WHY IT'S GREAT The visionaries behind Napa Valley's legendary Auberge du Soleil have added a hipper, more family-friendly retreat to their wine-country portfolio. The creekside Solage offers sleek studio and one-bedroom suites and complimentary bicycles. Skincare expert Kate Somerville, whose clients include Jessica Alba, consulted on the newly added Spa Solage, where her signature facial is offered.
WHAT TO DO Tour the wine country with a knowledgeable guide who can get you into private tasting rooms; try spa treatments which incorporate the local mud; browse the charming shops of St. Helena's Main Street and if you can't get a reservation at French Laundry (Thomas Keller's haute cuisine temple) try his newest restaurant, Ad Hoc in Yountville, instead.
BRING IT BACK Embroidered napkins from Jan de Luz; handmade chocolates from Woodhouse Chocolate; a rare vintage discovered at the Bounty Hunter wine store in St. Helena.
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