I spend an inordinate amount of time mad at myself because I start projects and then realize I have to finish them. I wrote about Napa (The Town) and Napa Valley (The Middle), and promised I would eventually finish the whole Napa thing…and although I have since been distracted by just about everything… it’s closure time. Therefore… Napa Valley, Part Three… Up There (Part One).
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So as promised… let’s move north to St. Helena and Calistoga. One other note… there are a zillion great hotels, inns, restaurants and winery venues throughout the Valley that I have not talked about. Go visit them.
Meadowood Napa Valley
Ooh. Meadowood. It deserves both an ooh AND an aah. 85 guest rooms and suites of all shapes and sizes (and prices that range from high to higher), including a number of four-bedroom cottages… they call them cottages but they are more like houses… that have separate entrances so they can be booked individually or as an entire “cottage” with a giant living area that can be used for meetings, hospitality or… living (?). The resort also has an actual 3-Star Michelin restaurant (impressive), a nine-hole executive golf course, a Spa, and a real regulation style croquet lawn (great for teambuilding). And of course, the whole shebang is “nestled” on 250 acres just outside St. Helena. www.meadowood.com
I have written about them before, but to make this simple, here you go again… Part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection, the recently opened 68-room Las Alcobas is located on Main Street in St. Helena, adjoining the Beringer Estate and Winery. It features a 2200 square foot “Event Barn” (with an exhibition kitchen thrown in), outdoor event spaces, and Beringer is right there and they have “stuff’ too. www.lasalcobasnapavalley.com
This St. Helena winery’s historic Cask Room, with two stories of century-old 2,000 gallon casks lining the stone walls, is quintessential Wine Country. You can start in the tasting cellar with a reception… then the lights are dimmed, candles lit, the music begins… the curtains are drawn revealing the dining room (for up to 112 guests)… trust me, it’s cool. And if you didn’t already know this… there are some really good chefs in Napa Valley who would just LOVE to cater your event. www.merryvale.com
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
They say, ”The Culinary Institute of America sets the standard for quality with an unparalleled culinary approach and philosophy.” I’m no expert on that stuff, but based on my non-expertise, I am going to say that yes, that seems true. J
Previously known as Greystone Cellars, with grand cathedral ceilings and massive hand-cut stone walls, it is now brimming (that is my word and although I don’t know if it really fits, it sounds good anyway) with teaching kitchens and demonstration theaters, perfect for team-building (and eating and drinking). Same goes for private lunches/dinners.
They can handle groups of all sizes and will customize an event and… they know what they are doing. www.ciachef.edu/cia-california/
In addition, they have a new location in downtown Napa, the CIA at Copia. I did not write about it in my previous downtown Napa blog… but now you know.
Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen
Created by Cindy Pawlcyn, the James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, chef-owner of Napa Valley’s Mustards Grill and co-creator of many renowned Bay Area restaurants (including Fog City Diner, Bix, Roti, Tra Vigne and Buckeye Roadhouse), Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen is located in downtown St. Helena… and is good. :)
There are three private rooms; The Gallery (up to 56 guests), The White Room (up to 20 guests) and the Patio (up to 20 guests with a wood-burning oven and a 100-tesr old fig tree). Or you can take over the entire restaurant (up to 80 guests seated). www.cindysbackstreetkitchen.com
As a reference point… I showed up for a site inspection a while back and the then-CEO of SONY was checking in ahead of me. It’s that kind of place.
Unlike many resorts, they are not “nestled” somewhere. Instead, this 50-room super-luxury Auberge resort is “tucked” into a private canyon on 157 acres. Makes all the difference. They even have their own lake, not to mention (but I am about to mention) private lodge accommodations, a great Spa, a private Lakehouse Restaurant (that goes with the private lake), and… their very own 1175 square foot wine cave. Consider this a great spot for Board Meetings and Incentives. www.calistogaranch.aubergeresorts.com
It’s a Five-Star Auberge Resort… presumably that means it’s good. Within walking distance (or a very short bike ride) from the town of Calistoga, this 89-room resort and Spa has over 15k square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting/event space, a couple of bocce ball courts, and a giant pool. www.solage.aubergeresorts.com
(As an aside I have always wondered about how one measures outdoor event space since… I mean… the outdoors is pretty big and all I really want to know is how much indoor, use-able meeting space there is. For some reason, it often seems an elusive figure for many hotels. I mean… if I was king of the world…just saying).
Indian Springs Resort
It’s been there since 1862 but because of what they did in 2015, we can now call it the New Indian Springs Resort. What did they do? Other than the fact they are still built over a natural Hot Springs, pretty much everything. The current stats… 115 rooms (75 are new), 3500 square feet of meeting space (new), a new restaurant, plus a lot of renovated old stuff, the old stuff being the reason why they have been there since 1862… Spa, Natural Mineral Springs, Mud Baths… and you can easily walk to downtown Calistoga (or take one of their complimentary bicycles). www.indianspringscalistoga.com
The Napa CVB
Rather than keep repeating myself (see previous blogs), they are a great resource for everything Napa-ish. www.visitnapavalley.com
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