Meetings Uncorked in Napa Valley

By Sam Boykin, November 30, 2018

While Napa Valley is best known for its wine and gourmet restaurants, the region’s scenic countryside and waterways make it an ideal destination for those seeking an active and outdoorsy getaway. Moreover, with a host of resorts that offer memorable meetings space and luxury amenities, Napa Valley is also a great destination to hold your next event.

Meetings in Wine Country

One of Napa’s newest attractions is Meritage Resort’s neighboring Vista Collina Resort, which opened in July. Combined, these two properties create a one-of-a-kind meeting and convention destination with 80,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space and 44 venues.

Amenities include a private 9-acre vineyard with an event deck and walking trails, a world-class spa with 12 treatment rooms and a luxurious lounge with six bowling lanes. The new Vista Collina Resort has 145 rooms, including 39 suites with fully equipped kitchens, a resort pool with 10 luxury cabanas and a fitness studio.

Another top Napa option is the luxurious Silverado Resort and Spa, which has several state-of-the-art meeting facilities, including a spacious ballroom and multiple conference rooms. There’s also the new Mansion Gardens, a 18,000-sq.-ft. outdoor-indoor venue featuring a 5,000-sq.-ft. pavilion for receptions, dinners and meetings.

Silverado has a variety of accommodations situated in four distinct neighborhoods, including the historic and centrally located Mansion Estates. Guests at the Silverado can enjoy 10 tennis courts, two championship golf courses, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a number of gourmet restaurants.

The surrounding rolling hills and vineyards help make Harvest Inn a top-notch choice for meetings and conventions. With 78 luxurious accommodations nestled in four enchanting neighborhoods, Harvest Inn boasts two secluded swimming pools and Jacuzzis, indoor and outdoor spa treatment rooms and lush vineyard views in a rustic yet elegant setting. And it’s all in close proximity to dozens of area wineries and tasting rooms.

For meetings, there are venues like Vineyard View Room, which offers 1,000 square feet of flexible space, panoramic vineyard views, and a large central stone fireplace, punctuated by beamed ceilings and oak plank flooring. Directly above the Vineyard View Room, the 1,050-sq.-ft. Mountain View Room is filled with natural light and boasts a spacious deck and vaulted ceilings. For outdoor activities, there’s the Vineyard Terrace, which features an expansive patio where guests can take in sweeping views Whitehall Lane’s Leonardini Vineyard and the Mayacamas Mountains.

Outdoor Adventures in Napa

All these resorts offer a great home base for exploring Napa Valley, which is home to the country’s first agricultural preserve and a land trust that protects more than 10 percent of the county from development. Start your adventure along the new 12.5-mile section of the Napa Valley Vine Trail, which winds from the 350-acre John F. Kennedy Memorial Park to the town of Yountville, a charming destination with wineries, restaurants and art galleries.

For something more challenging, go hiking in the Skyline Wilderness Park, which has about 25 miles of trails, including several that wind past Lake Marie and along a ridge that offers views of the 2,571-ft. Mt. Tamalpais. Or, head to the 5,000-acre Robert Louis Stevenson State Park and hike along a rugged 5-mile trail to the peak of Mt. Selena.

Boating enthusiasts can grab a kayak and head to the 110-mile Russian River. During your paddling trip stop at numerous beaches and swimming holes to play in the water and soak up the scenery. Another option for boaters is Napa River. This 55-mile stretch of water flows from Mt. St. Helena to San Pablo Bay and is a thriving habitat for blue heron, snowy egrets and cormorants.

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