After booking a stay at the Poetry Inn, keep your phone with you. Because, soon enough, a personal concierge is going to call to find out all the ways your every whim can be catered to while you’re a resident at this sprawling mansion. The only hotel in the coveted Stags Leap district of Napa Valley, the inn has the kind of customized, one-step-ahead-of-you service normally reserved for landed gentry. Which is, essentially, what its owner is, if California had an aristocracy; Cliff Lede is one of Napa’s most successful vintners. After deciding not to turn the well-located space into a private home, Lede instead made it an estate worthy of a design magazine, equipped it with the amenities that he would want, and opened it up to anyone who shares his desire for privacy, stunning views, and exceptional experiences. So, answer that phone, get a reservation at a Michelin-starred restaurant, plan some private biking and winetasting tours, have your suite pre-stocked with local delicacies, and arrange a private dinner cooked by an acclaimed chef. Welcome to the good life.
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Perched atop a hill in the scenic Stags Leap district in the heart of Napa, the Poetry Inn claims one of the most ideal (and idyllic) locations in wine country. Yountville—with its many world-renowned restaurants, including the French Laundry and Bouchon—is just a quick drive down the hill, on the other side of the Silverado Trail, a historic, winery-lined highway that runs through some of Napa’s most scenic terrain. The owner’s Cliff Lede Vineyards is just down the hill, across the Trail from the inn’s private driveway, but there are many other wineries to visit in the immediate area, too, including the artsy Quixote Winery (designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser) and the famous Domaine Chandon.
Need to Know
Rooms: Three Room. Two Suites. From $610. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 1 p.m. (Times are flexible). Dining options: The inn doesn’t have a full restaurant, but would you really want your private mansion to have a restaurant? A decadent three-course breakfast is included in all stays, served in either the main lounge or on the scenic terrace. Private in-room dinners can be arranged upon request, prepared either by the house chef or by prior arrangement with a renowned local chef. The inn also has a cellar stocked with offerings from the Lede Family Wines portfolio, available for guests to order. Spa and gym details: The house spa offers a range of natural treatments and has one treatment room, though in-room treatments are also available. The inn doesn’t have a full fitness center, but it does have an outdoor pool with a hot tub and umbrella-shaded loungers.
Who it’s best for: Luxury- and privacy-loving couples on romantic getaways (no kids allowed). Our favorite rooms: Each of the five suites is distinctively luxurious, but all are expansive, with working fireplaces, spa-worthy bathrooms, and private balconies with panoramic views; the Robert Louis Stevenson Suite is perhaps the most decadent of all, with a private entrance, an extra-large living room, and a wraparound deck with top-floor views of the valley. Tastings included: Guests at the inn have free access to most tastings and tours at the neighboring Cliff Lede Vineyards, which has the same owner.