Design Destination: Napa Valley April 15, 2016
Nothing fires up our creative perspectives like a weekend away in a location filled with new colors, new architecture, and new design insights. One of our favorite and easiest ways to recharge is to toss a weekend bag into the backseat and head to the sun-drenched hills of Napa Valley. With so many beautiful inns, wineries, and spas to choose from, it’s a foolproof way to leave the work week behind and enjoy the mythic landscape of this famed region. There are many spectacular places to visit in Napa Valley so here are a few of our favorite and design-inspired spots.
Named Sunset Magazine’s “Tasting Room of the Year”, this organic winery creates an experience that feels worlds away from hustle of city life. As sheep graze in the vineyard, the expansive property includes edible landscaping, culinary gardens, fruit orchards, and beehives full of honeycombs. The RSV Vineyard Kitchen focuses on high quality with a rotisserie grill for whole lambs, a wood-fired oven and, local and seasonal meats and cheeses. As a loyal member of their wine club, I can vouch for the variety and high caliber of their wines. If all this hasn’t convinced you to visit, there’s also an experimental truffle orchard. Enough said.
Thomas Keller’s famed French restaurant needs little introduction. This highly acclaimed food and wine favorite is constantly racking up the highest honors in the culinary world. I visited The French Laundry a few weeks ago and I can attest to the impeccable level of detail and refinement in the food, wine, and the interior design. Having completed a recent remodel, the new interiors feature a swooped white ceiling in the kitchen which plays off the white table cloths throughout the space. The graphic design on the exterior glass signifies the constant motion of hands to reflect the creatively infused changes of the menu.
Domaine Chandon was the first French established winery in the United States. It has since become one of the most popular and lauded locations in Napa Valley. The outdoor design of this winery is captivating with lush surroundings that climb towards the nearby mountains. Tastings can take place in their tasting room or on their terrace which is lined with indigenous oak trees and a relaxing view of the California landscape.