A Provençal holiday paradise in California

The secuded Calistoga Ranch combines French refinement with Californian flair

Auberge Resorts’ Calistoga Ranch, set in a deep canyon in northern California’s Napa Valley
Auberge Resorts’ Calistoga Ranch, set in a deep canyon in northern California’s Napa Valley

In 1981 the Harmon family opened Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley – a restaurant (eventually with several gorgeous rooms) inspired by Provence, but leavened with a wholesome northern California ethos. Today Auberge Resorts has 10 lovely hotels across North America and the Caribbean, but that signature rusticity-refinement manifests best, I think, at Calistoga Ranch (aubergeresorts.com; from $895), Auberge’s all-lodge resort set in a deep canyon just off Napa’s storied Silverado Trail. Here you’re immersed in a thick forest of oaks and coastal redwoods, above a creek that, in winter, rushes soporifically with snow melt; redwood decks, outdoor fireplaces and hot tubs abound; and in the Lakehouse, the cathedral-ceilinged restaurant, more than a dozen local producers – orchards, creameries, vegetable and cattle farms, butchers and, of course, boutique winemakers – supply the larders to delicious effect. 

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