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I’ve never had luck with Napa and men. Five years ago, my long-term boyfriend and I booked a much-anticipated stay at Meadowood, a last-fail attempt at mending our tattered relationship. The moment we arrived, his 100-year old grandmother died....
My first trip to Napa Valley was in the late 1960’s, during my senior year at U.C. Berkeley. I had just turned 21, and here was this amazing place only an hour’s drive away with rolling blond hills and the sunny climate of Provence, where you coul...
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By Adrien Glover, with Jennifer Flowers, John Newton, and Tracy Ziemer See our slideshow of 10 Great Waterside Restaurants. Blame it on the intoxicating salt air. Or the way the light bounces as the sun sets. Or the pure pleasure of digging into...
Michael Fagnoni and Molly Hawks, now co-chefs at Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay, California, remember the first time they worked together to perfect a recipe. It was years ago, in the kitchen of another eatery. "We suddenly just looked up at each...
Gary Hofstetter, president of a private equity real estate fund in Boston, describes himself as a "suit on State Street." That’s quite a change from the late 1960s and early 1970s, when he was a wild-haired, rock-loving roadie for local bands in U...
Concentration is not hard to find in Napa Valley wines, because the fruit usually throws a punch. But balance is trickier. Napa winemakers often frame their exuberant grapes with too much oak until—in both reds and whites—you get show-offy, florid...
When another weekend in the city is the last thing you need, set your sights on one of these pastoral finds. With just three rooms, the Poetry Inn (6380 Silverado Trail, Napa, Calif.; 707/944-0646; www.poetryinn.com; doubles from $575) is one of t...
sonoma valley How does a green and gold valley roughly 17 miles long and eight miles wide absorb 21/2 million visitors a year?By luring them to the main route, Highway 12, then leading them off it. Set atop ridges and buried in leafy canyons are ...
The spa world has a dirty little secret: even holistic healing can generate a big waste stream. (That organic-cotton robe you’re swaddled in?Laundered at least once a day.) However, key players are giving their own facilities a detox treatment. Th...
Travelers taking a Napa Valley tasting tour rarely have to wonder how and where their wine was made. But the same isn’t true for people interested in the provenance of their food. That’s no longer the case, with the opening of Oxbow Public Market ...
Legend has it that George Ives, the eccentric Civil War—era bandleader and father of the modern composer Charles Ives, used to have groups of musicians march toward each other while playing in the middle of the park in Danbury, Connecticut. The r...
What’s the #1 hotel in the U.S.? No question, it’s a big deal to be America’s top vote-getter in Travel + Leisure’s annual reader survey of the world’s best hotels (vote in this year’s survey). After all, these are properties voted on by the well...