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Meadowood, Napa Valley

by Sally Bernstein

To find a place which reflects the grace and beauty of California's extraordinary wine country, look to Meadowood Napa Valley, an exquisite property reminiscent of a grand country estate.

Here, discriminating guests will find eighty-five exclusive cottages, suites and lodges nestled among the oaks and pines of the estate's wooded setting in a private two-hundred-fifty-acre valley. Mossy stone walls define walkways. Tame and wild landscape blend seamlessly as gardens of rhododendrons and azaleas bloom amidst groves of firs and redwoods.

The architecture of both public and private spaces at Meadowood is defined by white dormers and gabled rooflines, french doors and wide porches. Interiors feature high, beamed ceilings, white wainscotting, watercolor landscapes and stone fireplaces, all of which unite to create an ambiance of quiet, country elegance.

The service, which is attentive, professional and personal, exemplifies wine country hospitality. The estate also offers all the amenities consistent with its standing as a Relais & Chateaux property, including: an annual calendar of classical music performances, a wine center, two professional croquet lawns, seven tennis courts, a nine-hole, walking golf course, a twenty-five-yard lap pool, a family swimming pool and a complete health spa providing fitness services and equipment as well as a wide array of luxury treatments.

Meadowood is also a private club and, as such, has the distinction of serving as a center for Napa Valley cultural, social, fitness and sporting activities, and as an extension of the homes of the Valley's most prominent residents.

Finally, Meadowood offers among the finest culinary experiences in Napa Valley today in The Restaurant at Meadowood, which features Napa Valley Cuisine presented to showcase Napa Valley wines. Guests in search of casual dining will be pleased to enjoy a meal in The Grill. Weather permitting, a table on the terrace of either The Restaurant or The Grill will afford sweeping views of the gardens, fairways and surrounding wooded hillsides which are the foundation of Meadowood's natural character and beauty.


ADDRESS: 900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena California 94574

FOR RESERVATIONS: 800-458-8080 or 707-963-3646

LOCATION: Situated in a 250-acre private valley in the heart of Napa Valley, one mile east of downtown St. Helena, 18 miles north of Napa, 65 miles north of the Oakland Airport, 82 miles North of San Francisco International Airport. (Private aircraft services are provided at the Napa County or Angwin Airports.)


ROOMS: 24 rooms, 47 suites, 7 lodges, 7 separate living rooms (85 total).

AFFILIATION: Meadowood has proudly been a member of Relais & Chateaux since 1987. Relais & Chateaux is a 45-year old association of 427 privately owned elegant hotels and gourmet restaurants in 42 countries throughout the world, with only 71 in the USA. Members uphold the association's quality charter of the five "C's" -- Character, Courtesy, Calm, Charm and Cuisine -- and offer guests an experience genuine to the region or the country.

ACTIVITIES: Full service health spa, a 25-yard lap pool, a family pool, whirlpool, saunas, steam rooms, seven tennis courts, two championship croquet lawns, nine-hole executive golf course, hiking trail, bicycle rentals, annual calendar of classical music events, a wine center offering on-premise educational programs, winemaker dinners and private winery tours and complimentary Friday night wine receptions.

AMENITIES & SERVICES: Private porches, down comforters, vaulted ceilings. Most rooms have fireplaces. Vast, private acreage. A gated entry. 24-hour room service. A unique Guest Service Manager program through which guests are offered personal, one-on-one service from the time a reservation is placed until the conclusion of each visit. Resident professionals in golf, tennis and croquet offering private and group instruction.

RESTAURANTS: The Restaurant at Meadowood for formal dining and The Grill at Meadowood for more casual fare. The Pool Terrace Cafe is open during the summer months.

CONFERENCE & WEDDING FACILITIES: Five private conference/event rooms with a reception capacity of up to 200. Outdoor events are also available. Individual conference and wedding coordinators.

