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10Best romantic places to stay in Napa Valley

Napa Valley’s more than 400 wineries make the world-renowned stretch of wine country the ideal place for a romantic getaway.  Whether it’s sipping wine in a vineyard or wandering through downtown Napa on the Napa ARTwalk, opportunities for romance are easy to find. But where you stay while you’re in town with your sweetheart, is just as important as the romantic ways you spend your day.

Napa Valley has more than 150 accommodations that should give you a reason to get excited when you’re packing your bags. Milliken Creek Inn & Spa offers tranquility just minutes from downtown Napa. Auberge du Soleil boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant. Brannan Cottage Inn is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, but with only six rooms, feeling like you have the place to yourself is the norm.

From large hotels and resorts to small, country inns and bed and breakfasts, there’s a spot for every couple to get cozy in Napa Valley. 


Solage Calistoga

Solage Calistoga is the type of place where you'll get excited, the moment you pull in. Set on 22 acres, the mountain and vineyard views don't disappoint, but they're only part of the picturesque setting. The 130-foot pool is the place of choice to gather and relax, and complimentary cruiser bikes are available to cover more ground when you are exploring the property or nearby downtown Calistoga. Save time to soak in the onsite geothermal pools, where the water temperature can top 100 degrees. If you're in the mood to splurge, visit Spa Solage for a couple's massage. (There are a half-dozen to choose from.)

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Set on 22 acres, Solage Calistoga offers mountain and vineyard views, world-class dining and an easy stroll into town.

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Brannan Cottage Inn
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With just six rooms, Brannan Cottage is a luxury inn that seamlessly blends its historic past with modern touches. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Brannan Cottage Inn is the only 1860 Samuel Brannan resort cottage in its original Calistoga location. Lovingly restored, all rooms feature Frette duvet bedding and linens, heated tile bathroom floors and illy® Espresso. On Calistoga's many sunny days, the cottage side yard is a nice spot to enjoy doing nothing but enjoy the 350-year-old Siberian elm tree that towers above. Located just steps off of Lincoln Avenue, Brannan Cottage Inn is an ideal launching point to discover downtown Calistoga on foot.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Brannan Cottage Inn is a romantic mix of Victorian charm and modern luxury, steps away from downtown Calistoga.

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Napa River Inn
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Napa River Inn at the Historic Napa Mill is the perfect launching spot for couples who plan on doing some wandering while in town. Its waterfront location comes with scenic views and serves as a perfect starting point to walk to wine tasting rooms, restaurants, and popular nightspots like Blue Note Napa and the Uptown Theatre. If you get tired of walking, bicycles are available to pedal through town. The Spa at Napa River Inn offers an array of relaxing services including massages, facials, and body wraps. Come morning, fresh-baked pastries from Sweetie Pies Bakery will be delivered to your room, so there's no good excuse not to enjoy breakfast in bed.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Napa River Inn is located in the heart of downtown Napa in a historic building that boasts riverfront views.

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Inn on Randolph
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Located in a cozy historic neighborhood steps from downtown Napa, the Inn on Randolph is a perfect spot for a romantic retreat. The 19th-century property sits on nearly an acre and offers numerous nooks and crannies among its gardens to settle in and relax with a glass of wine, a cup of tea, or good company. Renovated from the studs up, there are only 10 rooms: five in the historic 1860s Victorian and five in adjacent cottages. Regardless of where you stay, the accommodations are romantic and private. Rooms respect their historic roots but do it while providing modern and luxurious furnishings. The gourmet kitchen is gluten-free and uses the Inn's gardens to create breakfasts that will motivate you to get out of bed.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Set in a renovated 1860s Victorian home, the Inn on Randolph is steps from downtown Napa's tasting rooms, restaurants, and attractions like Oxbow Public Market.

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The Francis House
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Lovingly restored, The Francis House features just five rooms. No two rooms are the same, but all boast sparkling chandeliers, fine linens, and bathrooms with heated floors and Carrara marble. After a busy day of wine tasting in Napa Valley, the backyard pool is a great place to sit and make plans for the evening. (Sitting around the property's fire pit is highly recommended.) The Francis House is located just a couple blocks off of Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga's main street. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was originally built in 1886 to serve as a family house, but in later years, it became the local hospital, before finding new life as a luxury inn.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Run by a friendly wife and husband team, The Francis House offers cozy and luxurious rooms that are walking distance from downtown Calistoga.

