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Inn Style

Three classic wine county lodgings get contemporary updates.



Hacienda Style: Rancho Caymus Inn's warm greeting area reflects the boutique hotel aesthetic sensibility.

Photo courtesy of Rancho Caymus Inn

Wine Country is known for both constant innovation and a reverence for the region’s storied past. That balancing act is especially evident in the area’s fine hotels and inns, many of which promise modern amenities in traditional settings. The following notable Wine Country establishments recently experienced significant renovations, adding contemporary comforts and luxe details while keeping their historic vibe.

In 2015, Rutherford’s Rancho Caymus Inn announced it would close to undergo a multimillion dollar renovation, and fans of the boutique hotel waited out the two-year restoration with eager anticipation. The inn, which reopened in July 2017, did not disappoint. The vision of late vintner, designer, pilot, and Renaissance woman Mary Tilden Morton has been lovingly preserved with fresh updates. The addition of a plunge pool and spa, new custom furnishings, and stylish amenities in the rooms creates a first-class experience. The original flavor of the Spanish hacienda–style property remains, along with carefully maintained features such as nine stained glass windows by Gaye Frisk and a large mosaic mural, Grape Harvest, by Guillermo Wagner Granizo. ranchocaymusinn.com.

Here Comes the Sun: Welcome each new day on the exclusive portico of the Ink House's Helios Room. Photo by David Duncan Livingston.

The Ink House in St. Helena has been a Napa Valley landmark for more than 130 years, with incarnations as both a private residence and a bed-and-breakfast over the decades. Purchased by the Castellucci family in 2013, the 19th-century building—which housed Elvis Presley during the filming of Wild in the Country—went through a five-year transformation into a luxury inn that pays homage to the past. Each of the inn’s four bedrooms draws inspiration from a different moment in Ink House history, from the Theron Room (named after original builder and Napa Valley pioneer Theron Ink) to the Elvis Room, with decor spotlighting the King. The inn’s emphasis on lavish amenities and thoughtfully customized care for every guest creates a sumptuous yet homey getaway. inkhousenapavalley.com.

Vintage Renovation: White wood pops of color showcase Vintage House's classic style. Photo courtesy of The Estate Yountville.

Modern meets rustic at Yountville’s Vintage House. The establishment—formerly known as the Vintage Inn—received an extensive renovation after Brookfield Properties purchased the Vintage Estate in 2016. Now known as The Estate Yountville, the 22-acre compound is home to a spa, a retail and dining complex, and two gracious hotels. Vintage House first welcomed guests in October 2017 while the glamorous Hotel Villagio will open summer 2018. Staying true to the area’s agrarian roots, SB Architects and interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates brought a sophisticated-yet-intimate feel to Vintage House, including revamped guest rooms and a new pool area and lobby. The 80 guest rooms feature modern furnishings, oversized wood-burning fireplaces, private balconies or patios, and serene color palettes. vintagehouse.com.

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