Terraced vineyards, shaded groves, and timbered cottages—there’s no single formula for creating a romantic setting, but Napa Valley’s Harvest Inn has all the right ingredients. While the inn’s activities can all be enjoyed by solo travelers, we think many are even better with your partner by your side.
Start by exploring the grounds—while holding hands, of course—with its fountains, sculpture park, and herbal gardens. You can then head out to the region’s wineries, sampling prime vintages, pedal off on scenic bicycle rides, and stop at galleries to admire works by local artists. Once you get back to the Harvest Inn, relax with side-by-side massages—enhanced with sensual botanical essences—performed in an outdoor cabana shaded by redwood trees.
A day of outdoor adventures calls for some evening sustenance, perhaps dining al fresco at the Harvest Table by Charlie Palmer. The kitchen’s philosophy is to bring forth the bounty from the terroir, sourcing ingredients—such as fennel, black currants, and candy-striped beets—from nearby farms and the Inn’s own gardens. Seasonal dishes may include filet of beef with roasted trumpet mushrooms or rabbit tortellini with sage lemon cream. Similar to people, every plate has a perfect partner—or wine pairing—and the sommelier can suggest a Napa Valley wine to complement every course of your meal. This is the time (and the place) to sip, swirl, and toast the joie de vivre—and the person traveling through life by your side.
When you’re ready to settle down for the evening, you’ll find the Harvest Inn’s rooms a perfect retreat from the world. Raising the temperature (wink, wink) is easy with many rooms having their own fireplaces, and you can breathe in the evening air or enjoy a nightcap on a terrace with vineyard views. The subsequent morning—when you muster the resolve to get out of your feather bed—a generous country breakfast and another day of exploring the Napa Valley await.
This year, the Harvest Inn in romantic St. Helena is celebrating Valentine’s Day for the entire month of February. If escaping to the Napa Valley with your loved one wasn’t enticing enough, the Harvest Inn package’s tempting extras include:
- Welcome bottle of Napa Valley sparkling wine
- Harvest Table food and beverage credit for dinner for two (includes Valentine’s Day menu on 2/14 and three-course dinner on all other evenings in February)
- House made chocolate brownies
- Daily complimentary wine country breakfast
- Free parking and wireless internet
Visit the Harvest Inn website to book this package and rediscover Romance this February.