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It's only a few minutes' drive from downtown Napa, but at Milliken Creek Inn & Spa it feels like you've left the bustle of Napa Valley behind. Set in a secluded stretch along the Napa River, there are only a dozen rooms and each is as cozy and luxurious as the next. Some guest rooms boast river views; some also have a terrace or deck. Enjoy breakfast in bed before spending a lazy afternoon enjoying an in-room massage, but be sure to make it to the Main House lobby at some point to snag a fresh-baked cookie. A "Magic Hour" wine and cheese reception is held daily at sunset, and ports are available in the living room of the Main House for guests in search of a nightcap.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Cozy rooms set among a variety of towering trees, not vineyards, make Milliken Creek Inn & Spa ideal for a romantic getaway.

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Bardessono Hotel & Spa is romantic and eco-friendly. The 65-room resort opened in 2009. Constructed with sustainability in mind, it is one of only eight LEED Platinum hotels in the United States. You'll find it easy to linger here; the rooms are spacious and well-appointed. And the heated rooftop pool and whirlpool tub are open year-round. The hotel's downtown Yountville location offers another perk for couples. Bardessono is within walking distance of a half-dozen wine tasting rooms, as well as some of the area's most acclaimed restaurants, namely The French Laundry, Ad Hoc and Redd-Wood. Bardessono's onsite restaurant, Lucy, serves a menu that changes with the season, pulling ingredients from its organic garden.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Bardessono Hotel & Spa is romantic and good to the planet.

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Carneros Resort and Spa
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The accommodations at Carneros Resort and Spa are unique. Boasting 103 cottages, suites, and luxurious, private homes (with two and three bedrooms), a stay here is more like staying at a friend's wine country home than sleeping in a hotel. All cottages feature a gas or wood-burning fireplace, and heated floors in the bathroom, along with indoor and outdoor showers. The adult-only Hilltop Pool offers photo-worthy views and is set just steps away from the Spa at Carneros. (In cottage massage treatments can be arranged for those simply not willing to leave their room.) Onsite FARM restaurant is a destination in its own right. Chef Aaron Meneghelli offers a single ingredient tasting menu that changes every couple of weeks.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The cottages at Carneros Resort and Spa feel like the wine country home you've always wanted.

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Calistoga Ranch
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Located in a secluded valley on 157 acres, Calistoga Ranch has 50 guest lodges that blend beautifully with their natural surroundings. Rooms focus on being comfortable and relaxed inside and out and include outdoor living rooms and gardens where you can shower under the moonlight. Auberge Spa at Calistoga Ranch offers an assortment of pampering options for couples, but if you're really looking to impress that special someone, book the Spa after hours and you can have it all to yourselves for the evening. If you're looking for a heavenly experience, book a private stargazing session on the resort's observation deck. The guests-only Lakehouse Restaurant offers intimate fireside dining with lake views and the on-site vineyard and wine cave mean your glass will always be full.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The details - every room has an outdoor shower. When you're finally willing to leave your room, the vineyard, spa, and guest-only restaurant are waiting.

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Located just off the Silverado Trail in Rutherford, Auberge du Soleil or "Inn of the Sun" is tucked away among 33 acres of olive groves. Along with extraordinary views, the luxury inn has an open-air sculpture gallery, Michelin-starred restaurant, and stunning pool complete with cabanas perfect for napping any time of day. The 50 rooms and suites ooze romance. From terraces with vineyard views to wood-burning fireplaces, and extra-large soaking tubs, you'll never want to leave. Accommodations are located in more than a dozen maisons named after towns in the south of France. The Auberge Spa is reserved for guests only.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: 33 acres with endless views, plus suites with terraces, fireplaces and extra-large soaking tubs, add up to the perfect romantic getaway.

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Dana Rebmann moved from San Francisco to Wine Country in search of sunshine. Amazing wine and food was a delightful bonus.

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