Destination Dispatches: Napa, Lapping Up Low-key Luxury

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After yesterday’s Fresh Pick post, we’ve got wines and vines on our brain. Thankfully, guest blogger Christine Faulhaber and her hubby just got back from a trip to Meadowood Napa Valley, California. She shares her experience and pics.

Meadowood has its own street. With its rows of olive trees and winding upward drive, you can’t help feeling this is the beginning of “attention to everything.”

We drove up as darkness descended on the pristine mountainside of madrona and oak forest, all on 250 acres of it. This resort is quiet, a sharp contrast to the bustle of nearby wineries we had just spent the day in. In true Relais & Châteaux style, the guarded gatehouse was our first welcome. They were expecting us.

After a quick, and thoroughly warm, second welcome at the front desk, we were whisked away in a golf cart to our room, which in our case, was tucked into the mountainside. We stoke the traditional fireplace, relax in the soaker tub and stare up into the beamed ceilings.

The cool mountain air and wilderness view make us hungry. Cue the branded Mercedes wagon, which delivers us 300m down the hill to the Grill. We enjoyed everything and had everything a weary wine enthusiast needs to settle into a toasty evening. Delicious fresh salads, steak and spot-on wine parings. They were all flawless. So was the service. The meal was quite good and reasonably priced for a resort on the luxury end of the scale. We walked back and took in the burning oak-scented air.

We woke up to a picture perfect day in Napa Valley, with a bounce in our steps, anxious to see what the spa had in store. I was first up for a facial. Our golf cart driver du jour is quick to mention that we weren’t the first guests to roam the resort in robes.

Spa-experienced, our expectations were high. First impressions were underwhelming. The treatment, however, was top-notch and we were definitely in the good hands of a talented and trained therapist. The Jurlique products are top quality and smelled great. We loved the spa setting, right beside the tennis courts, and heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi tempted us to come back later that evening, and the next morning. Lime and rose bushes everywhere.

In the bright of the day we could see how well kept everything was. We definitely got the feeling that the staff had a lot more on their plates that whisking around in golf carts.

We were off for the day to a series of wine tastings, and then back to the resort for a nap before the grand event: The Restaurant at Meadowood. The divine Michelin three-star 12 course feast we enjoyed surely cannot be simply called eating dinner. Afterward, barely able to speak or move, we sparked up another raging fire, and drifted off to the sweet smoky smell.

We left feeling very spoiled. When we look back at our time, it was quite special, and it was the customer service that made it so. The grounds were gorgeous. With tastes toward modern luxury, we found the country cottage-feel a bit dated, but for an older crowd looking for hushed, cozy comfort (not to mention a spot of golf) this is the perfect property. - Christine Faulhaber

Principal of Faulhaber Public Relations, Christine Faulhaber is a proud mother of two and seasoned traveler. Her company recently celebrated 10 years. Check out their behind-the-scenes blog, FDrive.

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