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What's New in the Napa Valley

Fall/Winter 2020

While it’s no secret that Napa Valley has faced challenges this year, the valley is open to visitors and our spirit is stronger than ever. The Glass Fire that broke out in September is now 100 percent contained and most of Napa County’s 45,000 acres of vines were not impacted. For those wondering how to help, the best way to support the community and our businesses is to visit. And the timing couldn’t be better. As harvest wraps up, travelers will be welcomed with the start of Cabernet Season – the best time to visit for those in the know – and there is a burst of new offerings to explore throughout the valley’s five distinctive towns.

 
 

Hotel & Lodging News


Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs, originally built in 1952, is set to unveil a large-scale renovation in late Fall 2020. Considered one of the first resorts in Calistoga and known for its mud bath treatments, the property’s new look will include a Southwestern-inspired restaurant, House of Better, featuring healthy New Mexican fare.

Four Seasons Resort & Residences will open in winter 2020 with 85 rooms and an on-site vineyard and tasting room – a rarity in Napa Valley. As a nod to Calistoga’s wellness roots, the property will offer an eight-room spa with steam pods in which hammocks will be suspended above geo-thermal pools for guests to absorb the heated vapor.

This December, Solage, part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, will unveil a $30 million-dollar renovation overseen by architect Howard Backen - considered the creator of "Napa Valley Style" - and Los Angeles-based interior design agency Studio Collective. In addition to 11 new accommodations, Solbar - their signature restaurant - will double the size of the patio for outdoor dining and the new PicoBar, with light bites and cocktails, will sit next to an enlarged pool deck with contemporary loungers and cabanas.

The Cambria Hotel, a select service offering conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Napa shopping and restaurants, opens its doors in late Fall 2020. The property features an outdoor pool with a sun deck and poolside bar, fitness center, bicycle rentals, and a full-service restaurant and bar serving locally inspired dishes and regional craft beers.

Four Seasons Resort & Residences
Four Seasons Resort & Residences

 

New Culinary Delights


Expanded outdoor dining options have popped up throughout the valley in the way of closed streets turned pop-up outdoor parklets. While Napa Valley restaurants are pleased to once again welcome visitors for indoor service, many restaurants have also been able to expand their patios and outdoor areas to cater to guests who prefer to dine alfresco and enjoy the beautiful Napa Valley outdoors.

An under-the-radar, new addition to Calistoga, the Pickled Pig is a little slice of meat-lover’s heaven from heritage pig farmer and Napa Valley Heritage Catering owner and chef Josh Mitchell. Part deli, part sandwich shop, this is the place to go for stocking up on all things pork straight from Mitchell’s farm, and it’s the perfect spot to snag a quick sandwich between wine tastings.

Housed in Napa’s historic Old Adobe and named for a Mexican slang term for beer, La Cheve Bakery and Brews puts as much heart into its local craft beer selection as bakery matriarch Momma Juana puts into her incredible, scratch-made Mexican pastries. The café also offers flavorful tortas and tacos, plus house-made brews and a compact wine list that highlights local Hispanic winemakers.

First & Franklin Marketplace in downtown Napa blends a full-service deli with a specialty marketplace offering up local wine, craft beers, and Napa Valley gift items. Visitors looking for a quick bite can enjoy grab-and-go or made-to-order sandwiches, salads and charcuterie plates, as well as pre-cooked family meal kits and sides.

On a mission to make high-quality the everyday norm, Contimo Provisions in Napa has opened a new, larger location replacing the CIA at Copia outpost. Featuring their famous breakfast biscuits, sandwiches, and salads, nearly every item on the menu is hand-crafted in house.

 

New Shopping


Spanning three buzzy blocks in the heart of Downtown Napa, First Street Napa is an ever-growing hub for shopping, dining, and tasting. Known for its locally-owned boutiques and independent restaurants and wineries, the district has recently welcomed a surge of new shops like C’est La Paire for chic boots and handbags; The Bennington Napa Valley for vintage finds; and Copperfield’s Books, a mainstay store returning to First Street. Honey Whiskey Boutique as well as nearby Tay & Grace offer up beautifully curated women’s clothing and accessories that capture the Napa Valley lifestyle.

