Culinary Adventures through the Vineyards of Italy’s Picturesque Countyside

Culinary Adventures through the Vineyards of Italy’s Picturesque Countyside

Your Host Francesca Montillo takes you on a Delicious Adventure to Dreamy Italian Destinations with Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures

You are a big fan of “Under the Tuscan Sun” and have watched it at least two dozen times. You have drooled over the food and every time you watch it you confess that you will be planning a trip there soon, fulfilling your lifelong dream of venturing off on a culinary tour through Tuscany. But wait, that movie came out 15 years ago, and you still have not gone. The wait is over, look no further, your wish is granted.

Everything you have been looking for is right here, and you don’t have to do a thing except contact Francesca’s Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures and everything you have dreamed about for the last 15 years is right here. She has beautifully customized a variety of tours throughout the year to a variety of stunning Italian Destinations. This year she has 3 different itineraries all ready for you to book to Tuscany, Puglia or Sicily with a small adventurous group, all anxious just like you to venture off to the rolling vineyards of Italy’s stunning countryside.

Or if those dates or destinations don’t fit your schedule, she also has “Italy by Design” where she customizes your own personalized adventure. If you are not into “group travel, they offer full service and customized vacation planning, leave the time to research to the experts to customize a trip created especially for you with all of the bells and whistles. Your vacation to Italy can be accompanied by a local driver/guide on your tour around the region or follow your customized tour and venture off on your own. As they say at the Lazy Italian tours, “This is your week, after all, not ours!”

Here are the highlights of the Tuscany tour which is May 1st to May 8th.
• Four Star accommodations in a centrally located hotel
• Two Private Culinary Classes with Meals Following
• Welcome Dinner
• Private English-Speaking City Tour Led by a Licensed Guide
• Private Wine Tastings and a day trip to Chianti with Lunch at the Winery and Plenty of Wine
• Private Culinary City Tour Visiting World Famous Shops
• Private Day Trip to Pisa and Lucca
• Private Day Trip to Sienna
• Visit Mercato Centrale
• Farewell Dinner
• Leisure time on Your Own

Overview

The week in Tuscany kicks off with check-in at our four-star accommodations. Centrally located, Hotel Orto de Medici will be our home for the week, so unpack and make yourself at home. Perhaps visit their famous gardens and take in some of the Tuscan air. During the week, we will experience the scenic views of Tuscany and sample wines in the wine regions of Chianti with a memorable lunch on the winery. The week will also take us to the world-famous cities of Pisa, Lucca, and Siena for what are sure to be plenty of photo opportunities. We will also take part in two private cooking lessons and pick up a few culinary tips from our native Tuscan instructors. Our walking city tour in Florence will allow us to get to know our host city while our culinary walking tour will give us the opportunity to sample some of Tuscany’s most traditional products.

What will our Experience be like during the week and where will we go?

Culinary Dinner

Arrival & Welcome Dinner
Arrive and settle in your four-star accommodations in the early afternoon. Our home for the week will be the highly regarded Hotel Orto de Medici. Unpack and make yourself at home knowing you will not need to repack until your departure. Enjoy the nearby sights of our home for the week, stretch your legs in the nearby shops or grab your first gelato.

In the evening, we will meet for our first group activity. We will enjoy a welcome dinner with our fellow travelers and get our first taste of the regional cuisine and wine that we will be enjoying throughout the week.

Day 2 – Private Cooking Class & Walking Tour
After breakfast at the hotel, we will head towards San Lorenzo Market where our cooking experience begins. Under the guidance of our chef instructor, we will select fresh and healthy ingredients needed for our cooking lesson. Following the market visit in the morning, we will proceed to the school where we will learn how to prepare typical Italian Tuscan dishes. Grab an apron and be prepared to cook up a delicious Tuscan lunch to be enjoyed by all in the group.

In the afternoon, we will walk off our lunch calories with a private city tour from our English speaking, certified city guide. Walk the streets of the Medici, Donatello, and Dante as well as the lesser known side streets of the city. We will visit major churches, such as the Santa Maria Novella and if the lines permit, enter the Duomo, among other high-profile attractions.

Spend the evening on your own at your leisure. Walk about the city, grab a gelato and people-watch the way locals do.

Day 3 – Day Trip to Chianti
After breakfast at the hotel, our private driver will pick us up, and we will make our way to Chianti where we will visit two highly praised wineries. We will visit the Southern part of Tuscany, undoubtedly the most beautiful countryside the region has to offer. Discover the wines of the area and learn the aging process. Enjoy the landscape, olive groves and of course, the many vineyards.
Lunch may include typical items such as antipasti Toscani, Ribollita, pasta with meat or mushroom sauce or lasagna.

Evening on your own to spend at your leisure.

Day 4 – Walking Foodie Tour & Cooking Lesson
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, but be sure to leave room for our many tastings from our culinary walking tour. We will enjoy local specialties at family-owned shops and savor Florence’s “street food” of cured meats, cheeses, olive oil, baked goods, custom made breads, chocolates, and artisan gelato.

Enjoy some time on your own in the afternoon, but don’t indulge, we’re in for a treat this evening!

In the evening, we will head back to our culinary studio for our second private dinner cooking lesson. Be prepared to work for your multi-course dinner tonight as we prepare antipasti, a first and second course and of course, dinner would not be incomplete without dessert. A truly memorable dining experience is expected tonight!

Day 5 – Day Trip to Lucca & Pisa
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading west of Tuscany today on our day trip to Lucca and Pisa. Lucca is a most beloved city in Tuscany and all of Italy, and we will have time to walk the streets filled with shops, cafes and old-school buildings. Known as the city of 100 churches, Lucca is filled with historical architecture, and a can’t miss city while in this region. Lunch will be in a trattoria in Lucca.

Get your camera ready for what will be a memorable afternoon. After lunch, we make our way to the world-famous city of Pisa and the famous Miracle Square. Admire the Leaning Tower, Baptistery and Cathedral. Pick up a few gifts to take back, snap lots of pictures and take it all in.

We will return to Florence around 5:00PM, and you can enjoy the evening on your own.

Day 6 – Day Trip to Siena
Today we head to another major attraction and perhaps Italy’s loveliest city, Siena! Located on top of three hills, Siena can easily be called Italy’s ultimate hill town. Today, we will visit the Siena Cathedral, probably the most precious of Tuscan churches, the Campo Square, famous for the Palio, the annual historic horse-race, the Town Hall, Palazzo Salimbeni and San Domenico Church. Pedestrian friendly, as only residents and cabbies are permitted, Siena is sure to leave an impression. We can walk about the narrow streets, enjoy the adorned balconies and relax with a gelato along the way.

