Though our winters are milder than in many places, here in the Napa Valley we still love to cuddle by a fire when there’s a chill in the air (for us, that’s anywhere south of 60°). And there’s no lack of opportunity – there are countless wineries, hotels, and eating venues that feature fireplaces, from outdoor fire pits to grand stone hearths, where you can sit with a hearty Cabernet close by.
Here are a few of our favorite fireplace experiences to try this winter.
Accommodations with fireplaces and fire pits
Alila Napa Valley in St. Helena
Enjoy sweeping vineyard views from your private balcony at this St. Helena resort. After a day of wine tastings, relax by the fire pit on your terrace.
Archer Hotel in Downtown Napa
This lodging property in Downtown Napa features fireplaces on the balconies of its suites, with lounge seating and blankets for chilly evenings. Specialty balcony menus can be enjoyed fireside. Archer's rooftop bar features fire pits and a stone fireplace.
Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa in Calistoga
This Calistoga hotel has two outdoor fire pits to enjoy after a day of wine tasting. The pool fire pit is the perfect spot to roast s’mores or pop some Jiffy Pop, which is available for purchase in the lobby.
Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa in Napa
The patio of the Marriott’s indoor/outdoor lobby is the perfect spot to unwind with a cocktail after a day of exploring. You can enjoy a custom-made bourbon flight, a locally crafted grain-to-glass cocktail, or a bite to eat while you warm up by the outdoor fire pits.
Restaurants and Cocktails with fire pits
ALBA Restaurant at River Terrace Inn in Downtown Napa
Relax and enjoy dinner or cocktails at ALBA, which features outdoor fire pits surrounding the patio. This charming inn is located next to the Napa River in Downtown Napa.
Mercantile Social at Andaz Napa in Downtown Napa
Unwind with outdoor dining and drinks at Mercantile Terrace, located on the 2nd floor of the Andaz Hotel. Gather with your friends around their cozy fire pits while enjoying farm-to-table bites and expertly crafted cocktails.
The Charter Oak in St. Helena
This St. Helena restaurant features a large fire pit in its beautiful courtyard of mulberry trees, where you can enjoy beverages ranging from bottled cocktails to large-format “for-the-table” drinks and an extensive list of local wines and beers. On chilly evenings, plush blankets are provided so you can linger as long as you like.
Wineries with fireplaces and fire pits
With some cozy pillows, Clif’s patio fire pit is the perfect place to warm up with a wine tasting. And be sure to try the seasonal menu items from their Bruschetteria food truck – try the hand-milled polenta or a satisfying bowl of Italian ramen with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain.
Louis M. Martini Winery in St. Helena
Sit back in the relaxed al fresco environment of Martini Park at this Napa Valley winery. Enjoy a heated wine tasting in a cabana, or warm up next to the large fireplace.
Round Pond Estate in Rutherford
Snuggle up next to the outdoor fireplace at Round Pond Estate while you take in one of the most spectacular views of Napa Valley.