2020 threw one of the biggest curveballs we’ve seen as a nation with a pandemic that virtually shut down industries across the board. At the onset of the nationwide pandemic, the travel industry suffered as family vacations were canceled, flights were grounded, and hotels shut their doors. As vaccines become available and restrictions eventually start to lift, and those luxury accommodations offer the promise of a much-needed escape, the notion of a staycation is becoming more appealing.
When restrictions life and it is safe to travel again, we are proposing a local getaway at some of the top-rated, most lavished establishments in Napa and Sonoma. At the heart of California’s Wine Country sits these five resorts, representing the very best the valley has to offer for your staycation.
Meritage Resort and Spa
You won’t have to go far to enjoy life’s creature comforts when staying at the Meritage Resort and Spa. Located in Napa, the Meritage features casual accommodations with a luxurious spin. An on-site gym, relaxing spa, and ample dining options are just highlights of this elegant venue tucked away in California’s Wine Country.
The guestrooms are the stars of the show at Meritage Resort and Spa, offering neutral tones and comfortable furnishings for a relaxing stay. From the standard 435 sq. ft. Premier Guestroom to the stately Bordeaux Suite, complete with a double-sided fireplace and separate seating area, guests will quickly forget the troubles of the world in their private quarters. Each room is equipped with a large flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, WiFi access, and an attached stone bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower.
Meritage borders adventurous walking trails and a nine-acre vineyard that is a joy to walk through. Pack the day’s essentials in your Sonoma Mini Tote and enjoy Napa’s perfect weather before embarking on a flavorful tour of the valley at the resort’s on-site tasting room.
Carneros Resort and Spa
How does a day at the pool, lounging in front of views of Napa’s beautiful and expansive greenery sound? With your Napa Purse at your side, stocked with the lotions and oils needed to score the perfect tan, you’ll forget you’re on a staycation and not off on some distant tropical island.
If this is the framework for the perfect staycation for you, then you’ll want to reserve your room at Carneros Resort and Spa. The refreshing pool is undoubtedly something worth experiencing, but this Napa resort offers a lot for its guests to enjoy.
Accommodations come in a variety of cottages and larger rentals to give guests a comfortable and cozy space to stretch out. The smaller Cottages come with an outdoor patio and garden that feel less like a guestroom and more like a luxury apartment. Guests can upgrade the experience with a private residence built with a full kitchen, dining room, and a second master bedroom. Whatever your choice, your staycation is accentuated by heated bathroom floors, large LCD TV, walk-in and al fresco showers, elegant decor, and a host of other comforts.
Napa Valley will come to you at Carneros’ sestet of dining options. Whether you order in or experience eateries like Boon Fly Cafe and Farm, you’ll enjoy the freshest cuisine you’ve ever seen. Pulled right from Carnero’s half-acre culinary garden, the ingredients lining robust menus exemplify the tastes of Napa.
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
For a staycation that’s marked by opulence, consider Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. If you’re not concerned about space, Fairmont’s standard and deluxe rooms will be more than big enough. To get into a guestroom that’s bigger than 370 sq. ft., you’ll need to reserve a large Suite or Legacy Suite. But whatever the decision, there’s no shortage of comforts in this resort set in the heart of Wine Country.
From the small Spa Cafe to the elegance of the 38° North Lounge, guests have several dining options that call upon the distinct flavors of the local valley. It wouldn’t be a trip to the Sonoma region without a glass of wine, and Fairmont has no shortage of selections crafted from local vineyards.
Relieve your tensions at the full-service spa, chock full of services ideal for your health and wellness. There’s nothing quite like soaking in the mineral water soaking pools or destressing in the dry sauna. Guests can also relieve strain with the fitness studio’s equipment and rotating classes.
To really enjoy the perfect weather of Sonoma, make use of the Sonoma Golf Club at Fairmont for 18 holes of year-round outdoor entertainment. That Sonoma Mini Tote will come in handy with enough space to store essentials like gloves and sanitizers.
