The 4 Best Napa Neighborhoods for Stand-Out Hotels
Napa Valley is synonymous with wine country, but there’s more to this area than vineyards and wine tastings. Whether you’re looking for a vibrant vacation or a relaxing retreat, you’ll find hotels here that can meet your needs. Try exploring these fascinating areas around Napa Valley for unforgettable options that will help you build a stellar vacation.
Calistoga – For Spa Retreats
Calistoga is famous for its mineral hot springs that make it an ideal destination for a spa retreat. Historic Victorian architecture gives the area a charming look that just begs guests to retreat to a simpler time. Book a room at a Calistoga neighborhood hotel and stay just steps from the area’s famous spas. Slip into mineral water pools, luxuriate in mud baths, and enjoy a rejuvenating getaway in this peaceful Napa area retreat. Other attractions within 30 minutes of Calistoga include Chateau Montelena, Sterling Vineyards, the Napa Valley Wine Train, and Sharpsteen Museum.
Northwest Marin – For Natural Wonders
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Northwest Marin is a coastal neighborhood along Highway 1, or Pacific Coast Highway (PCH to the locals). One of the most notable highlights of the area is the Point Reyes National Seashore. This stunning park is home to wide sandy beaches, vast grasslands, and picturesque forested peaks. The Bear Valley Visitor Center is an informational spot to start your explorations in the area. Guests can participate in ranger-led programs, take a scenic drive to historic lighthouses, or hike to the headlands and look for grey whales. Northwest Marin’s hotels include everything from the luxurious Bodega Bay Lodge to the quaint and welcoming Metro Hotel and Cafe.
Sonoma – For Quiet Wine Holidays
If you’re headed to the Napa area for its famous wines, Sonoma is a prime place to stay. Affordable hotels are abundant here, with options like the Jack London Lodge, Vineyard Inn Hotel, and El Pueblo Inn available for an affordable price. Sonoma offers plenty to do, particularly for food lovers. Head to the California Missions Museum at Cline Cellars for a wine tasting, or sample the fine cheeses at the Vella Cheese Company. Art galleries and studios are abundant as well. From the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art to Studio 35, there are plenty of inspiring options for filling a peaceful vacation here.
Downtown Napa – For Luxury Hotels
Downtown Napa has plenty of options for highly ranked hotels. Try the Vino Bello Resort, Napa River Inn, or Andaz Napa for luxurious retreats. Hop on the Napa Valley Wine Train during your stay and take a three-hour tour of the surrounding wine country. Head back into Napa for the evening and take in a show at the Napa Valley Opera House. There’s always something to enjoy at the Oxbow Public Market where visitors find live music, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and the local farmer’s market. For central access to it all, downtown Napa is a smart choice.
For more tips on finding the right hotel in Napa Valley, check out this handy Hipmunk guide. Don’t forget to add your own favorite destinations in the comments below.
Mandi Rogier is a resident of sunny central Florida who regularly contributes to several travel blogs and websites including Hipmunk. In her free time she enjoys visiting nearby theme parks, taking family road trips, and planning girlfriend getaways.
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