Meadowood may have only 85 rooms and 250 acres, but despite its small size it has many of the amenities you'd expect of a larger resort, including a well-run complex of seven tennis courts. Set in its own wooded valley, just outside the town of St. Helena, this Relais & Chateaux gem started out as a private club for the Napa Valley community before blossoming as a resort in the 1970s. It provides a convenient base for touring the Napa Valley wineries, and a tranquil, creature-comfort-rich place to retreat to when you want to relax.
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Tennis Programs. Much of the weekly calendar focuses on the needs of the local membership, and so as a guest you'll generally find more going on than you might expect of a small property. Guests are made to feel that this is their club. A typical week may have men's and ladies' clinics, a couple of drop-in social round robins, and in summer weekly junior clinics. Jasmine clings to the court fences perfuming the air and a huge maple tree arches over the clapboard pro shop at the heart of the court complex. Court Complex. Meadowood's seven hard courts have been laid out on two terraces just above the Health Club and its outdoor swimming pools. The upper terrace holds three courts, oriented northeast-southwest, and a handsome clapboard pro shop shaded by a huge maple tree and surrounded by a wooden patio that looks southeast across the lower terrace of four courts oriented northwest-southeast. Trees and gardens border the complex, whose wooden fence posts harmonize with the rest of the resort. Court fees: $16/day singles, $24/day doubles.
Golf Course. A 9-hole executive course of par 3s and par 4s runs west through the narrow valley then doubles back on itself and returned east.
Spa & Fitness Center. Meadowood spa sits against the hillside and focuses on tranquility. Rather than therapy rooms, it has eight spa suites, where you can relax and the therapist comes to you, planning individual treatments that use ingredients indigenous to the area, like black walnut and bay laurel. There's also an al fresco relation garden and the option to having spa meals delivered there or to your individual suite. The fitness center, rebranded the Strength & Spirit Studio following a complete renovation, occupies a two-story clapboard building between the tennis courts and Club Pool. It offers a variety of classes and workouts—yoga, cardio weight training, cycle/sculpt as well as the newest addition of Board 30 classes utilizing resistance bands—available on a complimentary basis to guests. Its second floor houses a room full of all types of cardio equipment—including Peloton bikes, TRX equipment, a line of Precor workout stations, and a variety of Cardio workout equipment in a room with windows on three sides and a mirrored wall. There are doors onto an outside deck with more lounge chairs and views of woods and the lower tennis courts. Personal training can be arranged as well.
Each of the men's and women's locker rooms has sauna, steam, robes, slippers, and lockers. There's also an outdoor whirlpool.
Croquet. This is not your backyard—or Alice In Wonderland—variety of croquet but the international competitive version, played in all white attire, that elevates bashing balls around a green to a sport requiring the strategy of chess.
And ... Beyond that there are two additional swimming pools with spas—the adults-only Hotel Pool with cabanas and the Family Pool, which has creekside dining, a snack bar, and children's play area. In addition, bicycles are available at the spa, which provides maps of suggested trails, and there are 1.6 miles of marked hiking trails out along the golf course and up to the ridge overlooking the Napa Valley.
Eighty-five private cottages, suites, and lodges nestle among the oaks and pines of the property's wooded setting in a private two-hundred-fifty-acre valley. Architecturally appealing in their white dormers, gabled roofs, French doors, and broad porches, they follow up inside with high, beamed ceilings, white wainscoting, watercolor landscapes, and stone fireplaces.
Dining well has long been a Meadowood priority. The menu changes regularly to reflect the best market and garden ingredients of the day, some of which are grown right on the property.
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Travel Instructions. There is a county airport in Napa; however, most visitors arrive at either San Francisco International (SFO) or Oakland International (OAK). Travel time is roughly 1 hour from Oakland, 75 minutes from San Francisco.
General Tourist Information. For information about the whole of the Napa Valley, check out the Visit Napa Valley website.