Wine Country on Sale
Cheers to an off-season getaway
Sure, everyone’s crazy for wine country during the wine harvest. But now we’re less interested in grape-stomping and more into relaxing fireside, reaping the pleasures of said harvest. So we’re taking our vino lust to Napa for the off-season (now through early March), when hotel rates are discounted by as much as 20 percent. It all makes splurging on a trip that much more...palatable.
Farmhouse chic rules at this 80-room hotel, where bedrooms have four-poster beds and fireplaces. You don’t even have to leave the property for the valley’s top wines, since they come to you during complimentary wine tastings Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. During winter, stay three nights and get 15 percent off the standard room rate--or book 30 days in advance and get 10 percent off any length of stay.
6462 Washington St., Yountville; 707-967-7900 or hotelyountville.com
Charming little Calistoga’s most fetching heated pool sits next to an exceptional spa at Solage, where this winter if you book three nights, get a fourth night free. The minimalist contemporary decor of these 83 studios and 6 suites is subtle and sophisticated; but do be sure to tear yourself away to borrow a bike to tour the nearby town.
755 Silverado Tr., Calistoga; 707-266-7531 or solagecalistoga.com
Recently re-opened after last year?s earthquake, the Andaz is located in the middle of town, making it ideal for strolling to the Oxbow Public Market, just ten minutes away. It?s got the right idea about a great welcome--you?re greeted at check-in with a glass of wine.
1450 First St., Napa; 888-882-1234 or napa.andaz.hyatt.com
Take an outdoor bath while sipping a glass from the complimentary bottle of sparkling wine--part of the inn’s Wine Country Celebration package, which also includes a spa credit and a s’mores kit to use with your room’s outdoor fireplace.
4048 Sonoma Hwy., Napa; 707-299-4900 or thecarnerosinn.com
Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa
One way to spend less in Napa is to sleep in nearby Sonoma County, a 15-minute drive away. We like the Dirty Dancing-era feel of the midcentury modern Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, which has a heated pool, allows you to bring your dog for $50 and has a lounge where live bands play while you enjoy watching--and getting taught how to dance--salsa and swing.
2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa; 707-545-8530 or flamingoresort.com