My husband and I stayed for a night this past weekend at the Westin Verasa in the town of Napa. We live only an hour away, and as Starwood members, this was an easy and affordable option. Normally when we go to wine country, I like to stay in more intimate, B&B-type accommodations, so when my husband booked this, I was a bit reluctant.
But what a treat it was. We stayed on a Sunday night right before Thanksgiving, so the hotel – and wine country in general – was quiet. It was a wonderful romantic getaway for the two of us, but with a pool, hot tub, bocce ball court, it would also be fun with the kids. Oh, and it’s pet friendly, so four-legged guests are more than welcome.
From the minute we arrived, staff was friendly and attentive. They have “free” valet parking (it’s included in the $20 resort fee), so your car’s parked safely underground and there’s no need to walk and back and forth from a parking lot. We even got upgraded to a one-bedroom suite that featured all the amenities, contemporary design, and comfy sleeping arrangements we’ve come to expect from Starwood properties. Our suite, with full kitchen and large dining table, would be perfect for families.
While the hotel’s exterior design seems more suited to Tahoe ski country and it may lack the charm of smaller wine country inns, the convenient location of this hotel is hard to beat. They’ve got a shuttle to downtown Napa (also part of the resort fee) for easy access to a great selection of restaurants, shops, and wine tasting rooms. It’s also a quick walk down the road to “foodie heaven” Oxbow Public Market, chef Todd Humphries’ Kitchen Door featuring an eclectic menu of seasonal comfort foods, and a couple of quick-eat restaurants like Gott’s Roadside, which is basically a diner for hipsters with yummy milk shakes. For dinner, we eschewed the typical wine-country French fare this time around for a tasty and inexpensive Thai meal at the Mini Mango, run by two Bangkok natives.
The hotel concierge is helpful for planning wine-tasting visits (the Silverado Trail is just up the road), as well as non-alcoholic pursuits like hiking, kayaking, biking, and ballooning. Since we live nearby and have already been to a lot of the vineyards in the area, we took advantage of the hotel’s detailed trail list and went on an invigorating five-mile hike at nearby Skyline Wilderness Park before heading back to the Bay Area.
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Thank you for the great review which is packed with excellent suggestions for all our future guests and TripAdvisor readers. The two points that really stand out from your review are the Skyline Wilderness and Mini Mango. Each of these are little hidden gems here in Napa and both should be experienced as much as possible.
Your trip sounds great and a perfect description for those that come to Napa with ideas of doing activities other than wine tasting. We’ll hope to see you back soon for another wine country getaway here at The Westin Verasa Napa.
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