Day 7 – Farwell Dinner
Our time in Tuscany is sadly winding down. Today you can enjoy the day on your own to walk about the city with freedom. Visit a museum we didn’t get a chance to see, we highly recommend the Uffizi Gallery, return to a place where we’ve been that left an impression, pick up a few foodie gifts for your friends or simply enjoy Italy’s “Il Dolce Far Niente” – literally, the sweetness of doing nothing!!

A farewell dinner is planned for our last evening in Florence. Enjoy a delicious meal with wine, exchange stories, and e-mail addresses with your traveling companions and toast to our wonderful week.

Where Will You be Staying

Our home for the week will be the top rated and highly praised Hotel Orto de Medici. Located on Via San Gallo, one of the oldest streets in Florence, we will be in the city center, within a few minutes walking distance to the city’s main attractions, yet in a quiet location. Our rooms are ample in size by Italian standards at almost 200 square feet. Before we head out for the day, fuel up at their exquisite breakfast. Need something from the mini bar? No worries, we will cover it for you. Looking for some relaxing time after our excursions and day trips? Sit in their historic garden and be inspired. After all, it is in this exact location that Lorenzo De Medici met the young Michelangelo.

Some of the amenities of Orto de Medici include a large selection of breakfast options, Wi-Fi throughout, a historic terrace for relaxing, a bar to enjoy a spritz, 24hr reception, and the ideal location! Staying in this hotel is a vacation in itself.

Francesca Montillo

Your Host – Francesca Montillo
Your Host and Experienced Guide for the Week is Italian Cookbook Author of The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook: 101 Regional Classics Made Simple, native Italian, and culinary instructor, Francesca Montillo. She will amaze you as she guides you through Italy’s most beloved region. She is fluent in Italian, well-traveled and passionate about showing her guests around her native land.

What Francesca says about her tours and your experience:

The tours are culinary and wine in theme. When I started my business, I wanted it to focus on what I know best about Italy, which is its food. My dad was a greengrocer while I was growing up in Italy, so I grew up in a foodie family. My mom always prepared delicious meals, and I believe they left an impression on me, hence my wanting to start this business.

When I travel with a group to Italy, I want them to feel like they are coming to my home, because, in a way, they are. I like to ‘show-off’ Italy in the best way that I can. It means the world to me when my clients have a wonderful time. Many have said that my trips are “once in lifetime experiences” (I certainly hope not!) and that traveling with me is not like traveling with a tour leader, but a friend. These are the best compliments I can receive.

As a native, I think travelers are reassured that I can properly lead the way, there’s a certain level of added trust in going outside the country with a native. I am fluent in Italian, but that’s not so impressive, really, but I understand the culture, the people and their mentality. I work with collaborators all over Italy and only work with natives that I have fully vetted, and whenever possible, have met in person.

On the tours, we do a mix of activities, namely, we take cooking classes with the locals, we visit honey and cheese farms, we have lunch on wineries, we visit producers of Parmigiano, balsamic vinegar, or prosciutto. We go to olive oil mills, make fresh pasta and always do a walking foodie tour, stopping at all the local shops to try some local off our calories, for sure.

What former guests are saying about their experiences Francesca’s tours! 

I have just returned from a week-long cooking trip to Italy coordinated by Francesca Montillo. Francesca was responsible for our itinerary, transportation, visits to wineries, restaurants, and our accommodations, as well as providing the ingredients and tools for our cooking classes. All went smoothly and was worry free. She arranged for special requests from members of the group, such as no dairy, gluten-free, or vegetarian at the restaurants we visited with along and within the cooking classes themselves. Not only were our arrangements flawless, thanks to Francesca, but she is also very knowledgeable about Italy, Italian food and wine and is quite a good cook in her own right. She also speaks Italian fluently. She is pleasant and was always cheery, even early in the morning. I highly recommend Francesca if you want a wonderful experience of Italy’s food and wine. Jennifer Fisk

I met Francesca a few years ago and knew that when the time came to go to Italy, she would be our best contact. Being a native Italian, I trusted her to build a custom itinerary to Sardinia last year. She planned a wonderful week for myself and my husband. No stone left unturned on our trip from transportation, to beach excursions, to cooking classes and all arrangements were handled perfectly. We will be contacting her again in a few years. Melinda & John Williams.

What a wonderful trip! Everything so well planned for us and everything went off beautifully. Great congenial group and hoping to keep in touch with everyone. Thanks for all you did in the planning that went off without a hitch. There has not been a day that I haven’t thought about our wonderful trip. Thank you again for all you did. Rita Caputo, Emilia Romangna 2018

EXCLUSIONS
• Airfare / Flights
• Hotel incidentals such as phone calls, room service (minibar will be included!)
• Meals and wine not stated above
• Airport / Train transfers on first and last day of the tour
• Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is HIGHLY recommended in order to protect your investment.
• Hotel City Tax of 4.50 Euros per person / per night, to be paid directly to the hotel by the guest

Link to purchase Francesca’s cookbook on Amazon: http://bit.ly/5IngredientItalianCookbook

Link to our hotel in Tuscany for our May tour. This is one of the top hotels in Florence: https://www.ortodeimedici.it/it

Contact Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures at:
[email protected]

Check out more details on their website at:
https://www.thelazyitalian.com.

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Your Hearts Desire | Romantic Getaways Napa Valley

Your Hearts Desire | Romantic Getaways Napa Valley

Romance is in the Air Year ‘Round in the Napa Valley!

Valentines Day in Napa Valley is celebrated year around. Traditionally February is known as the month for romance with couples eager to celebrate their love and affections at an intimate romantic inn or hotel nestled in the backdrop of rolling vineyards and settling into chilly evenings by the fireside. No better romantic setting to celebrate love than the picturesque Napa Valley.

In Napa Valley, your romantic mini-vacation to the wine county is waiting for you every month and every day of the year. If February has passed you by, not to fret, you haven’t missed out on creating your own special weekend or weekday escape for cherishing your love.  Why not celebrate with your Valentine in May or September?

Farm Restaurant at Carneros Resort & Spa

Most hotels and inns offer special “Love Packages” during Valentines, though they tend to be a bit pricier than other times of the year or difficult to book due to limited availability. You will find that romance getaway packages are offered all year around here in the Napa Valley with a variety of romantic options to choose from or even customize your own.

Love is always in the air in wine country and each season presents its own unique portrait for your perfect romantic rendezvous with your special someone.  You may want to:

  • Come in early spring when the new budding vines are blanketing the valley and its time for a rejuvenating spa day.
  • Seek out the sun in the summertime when it is warmer to mix in some outdoor activities like golf, cycling, hiking or hot-air ballooning.
  • Head to the Napa Valley in the Fall for the perfume of crush during harvest and the brilliantly changing colors of the vineyards.
  • Get festive with the lighting of the Christmas Trees and Holiday Parades.
  • You may just keep coming back because you have a passion for the amazing cuisine offered in the Napa Valley, which is deliciously hard to resist.

