Posh Boutique Hotel in Historic Napa Mill
The Napa Mill's nostalgic neon sign gently buzzes overhead as rowers paddle along the Napa River, craning their necks to take in the expansive inn that looms overhead. Preserving a token of California's late 19th-century industrial boom, and an integral part of historic Napa Mill, Napa River Inn transforms a former warehouse into an upscale retreat far removed from the riverside venue's bygone bustle. Where mariners once stood, squinting into the horizon as they awaited their freighters, couples now recline on breezy balconies, clinking glasses of cabernet sauvignon as the sun dips below the horizon.
As sunlight wanes and bebop strains from Silo's Jazz Club slowly fade, guests nestle before the Executive rooms' crackling fireplaces, which are bordered in rich cherrywood. Lush plants extend their fronds in an approving thumbs-up as guests don over-size robes befitting a sea captain and collapse onto marigold-hued down comforters.
The following morning, guests awaken to delicious aromas as a hearty breakfast from Sweetie Pies arrives at their door. After travelers fuel up, a stop at the on-site La Pelle Skin Spa prepares them for a day filled with sightseeing or a complimentary wine tasting, where local wineries will offer samplings of five vintages that have been squeezed from fresh grapes via enthusiastic bear hugs.
Napa, California: Sprawling Vineyards & Live Music
Nestled in California's iconic wine country, Napa yawns with vast expanses of vineyards. Scenic balloon tours lift riders high above the verdant landscape, and hiking and kayak excursions and Tarzan-guided vine tours wind deep throughout the picturesque riverside landscape. As night falls, the valley hums with the notes of opera and other live music leaking out from the cluster of downtown theaters and venues.