Sun-Drenched Vineyards, Blue Skies, and Adventure-Filled Vacations at The Meritage
People come from all over the world to taste our wines, but there are many more fun things to do in Napa Valley. With a year-round temperate climate, visitors enjoy Napa’s great outdoors with our premier golf courses, art, culture, and famous hot air balloon rides over miles of rolling vineyards. There are plenty of enjoyable activities suited for everyone in Wine Country and The Meritage Resort is ideally located for easy access to all of them. Our Concierge Team is happy to help you coordinate your one-of-a-kind wine country experience. Contact our Concierge to get started on your best Napa Valley vacation.
Culinary and Wine
- Spa Terra
In the tranquility of our Estate Cave, under nine acres of hillside vineyards, experience true beauty in the heart of the Earth. Escape the everyday and allow Spa Terra to set the stage for the extraordinary. Relax and escape from the world around you in this one-of-a-kind spa.
- Wine Tasting
- Private Tours
- Culinary Institute
The Meritage Resort offers one of the most convenient locations for wine tasting in Napa Valley. Just minutes from the celebrated Carneros wine growing region that straddles Napa and Sonoma counties, The Meritage is the ideal jumping off point for exploring wineries in both Napa Valley and Sonoma County. After a tasting in our illustrious Trinitas Cellars Tasting Room, discover nearby wineries inside the Crusher Wine District and visit Domaine Carneros, Artesa Vineyards and Winery, and many more. The Napa Valley Vintners provide an excellent resource to plan your trip to the perfect wineries.
For custom, private tours of Napa Valley and Sonoma, contact Napa Valley Wine Country Tours at 707.226.3333. Or choose to experience the Napa wine region in a unique way – on the open-air Napa Valley Wine Trolley. Hop aboard a replica of a historic San Francisco cable car and enjoy endless unobstructed views of vineyard-dotted hills on this special wine-tasting adventure. Visit four wineries for tastings and learn all about Napa’s history and wine from a friendly and knowledgeable guide. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch during one of your stops, catered by celebrity chef Michael Chiarello! Visit NapaValleyWineTrolley.com or call 877.Wine.Trolley for more information and reservations.
Culinary Institute of America
Rising tall like a castle, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone is one of Napa Valley’s most historic and majestic properties. It’s also one of the world’s most unique and inspiring campuses for culinary education. The magnificent setting for The Culinary Institute of America makes the meals prepared by their visiting chefs an even more memorable experience. The century-old stone building, known as Greystone, has the historic, warm feel of a Spanish castle. Cooking demonstrations and tours are scheduled regularly. 2555 Main Street, Saint Helena, CA 94574, 707.967.2320. The CIA at Copia also offers classes, tasting experiences, a restaurant, and store at its campus near the heart of downtown Napa. 500 1st Street Napa, CA 94559, 707.967.2500.
Arts & Culture
- Biking & Golf
- Hot Air Balloon Rides
Biking & Golf
Two picturesque golf courses in Napa Valley, Chardonnay Golf Club and Eagle Vines Golf Club, lie just two miles from The Meritage Resort and Spa. Enjoy 18 holes in the morning and wine tasting by the afternoon, offering the perfect golf vacation for the avid golfer and wine enthusiast. The Guest Services Team at The Meritage Resort and Spa can arrange your tee times, lunch, club rentals, and transportation to and from the courses. As a guest of our resort, you are able to reserve tee times at both Napa Valley courses up to 60 days in advance. Just call our Concierge at 707.251.1900 or email email@example.com.
Discover the scenic miles of bicycle trails in Napa Valley. Bicycle rentals are available at The Meritage Resort and bicycle tours may be arranged through our Concierge.
Travel the back roads and visit small family wineries of both Napa Valley and Sonoma County. We invite you to join a biking, hiking, or kayaking tour and truly get away from it all. Contact Randy Johnson of Getaway Adventures for more information at 800.499.2453.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
Get the bird’s eye view of Napa Valley during the early morning from a beautiful hot-air balloon ride over the vineyards. These once-in-a-lifetime rides are wonderful for weddings, special occasion charters, and champagne brunches. We recommend Balloons Above the Valley and our Concierge is happy assist you with reservations.
Napa Valley Fly Guides
Napa Valley Fly Guides is a locally owned and operated Fly Fishing Guide Service in Northern California. They supply all necessary gear: waders and boots, fly rods and all associated flies, etc. Their guides can help you improve your cast, read the water, and teach you entimology, what fish like to eat how and where to safely enter the river. Putah Creek is where we do most of our walk-and-wade trips. It is a tailwater that lies at the south end of Lake Berryessa and is a Wild Trout Fishery; barbless hooks only and is catch and release only; so you will learn proper handling and release of any fish caught. You will also soon learn that Fly Fishing is about a lot more than just the fish. Its a great blend of researching where you’re going to fish, what flies work on that particular river at a given time of year, hiking and searching out that perfect riffle in a river. You will hopefully also learn rivers are a valuable resource, and if treated with respect and protected, will serve as a place to escape to and a place to unwind. Fish on! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707.294.4738.
- Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture
Napa Valley is home to art, music, and architecture on both intimate and grand scales. Revolving art exhibitions, special museum exhibits, theaters, and art galleries all provide a legendary arts and culture experience for our Napa Valley guests. Our Concierge can provide you with details for all area art galleries and museums.
With a variety of food, wine and art festivals and events throughout the year, there is something for every foodie, wine, music, and culture lover. Stay at The Meritage Resort and attend popular Napa events like Flavor! Napa Valley, Arts in April, BottleRock Napa Valley, Festival Napa Valley, the annual grape harvest August through October, or the popular Napa Valley Film Festival. See a complete list of annual Napa Valley events here.
Imagine yourself sitting on a sunny deck, sipping a cool glass of fumé blanc, and watching the serene Napa River float by. Whatever the tempo of your day may be, you’ll find the Oxbow Public Market a warm, welcoming, one-of-a-kind experience. Whether you are looking for a great bottle of wine for dinner, some scrumptious burgers for the kids, or foraging for the most delectable peaches in season, Oxbow should be your destination in Napa. 610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559.
Artist for a Day
Spend the afternoon painting with acclaimed Napa Valley landscape artist, Tim Howe, locally known as “The Artist of Napa.” This is your opportunity to unlock your inner artist for the first time or to hone your skills with a pro as you capture the incredible beauty of the Napa Valley. After the three-hour session, you will go home with your original painting as a special memory of Wine Country. You’ll be amazed by what you can create as you are guided through the entire artistic process step-by-step. Painting in the vineyards “en plein air” literally means painting “in the open air.” All materials are provided. For information and scheduling email Tim Howe at email@example.com or call 707.260.9500.