The new Napa Valley Welcome Center also made its debut at First Street Napa in Fall of 2020, featuring a 16x9 ft. video wall visible from 1st Street. The new 2,550 square-foot space provides a more immersive experience and amenities that better serve both visitors and locals looking to explore the breadth of Napa Valley offerings.

In Yountville, Brian Bolke has opened The Conservatory, a 360-degree luxury retail experience that bridges physical retail with e-commerce. The 900-square-foot space is home to over 175 brands from around the globe, including California favorites like Rosetta Getty’s ready-to-wear, jewelry from Lisa Eisner and Irene Neuwirth, beauty by Sweden’s L.A. Bruket, and leather goods by London-based Métier.

 

Oasis by Hoopes
Oasis by Hoopes

Time for Wine


Animal lovers will gravitate towards Oasis by Hoopes in Yountville, where wines are accompanied by an animal sanctuary and regenerative farm. The outdoor space, which opened in October 2020, is dotted with airstreams, lounge areas made with recycled materials, a farm stand (with produce for purchase), as well as rescued chickens, pigs, and goats.

In Napa’s Oxbow Public Market, Bar Lucia opened this summer from the owner behind Kara’s Cupcakes. Highlights of the bar include rosé and sparkling wines paired with seasonal bites. Founder Kara Haspel Lind named the bar after her great grandmother and her daughter, honoring the traditions passed down through five generations of women in her family.

Faust's new tasting room, housed in a St. Helena Victorian home originally built in 1878, opened in September 2020 following a four-year renovation. Known for their Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from organically farmed estates, the new space still features the original cellar from pre-prohibition era as well as an expansive outdoor terrace tasting area.

For travelers prioritizing privacy, Charles Krug, the oldest wine estate in Napa Valley, opened five new private WIFI-enabled outdoor tasting cabanas on the winery's picnic grounds and Trefethen is now offering a nightly after-hours experience permitting only one booking per evening - meaning guests have the whole estate to themselves. Visitors can also enjoy newly installed private cabanas at Louis M. Martini Winery in St. Helena and Domaine Chandon in Yountville.

New downtown Napa tasting room Quilt & Co. provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about local wines that have been cherished throughout the world in a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere. Quilt & Co. also serves a thoughtful selection of seasonal nibbles from neighbor Avow known for their authentic California cuisine to pair perfectly with the wines.

Possibly the smallest tasting room in the entire Napa Valley and one of downtown Napa’s most unique new spots is Shadowbox Cellars, which offers a tasting pairing known as ‘Salt & Acid’ by appointment. The distinctive combination explores how well acid-driven wines pair with a variety of flavors using handcrafted, small-batch potato chips in a handful of unique flavors.

For those looking for something on the fizzier side, the first and only dedicated Champagne & sparkling wine lounge in Napa Valley, Be Bubbly, has just opened its doors in downtown Napa. Guests can sip a sparkling Chenin Blanc or Rosé from France, a bubbly Lambrusco from Italy, an exclusive Prosecco on tap or try Californian favorites, such as Schramsberg and Iron Horse.

 

Beyond the Wine


Napa Valley Distillery, the first distillery to open its doors in the city of Napa since prohibition, opened a new speakeasy tasting salon dubbed the "Hollywood Room" with cocktails crafted from spirits made just a few feet away. The art deco-designed space is punctuated with tiki bar-like decor.

The first standalone tasting room dedicated solely to luxury California brandies, California Brandy House, opens on First Street on November 6, 2020 for outdoor tastings. The new concept will debut with two leading brandy portfolios, Germain-Robin and Argonaut. Visitors will be guided through tasting flights, including single-barrel samples that are only available at the tasting space.

 

Coming Soon - Spots to Watch


Slated to open early 2021, The George is a new generation luxury boutique inn of nine guest rooms situated in downtown Napa’s picturesque old town neighborhood. The meticulously restored Queen Anne style Victorian home was originally built in 1891 and is tucked away from the downtown bustle but within easy walking distance to everything downtown Napa has to offer.

Baldacci Family Vineyards will open a new hospitality center in March 2021, featuring new private tasting rooms, a wine bar, and an expansive outdoor patio overlooking wine country vistas.

 
 
 

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