Wine, Romance & Luxury in Napa / Sonoma “on the cheap?” really?


If your thinking about taking a trip to Napa / Sonoma California’s “Wine Country”, and staying at one of the many Luxury Resorts, the idea of getting a good deal doesn’t often come to mind. However, options are available at some of the most exclusive resorts where a luxury lifestyle can be enjoyed with discounted prices.


For instance the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California, located in the heart of wine country is a great place for a stay. The Meritage with its rolling hills and vineyards are a thing of beauty. Both the Tuscany and the Siena Restaurants feature seasonal farm to fork menu inspire rooms. Once you check into this resort, there really isn’t any reason to leave during your stay. From the underground spa with its steam grottos, soaking pools and walls of water, to the Estate Cave which features wines of Trinitas Cellars you will realize this is a vacation in itself.


Lets look at the award-winning restaurant “Siena” where you will find an outstanding menu with choices from local produce, meats and fresh fish. These dishes, paired with many of the area’s best wine producers, and all brought to you by Executive Chef Michael Collins. “Chef Mike” has an excellent career, working at four and five star restaurants in Hawaii, Arizona, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Louisiana as well as California. Every dinner served in this restaurant begins with a taste of Prosecco, and meals are prepared from fresh local organic farms, including cheeses and beef.

Before or after dinner you may want to enjoy the “Crush Ultra Lounge” where not only wines and cocktails flow, but you can also get in a few frames of “luxury bowling”, shuffleboard or a game of pool. If you are just interested in maybe a glass of wine or cocktail in the well appointed lobby, there’s always the lobby bar for that too.

Argentina Vineyard

For an ultimate wine tasting experience without leaving the front doors of this luxury escape resort, a visit to the Trinitas Cellars Tasting Room is in order. Here you will enjoy wine tastings on the Estate Cave of Trinitas Cellars many award winning wines, from of their multiple varietals and new releases. After being enchanted by your “swirl, sniff and sip” you may even choose to sign up for the Trinitas Wine Society to continue with a long lasting relationship with these wines at home.

The Meritage Resort leaves nothing untouched in the quest to bring you to the relaxed state you so deserve. Enjoy their designer spa and services, to the three hot tubs, two swimming pools, private sitting areas by fireplaces and fountains on the grounds, bocce ball courts and vineyard hiking trails.


Moving on lets take a look at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa California. Located in the rolling hills of Napa Valley in the heart of wine country, offers something for everybody, in luxury atmosphere, to endless recreation choices. You can play one of two championship golf courses, swim in one of ten pools, have a fireside massage or choose to visit one of over 200 excellent wineries in the area. With three exceptional choices for restaurants onsite, you are assured fresh local produce; seafood, cheeses and meats are served.

You will find “The Grill” to be a relaxed atmosphere restaurant where you can dine on the expansive deck overlooking the golf course. You will find the restaurant the right choice to re-charge after playing 18 holes, for your “19th Hole refreshments along with one of the famous Kobe burgers. For the “value minded” patron, every Tuesday evening they offer a fixed-price four- course seafood diner.


For a true luxury dining experience, an evening at the Royal Oak Restaurant is the place to be, with its rich and sophisticated interior décor and sweeping views of the golf course. The Royal Oak has a reputation of excellence in dining for the 25 years since opening. Here you will find an excellent menu offering Certified Angus Beef and market fresh seafood specialties.

Lastly lets take a look at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa known to many as the ultimate Wine Country destination. Here you will find yourself surrounded by the beauty of the Sonoma Wine Country, and this resort with its natural mineral hot springs, the Willow Stream Spa and a world class, Michelin award winning restaurant, Santé. This resort is one of the only luxury spa resorts in the U.S. to have its own thermal mineral water. When you are soaking in this marvel, you will be experiencing what the early Native Americans discovered and used long ago. In fact, the site of this resort was a sacred healing grounds and location of their “sweathouse” for generations.

With multiple options for dining and relaxation from the Santé Restaurant, Big 3 Restaurant, and outdoor Tower café, to the Big 3 Wine Bar, here the is something for everyone. Speaking of the wine bar, the Sonoma Valley Vintners and growers partnered with the resort to bring you the best they have to offer, for a “swirl, sniff and sip”.

About storiesbygary

I am a Freelance Writer / Photographer, writing travel related articles for international magazines, blogs and websites and my own published books.
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