-tech amenities you could want: flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, DVD players, and free Wi-Fi. Plus, they all have private balconies or patios. The H2 offers some pretty great perks, ranging from water stations on each floor to free loaner bikes and weekend yoga classes. Spoonbar serves modern Mediterranean fare made with fresh, local ingredients, and the solar-heated outdoor pool is surrounded by greenery.