Vista Collina Resort
An on-site grocer stocked with farm-fresh cuisine, tasting rooms full of locally crafted wines, and restaurants offering a fusion of modern flair and classic tastes help put Vista Collina Resort in the spotlight. Really, though, it’s the serene guestrooms that initially draw attention. Furnished with comfortable amenities sporting countryside appeal, everything from the Premier King or Double Queen to the over 1,275 sq. ft. Vista Concerto Suite offers a pleasing space worth escaping to for a night.
A full spa provides guests with access to deep tissue and Swedish massages, vitamin infusions, and facials. You’ll melt away into the luxuries of this staycation by taking advantage of Vista Collina’s menu of spa and body treatments.
For the adventurous-at-heart, Vista Collina isn’t far from some of Napa’s long hiking trails and miles of biking paths. Fill up your Calistoga Tote with food and beverages to enjoy a picnic under the warm California sun. There are plenty of exciting opportunities to see the vast valley, especially if you don’t mind the height of a hot air balloon.
Leave behind the ordinary and immerse yourself in the extravagance of Napa at Bardessono. Explore the beauty of the property's ample amenities, like the rooftop pool that offers stunning views of the valley’s rolling hills and the lush on-site gardens. As part of your mid-pandemic staycation, treat yourself to Bardessono’s full-service spa and enjoy a soothing day that will leave you rejuvenated and ready to see the very best of Napa.
The stars of Bardessono are its selection of sizable suites. Available in King or Queen-bed options, each suite comes with plush bedding, a fireplace, champagne bathtub, a large LCD television, and a mini-fridge. It will be a hard sell to get you out of that luxurious space, as it’s the perfect place to hole yourself up in during your getaway. Want more room to spread out? Consider the Maple Grove Villas, which sprawl out over more than 1,000 sq. ft. and feature separate dining spaces and high-end furnishings.
Be sure to save time for a meal at Lucy Restaurant & Bar for a menu inspired by the flavors of Napa Valley. An evening at Lucy calls for the perfect accessory, and there’s no bag better than the Napa Purse. Carry with you the essentials needed to freshen up so you can go back to enjoying the valley without a stop back at the room.
The Perfect Accessory for the Trip
No overnight stay, regardless of how close you are to home, is complete without the proper baggage. Since you’ve chosen the sumptuous establishments of Napa and Sonoma, why not pack your staycation necessities in a bag fit for a luxurious respite from the pandemic.
Sonoma Mini Tote
The elegant simplicity of the Brysie Lane Sonoma Mini Tote is only part of this luxury bag’s appeal. Leather construction promises a durable accessory perfect for accompanying any traveler.
Convenient to carry, the Sonoma Mini Tote is exactly the bag you want to have with you on your wine-tasting journey. Built-in lipstick and mascara slots make it easier to freshen up on the go, while the main pocket will hold the rest of the day’s essentials.
Sturdy straps let you keep your personal effects close to you, and the included, detachable cross-body strap keeps your hands free to enjoy a sip of locally crafted wine.
For the traveler that likes to have a lot on their person during the day, Brysie Lane offers the Calistoga Tote. Sized to ensure you can carry everything you could need for your staycation, the soft leather bag is every traveler’s dream. The Calistoga Tote is also the perfect shopping companion to store all of the day’s lavished finds. Its interior pocket is large enough to accompany you all over California’s bustling cities, to every luxury store, and still have room to hold more.
A high-quality zipper keeps your items protected from the elements, and the large, shoulder-length straps provide comfort and convenience throughout the day.
Not everyone wants to carry a large bag while they travel. For those people, there’s the Napa Purse, the perfect accessory for a day spent in California’s wine country. The timeless style is simple but elegant, with every minor detail lending to its overall appeal.
Made from 100% leather, the Napa Purse is a durable bag designed to look good even after years of use. Small straps keep the purse at your side, while the detachable cross-body strap adds a layer of convenience and security. Stash away your bank cards, cash, and small personal items in Brysie Lane’s classic purse.
Each of these stylish bags are available in an assortment of striking and classic colors, including Lipstick Red, Stiletto Black, California Tan, and Ocean Blue.
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