By Fran Endicott Miller | Photos courtesy of Meadowood Resort
Tucked into the hillside off of the famed Silverado Trail, Meadowood Resort blends seamlessly and sublimely into its 250 acres of oak and redwood treestudded terrain. Secluded and romantic, it’s easy to see why the bucolic retreat is a desired wedding locale and choice destination for some of Napa Valley’s premiere events. You’ll not find any resort within Northern California wine country to be as effortlessly elegant. And though preternaturally posh, a renovation of three new swimming pools and a state-of-the-art fitness studio sends the resort’s luxe quotient soaring.
The pampering begins upon your arrival, with a greeting of freshly baked cookies. Friendly bell staff escort you to one of the 85 sumptuously appointed, New England-style bungalows and cottages that dot the hillsides. Each space provides unparalleled privacy and features wood-burning or gas fireplaces to provide extra warmth on chilly nights and mornings. Dishes of daily refilled house-made caramels and nightly turndown treats from the kitchen will gratify your sweet cravings.
Settle in while contemplating activity choices that include wine tasting adventures, hillside trail hikes, croquet, tennis, spa treatments, and swimming. A new, adults-only pool features a series of adjacent lounges complemented by four private cabanas. The Club Pool provides for lap swimming in the mornings and quiet relaxation the rest of the day, complete with poolside lounges. The Family Pool provides a fun environment for families with children. An adjacent new building houses a snack bar and a bath house with showers and changing rooms. A new Kids Play Area, with activity lawns, makes the pool areas a bit more peaceful.
The men’s and women’s locker rooms feature new saunas and steam rooms. Spaces dedicated to daily fitness classes, weight training, and cardio workouts have been improved and expanded, allowing more light-filled space for stretching and functional training. Advanced weight training and cardio equipment from Precor® includes two Peloton® bikes, Concept 2® SkiErg, a TRX® station, Stairmaster® StepMill, and Board30s that use resistance bands for a varied, full body workout. The newly rebranded Strength & Spirit Studio offers a variety of daily fitness classes, including yoga, cardio weight training, and cycle/sculpt.
After your workout, head to the spectacularly serene and rustically modern Meadowood Spa, with its soothing color palette of warm grays, creams, fresh greens, and natural teak. Enjoy customizable holistic treatments offered within spacious individual suites. Pre- or post-treatment, you can lounge in the relaxation garden and sample nourishing elixirs and house-dried fruits, nuts, and grains.
A destination unto itself, the Michelin 3-starred The Restaurant at Meadowood is Executive Chef Christopher Kostow’s celebration of Napa cuisine. Dining here is an event. Every delicious dish surprises and delights, the service is fabulous, and the low-lit, sultry environ inspires romance. For a more casual atmosphere and fare to match, you can opt for The Grill at Meadowood for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. During warmer months, the new Pool Terrace Bar & Restaurant offers a carefree, adults-only dining area and bar, with table seating under the shade of six tall palms.
Whether you’re a wedding guest, gala attendee, or serenity seeker, Meadowood’s relaxed yet refined service ensures that you feel like a VIP. For more information, visit