New Hot Spots to Visit in Napa Valley this Summer
August 15, 2017
Check out all the hot new restaurants, hotels and things to do in Napa Valley:
Where to Eat:
Acacia House at the new Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel in St. Helena, opened in May 2017. The restaurant was created by chef Chris Cosentino with business partner Oliver Wharton of San Francisco's acclaimed Cockscomb restaurant. The menu at Acacia House features a selection of small and larger plates designed to complement a diverse Napa Valley wine list. Cosentino and Wharton oversee all of the food and beverage components at Las Alcobas including an on-site artisan bread program with a focus on sprouted grains from organic growers; breakfast, pool, lounge and room service; banquets and catering; as well as picnic baskets and musette bags for cyclists.
The Charter Oak, a restaurant by Chef Christopher Kostow and Nathaniel Dorn of the Michelin-three starred Restaurant at Meadowood, opened in St. Helena in June 2017. The Charter Oak is centered on a celebratory, casual, family-style dining experience, with simple, approachable and seasonal food. The menu, with Chef Katianna Hong at the helm, reflects the products of the Napa Valley and surrounding San Francisco Bay Area with an elemental cooking style highlighting one or two ingredients at a time. (Also pictured in cover)
The Model Bakery opened “Mini Model” in Yountville in June 2017. Mini Model offers Stumptown Coffee drinks, pastries and other daily baked goods, including the famous Model Bakery English Muffins and breakfast sandwiches. Mini Model offers grab & go lunch items and an assortment of fresh baked breads, baguettes and cookies, among other specialties.
Live Fire Pizza opened at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa in June 2017. They serve dine-in or to-go California style wood-fired pizza, Italian sandwiches and local salads. Liza Shaw, former executive chef of San Francisco's A16 and consultant to Redd Wood in Yountville, was enlisted for LiveFire’s menu development and chef team training.
Napa Noodles, from the owners of Eiko’s and Eiko’s at Oxbow, opened in July 2017 in downtown Napa. Napa Noodles is an Asian Pacific Rim-style restaurant that fuses Asian noodles with Napa Valley cuisine. Specialties include house made noodles, savory soups, slow roasted meats, seasonal salads, flavorful rice dishes, Asian beers, Sake and local wines.
New Things to See and Do:
Rooted Fork Foodie Tours launched their walking food tours in May 2017. This explorative adventure allows guests to taste bites from a variety of restaurants all in one afternoon, highlighting the local favorites and must-try restaurants in Napa. In three hours, guests will meander the streets of downtown Napa while taking in the history that has lead to the booming growth Napa has become. Tours offered weekly and reservations are required.
Maris Collective, luxury fashion and lifestyle destination retailer, opened the “Coop” at Carneros Resort and Spa in May 2017. The rustic modern 700 square foot, one-of-a-kind fashion boutique is conveniently located off Sonoma Highway in the resort’s Town Square.
Where to stay:
Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa, the recently updated 50-room hotel in Calistoga, opened in July 2017. The hotel features a 1950s period vibe with whimsical elements, from Priority cruiser bikes for guest use and classic indoor and outdoor games, to inviting communal spaces. Guests can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, wading pool and an indoor whirlpool—all of which are fed by the property’s own hot mineral springs. The new Moonacre Spa puts a social twist on the traditionally formal spa experience, with a detoxifying “mix your own” mud bar, a spa relaxation garden, a co-ed steam room. They also offer a selection of hand-crafted treatments, including a private tub experience featuring mineral salt offerings inspired by grand thermal destinations from around the world.
Rancho Caymus Inn is a historic boutique hotel in Rutherford that reopened July 2017. The Inn was brought back to life by the developer of the acclaimed Hotel Yountville. Originated by the late vintner, designer, pilot and Renaissance woman, Mary Tilden Morton (from Berkeley California's Tilden Park & Morton Salt families), the renovation has restored the hotel's natural beauty and features 25 large suite-style rooms with heritage wood ceilings, fireplaces, living areas and private patios. The intimately scaled hotel wraps around a lovely plunge pool and spa. Rancho Caymus Inn's classic California hacienda style was handcrafted using materials that were carefully dismantled and re-imagined from a 19th century Ohio barn.
UpValley Inn & Hot Springs completed an extensive guestroom renovation in August at the Calistoga hotel formerly known as Comfort Inn Calistoga. All 55 guestrooms now feature new furnishings and bathrooms with a rustic-meets-modern style. In addition, the property boasts a brand-new sauna & steam room for on-site relaxation. In the coming months, the property’s hot springs mineral pool, lobby and lush courtyards will also be fully refreshed.