Meadowood Napa Valley soothes the mind and stimulates creativity — a luxurious wine country retreat woven into nature, refreshing any time of year.
Meadowood Napa Valley attracts visitors in town for world-class wine. It’s the reason I found myself there, in St. Helena, between mid-fall and mid-spring, during “Cabernet season” as locals say, when the pace slows and an intimate atmosphere takes hold. For research trips to wine properties and then, a few weeks later, as a guest at the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers. At Meadowood, I felt like a writer in residence, surrounded by some of the most enriching stimulation the wine world has to offer.
Unlike most visitors, I wasn’t on vacation—in between meetings, seminars, and appointments, I also had deadlines to meet. Yet the spirit of the forested enclave made time spent at the broad desks in my rooms feel more like an artist’s retreat than a hotel. Meadowood proved to be a calming reprieve and my projects were completed with time to enjoy the space.
With wide windows open to the outdoor terrace, I could see nothing but treetops and blue California sky. Though other guests passed down stone trails and staff buzzed silently on golf carts to deliver comforts to lodgers, all of this melted peacefully away.
The Tree Top Room where I lodged is a nook placed tenderly in nature, with wrap-around windows and vaulted ceilings, a secluded and charming leaf-draped setting.
Expect the little details—housekeeping even tied back my computer and phone cords with little Meadowood bands, waiting neat and tidy until returning to work. A bottle of cool water was always available, as was a freshly sharpened pencil or a gleaming wine glass. Pastel macarons on a bed of sweetened coconut upon check-in and locally made caramels at turndown satisfied my sweet tooth.
A nightly wine reception in the lodge brought some of Napa’s best wines to my doorstep each evening. The soaking tub and at-the-ready bath salts were a bedtime reminder that rest and comfort were only a deep, warm pool away. Outside, trails and a labyrinth offered release from walls in an environment filled with the cool, fresh scent of ferns and pine. A breakfast topped with a cappuccino in The Grill earned me a sweeping view of the green of golf, a color that’s distinct, constantly fresh.
Meadowood dispatches endless amenities: a top-notch spa, a complimentary house car, golf, croquet, and—at the apex—the three-Michelin-starred The Restaurant at Meadowood led by Chef Christopher Kostow, one of the few three-stars in the U.S. Everywhere from reception to dining, the service was inexhaustibly comforting and constantly replenished, the mark of true hospitality. There was something in the air at Meadowood Napa Valley, that certain soothing sense that—with everything in place—one can see the world refreshed and new ideas can stir.