Meadowood: Summer Camp for the Whole Family

Today’s families are gravitating toward something a bit more sophisticated for their family getaways. They want a greater variety of activities and they look for a higher level of polish and comfort.

With a healthy dose of sophistication injected into every acre, Meadowood in California’s Napa Valley fits the bill perfectly. The wooded resort offers award-winning dining along with facilities for golf, croquet, swimming, hiking, and spa relaxation. The rooms are arranged in groups of 4 in smaller buildings scattered throughout the property making it easy for a family to take-over an entire building while still allowing each family member the privacy and amenities you’d find in a traditional¬† hotel set-up.

Each room has a fireplace and is set into the lush forest. My room, a Club Suite in the Croquet Lodge, had a back deck looking onto the croquet lawns and the golf course. We were walking distance to the Reception Lodge, but most rooms require a bit more walking or a quick ride in the property’s golf carts – just dial the front desk and they’ll send somebody to pick you up. The Club Suite is spacious, yet cozy; the bathroom has a fabulous soaking tub and they provide bubble bath so you can take full advantage of this feature!

Next to the Club Suite, my favorite room would be the Woodland Room. It is set on the hillside and is surrounded by trees. You feel like you are sleeping in a luxurious tree house! The decor is simple and modern and I love the layout with the separate sitting room and small outdoor deck. This room would be perfect for a romantic getaway. If you’re looking for more space, but still want an element of romance, head to the Estate Room and take advantage of the gorgeous balcony sitting areas, the outdoor showers, and the inviting four poster bed. The Estate Lodge is also a perfect option for wedding parties and bridal suites.

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Pack your hiking shoes and take advantage of the 5 miles of walking trails. Or, grab your swimming suit and head to the pool. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, dinner at the Restaurant at Meadowood is a must! After that, head into St. Helena and try out the amazing dining in town for your other meals. I highly recommend Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen and, if you tire of all of the wine tasting, head to La Condesa for an impressive collection of Tequilas. Order the guacamole sampler and be surprised by inventive ingredients like strawberries and feta or apples and walnuts in your guacamole.

If you are still looking for a summer getaway for you and your family contact me and take advantage of the following Virtuoso amenities:

  • upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • a $50.00 credit towards breakfast in The Grill or via room serviced for up to 2 in-room guests
  • Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon
  • a $100 Spa credit, once per stay
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