Last year, the three-day musical, food and wine extravaganza that is BottleRock Napa Valley was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, this year the festival is back and better than ever, and is scheduled for September 3-5, with acts ranging from Stevie Nicks and Miley Cyrus to Megan Thee Stallion and the Foo Fighters. And let’s not forget the incredible food and wine at the festival, with bites on offer at the area’s many acclaimed restaurants, and wine from the wandering vineyards.
While we firmly believe it’s always a good idea to plan a trip to the wine country, early fall just might be one of the best times to visit Napa Valley. It’s the start of the harvest season, so you get the best wine experience, and the temperatures have (hopefully) cooled down a bit from the summer heatwaves.
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If you’re heading to BottleRock Napa Valley this year (or if you’re just planning a trip to California wine country to experience your best winery life this fall) then you’ll want to book a luxury hotel for your stay. Below, check out the top five hotels to consider for your next trip to Napa.
Auberge du Soleil
Even among the many luxury resorts that dot Napa’s wine-growing landscape, the Auberge du Soleil manages to stand out, in large part thanks to the hotel’s awe-inspiring views. The hillside escape of St. Helena sits on expansive 33 acres of land, and the 50 spacious Provencal-inspired rooms feature private terraces. If you really want to splurge, consider one of the 1,800 square foot Private Homes. Even if you aren’t staying at this ultra-luxurious location, we highly recommend heading to the restaurant, the hotel’s acclaimed eatery, to savor seasonal dishes while sipping a glass of wine from the 15,000 cellar. bottles from the Auberge. There’s also a more casual bistro-style dining option, if you want a quick bite. If you’re exhausted from all the wine tasting, there’s a lavish spa, as well as a fitness center and pool. Starting at $ 1,825, Auberge du Soleil.
This adorable hotel is located right in Sonoma and is actually a bit closer to BottleRock than many Napa hotels further north. MacArthur Place, which dates back to 1869, recently received a $ 25 million renovation, before reopening as a luxury hotel two years ago. The hotel consists of 64 farmhouse chic cottage style rooms, all uniquely decorated. There are three dining options, including Layla, a Mediterranean-style restaurant, and there’s also a spa and pool on the grounds. We like that the hotel offers electric bikes that guests can use to get around town. From $ 659, Place MacArthur.
Carneros Resort and Spa
This ultra-luxurious yet idyllic 28-acre farmhouse-inspired hotel is perfectly located in Sonoma, with 100 cottages, suites and residences. Carneros is one of the more seaside options in the wine country, with three separate restaurants (including the Boon Fly Café, which will have its own stand at BottleRock) as well as its own general store-style market and fashion boutique. There is also a very luxurious spa and two different swimming pools; the rooftop swimming pool is for adults only, with very impressive views over the vineyard. The hotel is also a member of Beyond Green, a selection of establishments committed to sustainable travel and environmentally friendly hospitality. Starting at $ 1,400, Carneros Resort & Spa.
Meadowood Napa Valley
There are tons of luxury hotels in Napa, but there will always be something special about Meadowood, which is located on St. Helena. The five-star resort spans 250 acres, with several hiking trails, tennis courts, and a scenic swimming pool, and has hosted guests such as Reese Witherspoon, John Legend, and Chrissy Teigen. The hotel just reopened to overnight guests on August 1, with a reduced capacity of just 36 rooms out of the total of 85 before the pandemic. Meadowood’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant was destroyed in a fire last year, but there are tentative plans for the acclaimed restaurant, with its 1,200-bottle wine cellar, to open later in 2021. Starting at $ 925, Meadowood.
Meritage Resort and Spa
If you’re looking for a property with more keys, consider the 322-room Meritage Resort and Spa, which also happens to be relatively close to the actual BottleRock Festival. The hotel offers three dining options, and in addition to the required pool, there’s also the rather unique convenience of a private bowling alley. We are also very attached to the concept of an underground spa. Starting at $ 441, Méritage Collection.
Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection
Yes, there is another Auberge complex included on this list, and for good reason! This Calistoga hotel recently unveiled the results of a $ 30 million renovation, and it doesn’t disappoint. Each of the 89 rooms and suites has been renovated, and there’s also a brand new restaurant, Picobar. Solage has also expanded its old restaurant, Solbar, with new outdoor seating, in addition to a new pool deck, complete with lounge chairs, cabanas and a separate children’s pool. Starting at $ 2,399 a night, Solage.