• Tue. Nov 29th, 2022

Heading to the wine region? Here is your travel guide

ByKeith M. Jones

May 14, 2022

Milliken Creek Inn

Located along the Napa River, the bucolic, 11-bedroom Milliken Creek Inn has a modern and inviting new look. Designed by Jennifer Wojtkiewicz and Shelley Harden of Indigo Coast Design, the property’s new upgrades include bedrooms with king-size beds (some with river views, fireplaces and oversized soaking tubs), L’Eau Occitane, Tivoli Bluetooth speakers and iPads for ordering in-room dining deals. Other guest amenities range from free evening cordials and s’more kits to an afternoon mini picnic of wine, cheese, and freshly baked cookies. “The interior of the property, of course, has undergone a massive refurbishment, but what really stands out and is unique is the degree of privacy when it comes to the outdoor space,” says General Manager Scarlett Accurso. “Seven of our 11 rooms offer dedicated outdoor space, four of which have private fireplaces. Three additional fire pits on the property really make every guest feel like they have their own outdoor space.

The Cedar Guest Room at the Milliken Creek Inn

farm inn

Housed in an open-air structure fashioned with stable doors and equestrian designs, farm innthe new 3,000 square feet wellness barn offers inventive treatments like massage with warm basalt stones and cooling gemstones designed to reduce inflammation or sound travel therapy complemented by meridian point massage. “My mission is to encourage our clients and our team to take a few moments out of each day to take care of themselves,” says Irisha Steele, Director of Spa and Wellness. “The Spirit Path is my favorite service. It is a one-of-a-kind wellness experience. It infuses bathing, massage and meditation during a 90 minute session, leaving you feeling relaxed and recharged.

The Farmhouse Inn Wellness Barn (Paul Ferradas)

Elusa Wine Estate

Located on a 4.7 acre organic vineyard in Calistoga, Elusa Wine Estate is now open and features Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc wines handcrafted by eminent winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. The modern, resort-style property, designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates (of The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, and JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live), includes a tasting room, private lounge, and vinotheque. For a guided tour of the estate and vineyard, be sure to make a reservation ($200 per person including wines and a selection of local cheeses).

Outside the tank room at Elusa Winery (Kim Carroll)