If You Go …


Stay: Meadowood (www.meadowood.com) is an elegant Napa Valley resort with 85 gable-roofed cottages and suites tucked into the bucolic woods of St. Helena, California. The luxury hotel, set on a 250-acre estate, offers guests two tournament-level croquet courts and lessons from pro Jerry Stark, fine dining, two swimming pools, seven tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course, four miles of hiking trails, and a fully-equipped spa and fitness center. (Prices for weekdays and weekends for August through November range from $575 to $700 for a studio to $1,900 to $2,150 for a hillside-terrace one-bedroom suite. The nearest airports are in San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento.)

Eat: The Restaurant at Meadowood (www.meadowood.com), destination dining for Meadowood Resort guests as well as for Bay Area residents, is an intimate and artful affair headed by Michelin-starred chef Christopher Kostow. The impressive haute cuisine -- how about poached ocean trout cured with pine and served with baby artichokes and olive-oil ice cream? -- draws on fresh ingredients from nearby gardens, and its courses are paired with fine local and international wines.

Shop: While visitors can pick from a vast list of nearby wineries, they should include Napa’s Oxbow Public Market (www.oxbowpublicmarket.com) on their itineraries. The artisanal Oxbow offers fresh produce and restaurants as well as shops selling wine, cheese, spices, baked goods, seafood, and more.