What’s new in California’s wine country: Napa and Sonoma

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Lush vineyards surrounded by upscale resorts and innovative restaurants specializing in country country cuisine – this is the setting for California’s most famous wine region just over an hour north of San Francisco. Napa is refined and well-groomed; Sonoma is bigger and more diverse, but both are flourishing with new properties and renovations that were recently unveiled with more on the way.

In Napa, the biggest news is the opening of the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley last week in Calistoga, a city in the northern part of the valley that became famous in the 19th.th century for its hot springs. Spa Talisa here continues this tradition of mineral-rich mud treatments along with other services, some of which use olive oil from the property’s olive trees. Elevated wine country cuisine is the standard in the soon to open TRUSS Restaurant + Bar (apparently named after an architectural function as well as the way to secure a bird game) and its already open more relaxed side, TRUSS Living Room both managed by Erik Anderson, former head chef in San Francisco critically acclaimed Coi. Another property on the property is also a rarity for the valley: a 4.7-acre winery, Elusa Winery, that allows guests to observe the winemaking process and sample the results without leaving the grounds.

These vineyard views with the Palisades Mountains on the horizon are also a backdrop for the 85 rooms, suites and villas, all designed in sophisticated farmhouse style with natural woods, concrete floors and a neutral color scheme of gray and taupe, very different from the hotel group’s usual look. For extra privacy and space for multigenerational families to gather, the Private Retreats collection consists of completely separate houses with two to four bedrooms with private terraces, a resident host to arrange all activities and a private chef if desired. The main villa is the three bedroom 3,395 square foot Estate Villa located near the vineyard with its own pool and garden.

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Across the Silverado Trail from Four Seasons, Solage, the Auberge Resorts Collection unveiled a $ 30 million renewal earlier this year, just before California opened for external tourism in June. The décor of the rooms, located in separate cabins, is now designer rustic with earth tones, natural materials and features such as leather headboards, graphic light fixtures and upholstered walls. There are also 11 newly built cottages with 1 and 2 bedrooms with outdoor terraces and baths; The two-bedroom estate suites also come with a set of bicycles, a Mercedes for guests to explore the area, an indoor oxygen bar, a dog aerator for those who have taken their pet companions with them and a private cabana with TV, WiFi, champagne and fruit by the pool, a new upgraded facilities, for a day.