Napa and Sonoma
Meadowood Napa Valley 900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena; 800/458-8080 or 707/963-3646, fax 707/963-5863; www.meadowood.com; doubles from $460. Kate's favorite resort has 85 understated rooms and suites in cottages spread across 250 wooded acres; a serene lap pool; two croquet lawns; and custom wine tours arranged by resident oenologist John Thoreen.
Auberge du Soleil 180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford; 800/348-5406 or 707/963-1211, fax 707/963-8764; www.aubergedusoleil.com; doubles from $450. This romantic French country—style resort spills over 33 lush hillside acres studded with olive groves. The new 7,000-square-foot spa has treatment rooms for couples, and the restaurant serves nouvelle American cuisine.
Gaige House Inn 13540 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen; 800/935-0237 or 707/935-0237, fax 707/935-6411; www.gaige.com; doubles from $250. An elegant, 10-room creekside B&B with a sparkling pool, three new cottages, and exquisite taste throughout.
Duchamp 421 Foss St., Healdsburg; 800/431-9341 or 707/431-1300, fax 707/431-1333; www.duchamphotel.com; doubles from $225. Peter and Pat Lenz, a wine-making couple transplanted from Long Island, opened this art-themed resort last summer. It has simple Modernist villas and great breakfast pastries from the Downtown Bakery in Healdsburg.
French Laundry 6640 Washington St., Yountville; 800/944-1224 or 707/944-2380; dinner for two $210. One of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the world. Thomas Keller's New American food ranges from poached Maine lobster to medallion of New Zealand venison to truffle custard. Popular in the extreme: Call for reservations exactly 60 days before your preferred date.
Domaine Chandon Restaurant 1 California Dr., Yountville; 707/944-2892; dinner for two $100. Innovative, French-inspired cuisine in a soaring, candlelit room overlooking the gardens.
Bistro Jeanty 6510 Washington St., Yountville; 707/944-0103; dinner for two $75. A French country bistro from Philippe Jeanty, formerly chef at Domaine Chandon.
Bouchon 6534 Washington St., Yountville; 707/944-8037; dinner for two $80. The French Laundry's bistro sibling, with an interior by Adam Tihany. Try the vegetable gnocchi in lemon-butter sauce and the steamed mussels in mustard-saffron broth.
Taylor's Automatic Refresher 933 Main St., St. Helena; 707/963-3486; lunch for two $20. The most stylized hamburger stand you could hope to find: picket fence, picnic tables, patty melts, shakes, and fries, along with such exotic offerings as ahi burger with ginger-wasabi mayonnaise.
Triple S Ranch 4600 Mountain Home Ranch Rd., Calistoga; 707/942-6730; dinner for two $60. A rustic restaurant and bar, popular with locals, hidden in the hills above Calistoga.
Ravenous Café 420 Center St., Healdsburg; 707/431-1302; dinner for two $70. Updated American bistro in a white bungalow with an orange lacquer interior. Uses only the freshest local ingredients.