Alfresco Sips at Charlie Palmer’s Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar
After a wildfire raged through wine country last fall, Napa Valley, much like Santa Barbara, is returning to its state of wonder. “Napa was built by a generation of women and men who dreamt big, and that spirit continues today with a new generation of family wineries, artists, chefs and entrepreneurs,” says Vintner’s Daughter’s April Gargiulo (vintnersdaughter.com), whose family founded Oakville’s Gargiulo Vineyards (gargiulovineyards.com). “They are ready to put their stake in the ground to create a fresher, more modern Napa experience.”
Fresh on the heels of redesigned rooms and landscaping, Auberge du Soleil (aubergeresorts.com) has teamed up with Vintner’s Daughter for the age-defying Best of Auberge facial. The vintage Indian Springs (indianspringscalistoga.com) is glowing after a major renovation in 2014, still sporting California’s oldest, continuously operated pool, thermal geysers, and the best mud bath in town. Originally a family home for prominent merchant James H. Francis, The Francis House (thefrancishouse.com) just reopened after a careful restoration that transformed the landmark building into a brand-new, exclusive luxury inn.
Book a tasting at Dana Estates in Rutherford to mark the U.S. debut of the Vaso Cellars wine label and sample its much-anticipated 2013 cabernet sauvignon (vasocellars.com). Head to ranch-to-table spot Farmstead (longmeadowranch.com) in St. Helena for steak and salads, or linger alfresco at chef Charlie Palmer’s Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar (skyandvine.com) atop the Archer Hotel in Napa.
The 13th annual Festival Napa Valley (festivalnapavalley.org), held July 20-29, will dedicate its season to first responders, hosting music in iconic venues, such as opera under the stars at Meadowood. By day, bike or walk in pursuit of a good glass: The Vine Trail (vinetrail.org) is a work in progress of 47 miles of trails stretching between Vallejo and Calistoga. The Calistoga Bikeshop (calistogabikeshop.com) will set you up with wheels, a local map, and a sleek bike bag to stash souvenir bottles. And in the fall, the new RH Yountville, The Gallery in the Napa Valley (rh.com) opens its doors for an immersive experience in food, wine, art and design.
Written by JENNIFER BLAISE KRAMER.