7X7 MAGAZINE

10 Luxurious New Stays in Napa Valley

Written by: Jess Lander

Winter might just be Napa Valley’s best kept secret: free of crowds and traffic, the off-season also promises steals at Wine Country’s hottest luxury hotels.

Take advantage of the cooler months by booking a room at one of Napa’s coziest boutique stays—there’s no shortage of stylish newcomers.

The Rancho Caymus Inn, which recently reopened under new ownership after a huge, two-year renovation, is unlike any other hotel in Napa Valley. Originally built in the 1980s by Mary Tilden Morton (of Berkeley’s Tilden Park) with a classic California vibe, the inn’s new owners decided to forego the cookie-cutter, luxury-modern aesthetic found all throughout Wine Country and stick to the place’s roots. This meant preserving many of Rancho Caymus’ original details and framework—like custom doors, 19th century barn-wood beams, stained-glass windows, and blankets from South America, which have been repurposed into wall art throughout the property.

The 26 Spanish hacienda-style abodes are warm and cozy with exposed beams and rich wood and leather furnishings. Each comes with a gas fireplace and outdoor terrace; in the courtyard, a heated pool, jacuzzi and outdoor fire pits have taken the place of a garden. Breakfast is offered every morning with free Equator coffee; in the evening (Thursdays through Saturdays), Rancho Caymus partners with local wineries to host a wine reception. Located in the true heart of Napa Valley, the inn is also conveniently across the street from the area’s most popular Mexican market, La Luna, and just a block from the cult dinner favorite Rutherford Grill, where the French dip is a must-order. (Rutherford Grill also offers free corkage, so bring a bottle of the day’s tasting treasure with you to dinner.) // Rates start at $195/night, 1140 Rutherford Rd. (Rutherford), ranchocaymusinn.com