Pictured: The Bungalows at Calistoga
If you’re looking to indulge in a summer getaway with just your closest friends and family, and avoid possible crowds, Napa Valley should be at the top of your travel list. The wide open spaces of wine country, with quaint rural towns and miles of undulating vineyards, is perfect for intimate experiences whether you’re traveling solo, with a partner, or the entire family (and maybe the neighbors) in tow. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite places to stay when you want a private getaway. With a variety of accommodations to choose from, including those with limited common areas, spacious suites and exclusive amenities, you’ll find that a retreat to Napa Valley feels a lot like home, but thankfully not your home.
Fun & Approachable
Napa Valley caters to experiences at every price point and these retreats give you peace of mind, with a twist. With kitschy-cool roadside motor lodges and motels (drive right up to your room!), and even a suite in an old railway car, you can find affordable private accommodations that allow you to keep more than six feet away from other travelers. A few of our favorites:
Vineyard Views and Direct-Entry Rooms
With wide-open spaces and leafy rows of vineyards in all directions, a change of scenery becomes that much more enticing. If you’re looking for a place to stay with a direct entry room topped off with your very own vineyard view, we’ve got that too. Here are a few places we love:
Downtime away from it all is the ultimate luxury, and Napa Valley invites you to escape into wine country bliss with that special someone or your hand-selected quarantine buddy. These world-class resorts offer completely private experiences, from your own modern five-bedroom villa with a private pool to the rustic elegance of a woodsy forest retreat complete with a private vineyard. If you’re looking for ultra-luxe privacy, here are our top picks:
Cozy Cottages and B&Bs
Napa Valley bed & breakfasts and boutique inns are the perfect solution for a larger group of friends or family who are looking to get away, but still want to keep your circle close. Most are available for full buyouts, so you can ensure a private retreat with just your closest friends and family. Reserving a property just for yourself provides the best of both worlds—the top-tier hospitality and luxurious amenities jet-setters have come to expect as well as the privacy and distance needed to ensure health and safety right now. Here are a few to consider:
Now that you’ve picked the perfect place to stay, it’s time to plan the rest of your trip. Just one to two hours from the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay areas, and only a six hour drive from Los Angeles, Napa Valley is a must-see stop on any Northern California road trip adventure. With neighboring wine regions just down the road, Lake Tahoe a couple of hours away, and the beautiful Northern California coastline stretching for miles to the north, you can experience some of the most amazing places in the state without ever stepping foot in an airport.
If driving is a bit too far, you still don’t have to board a commercial flight to enjoy a Napa Valley getaway. JetSuiteX offers affordable jet travel from LAX and Las Vegas to Concord, which is a short 45-minute drive from Napa Valley, and features only 30-seats, contactless check-in and private air terminals. For those with the means, take your own aircraft or charter a jet to the Napa County Airport. Napa Valley is also convenient to the intimate Sonoma County airport, particularly our northern towns of Calistoga and St. Helena, for those a bit further away.