175 Railroad Street Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (707) 573-9000 marriott.com Description The Courtyard Marriott is a reliable hotel located in Railroad Square, just off downtown Santa Rosa. It follows the usual Marriott hotel trends, with colorful decor and all the standard amenities, including pool, hot tub, and Wi-Fi (rooms from $110). Read more about things to do in Santa Rosa Directions Take the Amtrak Capitol Corridor train to Martinez and then transfer
610 Main Street Napa, CA 94559 (707) 252-1600 www.morimotonapa.com Description Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame delights the wine country with his culinary talents. The restaurant, set on the river in Downtown Napa, is visually stunning—a large, open space with funky lighting, concrete floors, and textured woods. The food, of course, is equally stunning. The Japanese-fusion menu is seasonal and always changing, but standouts include artfully prepared sushi, succulent pork
530 Main Street Napa, CA 94559 (707) 251-5833 silosnapa.com Description We’ve long known that food and wine are best enjoyed with a soundtrack. And now music pairings are cropping up in wine stores and entire guides are dedicated to music and wine or music and food. So a jazz club and wine bar in Napa is a no-brainer. And this slick spot near the Napa River Inn is a great place to
610 & 644 First Street Napa, CA 94559 (707) 226-6529 oxbowpublicmarket.com Description If you said that this unassuming (and incredible) place is something like Napa’s answer to the Ferry Building, you wouldn’t be far off. Steve Carlin, founder of Oxbow, was one of the brains behind the Ferry Building’s market. And his genius is at work in this airy space on the Napa River. Part local grocery, part farmer’s market, part
800 California Boulevard Napa, CA 94559 (707) 255-1831 bestwesterncalifornia.com Description Situated just three blocks from historic downtown, the Best Western Elm House Inn offers convenient yet elegant accommodations. Yes, it bares the Best Western name, but a staid motel this is not. You’ll find sweet touches here, from the fresh flowers in the lobby to the made-to-order waffles served at breakfast. Some of the ample-sized rooms boast a fireplace or Jacuzzi.
1301 Jefferson Street Napa, CA 94559 (707) 257-0112 oldworldinn.com Description Housed in a cluster of landmark homes, the Old World Inn is the quintessential bed and breakfast, replete with warm woods, fluffy featherbeds, cozy fireplaces, and a friendly staff. Homey touches abound here, from the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies available at reception to the evening wine receptions and chocolate desserts. And breakfast is a two-course gourmet affair (from $109). Read about
500 Main Street Napa, CA 94559 (707) 251-8500 napariverinn.com Description Established in 1884, the historic Napa Mill once housed feeds, fertilizers, and Napa Valley wines. Today, the gorgeous structure houses elegant guest rooms that look out at either the courtyard or lovely garden. In this magical place, the day starts with a personalized breakfast, delivered to your room from Sweetie Pies Bakery, and evening wine tastings feature a different local
5200 Carneros Highway Napa, CA 94559 (707) 226-5991 dirosaart.org Description It starts with Napa’s signature rolling hills, a patch lush grass, a cluster of spindly palms standing watch. And it’s here that a herd of cheeky cut-out sheep “graze,” paying homage to the land’s pastoral past and foreshadowing the artistic wonderland that is di Rosa, an unsung hero of Napa Valley. It all began in 1960, when the lovable eccentric