Planning a trip to wine country for the harvest? When my boyfriend and I planned our stay, we sought out a hotel or bed and breakfast that made us feel part of the community and culture. We found both on Airbnb with this five star Wine Country Private Guest Suite in the Coombsville AVA (American Viticultural Area) of Napa.
Here’s my five reasons for the five star rating.
Gated estate. Secluded. Situated on a vineyard. Three miles from the city of Napa. The pictures say more than I possibly could to sell the beauty!
With hotels in the $400 (and up) range (sometimes way up), this hidden spot just east of Napa was around half the cost. And judging from our friends who stayed in the hotels, it’s purely location that warrants the hefty price on the hotels. So if you choose the hotel route, don’t be expecting gold slippers, champagne wishes and caviar dreams.
The vineyard on the estate grows and produces Cabernet Sauvignon wine.
As recommended by the owners, take the time in the morning to make a K-cup and sit out on the porch of the guest house to relax and watch as the world awakes. The hills are lined with boutique vineyards as far as you care to see. Coming from the flat corn fields of Minnesota, I appreciated looking out over the hills every spare second of the trip.
The owners, Arto and Cheryl, are welcoming and friendly, and as accommodating and available as you’d like.
Need recommendations for the best vineyards to visit? Arto is an expert. Plus, he borrowed us a map of the wine region. There are such a large number of vineyards in such a small area, it’s hard to choose the handful you want to visit. If you don’t have a favorite vineyard in mind, ask for their favorite picks.
Want to take a bike ride into town? Check.
Want to swim in their private pool? Just ask.
Tour their boutique vineyard and taste from their barrels? You guessed it. They’re happy to oblige (schedule permitting, of course.)
Or, if you’re on your honeymoon, per se, they’ll respect your privacy. The guest house is above the garage and detached from the main property.
The guest suite has free Wi-Fi (and cable), but when you’re in this scenic landscape with so much to do, put away the computer, the tablet and cell phone and remember to be present in the moment.
Everything noted about the property on Airbnb, we found to be factual and true. There’s a small continental breakfast provided in the mini fridge, and a complimentary bottle of Napa wine on the counter awaiting as you unlock the door into your little Napa haven.
Notes about the Accommodations:
Careful not to over-indulge in wine while wearing high heels, as at the end of the night, you’ll need to navigate your way up the narrow set of outside stairs into the suite. Plus, stilettos don’t seem to mix with vineyards anyways.
The suite is a studio, so I’d recommend it if you’re solo, with a friend or your partner. It’s perfectly cozy if you’re looking for a romantic getaway. There’s no bathtub, but I’m sure you and your squeeze would fit comfortably in the shower.
If you do stay at Arto and Cheryl’s Wine Country Private Guest Suite, share your experience on Twitter and don’t forget to tag me.
When in town, be sure to visit Hog Island Oyster Company in the Oxbow Public Market and browse the Napa Farmer’s Market Tuesdays and Saturdays from May to October. That’s where I spotted my favorite Napa fashion trend. To read more, check out my “Napa casual goes country, ya’ll” post.
*I was not compensated directly or indirectly to write on behalf of any of the businesses mentioned in this post.