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Napa Anew

Novel lodgings and private helicopter flights woo wine country visitors.


Nobu Hotel Ephiphany

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The Villa at the Estate

Photo: Will Pryce

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The Villa at the Estate

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The Francis Home

Photo: Michael Hospelt

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Nobu Hotel Epiphany
Software billionaire Larry Ellison and chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Silicon Valley collaboration, Nobu Hotel Epiphany Palo Alto, offers exclusive wine country experiences through the Napa the Nobu Way package. After Friday night in a premium suite and breakfast Saturday, guests board a helicopter for the 35-minute flight to Napa (avoiding the 2 1⁄2-hour drive). Executive car service whisks them to Domaine Carneros for a private tour and sparkling wine tastings with caviar. A private viewing of the art collection at members-only Adler Deutsch Vineyard follows, including a tasting of Bordeaux varietals with owner Robert Adler. Returning to Palo Alto, guests partake in an omakase dinner with signature dishes and wine pairings. Two nights $11,500 per couple, book at least 14 days in advance 

The Villa At The Estate
Home to Hotel Villagio and Vintage House, 22-acre The Estate Yountville has long been a prime springboard for exploring nearby Michelin-starred restaurants and viticulture. Now it offers an even more luxurious perch: The Villa at the Estate, a five-bedroom, 3,975-square- foot residence with five Carrara marble bathrooms, a pool, a hot tub, and indoor and outdoor dining for 12. The two master bedrooms provide an exceptional place to rest: a Hästens 2000T king bed, handstitched in Sweden. The Villa’s private concierge can arrange for an Estate chef to create a menu—courtesy of the kitchen’s Officine Gullo refrigerator and La Cornue oven—or make other dining arrangements. Room rates from $3,400 per night

The Francis Home
Forget bed-and-breakfast cliches of chintz and cookies: This five-room inn recently opened by interior designer Dina Dwyer and real estate developer Richard Dwyer reflects the San Francisco couple’s labor of love restoring a Calistoga landmark to its 1886 glory—and adds a welcome gloss of contemporary luxury. Guest rooms in the French Second Empire stone mansion feature Matouk linens, TCL Roku smart TVs and heated toilets, while the grounds host a pool, an infrared sauna and a salt room. The elegantly prepared breakfast is complete with local, seasonal ingredients; and weekend wine tastings showcase notable Napa vintages. Room rates from $495 per night


Originally published in the December issue of Silicon Valley

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