The Napa Valley has always been lauded as North America’s premier wine region, and this summer new openings, renovations and education-centric activities will be enticing for both novice and advanced oenophiles.
At the top of the Napa “to-do” list is a stay at Stanly Ranch, by Auberge Resorts Collection. Having opened its doors in April, the wellness-focused resort features 135 guestrooms and cottages to choose from, offering an updated Napa BnB experience for those who want to connect with Mother Nature in more ways than one.
Stanly Ranch’s wellness activities are as varied as its guests no doubt are. The Train like an Olympian guided run makes use of the 712-acre property as well as the expertise of professional athletes. You can also join local farmer Nick Runkle on a tour of The Grange to discover the intricacies of soil health, harvesting and planting. And if you’re looking for more of a traditional luxury experience, you can simply climb into a helicopter and take a trip to Donum Estate.
Speaking of wine, the latest Napa Valley tasting rooms are upping the ante and cementing the region as a premier playground for discerning wine lovers. Earlier this year the Clif Family Enoteca Private Tasting Salon opened its doors—offering small-lot Howell Mountain estate wines with organic seasonal produce from the Clif Family Farm. While in downtown Napa, cocktails overshadow wine at The Arboretum by Napa Valley Distillery.
Further afield in St. Helena, Heitz Cellar recently debuted its exclusive Vineyard to Bottle package, a multi-hour experience that includes being shuttled around some of the winery’s biodynamic vineyards, followed by a visit to the tasting salon to sample wines.
If you are planning to tackle the Silverado Trail, be sure to visit Bread and Butter Wines and the boutique Elusa Winery at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley. And if cabernet sauvignons are to your liking, then ONEHOPE is a must for you this summer.
Cheers to the Napa Valley!