Carneros Resort and Spa
Napa Valley, California, United States of America
At a Glance
Luxury resort surrounded by 28 acres of Napa Valley vineyards and farmland
86 beautifully refurbished cottages, including 10 suites
Enjoy tasting some of Napa's finest wines, cookery classes, hot air ballooning and biking & hiking amongst the vineyards
Fantastic spa and fitness facilities to ensure you leave feeling energised
Best time to Visit
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Like most California destinations, you can’t go wrong when picking a time of year to visit. Being inland, Napa Valley benefits from much higher summer temperatures than the cool coast, and is a year-round destination but best from April to October.
At the vineyards, September is typically the harvest month, although some varieties may be picked through October and November. Vineyards will be bare from December through February, with new buds returning in March and coming into full bloom by June.
Summer temperatures reach up to around 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and cool off to about 50 in the evenings, so you’ll want to bring a variety of clothes and dress in layers. Winter highs are around 60 degrees with lows occasionally just below freezing. The region averages around 200 days of sunshine per year, so you should have plenty of good weather to enjoy the outdoors.
To start planning your vacation to Carneros Resort and Spa
In the midst of the Carneros winegrowing region is Carneros Resort & Spa. Nestled amongst 28 acres of endless vineyards, farmland and apple orchards, Carneros cottages and homes take on a modern agricultural aesthetic to create a unique Napa retreat.
This vineyard oasis is ideally located between the Napa and Sonoma Valleys with gravel paths that crunch underneath your feet, sumptuous hotel accommodations with private gardens where you can enjoy a glass of California's finest wines, crisp white linens and outdoor bathtubs that can be enjoyed under a blanket of stars. Exceptional dining comprising the region’s best artisanal ingredients and decadent spa treatments inspired by local ingredients ensure a memorable experience at Carneros Resort and Spa.
From the moment that you arrive, greeted by generous glasses of Chardonnay and guided to your private cottage or home, Carneros Resort and Spa feels like a home away from home. Each of the cottages and homes can be found nestled among rolling acres of grape vines, farmland and scenic apple orchards. Design cues are taken from the local countryside, where barns, silos and ranchers' cottages complete with private verandas and rocking chairs inspire the modern agricultural aesthetic. The unique architecture has been recognised by numerous design awards and captures the region's distinct charm, whilst displaying a contemporary twist.
The resort offers 86 individual cottages, including 10 suites, set amid landscaped courtyards allowing for privacy. Cottages feature verandas complete with rocking chairs and a private fully furnished teak deck, where you can find a flowering garden complete with heat lamps to combat chilly evenings and in some, a warming fire pit and outdoor tub.
The Homes at Carneros Resort & Spa are located in the heart of the resort and enjoy all the exclusivity of private villa accommodations with all the amenities of the Resort just footsteps away. With 2,400 square feet of indoor space, the homes offer open plan living and dining areas, fully appointed chic designer kitchens, three bathrooms, two master suite bedrooms and a 'den' that can be converted into a sumptuous third bedroom. Boasting sun decks and alfresco living rooms, the homes are ideal for special family getaways, making the most of the California sunshine.
Cottages take their inspiration from old fashioned ranchers cottages and are both casual and elegant. Cottages include indoor fireplaces and outdoor private landscaped courtyard gardens. With Frette linens, Flat screen TV and DVD, complementary WiFi, oversized bathtubs with heated slate floors, multiple showerhead for two and deep soaking tubs in most accommodations, signature alfresco shower, exclusive bath amenities, heat lamps for cool evenings, umbrellas for shade and private alfresco dining areas.
Family Suites include two independent cottages with oversized shared patios and garden; one cottage offers two double beds and the other a king bed, each with private bathrooms. Vineyard Suites comprise of two cottages, one an entertainment area and the second featuring a king sized bed, making it a romantic oasis for couples. Orchard Suites are the most spacious of suite accommodations, with fully equipped Viking kitchens, dining space and two master bedrooms.
Homes offer 2,400 square feet of indoor space, with open plan living and dining area, fully appointed kitchen, three bathrooms, two or three bedrooms and outdoor sun decks, alfresco living rooms and beautiful views of the surrounding resort, fields and vineyards. Award-winning in design, the Homes are a delight with all the exclusivity of a private villa with the amenities of the Resort nearby.
Carneros Resort and Spa is one of those rare places where couples on romantic breaks and families can both fully enjoy the resort. Homes make a perfect retreat for families with children offering two and three bedroom accommodations with private gardens. The pool on the hilltop is for adults only, while a separate children's swimming pool complete with child-sized pool side chairs is a great setup for families. The snack shack is the spot for a casual poolside lunch with the kids. You'll also find a pool-side towel shack, complete with sun cream supplies and toys for the children.
The Spa overlooks nearby vineyards and farmlands, creating a tranquil space in which to relax. The Carneros Spa was voted #16 of Spa's in North America by Conde Nast Traveler and once there, it is easy to see why. Stepping into the Spa, guests are welcomed into a real wellness environment and are treated to full-body massages, scrubs, polished, wraps and hydrotherapy baths and facials. Treatment Rooms are indoor or al fresco and can be for individuals or couples.
Carneros Resort & Spa also features an expansive fitness program and pools. The signature Hilltop, infinity edge pool and crescent shaped hot tub float over the surrounding panoramic views of vineyards, farm land and neighboring horses for a peaceful retreat.
