Photo: Jen Philips
Known for its outstanding vineyards, Napa Valley has become the premier destination for rustic and romantic weddings — but this California wine country hot spot is also fantastic for hosting all your bridal events, from the bachelorette party, to the ceremony, to the honeymoon. Insane farm-to-table cuisine plus bucolic California vineyard landscapes equals a destination perfect for all of your parties. Here's where to stay, where to eat and what to do for your own Napa Valley nuptials.
The Bachelorette Party
Stay: Andaz Napa
A downtown location puts this hip hotel within walking distance of tasting rooms, the farm-grown and artisanal fare at Oxbow Public Market, and the buzzy rooftop bar at the Thomas. Plus, every night, you and your girl squad can hit the free wine tastings by the hotel's fire pits.
Eat: City Winery
In sleepy Napa, most restaurants close at 10 p.m., but this live-music venue on Main Street stays open until midnight on weekends. Nosh on duck tostitos, catch a show, and work your way through more than a few of the 30-plus vintages on the wine list.
Do: Mud Baths at Indian Springs
Detox from all those big cabernets with a volcanic-ash mud bath followed by a soak in geyser-fed mineral water. Then chill by the tranquil Buddha Pond, where you can sip cucumber-citrus water under umbrellas and palms and plan your next round of tastings.
Stay: Solage Calistoga
Book a block of airy suites for your guests and a bungalow for yourself — ideal for bridal-party primping. Tip: Michelin-rated Solbar's outdoor patio is a sweet spot for a post-wedding brunch.
Eat: Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
Kick off your weekend with a rehearsal dinner at this historic manor, where many a top chef has trained. Guests will dig the wine-paired, farm-fresh menu, and the gorge vineyard views.
Do: Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
Napa laws bar most wineries from hosting I do's, so go for the next best thing and get hitched at this winemaker-owned St. Helena eatery with an outdoor lawn surrounded by gardens and grapevines.
Stay: Calistoga Ranch
Nestled among oaks and pines, the 50 secluded "lodges" feel like luxe tree houses with sprawling outdoor living rooms and alfresco showers.
Eat: The Restaurant at Meadowood
Talk about personalized! The chef at this chic sanctuary creates a custom 10-course feast for every table showcasing valley-grown and -foraged ingredients — some from the resort's own gardens.