After wildfire damaged Meadowood Napa Valley, the classic wine retreat has been dramatically revived.
Meadowood Napa Valley offers an unmatched wine country escape.
A heartfelt greeting at the gate of the venerable Meadowood Napa Valley lets visitors know they’ve arrived at wine country’s quintessential getaway.
In less than 18 months, since the ferocity of the devastating Glass Fire, the team at Meadowood has revitalized founder-winemaker Bill Harlan’s (Harlan Estate) vision for a wine country destination that’s more than just a resort. Meadowood stitches together the cultural, historical and natural elements of the surrounding wine community into a seamless tapestry. It is a place to play, learn, restore, rejuvenate and relax in the very cradle of California wine country. More intimate than ever, the Relais & Châteaux property remains a haven for those with a passion for fine wines and the best in Napa Valley hospitality.
Unwind poolside at Meadowood
After the fire, which destroyed the three-Michelin-starred The Restaurant at Meadowood and 50 guest rooms, Meadowood has returned as a bespoke, boutique hotel property. Last summer, 36 cottages and rooms, spread among the hillsides of the 250-acre wine estate, reopened for guests. Each is at once elegant and simple in a design conceived by noted wine country architect Howard Backen. Exposed beams, white wood framed walls and rock fireplaces accentuate the spacious but cozy rooms and suites. Room service served in front of the roaring fireplaces is a comforting treat. Exterior showers and tubs are sublime. And vast windows and wooden patios highlight the surrounding landscapes leading to the rows of vines that grow in front of the Napa Valley Reserve.
Indulge in chocolate tasting at Meadowood
Visitors are encouraged to revel in the beauty of the forested mountains; a brisk morning walk on the recently reopened hillside trail system invigorates the spirit. A state-of-the-art fitness center (including three outdoor pools) is populated by the denizens of the Napa Valley wine world, many of whom are members of the health club. When guests swim laps in the fitness pool, the next lane may well be the iconic winemaker whose bottles they’ll enjoy at dinner the same night.
The award-winning Spa at Meadowood curates Zen-like experiences with myriad massage and facial treatments in a rustic retreat that opens to the moss-covered trees on the hillside. Want to enjoy California wines? The Wine Center at Meadowood Estate’s wine educator Kelli A. White, author of Napa Valley: Then and Now, will conduct tastings, create enriching seminars and offer wine tourism tips at an elite level. An established tennis community features clinics on the resort’s five courts with private instruction from an expert staff.
Outside Meadowood’s luxe spa
While the magic of Meadowood is intact, a reimaging is underway for the future. A dream team of architects has been assembled to rebuild the lost rooms, and the much-anticipated reopening of James Beard Award-winning chef Christopher Kostow’s restaurant (a signature of the resort) will generate significant buzz.
Founder Bill Harlan is fond of saying, “Every obstacle is an opportunity in disguise.” Those who love Meadowood Napa Valley celebrate their opportunity to return. 900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena, 844.806.4898
Photography by: PHOTOS COURTESY OF MEADOWOOD NAPA VALLEY