A weekend in San Francisco isn’t complete without a visit to the Napa Valley. Day 3 included a short drive around Oakland, followed by some shopping stops in Emeryville and Vallejo before reaching Napa.
We were invited to stay at The Meritage Resort & Spa, one of the largest resorts in the Napa Valley. Situated on 9 acres, The Meritage Resort & Spa consists of 322 guestrooms, the largest ballrooms in the region, 8 acres of vineyards to walk around, its own restaurant and lounges, a bowling alley, an adult-only heated outdoor pool, an intimate and tranquil spa, wine cellar tastings, and more.
Upon check in, we arranged a tour of the property with Andrew Bradley, Marketing & Communications Manager at The Meritage. Andrew showed us all the highlights of the hotel and then navigated us through the vineyards. A rabbit greeted us in the vineyards – Andrew explained that wildlife is common on the property – rabbits, owls, and various birds.
The vineyard is separated into 8 sections – the 8 types of grapes that make up the Meritage blend produced by Trinitas Cellars each year. Trinitas Cellars has a tasting room on the property for those wanting to try the various wines produced.
When we reached the top of the vineyard a gazebo and plaza awaited us. From here we could watch the sunset on Napa – a beautiful, serene and must-see vista point.
As our feet ached after walking around this large property, we decided to spend the evening in our room, ordering room service. The room service menu was quite reasonably priced and was available until 11pm. Hubby ordered the Black Angus Burger with a garlic fries, whereas I opted for something healthier – the California Cobb salad.
The quality of the room service was exceptional! Ample chunks of blue cheese and a light blue cheese dressing for my salad, while hubby enjoyed the medium-grilled juicy burger, all delivered under the time quoted when we placed the order. We enjoyed our dinner with the complimentary bottle of red wine offered in our room.
In the our room, aside from the complimentary red wine, bottled water and complimentary wifi was available. The bathroom amenities included fresh bath and body products. What was stellar was the view from our balcony – the Grape Crusher statue situated on top of the vineyard.
As it was my first trip to Napa, I really enjoyed my stay at The Meritage Resort and in particular, the freedom to walk and explore the vineyards. After a couple of busy days in the Bay Area, this Napa stay provided us with a chance to slow down and unwind. As Andrew mentioned during our tour, most of us are always on the go that we don’t have time to stop and take a breather. The Meritage Resort allows visitors to escape the city in exchange for a more relaxed environment that offers nature, entertainment, relaxation, and lots of wine.
Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own. Although The Meritage Resort & Spa provided complimentary accommodation for this trip, I was not compensated in any way for this article.