Napa, Off the Vine
A slew of hotels, restaurants, cultural hot spots and even breweries are giving the valley a new groove. (But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of wine.)
IT’S NOT THAT NAPA VALLEY ever lost its appeal. Enough great wine can make any place seem exciting, after all, and vineyard-laden hills and temperate weather cover a multitude of sins. But by the beginning of this decade, the region had started to feel a little too familiar, as if every tasting room and hotel had modeled itself after the same platonic ideal of Napa. In recent years, the valley’s been on a reinvention kick, and the buzziest arrivals—some from newcomers, many from homegrown talents— have brought a breezy, creative energy to the area. Perhaps the most anticipated opening was that of Las Alcobas (lasalcobasnapavalley. com; doubles from US$695), the Luxury Collection property from Mexico City–based hotelier Samuel Leizorek. Set amid St. Helena’s vineyard dreamscape, the 1907 Georgian building has been re-created as a 68-room resort with a freestanding cedar spa and contemporary luxe rooms by celebrated design firm Yabu Pushelberg. Acclaimed chef Chris Cosentino, of San Francisco’s Cockscomb, helms the hotel’s restaurant, Acacia House, crafting lively dishes like rustic cuts of lamb >>
Las Alcobas, amid St. Helena’s vineyard dreamscape.