Lost on where to go on your next Napa Valley adventure? Spend 24 hours in the shoes of Vegas Seven style editor Melinda Sheckells as she shares her ultimate Napa itinerary—with the perfect footwear for every occasion.
Check In: 4 p.m., Milliken Creek Inn & Spa, wearing Melissa Campana zigzag flats.
I have never been much of a bed and breakfast girl—I am definitely more of the design hotel type. But I was pleasantly surprised when I check into Milliken Creek Inn & Spa. This is the quintessential Napa enclave, and hey, when in Rome… With 12 rooms, it is intimate and relaxing, offering amenities such as a claw-foot tub, a romantic rose petal turndown service and of course, breakfast in bed. Jump into a pile of down pillows and soft linens while mellowing out from a soothing color palette of cream and chocolate that adorns the room.
At Milliken Creek, it’s the little touches that make you feel at home, like an orchid by the bedside, a bath drawn in the spa tub when you return home from a full day of wine tasting or a cozy robe to slip into. Step outside on the patio and take in a mix of woodland and river views. (When was the last time you could actually hear yourself think?)
There are three room types, each varying in size and location and spread throughout the various cottage-like buildings. I suggest you splurge (of course!) and go for the Silverado Trail Wine Tour Package, which is the perfect mix of informative and relaxing. It includes a five-hour wine tour with Eclectic Tours and stops at two to three of these wineries: Round Pond Estate, Chase Cellars, The Terraces at Quarry Vineyards, Larkmead Vineyards, St. Helena Winery, Chappellet, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Keenan Winery and Lava Vine. The package also includes two nights’ accommodations in a Milliken Room, a 90-minute Zen-sational Facial, concierge assistance and two guest passes to Synergy Wellness and Fitness Center. $1,098 per couple for a two-night stay.
Top three Milliken Creek highlights:
1. Breakfast is served anywhere on the grounds including your bed.
2. The evening Magic Hour where you can sample complimentary wines and mingle with local vintners while sipping their wares paired with cheeses.
3. A nightcap in the Main House. Because who ever wants the party to come to an end? Pour yourself a cordial before turning in.
Dinner: 8 p.m., Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc, wearing Tom’s bronze wedges.
There’s only one thing on the menu, so you better like it (check ahead on their website!) or pick somewhere else to have dinner. Chef Thomas Keller opened this novel concept in 2006 as a temporary restaurant. Too popular to close, it became permanent and kept to offering a new menu and wine list daily. Now the family-style establishment is open seven days a week, serving nightly dinners and Sunday brunches. On the night I dined there, the plat du jour was veal Ossobucco, which was amazing. I will definitely return on a day when the restaurant serves its fried chicken, also highly regarded.
Wine Tasting: 10 a.m., wearing Stuart Weitzman 50/50 over-the-knee flat boots in black.
If I am planning my own day on the road, I call Dana with Affordable Luxury Tours. He has three cars to choose from depending on the size of your party: a van, a stretch limo and a town car. Friday and Saturday service is a five-hour minimum starting at $68 per hour. Sunday to Thursday he offers a minimum four-hour service starting at $64 per hour.
Reynolds Winery. Nested on the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley, Reynolds Winery began in 1994 when Steve and Suzie Reynolds traded a dental practice for a life of winemaking. In 1999 they produced their first vintage, and today the winery creates eight wines including the perfectly blended “Persistence.” You can even find favorites “Brut Rose” and “Inky” from Naughty Cellars, now a part of the Reynolds Winery Collection.
Husic Vineyards. Husic Vineyards started making wine 16 years ago. Now in their ninth release, Husic Vineyards crafts Cabernets, Chardonnays, and Pinot Noirs to please your palate. For connoisseurs craving Husic wine all the time, the vineyard offers a wine club program. Available at Maisonry Collective, maisonry.com.
Darioush Winery. Under the direction of owner Darioush Khaledi and winemaker Steve Devitt, the winery brings Bordeaux-style selections to California. If you like your vino with a dash of VIP, Darioush Winery invites you to their “First Offering Reservation” for priority access and exclusive wine releases.
What are your favorite Napa Valley spots? And more importantly, what do you wear while visiting them? Tell us in the comments.