Restore, Rejuvenate, and Rekindle the romance at Carneros Resort & Spa
By Elizabeth Kang
You’ve heard it a thousand times; “make time for date nights!”
with hectic work schedules, kids’ soccer practices, weekend errands, and a
dozen other obligations, that’s easier said than done. Still, nurturing your
relationship with your partner is a priority that shouldn’t be ignored, and
there’s no better place to do that than at Carneros Resort & Spa in
upscale property is worth every penny, and because it’s not often you steal
away with your sweetie, when you finally do get the chance, you should stay
Carneros Resort & Spa is that unforgettable place,
with ultra-romantic private cottages, indoor and outdoor fireplaces for cozying
up, fine dining onsite, and a newly renovated full-service spa to book that
much-needed couple’s massage. All nestled on 28 stunning acres of picturesque
vineyards and bucolic land.
is king at Carneros, where guests can expect a peaceful sense of seclusion and
intimacy. Individual, free-standing farm-style cottages offer space away from
your neighbors, and plenty of room to relax.
can choose from newly renovated garden cottages, vineyard view cottages,
cottages that are closer to the action near Town Square, or cottages in more
secluded parts of the property.
will love the quaint, private courtyards, equipped with warming outdoor
fireplaces and chaise lounges, table and chairs— the perfect place for sipping
a glass of wine. Your morning cup of coffee, however, can be enjoyed on your
front porch rocking chair.
indoor cottage areas are just as impressive, swathed in calming neutral tones,
and elegant, understated decor. The vaulted ceiling, French doors, walk-in
shower and heated slate floors contribute to a spacious and luxurious feel.
Outdoor areas are lush with mature native plants, trees and flowers, and
private, outdoor showers are a fun bonus.
groups, families, or couple’s who simply want more space have the option to
book a one or two-bedroom Suite, or full-sized home. All suites are appointed
with two full-sized bathrooms, and the 2,400 square-foot, gated-entry homes are
equipped with a full, gourmet kitchen, oversized outdoor courtyard and a
second-level private deck with cabana, overlooking soaring vineyard
are culinary treats and fine dining delights throughout the property at
Carneros Resort, just waiting to be discovered and savored.
and your sweetie won’t have to leave the premises to enjoy a romantic
white-tablecloth dining experience. At FARM Restaurant— the award-winning
farm-to-table restaurant located at the resort — the food, wine, and innovation
cocktail list are impressive and delicious. Much of the produce used at FARM is
picked right from the resort’s own culinary garden, and the eggs don’t get any
fresher than those used from the resident chicken coop.
miss the seasonal tasting menu, where Executive Chef Aaron Meneghelli showcases
an in-season ingredient in five courses. A recent tasting menu centered around
apple, and Chef Meneghelli even created an apple-inspired Winter cocktail for
the menu, an Apple Cinnamon Mule. Al la carte options include rustic
refined entrees such as Liberty Farms Duck Breast, Seared Ahi Tuna, or a 26 Oz.
Prime Porterhouse for two.
BOON FLY CAFE
more casual but no less delicious option is the Boon Fly Cafe, named after a
local pioneer named Boon Fly, who, according to the Carneros website, “planted
orchards and vineyards in the area in the mid-1800s.” The bright red, rustic
barn-like exterior is a fun nod to the resort’s farmhouse aesthetic.
miss the signature Boon Fly donuts, served daily for breakfast, or the Chicken
& Waffles, featuring the restaurant’s award-winning fried chicken. Lunch
and dinner options include a mouthwatering Akaushi Kobe Beef Burger, delicious
and hearty main salads, and a fresh Roasted King Salmon.
exclusively for guests of Carneros Resort and Spa, the Hilltop Dining Room
serves breakfast and lunch with a side of stunning panoramic views. Guests can
sit inside the dining room looking out of floor-to-ceiling windows, or out on
the patio. Either way, you’ll enjoy breathtaking scenes of picturesque
vineyards and rolling Napa hills.
spa experience at Carneros Resort is like no other. Fresh from a complete
renovation, the spa and fitness area is serenity at its best, in posh
surroundings with state-of-the-art equipment and treatments. New features in
the spa include two new steam rooms, locker rooms with indoor and outdoor
showers, and a couple’s sweet featuring an outdoor soaking tub and
your romance with the playful and sensual “Aphrodisiac” couple’s treatment:
a DIY couples body scrub in your private outdoor shower, then sink into a
side-by-side aromatherapy massage in our luxurious couples suite. Complete
your time together in your outdoor bath with an aphrodisiac elixir.”
be sure to take advantage of the resort’s free fitness classes, including
various yoga classes, pilates, and bootcamp style classes. The 24-hour, 3,000
square foot fitness center features high-end cardiovascular and strength
training equipment, and a class studio with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing
plenty more to Carneros Resort & Spa than relaxation, starting perhaps,
with a trip to the onsite gourmet general market to pick out delicious grab’n
go food for a romantic picnic. The Market sells everything from gourmet wraps,
sandwiches and boutique wine to organic cheeses, charcuterie, and even picnic
advantage of the complimentary cruiser bikes — equipped with picnic baskets —
to haul your goodies and explore bucolic paths and nearby wineries.
in the area include the famous sparkling wine producer Domaine Carneros,
and the more intimate Cuvaison Estate Winery. Visit nearby Artesa
Winery for amazing modern architecture and Etude Winery for their
notable Cabs and Pinot Noirs.
lots of fun to be had onsite, as well. Play a few rounds of bocce in the Town
Square, where guests can enjoy bocce courts, an outdoor lounge area, and shop
for luxury resort wear and accessories at onsite clothing boutique, the COOP.
are two pools to enjoy at Carneros Resort; a family friendly pool, as well as
the adult-only Hilltop Pool with lovely countryside views. Both have soothing
notable resort amenities include car service (within a 5-mile radius of the
resort,) full concierge assistance, and dog-friendly rooms.
Elevate your date night with a date weekend at Carneros Resort & Spa. Your love life (and significant other) will thank you. There’s no better excuse to get away from it all than to spend quality time rekindling the romance and reconnecting in romantic, picturesque wine country.