Just a few hundred yards from where the Napa River crosses the 12 Hwy, I came upon the Stanly Ranch, a property part of the Auberge Resorts Collection. What a great weekend location to tour the best of Napa wines. This place is a luxurious haven where the Napa River gracefully meanders around the historic vineyard-clad estate. Rolling hills, pristine vineyards, and California’s expansive sky create a captivating canvas for an extraordinary luxury resort.

Stanly Ranch graces the landscape of a historic wine country ranch established in 1856 by Judge Edward Stanly. This resort invites guests to savor the romance of connecting with family and friends amid the adventures of Napa Valley.

Weekend travel enthusiasts can choose 135 thoughtfully designed cottages, rooms, and suites at the property. Each retreat offers private terraces and outdoor showers. The “egg” shaped bathtub is also an excellent addition to the bathroom. Altogether, it creates an intimate connection to the natural surroundings. Renowned designer Jen Clausen imparts a modern farmhouse ambiance, utilizing leather and oak furnishings alongside soothing oatmeal and beige hues.

Dining at Bear, the Avroko-designed restaurant, is a culinary journey led by Chef Garrison Price. Food connoisseurs from the Bay Area trek to wine country for Price’s wine-paired, ingredient-focused creations. Fermentation and preservation techniques elevate dishes like sun chokes with caramelized yeast and a dessert of sourdough ice cream; all served in an atmosphere that transports you to the French countryside.

Stanly Ranch’s spa, the Halehouse, emerges as a wellness sanctuary. It has seven buildings and 2,700 square feet and boasts a team of medical professionals and wellness experts. The state-of-the-art fitness center offers various classes, and the Springhouse Circuit, featuring a salt room, cedar sauna, hyperbaric oxygen chamber, tepidarium, and cold plunge, promises rejuvenation for weary muscles.

While the resort offers seclusion on a private wine estate, the charm of downtown Napa and Sonoma is just a short drive away. Tasting rooms, restaurants, and shops beckon, providing a perfect balance between tranquility and accessibility for those seeking a weekend escape.

Beyond the sumptuous amenities, Stanly Ranch’s allure lies in its rich history and architectural splendor. The history starts in 1856, the ranch’s legacy unfolds in every corner, and its architecture seamlessly blends with the surrounding landscape. The furnishings emphasize natural materials. In addition to the vines, olive trees, lemon trees, and beautiful sage are all around the place. The ambiance expresses a commitment to creating an immersive experience for guests seeking respite from the ordinary.

I enjoyed my stay at Stanly Ranch. I even found myself helping the staff pick up fresh greens from their garden. I loved the mustard leaves. This resort emerges as a unique destination for weekend travel, where history, luxury, and natural beauty converge. Whether indulging in the gastronomic delights, rejuvenating at the Halehouse spa, or simply basking in the serenity of the private estate, this Napa Valley gem invites travelers to savor the essence of luxury in every moment.

For those yearning for a weekend retreat in the heart of Napa, Stanly Ranch awaits at 200 Stanly Crossroad, Napa, California 94559.