Villagio Inn & Spa/Vintage Inn
Unique Boutique Hotels in California’s Wine Country


Story by: Ed Stone

Lobby of the Villagio Inn & Spa

Walking through the lobby door, there is a most comfortable feeling…knowing you are going to be well taken care of in California’s Wine Country.  Not very often does one have a sense of being a special guest and sensing the staff has it all together upon entering a hotel…even an upscale hotel…like the Villagio Inn & Spa.  From check-in to checkout, you feel pampered, but not to the point of feeling “hovered over.”  At both the Villagio Inn & Spa and Vintage Inn properties, there is a sense that all rooms and public areas are designed with the same theme throughout…make the guest feel comfortable.  As one guest explained to me about their visit to the Villagio, “just let them take care of you, you know they have it all together.”

ABOVE: Beautiful fountains, Villiagio guest room and Spa

The Italian cluster-style architecture of the Villagio Inn & Spa, features 112 spacious guestrooms.  Each room has a private patio or balcony, fireplace, down comforter, oversized sunken bathtub and luxurious robes.  Just perfect!  Of course there is a beautiful swimming pool and Jacuzzi for use by all guests.  Adding to the pampering of your stay is a welcome bottle of wine, daily champagne breakfast buffet, afternoon tea, coffee and cookies, concierge and room service.  Breakfast is served each morning in the lobby by the fireplace.  I had a choice of eating in the lobby or in a shaded area around the pool.  With ideal weather, I choose the pool…much better scenery!

The Vintage Inn features 80 spacious guestrooms arranged in two story-building clusters with all the amenities offered by the Villagio Inn.  Situated on 23 acres within the town of Yountville, both properties are convenient to everywhere in Napa Valley.
 
Spas have become a staple amenity at most upscale hotel properties.  This one is not your typical spa.  Here you encounter that “touch of class.”  There’s a sense of warmth and comfort from the time you make your reservation to the moment when the attendant whispers your treatment is completed.  Taking your time to prepare your departure and relishing those relaxing moments are all part of the experience…some of the most relaxing moments of your life.  You have a choice of 10 body treatments and 13 other skin care and special treatments.  They do an outstanding job.  The aromas and scents of how Heaven must smell surrounds you from entrance to exit of the Spa.  The finishing touches are some quite and rejuvenating time by the pool…the perfect place to meet your partner after a perfect treatment.

Villagio is the ideal meeting place

For conference and executive retreats, these two properties are ideal.  The Villagio Inn offers 3, 212 square feet of meeting space and the Vintage Inn has 2,942.  For use by both properties, is the Historic Barrel Room.  This was once used as a wine maturation cellar of the Groezinger Winery in the 1870’s.   This room is truly a unique venue for any function, from small corporate retreats to large ballroom-style events and celebrations.

Added in 2005 is the Vineyard Pavilion with 16,000 square feet of outdoors meeting and special event space.

The Vintage 1870 Shopping Complex

Wine tasting at the 1870 Complex

Biking is popular

Plan your own picnic

With over 200 wineries in California’s Napa Valley, selecting “just the right place to stay” is always a challenge.  To some visitors, the price is a consideration and to some the location is more of a consideration.  Both the Villagio Inn & Spa and the Vintage Inn offers great rates for the upscale and mid-range accommodations.  Another reason is the amenities; and yet, these properties are in a perfect location if you are looking for a place to be near all the major wineries.  On the grounds is the Vintage 1870 shopping complex offering 36 boutique shops, restaurants, art galleries and antique stores.

