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NAPA: ARCHER HO­TEL

A bou­tique ho­tel lo­cated in the heart of Napa, Archer Ho­tel of­fers an ur­ban mod­ern vibe that in­cludes large flat-screen TVs, Ne­spresso cof­fee ma­chines, and, in true wine coun­try fash­ion, a wine cooler. There’s also a hip out­door rooftop bar called Sky & Vine which of­fers a 360-de­gree panoramic view of the val­ley with plush seat­ing. The 7,000 square foot space fea­tures nat­u­ral de­sign el­e­ments of re­claimed wood, metal and stone, has hang­ing string lights, fruit­less olive trees sur­round­ing stone fire pits and lounge seat­ing. It opens at 7:00am, so one can en­joy a cup of cof­fee be­fore start­ing the day and serves break­fast, brunch, lunch, and din­ner, with dishes like av­o­cado toast with beet and horse­rad­ish-cured sal­mon, cu­cum­ber, wa­ter­cress, and cured egg yolk or chilled ar­ti­choke salad with spring veg­eta­bles, wa­ter­cress, and quinoa puffs.

Brunch fea­tures a spin­ning dough­nut wheel and brioche French toast with spice bat­tered, straw­berry, basil, and whipped mas­car­pone.

Renowned steak­house, Char­lie Palmer Steak is lo­cated in the main floor of the ho­tel where cel­e­brated chef Char­lie Palmer shapes, what he calls, “Pro­gres­sive Amer­i­can” cui­sine in­spired by the sur­round­ing Napa Val­ley agri­cul­tural and viti­cul­ture re­gions. Steak lovers re­joice: this s the real deal. Opt to share 21-day dry-aged porter­house or bone-on tom­a­hawk steak for two and be sure to add on foie gras just be­cause you can. But first, be­gin with the short rib pas­trami or pig ear pad thai. Sides are plen­ti­ful and hard to stick to just one, so go for or­der­ing sev­eral and shar­ing as well. Try the creamed spinach with gar­lic crumbs, assorted wild mush­rooms with caramelized onions, and Yukon gold potato puree.

1230 1st St., Napa, CA 94559; 707-690-9800 https://archer­ho­tel.com/napa

THE LODGE AT SONOMA RE­NAIS­SANCE SPA & INN

Lo­cated within walk­ing dis­tance of quaint Sonoma Plaza, a shop­ping and din­ing mecca, this re­cently up­dated rus­tic-chic prop­erty serves as the ideal spring­board for ex­plor­ing Sonoma wine coun­try.

1325 Broad­way at Leveroni and Napa Roads, Sonoma, CA 95476 707-935-6600; The Lodge at Sonoma Re­nais­sance Spa & Inn

EL DO­RADO KITCHEN

Ex­ec­u­tive chef Ar­mando Navarro pre­pares Cal­i­for­nia-in­spired lo­cal farm and ranch fresh fare in a straight-for­ward man­ner. Lo­cals flock here, and un­der­stand­ably so. The com­mu­nal table, large win­dows wel­com­ing nat­u­ral light, and ca­sual am­biance are part of the ap­peal. A spec­tac­u­lar wine list and ex­quis­ite dishes like scal­lop and soy glazed pork belly, seafood paella, and Pe­taluma chicken, house made sausage, po­lenta, mole sauce, and sous vide egg keep folks com­ing back.

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