In Napa, you want to be in the club. And if you’re in the club, you’re at Meadowood. Set on 250 sprawling acres of picture-perfect wine-country land just off the Silverado Trail outside St. Helena, this country club and resort is where Napa’s big names hang out. Why? Well, the three-Michelin-starred restaurant certainly doesn’t hurt, especially when paired with its see-and-be-seen bar and seriously impressive wine list. Plus, the resort goes out of its way to cater to oenophiles both in and out of the industry, hosting tastings, events, and meetings. But, even beyond wine, it’s just one of the most exclusive and luxuriously well-equipped spots in the valley, from its golf course with club-style grill that’s popular for power lunches, to the two pools, one of which is family-friendly, just the way the locals like. Meadowood also boasts one of the largest and most distinctive spas in Napa. Each of the 85 rooms stands alone, for maximum privacy, and is designed in an understatedly luxurious way that offers every comfort while still putting the focus on the stunning scenery just outside the French doors.
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Less than a 10-minute drive from the center of the picturesque wine-country town of St. Helena, Meadowood is an expansive estate with both privacy and a prime location. It’s just off the Silverado Trail, a historic highway lined with renowned wineries that runs through some of Napa’s most scenic terrain, and acclaimed wineries like Charles Krug are just minutes away. The Culinary Institute of America is also a neighbor—don’t miss dinner at its Greystone Restaurant—as are popular St. Helena eateries like Goose & Gander and Long Meadow Ranch. And, of course, all of the area’s outdoor pursuits (cycling, hiking, and hot-air ballooning, to name a few) are just outside the front door, though the resort’s 250 acres have more than enough to keep most leisure travelers occupied.
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Rooms: 85 rooms, suites, and lodges. From $775. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The three-Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood draws on the agricultural bounty of the Napa Valley and Northern California in its elegant, seasonal dining that attracts discerning food and wine lovers from around the world. The same fresh and seasonal ingredients are used in the more casual dishes at the Grill, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner against the backdrop of the resort’s golf course. The lively Restaurant Bar is a refined spot for an aperitif, digestif, or glass of wine and some light bites. Lunch, drinks, and smaller snacks can be ordered poolside in the summer, and the kitchen will happily pack a gourmet picnic basket for day excursions. A free wine reception for guests is also held each evening, providing tastes of some of the region’s top vintages. Spa and gym details: In addition to a golf course, Meadowood has almost five miles of hiking trails, two swimming pools (including one lap pool) with hot tubs, seven tennis courts, two croquet lawns, and bicycles to rent. There’s also a fitness center with free classes, and in 2015 the resort debuted its new 14,000-square-foot Meadowood Spa, offering a personalized spa and wellness experience for each guest.
Who it’s best for: CEOs, wine industry titans, and lovers of traditional luxury—both families and couples. Our favorite rooms: The airy, newly renovated Hillside Terrace Suites have two large, private terraces with postcard-worthy views of wine country, as well as a small kitchenette and a working fireplace. Good to know: In addition to being a resort, Meadowood is an exclusive country club to which many of Napa’s top vintners belong, so guests often end up attending talks or sipping wine at the evening reception with the owners of the tasting rooms they visited earlier in the day. For a real splurge, make a reservation for one of the 12 Days of Christmas Dinners in December.