The 10 Most Romantic Hotels in Napa and Sonoma

Daniel Mangin | February 02, 2018

Romance can happen anywhere, but certain places achieve that combination of sexiness, seclusion, and service—and dollop of glamour—that pretty much guarantees memorable moments. Love is in the air at all these resorts, hotels, and inns, but to increase your chances for amour, in some cases we've suggested particular room types or sections. These are the most romantic getaways in California Wine Country.


Cottages of Napa Valley

Why it made the list

Mature trees shade these deluxe cottages between Napa and Yountville, each with a gas fireplace and a private patio and some with a screened-in porch, too. Movie stars Clark Gable and Carole Lombard canoodled in Cottage No. 8 here many years ago. With romantic cred like that, who are we to argue?

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Milliken Creek Inn & Spa

Why it made the list

A romantic hideaway along the Napa River, the inn is a favorite with honeymooners and couples celebrating milestone anniversaries or just wanting some alone time. Rooms in the Luxury category, which have spa hydrotherapy bathtubs and in some cases private terraces or decks, deliver the most romance.

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Honor Mansion

Why it made the list

A white picket fence surrounds the 1883 Honor Mansion, whose 4 verdant acres, just a mile from downtown Healdsburg, contain a Zinfandel vineyard, a koi pond, a putting green, and a croquet court. Pick one of the newer Vineyard Suites out back for the most privacy, or the Tower Suite for an offbeat experience.

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Gaige House + Ryokan

Why it made the list

Romance comes Japanese style in one of this inn's Zen Suites, where guests slip into zori slippers upon arrival and enjoy amenities typical of Japanese ryokan inns, among them tea service with cast-iron pots. Choose one of the Glen Ellen property's creekside suites to experience the bliss of sipping sparkling wine or sake on your room's private patio overlooking Calabazas Creek.

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Carneros Resort and Spa

Why it made the list

Few Wine Country experiences rate as romantic as cuddling with honey on an outdoor sofa or Orbit loveseat, catching views of the surrounding farmland and vineyards from this southern Napa Valley resort's hilltop adults-only infinity pool area. Or just hang out in your cottage's private patio garden, some with a fire pit and outdoor soaking tub.

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Inn on Randolph

Why it made the list

For consummate romance, book one of the historic cottages behind this downtown Napa inn's Gothic Revival–style main house, preferably the Fowler, which has a two-person spa tub and a walk-in shower with dual shower heads. All the cottages have gas fireplaces.

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Las Alcobas Napa Valley

Why it made the list

West-facing rooms and suites at this luxury property a few blocks north of St. Helena's Main Street shopping and dining district overlook a Cabernet field owned by next-door neighbor Beringer Vineyards. With their plush furnishings and palette of soft browns and cool whites, all the rooms feel ultraromantic, the ones with fire pits on their patios or balconies especially so.

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Archer Hotel Napa

Why it made the list

Urban sophisticates hankering to get away from it all without dispensing with dining, nightlife, and shopping quickly adopted downtown Napa's Archer Hotel as their Wine Country HQ. For an escape to remember book an Archer's Den suite with indoor and balcony fireplaces, a wet bar, and a deep soaking tub.

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Poetry Inn

Why it made the list

There isn't an unromantic square inch in this five-room hillside property east of Yountville, but for the ultimate in romance book the Robert Louis Stevenson suite, which has its own entrance, a wraparound private balcony, an enormous indoor spa tub, and an outdoor shower. Only gazing into darling's dreamy eyes can compete with the expansive Napa Valley views.

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The Farmhouse Inn

Why it made the list

Sister-brother innkeepers Catherine and Joe Bartolomei created a magical retreat on a woodsy 6-acre spread in the Russian River Valley town of Forestville. The destination restaurant, exclusive spa, and rooms noteworthy for their unstudied elegance all contribute to the inn's romantic atmosphere. For maximum solitude, choose a room or suite toward the back.

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