Meadowood Napa Valley has been the home of Napa Valley tradition since it opened in 1961. With the acquisition by H.W. Harlan in 1979, Meadowood has become a gathering place, private club, and intimate country hotel where locals can experience true wine country living. Recent wildfires have scathed a portion of the 250-acre estate, but the southern portion is vibrant and open, ready to welcome Napa Valley visitors and locals alike. Rooted deeply in Napa Valley’s history and culture, Meadowood welcomes you to experience its unique and thoughtful hospitality.
On a beautiful May afternoon, I headed up to Meadowood for the first time since the Glass Fire of 2020. I have always loved the quiet private valley nestled between redwoods and oak trees and to say I am excited to be back at one of my favorite Napa Valley hotel locations is an understatement. On my most recent visit, I had lunch with a couple of friends at the Terrace Café and then enjoyed a special treat: a serene experience at the Spa at Meadowood!
Outdoor dining is a staple in wine country, and Meadowood delivers. The Terrace Café is an al fresco dining venue open to guests and the public for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Situated between two of Meadowood’s three pools (available only to members and guests), the Terrace Café has one of the best outdoor bars in Napa Valley. The menu is full of fresh ingredients, and fun takes on wine country favorites. I decided to try the crispy rock shrimp tacos (yum) while my friends enjoyed the roasted chicken flatbread and a gem lettuce salad with grilled salmon. I am a sucker for cold-pressed juices, and the Terrace Café has several to choose from. I went with the seasonal blend featuring pomegranate, ginger, and lemon. To top off our lunch, we split the blueberry rhubarb crisp, complete with cheesecake!
Full of delicious food, we headed over to the Spa for some pampering. Also welcome for use by the community as well as guests, the Spa at Meadowood feels like the most luxurious treehouse in the world. Built around an ancient oak tree and shaded by birch and redwood trees, everything about the Spa invokes feelings of harmony with nature. You are greeted by a warm fireplace and comfy chairs when you enter the reception. One of my favorite aspects of the Spa at Meadowood is the treatment rooms. Each experience starts with a private consultation with your massage therapist to ensure that your treatment is as personal and unique. After that, you have 20 or so minutes to enjoy the steam shower to make sure your muscles are relaxed before your massage. After our pampering, we headed to the sanctuary garden to continue our relaxation. The sanctuary garden has a plunge pool (hot or cold depending on the season), sauna, and lounge area. They also offer a tasty spa culinary menu that you can enjoy as you lounge outdoors
Feeling pampered and refreshed, the three of us sadly said goodbye to Meadowood for the day. Even though the resort is well known as a premier tourist destination for wine country vacations, it is also a great place to come and enjoy as a local. Visit https://meadowood.com to plan your Meadowood experience today!