These spectacular romantic resorts and inns offer a variety of dine/stay/spa packages, however, they are all very unique in their own way, with diverse amenities, design, decor, and location. Whatever your personals tastes, lovers are presented with a variety of romantic get-a-way options from small intimate inns to mega-luxurious resorts, all in an intoxicating setting. Dip in the pool, shower under the stars, bathe in the full moon, whatever your hearts desire, it’s all waiting for you. One thing’s for sure, pampering is always on the menu.

Whatever your passion, your ultimate date night or lovers retreat, Napa Valley welcomes you with a big heart!

Auberge du Soleil

Auberge Bar Terrace

“The Inn of the Sun” one of Napa Valley’s most iconic luxury properties is nestled on a hillside perch in Rutherford painted with breathtaking panoramic views of rolling vineyards. Dining at Auberge du Soleil’s Michelin Star Restaurant is a must experience to indulge in the signature cuisine along with the beauty of the valley views offered from their decks.

Auberge du Soleil is a long-standing member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, the international association of outstanding boutique properties known for their excellence in hospitality and culinary arts.  This Adults-Only resort is the only Forbes Five-Star Rated hotel in Napa Valley.  Auberge’s guest accommodations offer 5 amazing room variations from king view rooms to private maisons. Romantic packages are always available and in addition, they also offer spa packages at their award-winning spa. There are seasonal culinary, wine and music events. Auberge maintains a commitment to sustainable practices and native landscapes.

180 Rutherford Hill Road, Saint Helena www.aubergedusoleil.com

Bardessono

Bardessono

During the month of February, Bardessono offers romantics the opportunity to rediscover the pleasure of giving and receiving with their “Crush on You” package. You will indulge in an hour-long massage topped off with bubbles in a champagne bath. After unparalleled pampering, pop open a Sommelier selected wine with a decadent dessert, prepared by Bardessono’s Michelin Pastry Chef Mindy relaxing in your stunning guest room. What a more perfect way to start off your weekend of romance. This luxurious eco-friendly “Deep Green” Inn in the heart of Yountville in the midst of its own vineyard offers privacy and graciousness. The 62 guestrooms serve as a personal sanctuary also offering in-room spa treatments.

For the truly romantic get-a-way any time of year, Bardessono has created a unique selection of Romance Packages that will create memories to last forever. For adventurous couples, take in the best views Napa Valley has to offer aloft your majestic balloon ride and breakfast for two.

Shop, dine, and wine taste – all within walking distance in this charming eco- friendly inn nestled in the hamlet of Yountville.

6526 Yountville Street, Yountville www.bardessono.com

Calistoga Ranch

Calistoga Ranch

Nestled in a hidden canyon on 157 acres of lush foliage, ancient oaks, and majestic hills are the eco-luxury resort of Calistoga Ranch. Their freestanding wood cedar shingled luxury lodges are perfect for those desirous of dreaming in unspoiled nature. This 50-room luxury retreat in the hills of Napa Valley captures the rich culture of food, wine, and nature. Calistoga Ranch is part of the Auberge Resorts Collection and true to Auberge tradition; the Ranch offers culinary experiences inspired by culture. With their “Rekindle the Romance” package you will indulge in two memorable nights in a one-bedroom lodge, two intimate 60-minute in-lodge spa treatments, daily breakfast and a romantic candlelight dinner for two. There are also acres of scenic hiking trails and an on-site vineyard with a private wine label. You will also find sustainable practices throughout the resort.

580 Lommel Road, Calistoga www.calistogaranch.aubergeresorts.com

Carneros Resort and Spa

Carneros Resort Cottage

Carneros Resort and Spa is a luxury romantic escape nestled in the Carneros vineyards on 28 lush acres. The resort offers 86 cottages, 10 suites, and private homes in this country setting. These charming cottages offer many wonderful amenities such as fireplaces, indoor-outdoor showers, private hot tubs, and landscaped garden patios. This wine country retreat also presents FARM, their signature restaurant with elegant wine country dining. Spend a day relaxing at the Spa at Carneros with treatments to mend the mind and spirit.

Sample Love is in the Air Package – Contact Resort for the latest packages!

  • One night stay in the cottage accommodation of your choice
  • Complimentary breakfast in bed
  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • $100 Spa Credit towards a couple’s massage

Carneros Resort Outdoor Shower

Carneros Resort has recently premiered their specialty-dining event at Farm Restaurant, the Carneros Supper Club. Guests will join in at a welcome reception on the hilltop patio along with Sparkling wine and a raw bar of fresh from the sea tastes. Chef Aaron Meneghelli will partner with local winemakers and breweries in the region to create an evening of indulgent family style dining in an intimately elegant setting.

4048 Sonoma Hwy. Napa www.thecarnerosinn.com

Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer

You can celebrate romance in the wine country in one of Harvest Inn’s intimate and luxurious guests rooms where you will experience an unforgettable vacation of the heart in beautiful St. Helena. Sip a glass of Napa Valley sparking on your picturesque terrace overlooking the lush grounds. Indulge in a couples massage with a sensual blend of botanical essences that will surely rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. Dine at Charlie Palmer’s wine country kitchen, the Harvest Table highlighting dishes created from a delicious array of locally sourced ingredients and the best of Napa Valley.

1 Main Street, Saint Helena www.harvestinn.com

Las Alcobas

A new Luxury Collection Hotel in the Napa Valley located next to world famous Beringer Vineyards and Estate.  The Hotel offers spacious accommodations with ultra-chic décor. In addition to the 68 guest rooms overlooking vineyards and or the winery, Las Alcobas offers a state of the art 3500sf spa, The Atrio, and wellness center, onsite restaurant and event barn. It is the perfect setting for couples seeking a romantic escape. Chef Chris Cosentino’s signature restaurant, the Acacia House, offers the perfect setting for romance. They will even prepare a gourmet lunch basket for your picnic in the vineyards. The resort’s vineyard view pool and cabanas and adjacent Grandview Bar have a tranquil vineyard setting.

1915 Main Street, Saint Helena www.lasalcobasnapavalley.com

Meritage Resort and Spa

When planning your romantic get-a-way to Napa, why not change it up a bit. In addition to your romantic escape, where you will stay two nights in one their Premier Tuscan inspired luxury hotel rooms with a unique private balcony overlooking the pool, Estate Cave, and vineyards why not join in on one of their Master Winemaker Dinners. These exquisite dinners in the Estate Cave offer dinner guests and guests of the resort and unforgettable evening of food and wine. Each dinner begins with a reception featuring wine and appetizers overlooking the estate vineyards then follows a multi-course dinner with featured wines from the guest winemaker. Each event is a little different, and all will delight in this remarkable dining experience. Topping the off the evening with a splash, is the “wow factor” dessert, an unforgettable interactive presentation. The 2017 Masters Winemaker Dinner Series lineup includes Napa Valley’s Top Wineries and Cult Favorites!

875 Bordeaux Way, Napa www.meritagecollection.com

Milliken Creek Inn and Spa

Milliken Creek Inn

This charming inn on 3 secluded acres just off of Silverado Trail in Napa is rich in history and dates back to the mid-1850s when it served as a stagecoach stop for tired travelers during the Gold Rush in California. Now part of the prestigious Fours Sisters Inns luxury collection, Milliken Creek presents an intimate hideaway along the banks of the Napa Valley River. After spending a quiet, romantic evening by the fire in one of their 12-luxury spa guest rooms with plush king beds, you will wake up to delicious made-to-order breakfast brought to your room to enjoy in your room on, on your patio or deck or anywhere you would like on the beautiful grounds of this charming inn. You won’t want to miss enjoying a body treatment at their boutique spa on the property with a couples massage. Or indulge in the ultimately delicious pamper with the “wrap yourself in chocolate decadence” – a tasty treatment designed to detoxify the body and leave your skin kissably soft, after being wrapped in a cocoon of chocolate and mud and chocolate massage oil treatment. Oh so decadent!

Milliken Creek

1815 Silverado Trail, Napa www.Millikencreekinn.com

Silverado Resort and Spa

Silverado Resort

For the perfect hole in one, Silverado Resort is a golfers paradise with two 18-hole Championship Courses, a variety of fine dining options and a state of the art spa facility. For the “Golf Lover” this is the place to T-off to for an active romantic get-a-way of Dining, Spa Treatments, and Golf. The “Couples Escape” package offers a round of golf per night stay, 1 spa treatment per night stay and $50 food credit at any of the resorts food venues. Silverado is also located close to many renowned wineries to visit during your active stay in Napa, so you won’t have to miss out tasting some of your favorite vintages.

1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa www.silveradoresort.com

Solage

Solage

An Auberge Resort Collection Property located in Calistoga just off the Silverado Trail offers modern thoroughly appointed accommodations which all come with two complimentary cruiser bikes to explore. The Solage award-winning spa and mineral pool has been artfully designed and is ecologically conscious giving you the ultimate of a spa-get-away sprinkled with romance. Their distinguished renowned restaurant, the Solbar, offers an intimate dining experience and delivers new twists on California soul food recipes. They offer romantic retreats to active get-a-ways that will immerse you and your love and enhance your Napa Valley experience. Check out their Sugar and Spice package for a sultry two-night escape, which includes a massage and an intimacy kit. Along with that, you will partake in the Sol Spa’s most intimate treatment, the Couples Mudslide where you will paint your partner with mineral-enriched mud, then soak side-by-side in healing geothermal mineral waters.

Solage Dining

755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga www.solage.aubergeresorts.com

Westin Verasa Napa

This exquisite hotel is perfectly located along the Napa River within walking distance of Oxbow, the Culinary Institute and historic eclectic downtown Napa. The Westin Verasa is part of the SPG group of hotels where not only will you make brownie points with the love of your life you will also build points towards future stays.

After a long day of wine tasting around the valley, the courtyard pool by the river presents the perfect place to chill with a refreshing beverage.

For the ultimate romantic evening, dining in the intimate Michelin Star restaurant, La Toque, named one of the “Best Restaurants In America” by Wine Spectator, is a glorious treat. Acclaimed Chef Ken Frank has created a menu of contemporary French-style cuisine with a cutting edge. An absolute must when in Napa Valley!

1314 McKinstry Street, Napa www.westinnapa.com

 

 

 

Luxury Along Yountville’s Miracle Mile

Luxury Along Yountville’s Miracle Mile

Bardessono and The Estate In Yountville – Two Brilliant Gems

Vintage House Lobby

Once upon a time, in the heart of Napa Valley, there once was a small unknown village slightly off the beaten path called Yountville, long before Michelin Star restaurants, luxury hotels, charming little shops, and boutique winery tasting rooms. The town actually began when a small 11,887-acre parcel owned by the Mexican government awarded a land grant to George C. Yount in 1836. Yount was the first Euro-American to settle in these parts and was a true pioneer in planting vineyards in the Napa Valley. In the early days, part of Yountville was actually named Sebastopol, though after George Yount’s death in 1867, Sebastopol united with Yountville in honor of Yount’s life and the two communities became one in Napa County. 

The influence of the railroad coming in in 1886 brought new growth, and shortly thereafter newcomer Gottlieb Groezinger bought 20 acres and built one of the first wineries in the area with a barrel room & distillery in 1870, now known in the center of town as V Marketplace. Next, came the building of Yountville’s veterans home bringing more added life to this sleepy hamlet. In 1965, the Town of Yountville became the 4th incorporated community in the Napa Valley.  

Napa Valley’s first sparkling wine producer, Domaine Chandon opened their visitor center in 1977 along with the winery and the restaurant bringing notoriety to the region and proved to be instrumental in the continued wave of growth in Yountville. The expansion and popularity eventually put this famed “Miracle Mile” on the map as one of the most sought-after destinations to visit in wine country. The metamorphosis over the last several decades has transformed George Yount’s vision into an international tourist mecca. 

Often referred to as the “Culinary Heart” of the Napa Valley, Yountville is host to many renowned restaurants including Thomas Keller’s famed French Laundry. A few fun facts provided by the town of Yountville: 

2,933 – Yountville Population 

19 – Number of Tasting Rooms 

1,600 – Number of Restaurant Seats 

1 – Gas Station with great wine and hot dogs 

451 – Number of Hotel Rooms 

$466 – Average Room Rate 

$589 – Average Room Rate in October 

Bardessono

Along the main drag in Yountville, you will find many charming get-a-ways – inns, B&B’s, Hotels and resorts to indulge and pamper you for your stay while on your visit to this magical little town. Two of the grandest luxury properties in Yountville are the Bardessono Hotel and Spa, and The Estate, which includes both the Hotel Villagio and the Vintage House. 

The Bardessono comes with its own bit of history as it was built on the original home site of Yountville’s Bardessono family who relocated to the Napa Valley with their six children from the Piedmont region in Italy in 1926. John and Lucy bought the 20-acre parcel for a mere $14,000. Their extended family maintained the family compound until 1989 when part of it was sold off for residential development. There were five remaining acres in the Bardessono Brothers partnership, which is where the location of Bardessono Hotel and Spa stands today. 

This “Deep Green” property situated in the core of Yountville in its own private enclave is the LEED Platinum Certified Bardessono Hotel. There are 28 LEED-certified properties in the United States, all dedicated to building a smarter more sustainable future. “Bardessono makes a commitment to provide a luxurious experience for guests within a sustainable environment.” 

The developers of the hotel utilized over 10,000 square feet of salvaged wood, which they incorporated into the doors, flooring, walls of the guestrooms, spa, restaurant, and event space. Of the unique guestrooms and suites on the property, each offers its own individual space and personal sanctuary. They are described as a space for timeless indulgence, from the organic cotton bed linens to the hand-crafted bath products. Guest rooms are also equipped with leading technology including a virtual surround speaker system and media hub. Taking the pampering and first-class indulgence to new heights is their suite collection, which includes Spa-Suites, Steam-Spa Suites, Tufa Suites as well as customized ADA Suites.  

Upon your arrival at the Bardessono, the essence of tranquility and beauty is immediate, as you experience a welcome peacefulness from the Zen-like surroundings transcending throughout the property. There are numerous gardens, sculptures and water features adorned throughout every enclave around this stunning hotel’s grounds. It feels so private that your experience often makes you feel like you are the only guest there. Yet there are so many wonderful amenities to offer from this unique property. 

Lucy Restaurant at Bardessono

The Restaurant Lucy, named after the original proprietress of the property, Lucy Bardessono presents garden-style award-winning cuisine created by Executive Chef Nate Lindsay. Whether you are a guest at the hotel or visiting the Yountville for an evening, a stop at this stunning restaurant is a must on a to-do list. Lucy had a gift for farming and cultivated the grounds into a working farm in the 1920’s on the historic Bardessono grounds. Her passion for working the land with fresh farm produce inspired the ingredients utilized in Chef Lindsay’s stylized dishes. All the ingredients on The Lucy menus are from locally sourced purveyors and from the onsite certified organic gardens just steps from the restaurant. 

Bardessono Bloody Mary’s

One of the many stand-out features of Lucy Restaurant is the specialty Bloody Mary Cart where the bar’s talented mixologist creates a customized Bloody Mary to suit your tastes. The demonstration is a visual experience and worth the journey to the cart, where the “Liquid Artists” craft this specialty beverage from Platinum 7X Vodka, fresh tomatoes and garden garnishes and a few other delicious additions. 

Outdoor Bathtub and Shower at Bardessono

After your Bloody Mary, you may want to retreat back to your room for a dip in the Beer Bath Spa Treatment explicitly designed to enjoy in the privacy of your Bardessono guest room. A perfect treat for dad after a long day of sightseeing, wine tasting or golf. And of course, there is also an extensive Spa Menu for Mom as well. Their full-service spa was named top wellness spa in the US in 2017 by Organic Spa Magazine. 

Hotel Villagio

Centered in the middle of Yountville along a significant stretch of Washington Street is what is now known as The Estate in Yountville also known at Villagio. The expansive property extends just south of the French Laundry Gardens to the entry gateway to the south of town. Showcased along The Estate’s 22-acre compound is everything you can ask for in creating the perfect visitor experience. Nestled at each end of the expansive grounds are their two luxurious hotels, the Vintage House and the Hotel Villagio. You can also indulge in their newly renovated Spa or visit the neighboring winery tasting rooms – Silver Trident and JCB Tasting Salon. If it’s a bit of shopping that’s up your alley, a leisurely stroll through V Marketplace offers plenty of options for your Napa Valley treasures. 

Open for lunch and dinner is, renowned chef and TV Host, Michael Chiarello’s Bottega Restaurant. His inspired Italian / California cuisine has earned him many culinary accolades including Zagat, Top 10 by Forbes, Top 20 by Esquire, and Top 100 Bay Area by Michael Bauer. Also throughout The Estate’s property are numerous meeting, indoor and outdoor venues and pavilions for everything from weddings, corporate retreats as well as small and large convention facilities. With the new addition of their gathering retreats and intimate garden areas, they can transition from 2700-square feet of indoor meetings to 11,000-square feet of outdoor entertaining space. 

Vintage House Pool

The rebranding of the Estate began with the transformation and renovation of the Vintage House formerly the Vintage Inn where they began welcoming guests in October 2017. Bringing further luxurious updates is the welcoming of their newest additions with the Vineyard and the Pavilion, as well as a full-service bar with onsite entertainment in the newly built lounge and lobby at Hotel Villagio. 

Hotel Villagio Guest Room

The spacious guest rooms at both hotels offer luxurious adornments throughout including fireplaces, outdoor balconies, complimentary daily breakfast all welcoming visiting guests in a sophisticated, inviting retreat atmosphere. The Hotel’s Winery Partner Program offers guests special perks to many of the most sought-after wineries in the Napa Valley. 

Renovations to The Estate have been extensive, and no detail has been overlooked from the complete remodel including of all of the guest accommodations, the grounds, the spa, poolside cabanas, and much, much more. Everything you can imagine to make your visit to the Napa Valley memorable is at your beck and call, as The Estate has created a luxury playground along this Napa Valley promenade. 

A few of the unique guest experiences offered a The Estate are: 

Once Upon a Vine: A Guided vineyard tour and wine tasting at the Estate, sharing a sense of the heritage, culture and the history of Yountville 

Love is in the Air: A private helicopter tour over the Napa Valley 

The Art of Sabering: A lesson on the secrets of sabering a sparkling wine bottle from the masters at V Wine Cellars 

That’s Amore: Indulge in a culinary experience led by Yountville’s own Celebrity Chef Michael Chiarello 

Vintage House In Room Bar

This fabulous transformation of The Estate Yountville is slated as one of the most ambitious and grand renovations projects in the area. Their recent redevelopment efforts have contributed to an even more significant presence of this beautiful Napa Valley village along Yountville’s impressive Miracle Mile. 

www.Bardessono.com 

www.villagio.com/the-estate-en.html 

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An Enchanted Evening at Farm Restaurant at the Carneros Resort and Spa

An Enchanted Evening at Farm Restaurant at the Carneros Resort and Spa

Executive Chef Aaron Meneghelli of Farm Restaurant

Farm Restaurant at Carneros Resort and Spa

We recently had the opportunity to have an intimate one-on-one with Carneros Resort and Spa’s energetic and super busy chef, Aaron Meneghelli. With Executive Chef Aaron’s role running all of the food and beverage programs at the resort, it is amazing he has time to come up for air and always with such a motivated and inspiring mantra. I have had the pleasure of watching him shine over the past several years with his growing culinary program, he is certainly a chef to keep a keen eye on.

Executive Chef Aaron Meneghelli

During our visit, we were impressed to observe and learn more about all of his epicurean accomplishments throughout the resort and his future plans for upcoming events at Farm. In addition to FARM – the resort’s signature restaurant, Chef also oversees The FARM Pavilion, Boon Fly Café; the Hilltop Dining Room, the upscale prepared food space at MARKET, the culinary organic garden, all catering and room service, and the Carneros Supper Club series.

