Without a doubt the most relaxing and enjoyable days of 2011 were spent within the beautiful confines of The Carneros Inn. A group of friends and I spent the weekend at the Northern California resort this past fall — an experience I can’t seem to let go of. Having never been to the Napa Valley, the time at Carneros was the perfect introduction to one of the most amazing places in North America. Honestly, I’m disappointed I haven’t visited sooner in life.
The Carneros property is comprised of 26 stunning acres with a working farm (that partially supplies the restaurants at the resort), fitness center, 24 hour heated pool and some amazingly comfortable cottages. There’s also a “residence club” part of the property (called The Orchard at Carneros) where you can own your own place there in a sort of NetJets fractional ownership type of situation — which would be admittedly awesome. While in Carneros, we spent the early mornings running in the local vineyards, the days touring local vineyards (Tournesol & Tallulah) and visiting the Napa Valley Reserve. The evenings were back at the Carneros Inn having dinner at FARM and the late nights were dedicated to lots of Sauvignon Blanc at the pool. Sunday hangovers were cured at the Boon Fly Cafe. It sounds like the perfect weekend because it was.
Generally I don’t highlight the hotels and places I go on vacation, but I had such an enjoyable weekend at Carneros I thought it worth of some space in this little corner of the internet. With the dawn of a new year, I hope the days of 2012 hold at least one Carneros adventure for both you and me.