Meadowood Napa Valley is more than a five-star luxury resort; it is an all-encompassing experience that nourishes your senses with the best the world has to offer. Located two miles from the charming town of St. Helena and famed Silverado Trail, there’s no better place to celebrate the excitement and beauty of Napa Valley’s harvest season (late August to early October). This sophisticated wine country estate offers the finest and most personalized service imaginable. You will feel as if you have arrived in an elegant retreat while residing in one of the eighty-five accommodations, which include cottages, suites, or lodges scattered among open meadows, flowering trees, and hillsides of evergreens. Many rooms have wood-burning fireplaces,spacious balconies, and indoor and outdoor showers with Molton Brown amenities. The romantic property offers the utmost privacy and is a favorite of discerning travelers and celebrities. With its timeless beauty and prime location, Meadowood creates the perfect home for exploring Napa during this majestic time of year.
A celebration of harvest season in Napa would only be complete with a visit to Meadowood’s spectacular, new all-suite spa. Designed by the renowned architect Howard Backen, the rustic-modern structure reflects a strong connection to the valley’s true essence, beginning with a majestic oak tree by the spa’s entrance. After being greeted by your spa therapist, you are shown to your private, beautiful suite, which includes your own bathroom, steam shower, and seating area with views of the surrounding forest. All spa treatments begin with The Essential Journey, which includes a pre-treatment experience and wellness dialogue with your trained therapist before a 60-minute massage, body treatment, or facial. The Essential Journey is the starting point for additional treatment packages, which have been created with a sense of place, honoring the spirit of Napa. When you finish your treatment, lounge in the women’s or gentlemen’s spa relaxation garden, which features sitting areas, a stream room, a sauna, and a mineral soaking pool surrounded by treasured bamboo. This elevated spa experience will leave you feeling rejuvenated and in touch with the natural beauty of Napa Valley during harvest.
SEASONAL CUISINE & COCKTAILS
If you’re looking to savor the culinary delights of Napa, begin your day with breakfast at Meadowood’s Grill, enjoying cold-pressed juices and mouthwatering classics like lemon buttermilk pancakes or eggs Benedict served on Model Bakery’s famous English muffins. In the evening, make a reservation in advance for the Michelin three-starred restaurant at Meadowood. You enter the stylish space through the restaurant’s bar lounge and rotunda, an alluring setting that offers a prized wine list and superb cocktails crafted by the convivial and supremely knowledgeable bar manager. For dinner, move into the main dining room and indulge in a one-of-a-kind tasting menu created from the playful imagination and sophisticated palate of the award-winning chef Christopher Kostow. Along with his excellent team, Kostow curates the finest ingredients from the dynamic local community and creates inventive and visually breathtaking dishes like daylily filled with chopped prawns, Champagne-fermented crudité, eel smoked over Cabernet barrels, and Silverado strawberry tableau. The acclaimed chef recently shared his recipes and philosophy on the transformative power of the valley in his stunning cookbook, A New Napa Cuisine. Later this year, he plans to open a more casual restaurant called The Charter Oak in the legendary Tra Vigne’s former space. therestaurantatmeadowood.com
To commemorate the season, Napa’s vineyards host incredible events like old-fashioned grape stomps, sensational parties, parades, and concerts as well as banquets with excellent wine and gourmet food pairings. Meadwood’s gracious concierge assists guests in planning the perfect itineraries for exploring the area during this magical time of year when the valley smells of Cabernet and trucks overflowing with grapes fill the roads. Ride in style as Napa Valley Tours & Transportation (nvtt.net), the car service of VIPs, whisks you away to magnificent vineyards like Sinegal Estate Winery, Cliff Lede Vineyards, CADE, HALL Wines, and Frank Family Vineyards. Many vineyards require reservations so be sure to plan ahead. If you’re
looking for nourishment along the way, foodies will delight at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery, Redd, Basalt, Ciccio, Lucy, Solbar, Sam’s Social Club, and the more casual Gott’s Roadside and Oxbow Market.
The fall weather is a lovely time to enjoy Meadowood’s sporting life, which includes seven tennis courts, two heated swimming pools, a newly renovated golf course, and four miles of hiking trails through autumn foliage and evergreen forests. The idyllic estate is also known for its two croquet lawns with meticulous bent grass, trimmed to a mere 5/32 inch, framed by rustic stone walls. A resident croquet professional is on hand to improve your game. Be sure to pack your white apparel, as traditional croquet attire is requested.
Derek Jeter and Hannah Davis got married at Meadowood with many baseball players in attendance including Jorge Posada, Andruw Jones and Tino Martinez.