The temperatures are cool, the fast pace of harvest season has slowed to a halt and tourists are almost nowhere to be found. It’s the perfect time of year to head to wine country. Oh, and did we mention all the off-season deals to be had? But you better get there soon, because these promotions aren’t going to last.
8 Winter Wine Country Deals to Take Advantage of Now
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Auberge Du Soleil
Through the end of April, this French-inspired, adults-only resort is offering a few perks to entice you to book one of its luxe rooms--as in sip-a-complimentary-bottle-of-
180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford; 707-963-1211 or aubergedusoleil.com
This year’s Flavor! Napa Valley food and wine event (March 16 to 20) is reason enough to shack up at the super-remote and exclusive Calistoga Ranch. Visit Napa Valley is extending a 10 percent discount on room rates (March 13 to 24 only), plus a complimentary soak and steam at the luxury resort’s tranquil spa--which you’ll definitely need after a long day of eating and drinking.
580 Lommel Rd., Calistoga; 707-254-2800 or calistogaranch.aubergeresorts.com
North Block Hotel
Now that all the Valentine’s Day hype is over, grab your significant other and head to Yountville for a romantic weekend. With North Block’s FABruary package (through February 29), you’ll enjoy an overnight complete with a bottle of bubbly, artisanal chocolates and two hour-long massages. Top it off with dinner at the legendary Redd and breakfast downstairs at Redd Wood for the ultimate weekend away.
6757 Washington St., Yountville; 707-944-8080 or northblockhotel.com
Indian Springs Resort & Spa
Thermal mineral pools heated by ancient geysers and cozy fireplace rooms? You had us at “mineral pools.” To sweeten the deal, Indian Springs has added a room-with-private-patio upgrade to its Fireside Fling package (Sundays to Thursdays through March 31). A bottle of Champagne will greet you at the historic property, and you’ll toast again--on the house--at the on-site restaurant Sam’s Social Club.
1712 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga; 707-942-4913 or indianspringscalistoga.com
Healdsburg’s main plaza is nice and quiet this time of year. (Read: Scoring a spot at Shed for lunch or dinner will be a breeze.) Located right off the square, h2 Hotel makes a great home base for downtown wine tasting, antique shopping and sampling a sweet treat from Moustache Baked Goods. At the end of the day, post up with a book and a hot buttered rum in the lobby lounge before getting cozy in your plush Coyuchi organic cotton robe. Book fast--this deal only lasts through February 28.
219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg; 707-922-5251 or h2hotel.com
Tucked away off the main drag of downtown St. Helena, this picturesque property may be where idyllic gets its meaning. In the slow season, rooms are 15 percent off with the resort’s Cabernet Season special (through March 31). You’ll also score VIP reservations at the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Harvest Table, chef Charlie Palmer’s new kitchen.
1 Main St., St. Helena; 707-963-9463 or harvestinn.com
Make the most of Napa’s best wineries, minus all the tourists, with Solage’s Wine & Dine promotion (through March 31). Solage will whisk you away on a six-hour tour of the valley’s best--your own private driver included. Then soak up all the vino with a six-course dinner at the Michelin-starred Solbar.Convince your sweetie to indulge in one more day during the resort’s signature Mudslide treatment.
This chic ranch-style resort--think glammed-up barns, silos and cottages--is tempting you to extend your stay by offering the lowest rates of the season for bookings of three nights or more through the end of March. Not that we really needed an excuse to soak a little longer in the inn’s outdoor tubs.
4048 Sonoma Hwy., Napa; 707-299-4900 or thecarnerosinn.com