The Perfect Oasis in Northern California Wine Country: Auberge Du Soleil
Having been born and raised in San Francisco all my life, I feel like I've never really taken full advantage of the beautiful areas we can visit that are within an hours drive. Working most of the time, I find myself planning trips/vacations to only places that require a passport. I go by the motto that if I'm gonna get out of work, I better get the hell out, far enough where I can't work, answer emails or freak out about what's happening in real time at the restaurant. And I foolishly felt that it was the only way for me to relax. This week, I'm discovering that this is not the case. What I'm discovering during my short two day stay at the well renowned Auberge Du Soleil is that even a short day or two trip to a spot an hour away can be the perfect getaway. As long as you pick the right spot that offers you the privacy and serenity you need. In fact, a trip like this, can leave you feeling refreshed and energized. There is something so magical about Wine Country. It's remote enough where you feel like your are amongst nature, but there's enough activity going on where you don't find yourself dozing off. And the wine helps of course but it's truly the perfect place to unwind: Amazing food and wine in an incredible setting.
Now that we have determined how amazing it is to get out into wine country. Let's talk about how important it is to find the right place to get your zzz's. The options are plentiful in regards to places to stay. But as far as ultimate luxury with just the right amount of intimacy, I find Auberge to be my top pick. My top wine country resorts that I have stayed at and can vouch for are and not in particular order the following:
1. Meadowood- St. Helena (Beautiful, quiet, spacious and serene)
2. Bardessono - Yountville (Modern, hip and luxurious)
3. Carneros Inn - Carneros (Spacious, hip, and serene)
4. H2 Hotel- Healdsburg (Modern, hip, and convenient)
5. Auberge Du Soleil- Rutherford (Luxurious, quiet, peaceful and cozy)
You honestly can't go wrong with any of these. I do however find that out of all these spots that I've stayed at, Auberge's size makes this place one of my favs. I find it easy to get to where I need to be within minutes. Whether it's to the pool, the gym, the restaurants or the lobby. The vistas of the wine country from the restaurant here is just amazing and you can't really find that at Meadowood, Bardessono or H2 Hotel. And on top of that, the food here is phenomenal. Oh and room service is extremely fast, just another small perk that I rate hotels on. Never understood why room service took so long being a chef and knowing how long it actually takes to cook things. Here the food comes to you in 20 minutes! That's pretty much record breaking in my book for room service.