The Bordeaux House (6600 Washington St., 707/944-2855, www.bordeauxhouse.com, $325) has it all: a beautiful brick facade (an unusual sight this close to the fault lines!), lovely French country interior design, and a location that’s literally three doors down from the French Laundry. It’s not cheap, but the amenities in each individually decorated room make you feel as though you’re staying in a quaint country inn in the south of France.
Throughout your stay, take a stroll through the inn’s gardens, enjoy a splash in the outdoor spa, and partake of the better-than-continental breakfast down in the common area each morning. Perhaps best of all, the location on Washington Street makes a walk through the best of downtown Yountville an easy prospect from the inn.
The Napa Valley Lodge (2230 Madison St., 888/455-2468, www.napavalleylodge.com, $285), a stunning Mediterranean-style hotel with stucco walls and red-tiled roofs, loves the sunshine and warmth of the Napa Valley summer. Guests are steeped in the luxury that the Wine Country in general, and Yountville in particular, is known for. Book a spa treatment either in your guestroom or out beside the heated pool.
Start each day off right with the complimentary champagne buffet breakfast, or order from the California cuisine room service menu. And finish off each night in the luxury of your room—be it a Parkside Terrace room with a king bed topped with a European-style duvet, a Vineyard Courtyard Terrace room with its own patio and sweeping views of the surrounding vineyards, or a luxurious King Suite with a fireplace, two-person soaking tub, and the ubiquitous valley vineyard views.
At The Cottages of Napa Valley (1012 Darms Ln., two miles south of Yountville, 707/252-7810, www.napacottages.com, $460), you’ll pay a princely sum to gain a home away from home in the heart of Wine Country. Each cottage has its own king bed, private garden, outdoor fireplace, and kitchenette. Every morning the quiet staff drops off a basket of fresh pastries from Bouchon Bakery and a pot of great coffee for breakfast to greet you whenever you feel like waking up.
Simple yet luxurious country-cottage furnishings feel welcoming and homey, and the staff can help you plan and execute the ultimate Wine Country vacation—whatever that means to you.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition