Tips and Articles for Napa Valley

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See our slideshow of the 50 Best New U.S. Restaurants.You know the American restaurant paradigm is shifting when communal benches become more desirable... Read More

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... Read More

See our slideshow of The World’s Most Spectacular Tasting Rooms.When it comes to tasting rooms, what’s outside your glass is often as important as what... Read More

Related: Insider’s Guide to Napa ValleyImagine a drive down a two-lane road through golden hills and river valleys on a retro Vespa, followed by private... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

Author and explorer Dame Freya Stark was one of the most intrepid adventurers of all time. (T. E. Lawrence, no slouch in the travel department himself,... Read More

SONOMA Sonoma Spa (457 First St. W., Sonoma; 707/939-8770), a modest day spa in the center of Sonoma, entices with all-natural beauty and health... Read More

Sonoma ValleyHow 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... Read More

todd takes on miamiFashion designer Todd Oldham has dressed up Miami Beach's Tiffany, a 1939 glam pad. Now called the Hotel (love the simple name), it's... Read More

Raise a glass—Napa Valley is finally out to entice families! This June, the owners of Auberge du Soleil open Solage Calistoga (Calistoga, Calif.; 866... Read More

The brainy chef behind French Laundry in Yountville, California, is known for reinventing such iconic American pairings as macaroni and cheese, peanut... Read More

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... Read More

The three-bedroom, three-bath "Tuscan villa" (circa 1999) was stunning enough, to say nothing of the winery: a turnkey facility licensed to churn out 4... Read More

Every few years a flock of new, would-be cult wines appears in Napa Valley. Most of them are turkeys; a few soar like eagles. One of the more impressive... Read More

See our slideshow of 2009 Travel Trends.In these tumultuous times, we return to the essential pleasures of travel, rediscovering classic destinations... Read More

OregonThe mini-bars at Hotel Monaco stock one of Portland’s best beers: Drop Top Amber Ale ($5), made at a partially wind-powered brewery near the... Read More

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... Read More

United StatesCalistoga RanchDon’t Miss An outdoor yoga class on a lakeside redwood deck. Napa Valley; 707/254-2800; www.calistogaranch.com; doubles from... Read More

Napa ValleyCalistogaThe Shop Nearly everything at Ca'Toga Galleria D'Arte (1206 Cedar St.; 707/942-3900) is hand-painted by the prominent trompe l'oeil... Read More

From New York to Bangkok, we've got the dish. Here, four of the best new tables across the globe.TELEPAN, NEW YORKChef Bill Telepan has taken... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

It's nine o'clock on a Friday night and you've waited three weeks for the hottest table in Dallas. You're sitting in a sleek room with cool white... Read More

Napa Valley, CaliforniaThe newest incarnation of the pioneering 30-year-old restaurant at Domaine Chandon is Étoile. Executive chef Christopher Manning... Read More

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