Planning a trip to the Napa Valley wine country? When my husband (then boyfriend) and I planned our stay, we sought out an apartment or B&B that felt connected to the local community and culture. We found it 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.
Have you stayed at a secluded, gated vineyard estate in Napa before? If not, I could end here because you’ve heard enough and are already booking your stay! The vineyard is situated three miles from the city of Napa.
With hotels in the $400 (and up) range (sometimes way up), this hidden spot just east of Napa was around half the cost. We were in town for a wedding, and judging from our friends remarks 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 expect gold slippers, champagne wishes and caviar dreams.
As I mention remarkable landscape views and the purpose of our trip (to celebrate at a friend’s wedding), I thought of this picture from Auberge Du Soleil that the wedding photographer snapped (without us knowing) at the reception.
Back to the vineyard estate.
The vineyard on the estate grows and produces Cabernet Sauvignon wine.
As recommended by the owners (Arto & Cheryl), take the time in the morning to make a K-cup, 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 our trip.
Arto and Cheryl are welcoming and friendly, and they are as accommodating and available as you need.
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? They have them.
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 home on the estate.
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. And I’m writing this also as a reminder to myself. Since I work from my computer, it’s easy to get distracted from the moment.
Life’s calling. Work can wait.
We found everything noted about the property on AirBNB 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 on wine while wearing high heels. No, I’m not going to lecture on overindulgence. Rather, at the end of the night, you’ll need to navigate your way up the narrow set of outdoor stairs back into your suite. Plus, stilettos don’t seem to mix with outdoors and vineyards anyways. More on Napa fashion later.
The suite is a studio, so it’s only recommended 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 you and your main squeeze would squeeze comfortably in the shower.
If you do stay at Arto and Cheryl’s Wine Country Private Guest Suite, share your experience with the Native Gypsies community! When in Napa, 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.
Native Gypsies was not compensated directly or indirectly to write on behalf of any of the businesses mentioned in this post. I just liked them enough to share them with you, pure and simple.