TRAV­EL­LING ED­I­TOR

A con­ti­nen­tal road trip to Napa.

DRIFT Travel magazine - - Inside This Issue - BY: TRACEY DRAKE

You know - it’s funny. Al­though I travel a lot, I’d never been drawn to Napa Val­ley. And al­though I love lux­ury cars, I’ve never con­sid­ered my­self a Lin­coln kind of girl. My grand­fa­ther drove a Lin­coln. It was this big, black im­pos­ing car that seemed to take up two city blocks. So no one was as sur­prised as me to learn that the 2017 Lin­coln Con­ti­nen­tal is sleek, lux­u­ri­ous and truly sexy. It has enough curves to sat­isfy my need for a lit­tle fem­i­nin­ity in my car. Def­i­nitely not my grandpa’s Lin­coln.

And so it hap­pened, that over the course of road trip from San Fran­cisco to Cal­is­toga Ranch in Napa Val­ley, I fell in love with a boutique ho­tel and a new era of lux­ury ve­hi­cles.

Cal­is­toga Ranch is a quiet oa­sis, tucked into the nat­u­ral beauty of Napa Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia. This place - it per­son­i­fies the word retreat.

Cal­is­toga Ranch is an Au­berge Re­sorts Col­lec­tion ho­tel. They proudly boast that this is a place where na­ture is the pri­mary amenity. They got it right.

The 157-acre prop­erty fea­tures an en­chant­ing lane way (photo left), ma­jes­tic rolling hills, an­cient forests and a pri­vate lake. There are fifty rooms in to­tal, but you rarely see other guests as each of the pri­vate lodges is set amidst lush forests.

We stayed in a one-bed­room lodge (shown right) and it was so pri­vate and rest­ful. With bed­room and liv­ing room in sep­a­rate build­ings, it felt Ba­li­nese in de­sign. Our out­door deck, which fea­tured a fire­place, comfy lounge chairs and a sunken hot tub, nicely bridged the two build­ings. Each lodge is en­veloped in na­ture, and the lulling sounds of a rocky stream passed by our bed­room win­dow.

With an out­door swim­ming pool, award win­ning spa, and sev­eral din­ing op­tions, you could stay put and go nowhere at all. I was thrilled that I was able to visit the chicken coop and gather my own farm fresh eggs for my morn­ing break­fast.

Cal­is­toga Ranch is the kind of place where you can truly retreat to re­con­nect with your­self, your part­ner and with na­ture. There are more than 80 vine­yards in the Cal­is­toga re­gion, so you are well sit­u­ated for day trips to as many dif­fer­ent winer­ies as you care to sam­ple.

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