From Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip
Located midway between Napa and Sonoma Valley, the Carneros Inn is the place to go when you just want to get away from San Francisco, or anywhere, for that matter. A scenic 45 mile drive from the City, the Carneros Inn is surrounded by 27 acres of grape vines and farmland, yet offers the sophistication and polish of a luxury resort.
My husband and I stayed at the Carneros Inn to celebrate my birthday. We started our Sunday morning adventure with a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train and then checked into the Bartolucci Garden Cottage, one of 86 private cottages sprinkled throughout the property. I was having a full circle moment as Andrea “Buck” Bartolucci was one of my first clients during my food and wine public relations days. His Madonna Estate wines are well known in the Carneros region.
Being the blogging geek that I am, I was excited to learn the entire property provides high speed wireless access. I was looking forward to a dip in the adult only, infinity edged Hilltop pool and hot tub, but it was out of commission during our visit. Fortunately, there was a second pool, designed for families and fitness, with a functioning hot tub. For those traveling with children, the family suites feature two separate bedroom cottages with a large private patio. The Carneros Inn, a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts, welcomes children and is pet-friendly. If you are hoping to experience Napa Valley on a grand scale, the Carneros Inn also offers 2,400 square foot wine country homes.
While breakfast is not included with the price, I highly recommend a stop at the Boon Fly Cafe for the homemade cinnamon sugar covered donuts. At $1 a piece, these hot, tasty rings of fried dough disappear fast.
Prices range from $480 for garden cottages to $2,700 for Carneros homes.
Carneros Inn Reservations 888-400-9000
4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559