Finally a break from the Tuscan-Provençal style that seems to dominate the California wine country. Carneros Inn, at the south end of Napa, close to San Francisco, is rather more modern, its style a sort of rustic minimalism, its inspiration seemingly drawn not from Europe but from the American Midwest and Northeast.
It’s the buildings that people tend to either love or hate about Carneros. The corrugated metal roofs of the cottages are striking and unassuming at the same time, and fit well into the landscape of rolling hills and wide-open farmland. Once inside, though, it’s difficult to find fault — while not as over-the-top as some wine country accommodations, the cottages are simple, tasteful, and more than luxurious enough, with the full range of modern electronics, splendid indoor-outdoor showers, and private garden patios, complete with gas heaters for cool California nights.
Add to this a long outdoor pool with an idyllic view of the vineyards, a spa to compete with any in the wine country, and Farm, a restaurant serving locally sourced California cuisine, and it’s clear Carneros is a contender. There’s no accounting for taste, of course, but if you’re not afraid of modern architecture, you’ll find nothing at all to complain about here.
Guests over the age of 16 are considered adults. Some rooms accommodate 3 or more. The "Family Suites, Courtyard Homes, Vineyard View Homes" room sleeps up to 6 guests. For crib/cot, must book "Garden Cottage" room or larger. For 2 adults + rollaway bed, must book "NA" or larger. For 2 adults + 2 kids beyond crib age, must book "Cottage with 2 Double Beds" room or larger.
Cribs are available and may be subject to an additional fee. No additional charges for kids beyond crib/roll-away.
Fenced in pool available that allows kids. Babysitting services provided by screened outside help at US$18.00 per hour. The restaurant is kid-friendly with high chairs and a kids menu. Room service offers a kids menu. Family Pool area with zero edge children's wading pool pool toys sunscreen. Bocce Ball courts and Town Square with large grassy area. Board Games available at Reception for guests to use. Children's DVD library available complimentary through Reception.
4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa/Sonoma Valleys