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Getaway: The Carneros Inn

I have to admit – I’ve driven past The Carneros Inn on every trip to Napa. When you pass it you see a long eight foot high wall along the road. I had always wondered what the other side was like. When my mom asked where we should go for a little getaway after the holiday madness, it came to mind. Since I had always wanted to stay there and we both needed a little R & R, it seemed like the perfect place to go.

As we entered The Carneros Inn we were instantly transported into what felt like heaven. We drove up the road to the Hilltop where we were greeted with a glass of delicious wine, taken to our cottage that had a stunning fireplace already going, an outdoor shower and private garden. Once we were unpacked we looked at each other and both had the giddy feeling like Kate Winslet from The Holiday – when she jumps on the bed and does an air guitar dance. We didn’t want to leave the 27 acre property the entire time. With three restaurants, a spa and market on property we honestly didn’t have to leave.

What makes The Carneros Inn unique is you feel like you are the only guests when you are out and about exploring – it’s peaceful, serene and the crisp Napa air makes all of your worries go away. You feel like you are on cloud nine.

So, if you are planning a trip to Napa I highly recommend staying here – start your morning with a walk to the Market for the Bellman breakfast sandwich and latte. Then walk the property back to your room. Enjoy a few hours by the pool, go to the spa or relax in your private garden. Then freshen up for dinner at Farm – the lobster risotto I had brought back memories of my trip to Maine. Then end the night enjoying a cocktail by the outdoor fire. Now, doesn’t that make you want to go?

As my mom and I left our girls weekend we were already planning our next trip back.

Photos by Caitlin Flemming

“Getaway” is a new feature that will be appearing on Sacramento Street to document my travels. I’m hoping to make it a monthly feature. If you have a favorite hotel in your city that you think should be featured please leave a comment or email me. I’ll be traveling a far amount in 2013 and hopefully it’ll be to a city you recommend!


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