Hurley's Restaurant...one of Wine Country's best

Chef Bob Hurley

Just across the street from the Villagio and Vintage Inn is Hurley’s Restaurant & Bar.  This is one of those “not to be missed” dining experiences in the wine country.  What makes it so special?  First off, Chef Bob Hurley came to the Napa Valley over a decade ago as the chef at the Domaine Chandon, then Executive Chef at the Napa Valley Grille.  Cooking Light Magazine named Chef Hurley as one of five ‘Shining Star Chefs for the New Millennium.”  He relies on the freshest seasonal ingredients from local producers and artisans.  Considered one of the innovators of the California Cuisine, Chef Hurley says that his influences come from two mentors in particular…the late Masa Koboyashi, a master of classic French cuisine and Jeremiah Tower, who added refinement of the Japanese esthetic and creativity to Bob’s style.  He is one of those “local characters” you’ll want to visit with long after the desert has left the plate and the coffee has become luke warm.  A couple of the house specialties include: pan roasted blue nose sea bass, Bell River crab cakes and grilled lamb chops.  I suggest you call for a reservation at 707-944-2345.  You have a choice of eating inside where the ambiance is somewhat noisy or the vineyard covered outdoor patio area.

Entrance to Domaine Chandon Welcome Center

Less than one mile from the Villagio Inn is the Domaine Chandon sparkling  winery.  As I entered the arched gates to the hospitality area, I am impressed with the complete beauty surrounding a facility appearing to be growing out of the ground.  The buildings were purposely designed this way to take advantage of the underground cooling systems. 

The history of this company dates back to 1690.  The father of champagne, a Benedictine monk and cellar-master at the Abbey of Hautvillers named Dom Perignon set out to find the secret of sparkling wine.  Eventually they created the traditional champagne making process.  Claude Moet, a Dutchman by origin, founded the house of Moet in Champagne, France in 1743.  Moet & Chandon purchased the Abbey of Hautvillers and named their prestige cuvee, Dom Perignon, in honor of the Benedictine monk.

In 1968, Moet & Chandon began searching for the world's next greatest sparkling wine region.  In 1973, Domaine Chandon became the first French-owned sparkling wine venture in the United States.  This created the Moet-Hennessy (a partnership formed in 1971 between Moet & Chandon and cognac producer Hennessy).  They sought prime growing locations in Napa Valley and found it in Mt. Veeder, Carneros-a virtually undiscovered region cooled by bay breezes, and the Yountville location is now called home.

Chandon Brut Classic

Chandon Riche

Domaine Chandon Chardonnay

 Here they planted vineyards and designed an architectural and ecological winery blending into its surroundings and reflecting Chandon's legacy of excellence. The first sparkling wine was released in 1976 and in 1977 the beautiful Visitor Center was opened.

One of the interesting items I discovered when visiting the winery is that Chandon's was the first to introduce smaller containers to preserve delicate grapes during harvest and it was the first California winery to use Pinot Meunier in its sparkling wines.  Some familiar names of sparking wines you might recognize are: Chandon Brut Classic, Chandon Blanc de Noirs, Chandon Reserve Brut and étoile.

Golf?  Yes, there are three courses in the immediate area.  Two are public and one is semi-private.  They are:

  • Vintners Golf Club about three minutes from the Villagio, phone: 707-944-1992.

  • Municipal Golf Course about 20 minutes from the Villagio, phone: 707-255-4333.

  • Chardonnay Club (semi-private – Vineyards Course) about 20 minutes from the Villagio, phone: 707-257-8950.

When planning your visit to California’s Wine County, the City of Yountville is a must.  This is where you will encounter the best in lodging, spa, dining and wine tasting.


For more information, contact:
Villagio Inn & Spa
6541 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
Phone: 707-944-1112
Fax: 707-944-1617
wwwvillagio.com 

Vintage Inn
6541 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
Phone: 707-944-1112
Fax: 707-944-1617
www.vintageinn.com

The Spa at Villagio
6541 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
Phone: 707-948-5050
Fax: 707-948-5054
www.villagio.com/villagio/spa/

Vintage 1870 Shoppes

Domaine Chandon
www.chandon.com

Yountville is:

9 Miles North of the City of Napa
45 Miles North of San Francisco
55 Miles North of San Francisco International Airport
50 Miles North of Oakland International Airport