Bubbles and Amuse-bouche at Farm Restaurant

Revered as one of Napa Valley’s top restaurants, FARM at Carneros Resort offers guests an elegant dining experience, casually luxurious with inviting indoor and outdoor seating. The glass windowed kitchen gives the dining guests the visuals of the constant creative energy flowing through FARM’s impressive kitchen. Chef Menghelli creates an ever-changing seasonal dining experience sourcing from neighboring purveyors and the resort’s culinary garden. Their deliciously diverse menu offers a seasonal five-course tasting menu with optional wine pairing and a page full of wonderful Farm-to-Table a la carte offerings as well.

By popular demand, Returning in the Fall they will re-launch their popular dinner series – the Carneros Supper Club held on the picturesque knoll at the Hilltop Dining Room blanketed with panoramic views over Napa Valley and the Carneros region vineyards. Chef Aaron partners with local winemakers for the evening dinner events. He creates special menus that pair with the wine being showcased for their special dining soiree’s, all inspired with seasonal produce and Aaron’s gift of inventing his delightful gastronomic creations.

Gardens at Carneros Resort and Spa

After having a lovely afternoon chat with Chef Aaron, we were then graciously escorted into the inviting FARM dining room to the cozy booth adjacent to the fireplace, and we were sent off on a journey through the menu for the next several hours of delighting in the various dishes presented to us to savor.

In addition to being hands-on in the kitchen, Chef Aaron likes to be hands-on with the dining guests. It is not uncommon to see him walking about the dining room visiting with the tables, chatting with patrons about their dish or just wishing a warm hello. Our evening was much like that as Aaron presented himself with each arriving dish that we were served. He took the time to describe the vision he had in creating each dish, the various local ingredients and the flavor profile all of which were paired specifically with the wine selections by FARM Sommelier Anthony Donahue.

A Chat with Chef Aaron

What was your inspiration to get into the restaurant business and train to become a chef, where did you go to culinary school? “I went to culinary school in SF at California Culinary Academy starting mid-1999 after finding college to be unfulfilling. I had cooked on and off again since I was 17, working in restaurants among other random jobs while moving a couple times between 19 and 23. I always found my days at work in the kitchen to be enjoyable and I was able to find that I was good at it. There is a competitiveness and intensity that you don’t’ see anywhere else and that has always been exciting to me. I think that accompanied with my family experience of always being around a table were my biggest inspirations to start this career. My mom and grandmother were good cooks and I enjoyed the food, but it was the time at the table at my grandparents’ house that I always think of.”

During your formal training, how did you know what direction you wanted to take with your career as a chef? Looking back at my days in culinary school I don’t think I ever really knew what direction I wanted to go with this career. My thoughts were more towards a restaurant rather than a hotel, I didn’t think I would ever work at a hotel, but I have spent almost 13 years between 2 top-notch resorts in the Napa Valley.

Tell me a little bit about your growing up in the Napa Valley The town of Napa was a good place to grow up. My dad worked with Robert Mondavi for the first 30 years of my life and my mom worked with the school district at El Centro elementary, so there was good involvement with a few areas of the town. Napa felt quiet growing up as much of the tourists that visited went up-valley and did not spend any attention on the town of Napa as they do now.

What inspires you when you are creating new menus and new dishes, where do you source all of seasonal ingredients? The season needs to be the first thing to inspire the menu. I always want to be sure that we are pulling our ideas off of the produce list and we plan our garden to be able to support this. We use a number of local growers and producers for eggs, dairy and produce. Our proteins are coming from locals as well when available, for example, we always have duck on the menu from Sonoma Poultry.

During the Napa Floods, how did your business get affected? Describe your hands-on efforts in giving back to the community during the fire crisis. When the fires occurred, we evacuated the hotel that first night around 3am and we were under mandatory evacuation for 12 days. October is usually one of the busiest months of the year for a lot of businesses in Napa and Sonoma, so this was a devastating way to end the year. We had groups cancel well into 2018 because the impression was that the entire valley burned down, so why come.

I had family and friends that were very close to the fires and displaced from their homes, some of which lost everything. Watching this happen around my hometown was hard and I felt helpless at the beginning, but that quickly turned into motivation. We had lost power for a couple days, and with 8 walk-in refrigerators on the property, I had a lot of food to deal with. So, we started to reach out to different community organizations that were involved with getting food and supplies out to those who needed it. We spent the next week delivering food to fire departments, Salvation Army, 3 different churches, police station, and a few others to get prepared and raw foods to the town. It felt good to be involved, but it was a painful time to watch some really close people to me go through something that tragic. We later held a fundraiser where we closed FARM and had a large dinner event and were able to raise $20K to donate to the Napa community fund.

What are your responsibilities as Carneros Resort & Spa? I oversee all culinary and stewarding operations on the property with a direct lead to the front of house management as well.

What do you envision with taking the culinary program at Carneros Resort & Spa to the next level We are currently going through a lot of remodeling on the property, the spa and all the rooms have been renovated and we will do some upgrades at FARM. The food will continue to change with the season and we focus on not repeating with the same dishes.

What motivates you every day? My wife and my daughter! All day… every day!  I work a lot, and they support me and allow me the opportunity to be in this role and commit as much of my time as I need to make this a successful operation. I usually bounce ideas off of them for food or any changes I want to make around the property. They keep me grounded while keeping me jumping for more.

Is there a philosophy or mantra that you live by? Work hard…play harder. I don’t like to say no when I have the time to be out of work, I am usually on the go!

Where do you see yourself in ten years, 20 years? Good question…hard to say, I have a lot of ideas and this career is ever-changing, so who knows?

What are you most thankful for? I have been blessed with a great family and a lot of tradition. I have also been able to make a lot of great relationships and I value that very much.  There is a blurred line between friends and family and I feel it is important to keep as many people close to you as possible.

Here is a selection of the summer dishes on Farm’s Menu:

  • Truffled Burrata – spring leaves, house-made rye, fig leaf oil
  • Octopus Terrine – scallion vinaigrette, daikon, potatoes, chorizo
  • Chilled Pea Soup – white chocolate crème Fraiche, pickled rhubarb, English peas
  • Truffle Tagliatelle – burgundy truffle, manchego, beech mushrooms
  • Liberty Farms Duck – red quinoa, soubise, blackberries, ramps
  • Alaskan Halibut – crushed English peas, fume, pork belly

A Tasting Menu of Cherry

  • Torched Hamachi – cherry aquachile, fennel, yuzu snow paired with J.J. Prum ‘Whelener Sonnenuhr” Kabinett Riesling, Mosel 2014
  • Braised Sonoma Duck Agnolotti – corn puree, cherry, duck cracklings, smoked corn foam paired with Domaine Les Cantates, Chignin-Bergeron, Savoie 2012
  • Glazed Pork Belly – Carolina gold rice, tart cherry, peas paired with Artesa Estate Reserve Pinot, Carneros 2014
  • California Squab – turnip, cherry glaze, braised greens, porcini mushroom paired with Selene Frediani Vineyard Merlot, Napa Valley 2013

Featured Cocktail: Cherry Whisky Smash – buffalo trace bourbon, lemon, cherry, mint leaves

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Planning a Wedding in the Napa Valley

Planning a Wedding in the Napa Valley

Wedding Planning Tips to Tying the Knot in Wine Country

Weddings in Napa Valley’s wine country has become a vast industry over the last 20 years and growing by leaps and bounds every day. Napa Valley exudes romance with its Tuscan painted hills, miles and miles of rolling lush vineyards, charming boutique hotels, and 5-star restaurants. Who wouldn’t want to get married here? What a truly magical place to tie the knot. Lovebirds flock here in droves to find the perfect venue to celebrate their nuptials and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Ten reasons to tie the Knot in Napa Valley!!!!

