It seems that a life with kids speeds on at a frenetic pace. Despite all of the wonderful trips we take as a family, we also recognize the importance of “mom and dad time,” where we leave the kids with the grandparents and head out for a weekend away. Wine country getaways are typically at the top of our list because they give us a chance to sip a glass of wine, have a conversation over really great food, and visit new wineries and relax in a spectacular country setting. If you’re like me and ready for a little luxurious “time-out,” you can’t go wrong with these five luxury wine country hotels.
Willows Lodge – Woodinville, Washington
Willows Lodge is a luxurious retreat located just 30 minutes north of downtown Seattle, in Woodinville Wine Country. Woodinville is home to more than 90 up-and-coming wineries and award-winning restaurants such as the Herb Farm and Barking Frog. Willows Lodge is relaxed luxury at its finest, with a tremendous spa, gorgeous rooms and a friendly staff who make you feel at home.
The Allison Inn & Spa – Newberg, Oregon
The Allison Inn & Spa is a spectacular luxury hotel located in the heart of Willamette Wine Country in Oregon. The Allison offers a full-service spa, fine dining and luxurious rooms with large, gorgeous bathrooms. In between wine tastings of some of North America’s best Pinot Noirs, meander the gorgeous and expansive property grounds, or take a dip in the indoor pool, rain or shine.
Hotel Cheval - Paso Robles, California
One visit and you will fall in love with this intimate boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Paso Robles. The rooms center around a small courtyard, giving it a cozy feel, and at night, you can warm up by the crackling fireplaces that line the patio. Buy a bottle of wine at the bar and keep an eye out for the roaming “S’more Concierge,” as he comes by to make you gourmet s’mores with homemade marshmallows and artisan chocolates.
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Bardessono – Napa Valley, California
Bardessono in Napa Valley is a modern wine country escape located in downtown Yountville, which offers 62 luxurious guest rooms, each designed for private in-room spa services. The onsite Lucy Restaurant and Bar serves only the best local, farm-fresh ingredients for an authentic taste of the best of Napa Valley.
Carneros Inn - Napa Valley, California
“Travel + Leisure” named Carneros Inn, “One of the Top Most Romantic Getaways In the World.” On 27 acres of sprawling vineyards, gardens and paths, Carneros Inn offers its guests sophisticated luxury paired with relaxed country details – including barns, silos and ranchers’ cottages with stylish and modern accommodations.