For families, a separate family pool is the perfect option featuring palm lined lap pool and separate children's pool, steaming hot tub and shady cabanas, changing facilities and alfresco showers.
The fitness barn is located next to the family pool, with state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment and a variety of fitness programs, water and towels provided. Complementary yoga, boot camp and early morning walks and evening meditations are offered over weekends and daily during certain times in the summer.
For shopping, PlumpJackSport boutique offers fashion-forward merchandise from Tory Burch, to leather goods and handbags and cute glittery TOMs for the children. The MARKET offers upscale stores.
Carneros Resort and Spa has a big emphasis on farm-to-fork dining; ingredients are sourced within 150 mile radius of Carneros providing food at the peak of its season and flavor. From the upscale general store MARKET where guests can buy wines, cheeses, baked goods and indulgent picnics to enjoy at their cottage or home to the signature restaurant FARM, foodies cannot help but delight in the full-flavored, organic and seasonal cuisine.
The Hilltop Dining Room and Bar is open only to guests of the resort and serves breakfast and lunch with panoramic views of the vineyards and pool. Drinks, lunch and snacks are also served by the pool by waiter service until sunset.
The Boon Fly Café is a Scott Dunn favorite, a lively road house diner featuring modern rustic cuisine based on the agricultural heritage of the region. Their breakfast donuts are a must-try and for a casual dinner including wholesome salads to hearty organic burgers.
FARM at the Carneros Inn is the signature restaurant, with an elegant, authentic but relaxed atmosphere. With fireplaces and cathedral ceilings and patio dining, FARM offers an exciting Wine Country dining experience that has made it a destination restaurant in Napa. The Alfresco pavilion lounge provides the perfect place to end a beautiful evening and relax with wines from the region and around the world. FARM offers lunch and dinner daily in high season but closes Sunday to Tuesday low season.
Carneros Resort and Spa is ideally located at the entrance to the Napa Valley between the more rustic, agricultural wine region Sonoma and its better known, and more chic cousin Napa. Only an hour from San Francisco, the Inn is easily accessible for a stop-over from the city and to incorporate into a longer California or Wine Region itinerary. The Inn is also located only 10 minutes from downtown Napa and Sonoma and perfectly located for exploring Yountville, Rutherford and Calistoga and their wineries and tasting rooms.
As well as Scott Dunn's Napa Valley wine contacts, guests can enjoy the expert Concierge Services at Carneros Resort and Spa who will assist in putting together day itineraries throughout the valley including wine tasting appointments and recommendations, dining, transport and activities.
Colorful bicycles are available for all guests to explore the neighboring Carneros valley - just ask the concierge for a map and explore the country back roads!
Jennie Stevens (Staff)
My arrival at The Carneros Inn was greeted by a glass of wine and a wonderfully comfortable seat at the front desks in the main building at the top of the property. After a traffic-heavy drive from San Francisco, this was the perfect welcome and I felt instantly relaxed. The main Hilltop building resembles an old-school New England style barn with a contemporary and relaxed style. Directed to my freestanding board-and-batten cottage in the Lee neighborhood (all of which are named after local farming families), I was instantly comforted by the welcoming set of beautifully rustic yet chic rocking chairs on the porch. All of the cottages have private gardens and outdoor showers, many of which have fire pits and some with outdoor soaking tubs, which make for a perfect indoor/outdoor experience. The wood burning fireplace and spacious bathrooms were wonderfully warming and I had great pleasure in ordering some fantastic food from the cottage dining menu which included the best and most delicious portion of gourmet "mac and cheese" that I have ever tasted!
In the morning I was able to enjoy the views of the neighboring vineyards and hilly farmland while meandering through the neighborhoods of cottages - it really did not feel like a resort at all, but more of a quaint village. Sadly, I only had time to try out one of the three on-site restaurants for breakfast but Boon Fly Cafe certainly did not disappoint! Although initially unsure about having donuts with chocolate sauce as my breakfast starter, I was instantly won over and tucked into my delectable Boon Fly Benedict shortly afterwards.
Although this hotel seems to cater very well for couples and honeymooners, it is also equally suitable for families, and even has a designated kids pool with kids deck chairs and poolside activities. The many dining options allow for lots of flexibility and Otto's Snack Shack and the Market at the entrance of the property are perfect to pop into to grab a quick lunch or picnic supplies.
Sadly I was only there for one day but had I stayed longer, I would've taken advantage of the free bicycles to take a journey up through the rows of grape vines, the unspoiled farmland and scenic apple orchards. There is certainly plenty to do and enjoy in this refreshingly contemporary and relaxed Napa Valley resort.
Fly High above the Napa Valley
Soar 2000 ft above the sun-dappled valley during a sunrise hot air balloon ride. After a wake-up coffee and pastries, board your colorful balloon for a guided tour with a difference - your pilot will point out Napa's best vineyards and places to visit.
Napa Valley Sip and Cycle Experiences
The Napa Valley Sip & Cycle tour is a fun and unique way to experience the beautiful wine country. Each tour can be customized to include a hike into the hills, a stop or two at various wineries and accommodate varying degrees of difficulty.
Location & directions
Napa Valley, California, United States of America
The resort is midway between the Napa and Sonoma valleys, four miles from the town of Napa, and 45 miles from San Francisco.
How to get there
11-hour 15-minute direct flight from London to San Fracisco, with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. Carneros Resort & Spa is a 1-hour drive from San Francisco International Airport.