  • The Napa Valley is Gorgeous during every season!
  • The Cuisine and Wine are internationally renowned!
  • Your family and friends have never been here!
  • You met your fiancé in Napa Valley!
  • Napa Valley was your first trip together!
  • Your favorite wine is from Napa Valley!
  • Bottle Rock is your favorite Music Event!
  • Bottle Shock” is your favorite movie!
  • Because your honeymoon is not in Fiji!
  • And why KNOT!!!!

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Over 90% of the wedding ceremonies performed in the Napa Valley are brides and grooms from all over the map. No wonder it is such big business! Weddings in the Napa Valley range from small elopement style weddings to large celebrity style galas; from a La Carte to all-inclusive; from small pocket-book to money is no object. Big or intimate, your perfect dream wedding awaits in the Napa Valley.

It’s twelve months before your big wedding day, and you really want that dream Napa Valley Wedding however you live far away and haven’t a clue on where to start or who to call. The thought is overwhelming at the prospect of doing this on your own; however, the world is virtually at your fingertips; a Napa Valley Wedding is just a Google away. But then you realize with all of the choices popping up on your iPad, who do you call first? This is, after all, going to be your perfect magical day, the wedding of your dreams! Your nerves are already fluttering at the excitement of your recent engagement and its only one short year to the “Big Day” when you will be Mr. and Mrs! Where to start?

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The plethora of wine country wedding information is in abundance, yet rest assured with the assistance of your carefully selected wedding planner, your big day will come off without a glitch. Even if you decided not to use a wedding planner and choose to coordinate the details on your own, there is plenty of information to get you on your way.  No matter who you speak with, they will all have plenty of great referrals and references to suit all of your wedding needs.

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It used to be 20 years ago that weddings in the Napa Valley consisted of hosting weddings at hotels, resorts, and a few wineries or area restaurants. It has since opened up to a wide variety of venues comprised of high-class resorts, country clubs, restaurants, vineyard settings and a small selection of permitted wineries and private estates to name a few ideas. Keep in mind that due to county regulations, 99% of the Napa Valley wineries do not allow actual weddings at the wineries. For those that do have limited access through personal relationships, it is one of the most exclusive, elite, luxury destinations in California if not the world to commit your vows to the person you love.

And for those who do not have access to the coveted winery venues due to restrictive laws established to protect the beauty and bounty of our agricultural preserve, they offer such world-class resorts such as Meadowood, Auberge, Calistoga Ranch, Solage, The Meritage, Silverado Resort, Carneros Resort & Spa, The Estate in Yountville, and Los Alcobas Resort.

 

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David Aten of David Aten Events, a well-known Napa Valley event planner commented, “There is an abundance of talent in the wedding, event, hospitality industry in the Napa Valley. You have some of the best planners, photographers, chefs, florists, and hospitality professionals to offer you the world-class wedding of your dreams!”

Establishing your venue is usually your first task and most important, as it will depend on the availability of your desired setting for the ceremony and reception and then, of course, locking in the dates of your perfect chosen venue. Once that is set in stone, then determining the wedding details are the next task at hand. Now that the biggest hurdle is done, the rest will all soon fall in to place. Let’s not forget \working within your budget.

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Here are a few things to think about in your planning process: Wedding party accommodations, Officiant, rehearsal dinner location, reception food and beverages, event venue design and decor, music, florists, photographers/videographers and rental companies. Your selected event planner will help guide you through this process with recommendations and referrals for you to proceed with, or based on your style, tastes and budget they can handle every single detail every step of the way. Most wedding planners suggest Pinterest as an excellent place to gather ideas, though, even better just check out all of the information and photos you find on the internet for Napa Valley weddings.

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Here are a few Napa Valley websites to get you started:

VisitNapaValley.com: They have a wedding planning guide that can help you discover the perfect vineyard, luscious garden, posh country club or luxurious resort.

NapaValleyWeddings.com: Wedding Packages, Elopement Packages, Officiants and Wedding Venues.

NapaValleyCustomEvents.com:  Over 20 Years in Wedding Planning offering Custom events to suit every wedding need.

Axevent.com: Puttin’On the Glitz, David Aten knows how to put on a “Show Stopping” Event

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Photographers (We all know photography is a personal choice. Here are a few favorites)

TJ Salsman

Art and Clarity

A few of the Big wedding sites can also be of help with your wedding coordination which includes such tools as a pocket wedding planner, budgeter, registry and creating your own wedding website.

TheKnot.com

Wedding-spot.com

Weddingwire.com

Mywedding.com

Stylemepretty.com

zola.com

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The Best Places to Relax, Chill and Pamper Yourself in the Napa Valley

The Best Places to Relax, Chill and Pamper Yourself in the Napa Valley

Napa Valley Spa’s and Napa Valley Wellness Retreats

By Dynie Sanderson

The Napa Valley truly sets itself apart from other premier travel destinations around the planet, with so much to offer. Travelers venture to this world-class wine country mecca to experience all of the flavors, sights, sounds and sensations. Guests to our valley seek to taste selections of some the highest rated wines from around the globe, dine at the finest restaurants featuring Michelin Star Chefs and rising celebrity chefs, be entertained at the best shows and venues from BottleRock to the Napa Valley Film Festival, play championship golf courses, and of course relax and luxuriate at exclusive premier 5-star spas and wellness centers.

After a day of wine tastings or before your evening dining out, let your journey take you on the pursuit of luxurious excellence and pamper yourself with the ultimate of spa experiences. Whether your mission to rejuvenate and revitalize with a holistic treatment or practice yoga amongst the vineyards, you will find a vast variety of locally inspired treatments. Each spa and wellness center will offer you a unique sanctuary that will restore, renew and revitalize the mind, body and spirit.

These Napa Valley destination spa retreats offer the opportunity to escape, pamper and indulge in an intimate environment of tranquility and Zen. You can get-a-way from your hectic day-to-day and retreat amongst the vines to nurture and rejuvenate your body. Your perfect personalized treatment will take you to nirvana. In addition, many of the spa resorts offer spa-inspired cuisine with healthy culinary menus while constantly committing to creating the perfect guest experience.