BUSINESS CENTER: The center offers office supplies, laser printer, IBM PC, Internet access, standard and color laser copy machine and fax machine. Choose to have exclusive use of the facility or administrative support.

ROOM RATES: Vary seasonally, from $525 for a studio to $4,375 for a four-bedroom suite with a common living area and small kitchen.



EXECUTIVE CHEF: Vincent Nattress



THE RESTAURANT AT MEADOWOOD: Napa Valley Cuisine presented to showcase Napa Valley wines.


Fall Game Bird Consommé
Sweet Onion Flan, Brussels Sprout Leaves

Local Dungeness Crab
Vanilla, Seckel Pear, Sunflower Seeds

Roasted Foie Gras
Rye Bread Crust, Persimmon-Whiskey Coulis, Baby Mustard

Wild Salmon Carpaccio
Broccoli Romanesque, Grapefruit, Juniper

Wolfe Ranch Quail
Romesco Sauce, Rainbow Chard, Dry Cured Olives

Red Kuri Squash Soup
Fresh Ricotta Gnocchi, Toasted Pistachios

The Nearby Waters:
Wild Coho Salmon
Toasted Seaweed, Heirloom Apple, Oyster Emulsion

Alaskan Halibut
Roasted in Fig Leaves, Grilled Figs, Verjus

Lobster & Squab Salad
Bloomsdale Spinach, Zinfandel-Onion Marmalade

Pacific Snapper
Almond & Cocoa Nibs, Pancetta, Clams, Red Pepper Jus

Half Moon Bay Petrale Sole
Grilled Squid, Toasted Garlic-Saffron Emulsion

Local Gardens, Pastures & Ranches:
Roasted Chanterelle Mushrooms
Organic Farro "Risotto", Carrot-Lemongrass Broth

Sugar Pie Pumpkin Soufflé
Caramelized Pumpkin, Chestnuts, Truffle Sabayon

Four Story Hill Capon
Savoy Cabbage, Pancetta, Foie Gras Velouté

Liberty Farms Duck Breast
Golden Beets, Walnuts, Turnip Purée

Point Reyes Grass Fed Beef
Trumpet Mushrooms, Butter Beans, Cabernet Sauce

Marin Sun Farms Lamb
Potato Confit, Leek Fondue, Szchechuan Pepper Gremolata

PRICE RANGE: Three courses $60 with wines paired $100; four courses $75 with wines paired $120; five courses $90 with wines paired $150; Chef's Tasting Menu $110 with wines paired $190.

RESTAURANT HOURS: Monday through Staurday with seating from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. (closed on Sunday)

THE RESTAURANT BAR: 5:00pm – 11:00pm – Monday through Saturday (closed on Sunday)




The Health Spa at Meadowood was created to provide an environment where overall health and wellness could be achieved. The Spa is nestled between the lap pool and the lower tennis courts and is surrounded by the wooded hillsides which define the estate's private valley.

The Health Spa's amenities and equipment include: steam rooms, saunas, an outdoor whirlpool, strength and cardiovascular equipment and areas for changing and showering. Additionally, the spa offers an array of services, including:

Fitness Classes and Activities:
Fitness Classes and Relaxation Classes, Walks and Hikes (with a Meadowood Trail Network map), Running (with a local running map), Bicycle Rental, Independent Cycling (with a local cycling map) and Organized Bicycle Tours.

Health and Fitness Services:
Body Composition, Body Composition and Exercise Prescription, Exercise Physiology Consultation, Personal Training, Dual Personal Training, Therapeutic Yoga and Stretching.

Skin Care Treatments:
Refresher Facial, European Conditioning Facial, Gentlemen's Facial, Meadowood Deluxe, Restorative Facial, Waxing.

Massage Treatments:
Pure Relaxation, Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, The Valley Stone Massage, Cascading Stone Massage, Many Hands Massage, Shiro Dhara and Complete Indulgence

Body Treatments:
Meadowood Harvest Wrap, Cabernet Crush, Vineyard Polish, Citrus Salt Glow and Bliss

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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