Every once in a while you just need to treat yourself, and that is exactly what I did this past weekend with a getaway to The Carneros Inn in Napa. Only an hour North of San Francisco, this is a great escape for city dwellers in need of a recharge. Set on 27 acres of scenic countryside, this property is absolutely stunning. The resort is composed of barn-style cottages that feature indoor and outdoor showers, fireplaces, and entirely private patios for guests to enjoy the utmost relaxation. With beautiful landscaping made up of an array of fruit trees and shrubbery, you will find yourself transported from reality if only for a day. I found my Zen lounging by the hilltop infinity pool and hot tub surrounded by picturesque rolling vineyards.
One of the major positives about this resort is that you don’t have to leave the premises to enjoy a good meal. We chose to have dinner at Farm, which is perfect for an upscale, farm to table dining experience yet a relaxing atmosphere. Before dinner we played a fun game of bocce just outside the restaurant, you know just to work up our appetites! The restaurant itself follows along with the architectural theme of the resort – high ceilings and barnlike features combined with modern subtleties.
The menu highlights seasonal ingredients from local farms, for guaranteed farm-fresh dishes. We started with the Glazed Pork Belly followed by the Ahi Tuna Carpaccio, two very different dishes that were both satisfying in their own ways. My only critique is that the pork belly was a little tough on the edges, but still it was perfectly tender in the middle and full of fantastic flavors.
For my main course I had the Jidori Chicken served with sugar pie pumpkin, green farro, roasted chestnuts, chanterelle mushrooms, and truffle pecorino fondue. The chicken is pan seared creating a beautifully crisped skin, but the highlight of this dish was the accompanying mix of farro, mushrooms and truffle pecorino fondue. My partner in crime for the weekend opted for the Carnaroli Risotto with fresh Maine Lobster and Meyer lemon. The risotto is simple and delicious; it also comes in a half portion that can be ordered as a starter. I was content with the a la cart menu, however, if you have the appetite (and the wallet!) there is a tasting menu offered for those looking for an all night dining affair.
Unfortunately I cannot comment on the dessert menu, as we had already picked up our dessert earlier that day. Bouchon Bakery in Yountville is just a 15 minute drive away, and seeing how close it is we really could not justify not making a trip! So we enjoyed our Bouchon macarons and bread pudding while sipping chamomile tea fireside on Farm’s cozy outdoor patio 🙂
Here’s the quick run down on breakfast – order in room dining from the Boon Fly Café and eat on your back patio instead of in the crowded restaurant. Make sure to order the bakers dozen of the Boon Fly donuts, dusted in sugar and cinnamon they are truly exceptional! I’m partial to the eggs in a hole because you really can’t go wrong with fried eggs inside buttery toast with hash browns and bacon. The daily chef’s daily omelet this Sunday was a healthy veggie one with jack cheese served with hash browns and toast.
The Carneros Inn
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