The Spa Terra at The Meritage Resort – Napa

Spa Terra is recognized as one of California’s premier spas offering locally inspired treatments in the sanctuary of their inviting underground estate cave. Their vast menu of services and luxurious amenities are there for your sheer enjoyment, also offering a relaxation lounge, Jacuzzi and steam room. The offer skin care treatments for both men and women, packages such as the couples escape and Spa Terra Journey and a wonderful selection of massages and body treatments. www.spaterra.com

Carneros Resort and Spa – Napa

The Spa at Carneros Resort

The resort and spa is location on 28 acres in the Carneros region of Napa surrounded by rolling hills and scenic vineyards. Their spa provides tranquility and nature to mend the body mind and spirit. They offer an inviting selectin of treatments incorporating detoxifying “from the land” culinary ingredients, they also offer healing treatments that aim to cater to every guests’ personal needs. The spa directors favorite pick from the menu is the “Tranquility Pro Sleep Massage” which is a unique treatment that acts on three different sensory pathways to achieve a peaceful mind and body state for profound relaxation. Fitness center and classes are also offered. For a complete list of their services go to www.carnerosresort.com

The Spa at Silverado Resort – Napa

Girls Afternoon at Silverado Spa

Their 16,000-square foot spa facility has 16 indoor and 3 outdoor treatment rooms in the Meyer Lemon Garden. They also feature the Boost Café offering delicious spa cuisine, a Relaxation Pool and Spa Boutique. In addition to their vast selection of spa packages, massages, body treatments, they also offer a full-service nail and hair salon, wellness coaches and skin care. The state of the art fitness center with more than 30 fitness classes weekly, also provides assisted weight machines, outdoor running and stretching areas as well as strength training and cardio equipment with private TV’s and headsets. The Spa at Silverado’s signature treatment is the “Lomi Lomi Massage” – a rhythmic full-body massage technique where the therapist works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous flowing strokes enabling the recipient to relax and feel their Aloha. www.silveradoresort.com/spa/

The Spa at the Estate – Yountville

The Spa at the Estate In Yountville

Wellness at the heart of Yountville where soothing fountains, cascading waterfalls and serene reflecting pools envelop their guests in an atmosphere of quietude and creature comforts. They offer seven treatment rooms and five private spa suites appointed with relaxation lounges with indoor and outdoor fireplaces, Swiss experience showers, steam showers, saunas and outdoor hydrotherapy soaking baths. They offer Holistic Body Therapies, blending ancient traditions and cutting-edge technology where their therapies are designed to soothe sore muscles from 50 minutes to 110 minutes. They also offer a selection of massage therapies and facial therapies. For those on the go they offer a tasting menu of 25 minute treatments or combine them to have a multi-treatment experience. Gentlemen you weren’t left out, there are special selection for you too! http://www.villagio.com/spa-villagio-en.html

The Spa at Bardessono – Yountville

Bardessono Spa Yountville

They are nestled amid the picturesque Napa Valley hills in the heart of the hamlet of Yountville where nature guides the nourishment of the body and spirit. You will come away relaxed from head to toe with their luxury spa packages. Combining the best of the East and the West their spa massage treatments promote health and wellness and are customized to fit their guests’ unique needs and personal preferences. You choose your desired style and pressure for relief from stress, for relaxation or for aching muscles. It also includes your choice of a special seasonal blend of essential oils or unscented organic oil. Non-guests can also take advantage of Bardessono’s spa services with Day Guest options. Weekly yoga is complementary for guests and also available for non-guests with drop-in and weekly pass options. www.bardessono.com

Meadowood Spa Resort – St. Helena

Meadowood Spa Treehouse Retreat Room

The new Meadowood Spa offers a unique all-suite concept, creating an elevated spa experience and giving guests a true sense of retreat and privacy. These intimate private treatment suites include a private bathroom, steam shower and built-n seating area in from of tranquil views through open sliding windows to the nature beyond. The offer facials, scrubs, wraps, massage, treatments designed for men, in guest room services, and a spa boutique. Meadowood Chef Victoria Acosta has designed culinary seasonal menu, offering delicious and healthy options for guests to enjoy in their spa suites or in the relaxation gardens. http://www.meadowood.com/spa

Auberge du Soleil Spa – Rutherford

The Spa at Auberge du Soleil

The spa at Auberge is based on the design of a Zen master, creating a physical and emotional barrier from the outside world, which allows guests to focus inward while taking in the beauty of nature. Their new seasonal treatment, “Winter Harmony Retreat” will treat you with an array of luxurious services to nourish, refresh and replenish your skin. In addition to a warm aromatic sesame oil massage, you also choose one or more treatments of Peppermint Sugar Body Scrub, Winter Forest Clay Wrap, Pink Himalayan Salt Bath, Balancing Energy work, Hand & Foot, Reflexology, Hair and Scalp Renewal. 30, 90 or 120 minutes. In addition to their inviting variety of spa treatments, they also offer the highest in quality fitness classes and private instruction. https://aubergedusoleil.aubergeresorts.com/spa/

Solage Resort and Spa – Calistoga

Solage Couples Treatments

The spa facility is artfully designed and ecologically conscious creating the ultimate retreat to experience relaxing and invigorating services including new twists on the renowned “Calistoga Mud” and mineral water therapies. The Bathhouse as Spa Solage offers the ultimate wellness experience, featuring healing geo-thermal pools and mineral rich mud therapy in a restful, restorative setting. Their spa menu offers a vast selection of services – massage, body renewal, body scrubs, enhancements, signature facials, advanced skin care, facial enhancements, waxing, couples connecting, and just for him. In addition, there are mid-week wellness packages, fitness programs and specialty wellness sessions. Try the “Chai Spice Body Renewal” – body brushing, a warming vanilla coconut oil massage and finished with a nurturing wrap and foot treatment. The also serve delicious inspired spa cuisine at the Solbar outdoor patio. https://solage.aubergeresorts.com/spa/

The Spa at Calistoga Ranch – Calistoga

Yoga at Calistoga Ranch

The experience is one of the most unique spa experiences nestled away in a wooden canyon. It provides and oasis where you will find soothing soaking pools overlooking a creek and moss-laden oaks. The offer restorative organic spa treatments in restful private rooms where you will enter upon a journey to pure relaxation. In addition to their signature treatments they also offer complimentary classes in their state of the art fitness facility or out amongst nature. Classes range from Yoga to Qigong to Pilates and Circuit Training. One of their newest seasonal treatments is “Toastie Toes and Fell Good Fingers” where you will receive a revitalizing hand and foot treatment, exfoliates, hydrates and nourishes with warm towel wraps and relaxing reflexology. https://calistogaranch.aubergeresorts.com/spa/

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