Napa Valley Gram: What’s New in the Valley, Spring/Summer 2015

Come discover what’s new in the Napa Valley, including newly opened and renovated hotels, wineries and restaurants.

Hotels:

Napa Vineyard House is a fully restored and modernized 1901 Farmhouse and the Napa Valley’s newest Boutique Inn. There are five spacious guest rooms that are each equipped with Restoration Hardware furniture and linens, L’Occitane bath products, and vineyard views. For a more private experience, their Cottage features two bedrooms each with a king sized bed, private patio, gas fireplace and soaking tub. Prices range from $275-$500 per night.

Archer Napa is coming to downtown Napa in late 2016. The Archer, planned as a four-diamond boutique luxury hotel will be on First Street near Napa’s main shopping district.

Vintage Inn completed its guest room renovations in April 2015. The renovation includes 80 guestrooms, suites and villas redesigned for a new look and guest experience. Design elements include natural Acacia hardwood flooring, hand-tufted wool area rugs woven in India, handsome glass nightstand and floor lamps, and recessed overhead bed lighting. In addition, guest rooms are decorated with original photography shot by local Napa Valley artists.

Spa Solage reopened in early May 2015 upon the completion of a $1.2 million renovation. The expansion added more than 3,000 square feet to the reception building and a co-ed relaxation room. Other enhancements include two new outdoor showers and 56 additional lockers in both the men’s and ladies’ locker rooms, along with refurbishments to the boutique areas.

Indian Springs Resort and Spa’s expansion is now complete, with the addition of 75 new Mission Revival bungalows and lodge rooms, new indoor event/meeting spaces and a myriad of outdoor event gardens, including areas for small weddings.  New event areas include the Event Barn, featuring natural light and a private patio, as well as the Fountain Garden and Moroccan Garden, with beautiful water features. The Agave Garden and the Hilltop Garden promise to be two of Napa Valley’s most authentic outdoor wedding and event venues.  In addition, the property’s first restaurant, Sam’s Social Club, is now open, featuring rustic new American cuisine.

Auberge Resorts will break ground in 2015 on VieVage Napa Valley, a new destination spa resort in the Carneros district, which is slated to open in 2017. The resort will be set on 95 acres of the 712-acre Stanly Ranch and will feature a casual restaurant and bar, bakery, winery, and outdoor gathering spaces with fire pits, barbeques, bocce court, and outdoor concerts. Guestrooms will accommodate families and groups, set amid private communal spaces, vineyards, gardens, and bicycle and walking paths.

The Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer will debut their Harvest Lofts in May 2015. The 475-square foot rooms are on the second floor of the resort’s new “Main House,” also home to the soon-to-open Harvest Table restaurant. Each of the four Harvest Loft rooms include king-size wooden bed frames complete with feather bed and 800-thread count bedding, hardwood armoires and desks, quartz common tables, cozy lounge furniture, and modern pendant light fixtures mixed with ample natural light. Two of these rooms adjoin making this quartet perfect for small groups, from families to couples. Completion of the Harvest Lofts brings the total room count to 78, and construction for four new guest rooms gets underway in Summer 2015. In addition to these eight new guest rooms, each of the original 74 rooms will be updated by 2016. Harvest Loft rooms may be reserved beginning May 20, 2015.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. will open Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Napa Valley in the spring of 2016 as a sister property to Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection, Mexico City. Las Alcobas, designed by Yabu Pushelberg, will feature 68 guest rooms and suites with terraces and outdoor fireplaces, a signature restaurant, a 3,500 square foot spa, an outdoor pool, meeting facilities and all of the brand’s signature amenities and services.

Restaurants:

In late spring, 2015, Ca’ Momi will expand with a new Osteria located at 1141 First Street in downtown Napa. The new Osteria will present an intimate dining experience that will preserve Ca’ Momi’s current menu and mission, and will feature a full bar of Ca’ Momi wines, house-made spirits and beer, and will showcase their certified Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN). Ca’ Momi will repurpose their original Enoteca concept at the Oxbow Public Market, providing the best and most authentic Italian pizzas and pastries in a convenient take-away format.

