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12 Wine Country Suites for Every Travel Style

Richard Blair

If you're thinking of visiting Napa or Sonoma to sip some the valleys' celebrated Cabernet, Pinot Noir, and Syrah, odds are you're already a wine lover. But when the tasting is done, do you prefer to relax in a country-style cottage in the woods or mix and mingle in a LEED-certified downtown hotel? Is your dream bed covered in posh French brocade or pure New Zealand wool? Choosing a suite that matches your style will enhance your enjoyment of California wine country, so here are a dozen distinct options to consider.

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Eco King at h2hotel

WHERE: Healdsburg

Style: Eco-Chic

Sustain your “green” dreams at this funky-chic, LEED-Gold-certified hotel in Healdsburg, where the roof is planted with grass; the art in the courtyard and lobby celebrates reclaimed materials and conservation; the solar-heated pool and free bikes offer guilt-free recreation; and the 36 rooms feature bamboo flooring, organic cotton sheets, low-VOC paints, chemical-free rugs, smart sensors, and every other environmentally responsible feature you can imagine.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Sonoma Valley Guide and h2hotel review

Courtesy of the Solage Calistoga
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Adara Studio at Solage Calistoga

WHERE: Calistoga

Style: Modern Loft

The cool cement floors, creamy vaulted ceilings, and sleek gas fireplace create a contemporary ambience, while the down bedding, cozy New Zealand wool throw, locally made toiletries, and woven chairs on the patio provide comfort. Set in single-story, foliage-surrounded studios, each of the 89 rooms channels a Napa vibe that is sophisticated, cheerful, and nature-centric—a theme carried over into the Spa Solage and the Michelin-starred Solbar restaurant.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Napa Valley Guide and Solage Calistoga review

Courtesy of Andaz Napa
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Andaz Loft at Andaz Napa


Style: Trendy Yet Friendly

The complimentary glass of wine at check-in and the convivial open-air Mercantile Social bar ablaze with fire pits and buzzing with locals are major hints that this happening, 141-room property in downtown Napa doesn't have an attitude. The 422-square-foot Andaz Lofts are equally down to earth, with hickory floors, king beds backed by brown leather headboards, rainfall showerheads, and sleek two-sided glass fireplaces complemented by fabrics in wine and moss-green hues.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Napa Valley Guide and Andaz Napa review

Courtesy of Bardessono
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Spa-Suite at Bardessono

WHERE: Yountville

Style: Sustainably Indulgent

You don't have to forsake luxury to vacation responsibly when your home away from home is a Spa Suite at this 62-room, LEED-Platinum, non-smoking resort located in the center of Napa's culinary capital. At 800 square feet (room and private patio) with a spacious bathroom, large walk-in shower, and jetted tub (plus room to accommodate a massage table), this suite will coddle you with organic bedding, handcrafted bath products, and a fireplace.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Napa Valley Guide and Bardessono review

Courtesy of The Vintage Estate ~ Yountville Napa Valley, California 
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Upstairs Mini Suite at Villagio Inn & Spa

WHERE: Yountville

Style: Tuscan Warmth

If you can't make it to Italy this year, enjoy a sunny interpretation of the Tuscan wine region at this 112-room property designed in rich hues of terracotta and sunflower yellow and traversed by cobblestone pathways lined with marble fountains. While all rooms have gas fireplaces, patios, and a complimentary bottle of wine, only the Upstairs Mini Suites feature king-size, wrought-iron canopy beds, domed ceilings, and a separate sitting area.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Napa Valley Guide and Villagio Inn & Spa review

Courtesy of Hotel Les Mars
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Grand King at Hotel Les Mars

WHERE: Healdsburg

Style: Parisian Opulence

The richly patterned fabrics cascading from ceiling to floor around the windows, king-size canopy bed, mahogany armoir, and the antique marble mantle gas fireplace make this impeccable 550-square-foot suite (one of 16 rooms in this elegant family-run Relais & Chateaux mansion) a sophisticated haven that feels like it should overlook the River Seine rather than a square in a sleepy town in northern Sonoma.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Sonoma Valley Guide and Hotel Les Mars review

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Robert Louis Stevenson Suite at Poetry Inn


Style: Panoramic & Private

Boasting sweeping views of the green vineyards below, these intimate five suites will make you feel like a Napa Valley resident, or better yet, a successful vintner. This 1,450-square-foot, top-floor suite is the best spot for taking in the natural beauty, complete with a wrap-around deck, living room with a fireplace, and light-filled bedroom with a four-poster bed from which you can watch the sun rise over owner/winemaker Cliff Lede's Cabernet and Pinot Noir grapes.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Napa Valley Guide

Courtesy of the Four Sisters Inns
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Zen Suite at Gaige House

WHERE: Glen Ellen

Style: Asian-Inspired Bliss

The clean, calming lines of a Japanese ryokan (guesthouse) meld with the contemporary sophistication of California wine-country architecture in this 715-square-foot creek-side suite that features interior glass atriums; a bedroom with a king-size bed, fireplace and relaxing outdoor patio; and a spacious bathroom with a unique black granite soaking tub and a spacious shower. What isn't spare is the sumptuous breakfast, a signature of the 23-room inn for years.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Sonoma Valley Guide and Gaige House review

Courtesy of the Four Sisters Inns
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Bakery Building Guestroom at Maison Fleurie

WHERE: Yountville

Style: Provencal Charm

Inside and out, this 13-room inn tucked off the main road in food-centric Yountville oozes rustic French charm. In one of the Bakery Building guestrooms, you'll find king-sized beds topped with soft floral comforters, overstuffed armchairs next to the gas fireplace, a patio overlooking the garden or the inn's secluded pool, and a bathroom with a separate shower and jetted spa tub.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Napa Valley Guide and Maison Fleurie review

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Junior Suite at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley

WHERE: American Canyon

Style: Affordably Green

You don't have to blow your budget to be eco-conscious in wine country with the spacious suites at this 132-room, LEED-Gold-certified property, featuring a king bed with hypoallergenic down pillows, a separate living area, two flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, a minifridge, and views of a landscaped lagoon—all convenient located just off Highway 29, 10 minutes from downtown Napa.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Napa Valley Guide

Meadowood Napa Valley
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Woodland Junior Suite at Meadowood Napa Valley

WHERE: St. Helena

Style: Woodsy Hideaway

If you enjoy exploring the great outdoors by day, but prefer a soft and luxurious landing at night, this 600-square-foot suite is the perfect cottage in the woods—elegant, airy, and newly remodeled with a king bed, relaxed wine-country décor, a fireplace in the living room, and a porch that's a soothing spot to sip a favorite wine before enjoying Meadowood's three-Michelin-star cuisine.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Napa Valley Guide and Meadowood Napa Valley

The Carneros Inn
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Cottage at The Carneros Inn


Style: Quirky Modernity

The 86-room resort's retro-style cottages are lined up close to each other along pathways almost like a miniature movie set, but once you enter, you'll enjoy 450 square feet of eclectic modern décor; polished wood floors; a king bed with a crisp, white canvas headboard; a leather swivel recliner; a fireplace; a spacious bathroom with heated floors; and a patio or garden with an outdoor shower and lounge chairs.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Napa Valley Travel Guide and Carneros Inn review