Arriving in Napa, you’ll feel worlds away from the hubbub of San Francisco and LA, so serene are its landscapes and relaxed its atmosphere. Welcome to California’s most famous winelands; you can probably imagine what we’ve got planned for you on this bolt-on itinerary…
THE HEART OF IT ALL
Throughout your time in Napa, you’ll be staying at The Meritage Resort and Spa, a property that lays claim to its own underground wine tasting rooms, and even better – its own vineyards. The true home of Trinitas Cellars (producers of the bottles you’ve been enjoying throughout your stays at the Meritage Collection’s properties) you couldn’t be more at the heart of Napa life if you tried.
As soon as you’ve dropped off your bags, you’ll make your way to the Meritage Resort’s most spectacular offering – its spa. Carved into the earth beneath the vineyard, you’ll immediately feel at peace as you wander its cool, labyrinthine corridors that, thanks to a variety of mosaics and soft lighting, are reminiscent of Renaissance Italy. Settle down for a facial or massage, pre-organised by us, of course, and recuperate from your journey.
With hundreds of wineries and vineyards to explore, we’ll have you up early to make the most of it. Spend a few hours by the pool in the morning, before heading over to the resort’s very own Trinitas Cellars for your private tasting. You’ll then hop into your chauffeured vehicle for an afternoon of vineyard hopping. We’ll arrange an assortment of tastings, ranging from private tastings with the winemakers themselves to more relaxed tastings with lunch. It’ll be the perfect, flavoursome introduction to the wonders of the valley, and we’re sure you’ll end up ordering plenty of cases to send home to your loved ones.Read more
That evening, we’ll have arranged a three-course gourmet dinner in downtown Napa at one of our favourite restaurants. A necessity after a long day sipping wine.
The next day, you’ve got an early wake-up call, as you’ll be heading out on a private sunrise hot air balloon. Arriving at your departure site, you’ll be greeted with a glass of champagne to enjoy as you watch Napa unfold itself below you. The views are absolutely incredible from such a vantage point, and the pure silence as you float across the sky offers a wonderful and personal retreat. When you land, we’ll have a breakfast picnic set up for you, with yet more champagne. We couldn’t think of a better way to start the day, could you?
Back at The Meritage; spend some time relaxing on property, wandering through the vineyard or lying by the beautiful pool to recover from your early start. Make the most of the hotel’s dining opportunities, the Siena Restaurant being a particular favourite of ours with its Italian inspired Californian cuisine. And if you’re feeling like you’ve overindulged, the on-site fitness facilities will prove to be exactly what you need.
CYCLING IN THE SUN
On your final day, we’ll have some bicycles waiting for you to help you discover the cycling paths and rolling hills of the Napa countryside. There are miles upon miles of trails to explore, so allow the resort to pack you a gourmet lunch and head on out for a whole day enjoying the beauty of Napa on your own, stopping at the most picturesque spot you can find to toast a wonderful few days in this country paradise.