Thomas Keller Restaurant Group’s temporary pop-up, Ad Lib, will continue at the Silverado Resort & Spa through October 2015. The restaurant is open for dinner Thursday through Monday. While reservations are encouraged, walk-ins are welcome.   

Sam’s Social Club, named after the founder of Calistoga, and California’s first millionaire Sam Brannan, offers rustic new American cuisine in a bucolic setting at the western foot of Mt. Lincoln. A full bar serving artisan cocktails, local wines and craft beer brewed on-site complement a fresh, seasonal menu featuring the region’s finest ingredients prepared in classic form. Chef Kory Stewart is a veteran chef of the San Francisco dining scene.

Harvest Table, the new restaurant at Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer, opened May 15. Flanked by alfresco dining terraces, the airy space offers a welcoming atmosphere for relaxed dining. Executive Chef Levi Mezick’s menu embraces what is grown in the property’s culinary garden as well as supports Northern California’s artisanal producers. The Harvest Table wine list is composed of solely Napa Valley wines and aims to boast the largest inventory of Napa Valley sparkling selections. The kitchen features locally sourced ingredients and the best of the Napa Valley.

In early February 2015, Chef Brandon Sharp from Solbar at Solage Calistoga opened his first restaurant in downtown Calistoga, Evangeline. Evangeline is a casual French bistro with a Creole soul, serving favorites from Poulet Grand-Mere to Gumbo Ya-Ya, plus several “instant classics,” including Poisson Eau Fou and the Croque Marin (a Croque Madame with Millionaire’s Bacon). The welcoming bar offers eight taps for wine, five taps for draught beer from Northern California breweries, and a cocktail program featuring a mix of local New Orleans classical liquors.

Heritage Eats, a new restaurant which opened May 8, 2015 is a globally influenced, locally sourced, and California-born “fast-fine dining” destination with an emphasis on heritage-raised meats. The menu offers unexpected combinations of wraps, sandwiches, buns, bowls and tacos featuring heritage breed proteins and a global mix of traditional street food flavors, drawing inspiration from South America, South East Asia, Northern Africa, and beyond.

Wineries:

Starmont Winery & Vineyards is opening its new tasting room in June 2015 and will be located adjacent to the winery’s production facility situated on the southeastern corner of Napa Valley’s Carneros region. The new tasting room is designed by San Francisco-based BAR Architects, who also designed the original production building completed in 2006. An Historic Stanly Ranch Tour, seated wine tastings, as well as a la carte artisanal cheese and charcuterie menu items or picnic lunches, will be available Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). While appointments are encouraged, walk-ins are welcome.

Materra – Cunat Family Vineyards moved their St. Helena wine tasting room to their new winery in the Oak Knoll District on Big Ranch Road and Oak Knoll Avenue. Daily tastings, tours and reserve tastings will be available by appointment. The winery will have a soft opening in late April 2015 and plan to have a Grand Opening in August 2015.

Silver Trident Winery’s tasting room furnished by Ralph Lauren Home products opened in March 2015 in Yountville. Walk-in guests are welcome and reservations for groups of six or more are required.

The Joseph Phelps Vineyards winery building has undergone an extensive renovation and will reopen in May 2015, by appointment only. The remodel has created new and unforgettable guest experiences that incorporate the winery’s history and expansive vineyard views of the estate. The winery now offers a variety of settings and customized intimate guest experiences, featuring distinctive private and semi-private tasting rooms, an expanded terrace, a new state-of-the-art kitchen and a Tesla electric car charging station. Terrace Tastings are $50 and $75 per person and the Exceptional Wine Experiences are $100-$150, per person, by prior appointment only.

Photo credit: Bob McClenahan

As editor of the Visit Napa Valley blog, Jennifer brings you the Napa Valley experience with tales of tastes, treats and trips.

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