First and foremost, where to stay? There are literally hundreds of locations to choose from, bed and breakfasts with gingham curtains to sleek resorts with the latest gadgetry and everything in between. When I did my research for my trip with my husband, I considered his likes and dislikes. His dislikes? Granny-inspired decor, bright, busy colors, crowded spaces and anything screaming of pretentiousness.
Aesthetically, he prefers things simplistic, clean and in muted, conservative tones. He also loves the outdoors, rustic interiors, anything made of wood and lots and lots of open space. I guess you could say he’s a Restoration Hardware kind of guy. I tried my best to find a location that fit these needs plus my own requirements of elegant interiors and luxury accommodations. On our last stay, we spent four nights at the Cottages of Napa Valley which made my husband feel like we were camping (okay, glamping) in our beautifully decorated cottage for two, with hand delivered baskets of Bouchon goodies every morning.
But, I also found a few other places that would be perfect for any Alpha male to enjoy simple living (wine country-style).
Inn On Randolph, B&B, Napa, $$$
Pretty views, organic breakfast, super modern interiors, centrally located in downtown Napa
The Meritage Resort and Spa, Hotel, Napa, $$$
Large resort that offers an individualized experience with Tuscan decor (lots of brown leather and earth tones), beautiful views and green practices
Cottages of Napa Valley, B&B, Napa $$$
Elegantly decorated cabins for two, both rustic and romantic in their simplicity. The cottages are centrally located to wineries and the downtown area. The best part of staying at the Cottages of Napa Valley? Daily pastries, juice and fresh fruit from the world-renowned Bouchon Bakery.
The Carneros Inn, Hotel, Napa, $$$$
Awe-inspiring views, individual cottages, world-class restaurants on-site, full-service spa, complimentary fitness and yoga classes
Field-to-fork restaurant on-site, ultimate luxury from the organic cotton bed linens to the motion-controlled Exterior Shuttering System which comes standard in all rooms. Exquisite.
Auberge du Soleil, Hotel, Rutherford, $$$$
Gorgeous mountain views, elegant yet rustic Mediterranean-inspired interiors, luxury from start to finish, opulent spa on-site
Calistoga Ranch, Rutherford, $$$$
Nothing but heavenly views. It’s an if you can dream it… kind of places. Ultimate mix of rusticity and luxury in individual lodges that feature unique indoor, outdoor living spaces. On-site luxury spa and a fine dining restaurant offers organic and local produce.
For the best deals, follow the property of your choice on Twitter or Facebook, or subscribe to their email. And if you’re active-duty in the Armed Forces, always ask for a military discount. Often times, even when a property doesn’t specifically have one, they’ll find a way to thank you for your service.