A Napa Valley honeymoon guarantees many things. Chief among them being the most obvious: game-changing food and drink. In fact, wine-lovers (and just plain lovers) have been sipping vintages in the Med-like region since the 1970s. But now—with a revitalized downtown that just welcomed its first three-Michelin-star Japanese chef (at Kenzo), the newly formed Rail Arts District, and debut hotels that give classic resorts a run for their money—the walkable towns of Napa are ripe for honeymooners. To experience the best of the best, post up in adorable St. Helena, you'll find everything from vintage-inspired tasting rooms to buzzy to candle-lit restaurants (check out Archetype) and the one place you can't go home without stopping in at, Napa Soap Company.
No matter what kind of experience you crave, there’s a classic honeymoon resort or trendy newcomer right here in the U.S. Read on to find out which wine-country retreat is right for you:
A stay at Meadowood, Napa Valley, is like a trip into the pages of The Great Gatsby, with its shaker-shingle 85-room house overlooking a nine-hole golf course (no carts) and two croquet lawns (white attire only). Of course, the 250-acre estate has plenty of luxe modern amenities, like gaslit fireplaces, daily fitness classes, and the award-winning Restaurant at Meadowood. If you can’t spring for Michelin-starred chef Christopher Kostow’s 12-course tasting menu ($275 per person), head to his new spot in town, the Charter Oak. (Rooms from $550.)
The brand-new Las Alcobas wins for location alone: The 68 guest rooms and pool overlook the circa-1875 Beringer Vineyards, making it the only hotel where you can practically pick grapes from bed. Head out on a pair of bikes with a picnic basket prepared by celebrity chef Chris Cosentino, sip vintages in the bar/lounge, kick back on your fire-pit-outfitted balcony, and then pop into the barn-inspired spa, where treatments use all-natural products and the vibe is dark and moody. (C’mon, grooms, don’t be shy.) (Rooms from $695.) —Heidi Mitchell