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Not every bride-to-be wants a bachelorette party in a bustling city with a busy nightlife scene. If your biggest requirement for pre-wedding party is total relaxation, sunshine, and great wine, then look no further than Napa Valley. Without a nightclub or casino in site, you'll be able to sip back and relax in serious style.
Considering heading to Northern California with your bridal party? Enjoy the sunshine, beautiful backdrops, and incredible vineyards by day, then hang out at a luxurious retreat by night. To make the most of your time in sunny California, we asked our friends at the Venue Report to share their must-visit locales in Napa Valley. From boutique hotels and delicious eateries to daytime activities that take you far beyond (and even above!) the standard tasting room, there's no shortage of fun to be had in wine country. Here, 15 luxurious spots that you have to add to your itinerary.
Farmhouse Inn, Forestville, California
At Farmhouse Inn, a family-owned boutique hotel, the vintage spirit comes alive with modish touches. Sink into good wines and great food at this five-star gem of the scenic Russian River Valley.
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Wine Train, Napa, California
Easily one of most distinctive restaurants around, Wine Train is a memorable experience that combines modern fine dining and old-world train travel. Gather your 'maids and breeze by the valley's gorgeous scenery as you roll along 25 miles of track.
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Hotel Healdsburg, Healdsburg, California
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Banshee Wines, Healdsburg, California
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Solage Calistoga, Calistoga, California
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Napa Valley Aloft, Napa Valley, California
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Basalt, Napa, California
Right in the heart of downtown, Basalt is a lively, stylish, and open restaurant and bar that serves up the time you're looking for. Local and seasonal cuisine pairs up with well-crafted cocktails, making it a challenge to pass up this indoor-outdoor eatery.
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Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga, California
When a resort offers you 157 acres of ancient oaks, majestic hills, and a private lake, you take it. That's exactly what you'll find at Calistoga Ranch. Plus, there are working gardens and pool that overlook a landscape of vineyards and private trails to sweeten the already good deal.
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Redd Wood Restaurant, Yountville, California
Spoil your taste buds by chowing down on chef-crafted wood-fired pizza and a long list of local wines at Redd Wood Restaurant. Your band of girlfriends can savor a pre-wine tasting breakfast, a splendid meal between wineries, or an evening out to celebrate the wedding to come.
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Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, California
Being tucked on a sunlit hillside and surrounded by 33 acres of olive grove is only one reason Auberge du Soleil has become Napa Valley's most iconic luxury property. With a Michelin-starred restaurant and an award-winning spa, this fantastic resort offers the life you and your gals always wanted.
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Bardessono Hotel & Spa, Yountville, California
Modish luxury seamlessly blends with countryside elegance at Bardessono Hotel & Spa. Surrounded by endless vineyards, this charming hotel feels like home but operates like a resort.
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Archetype Napa, St. Helena, California
The iconic Americana menu at Archetype Napa takes a contemporary, out-of-the-box approach to classic dishes that use local, seasonal ingredients. Thoughtfully paired with regional wines and handcrafted cocktails, meals in this beautifully designed dining room transform wine country style into relaxed, comfortable sophistication.
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Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena, California
The staff at Long Meadow Ranch, the gem of the Mayacamas Mountains, makes elegant, balanced, and award-winning wines that pair extraordinarily well with food. It's a spectacular farm-to-table culinary experience that relies on sustainable and organic farming practices.
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Angéle Restaurant, Napa, California
A breezy afternoon of bistro fare, wine, and cocktails on the Napa riverfront is hard to beat. It's even better to find such a perfect experience on an outdoor patio in the heart of downtown, which is exactly what you'll get at Angéle Restaurant.
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1313 Main Restaurant & Wine Bar, Napa, California
Get a luxurious big-city experience in one of the most beautiful and relaxing areas of the country at 1313 Main Restaurant & Wine Bar. This upscale eatery focuses on seasonal dining and on-point service.