Millennials Guide to the Perfect Staycation in Wine Country

Napa is home to the best wine, the most luxurious of fine dining, and the ideal destination for a quick escape from city life. 

With so many great tasting rooms + fine wine being made everywhere you look, it’s hard to tell which one you absolutely NEED to check out. 

Lucky for you, I have drank my way through a few (ok, I mean all) of these wineries that are worth stopping by. 

I was instantly drawn to these captivating wineries blooming in Napa, it’s a fresh new look on wine that millennials want to drink + creative spaces they’ll actually enjoy being in! 

Ashes and Diamonds

A beautiful merge between old and new, Ashes and Diamonds draws in a much younger crowd to taste their selection of handcrafted wines. Expect bright pops of yellow and teal matched with mid-century eccentric furniture. I call this…”where Pinterest and West Elm collide”. A delightfully architected space so gorgeous it haunts me.

Mid-century expression oozing from every corner of this vineyard, drawing in millennial wine drinkers enticed by its sleek design. What caught my eye was their wine label, white, crisp, clean, certainly a very minimalist touch from start to finish.

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Location: 4130 Howard Ln, Napa, CA 94558
Hours: 11AM-7PM
Phone: (707) 666-4777
Reservations: exploretock.com

Gott's Roadside

No Napa trip is complete without a pit stop to Gott’s Roadside. For me, garlic fries + ice cream…. and maybe a mint.

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Location: 644 First St., Napa, CA 94559
Hours: 10AM - 10PM
Phone: (707) 224-6900

Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa

Drive to Calistoga and spend the night at Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa, what was once a 1940s roadside motel is now a remodeled 50 room lodge that reinvents the meaning of vacation here in wine country. Rooms feature a chic + sleek 1950s vibe paired with top-of-the-line amenities and free snacks!

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The resort contains many whimsical elements: cruiser bikes for guest use and classic indoor/outdoor games to inviting communal spaces, and cozy fire pits. Guests can also enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, wading pool and an indoor whirlpool—all of which are fed by the property’s own hot mineral springs.

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The MoonAcre Spa and Baths modeled after European bath houses offers “mix your own” Mud Bar, a spa relaxation garden, and handcrafted treatments in private tubs with curated mineral salt offerings. A spa that will surely melt away all your worries.  

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Location: 1880 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515
Phone: 707-942-0991
Reservations: info@calistogamotorlodge.com

Acacia House

Now that you’re all rested up + relaxed, make sure to stop by St. Helena property's centerpiece, a Georgian-style mansion turned restaurant called Acacia House in Las Alcobas hotel. 

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Acacia House presents bold and memorable appetizers like their crudités or smoked trout + caviar dip. As for mains, we went for the Sonoma chicken and lobster roll.. #NoRegrets. 

Location: 1915 Main St St. Helena, CA 94574-1073
Phone: (707) 963-7000
Hours: 

Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm

Dinner
Daily 5:30 am–9:30 pm

Late Night Bar
Fri, Sat 10:00 pm–11:00 pm

Reservations: Click here

Tank Garage Winery

One of the most unique tasting rooms in the valley, a vintage garage to showcase some of of their classic “one-offs”. 

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What’s a “one-off” you might ask? Tank Garage Winery specializes in wine making without adhering to a certain recipe year after year. While most wineries aim to make the same wine from the same vineyard every year, Tank produces small batch of distinct wines with the most insane eye-catching labels.  

Pro tip: If you stay at the Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa you’ll find a red bandana, bring this to Tank and claim your free tasting! 

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I hope you guys get a chance to explore Napa valley and consume all the fine wine it has to offer. Can't wait to come back and explore wine country again! 

Photos by: Gino Mascardo