Spending warm, activity-filled days at summer camp are some of childhood’s most memorable experiences—often, they are the only opportunity for entirely parent-free summer sojourns while also offering future globetrotters the chance to experience away-from-home adventures for the very first time.

However, adults don’t really need summer camps, as they, unlike children, have the freedom to take a vacay whenever the mood strikes; whether it be a simple overnight jaunt to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, or a multi-day retreat in a luxe locale filled with sun, fun, and tropical drinks. But that doesn’t mean that some vacations don’t have the magical mien that makes summer camps so riotously fun for kids and young adults—with the right atmosphere and activities, it’s possible to find a getaway that has all the possibilities of summer camp: and the Carneros Resort and Spa is one such place. An amazing, luxe spot where gregarious grownups can have a summer camp-esque experience that’s both nostalgic and incredibly chic, this Northern California gem has all the fun of an incredible away-from-home sleep-away camp with all the perks of an upscale, year-round getaway—the best of both worlds.

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About Carneros Resort And Spa

Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Napa, Carneros is nestled among the beautiful and idyllic setting that travelers have come to expect from a wine country getaway—sprawling, lush vineyards stretching to the horizon as far as the eye can see; an incredibly scenic countryside retreat that’s cozily and elegantly rustic. Less than an hour north of San Francisco, this scenic Napa Valley spot is ideal for both weekend getaways and longer, more relaxing vacays under the CA sun.

  • Address: 4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa, CA
  • Contact: (866) 860-2328
  • Rates: Rates start at $999/night (Garden Cottage). See website for available resort packages including room upgrades and romantic retreat escapes
  • Accommodations: Private cottages; two-cottage suites; and luxury homes in a private, gated neighborhood
  • Amenities: Amenities vary by residence, but all cottages include heated bathroom floors; vaulted ceilings; in-room wine dispensers; private outdoor patio and garden; alfresco shower and soaking tub; fireplace, and front deck. Property amenities include a luxury spa, fitness center, two pools (one family, one adults-only), three full-service restaurants, complimentary bicycles, and a town square with games, events, and live music
  • Summer Camp Nostalgia: Level up with Carneros’ curated resort experiences that will have visitors enjoying the more campy side of vacation—backyard stargazing; fireside s’mores; board games; and outdoor movie nights are just some of the add-ons cottage dwellers can add to their customizable resort experience. Want to get social? Carneros also offers daily gatherings around the Hillside fire pit where guests can enjoy nightly sipping and s’mores with their fellow guests

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Things To Do At Carneros

There are plenty of things to see and do both on and off the 28-acre property—whether it’s relaxing poolside while soaking up the view after vegging out at the luxe spa, or heading out to the surrounding countryside for wonderful wine tours or outdoor activities in the countryside, Carneros offers visitors the perfect blend of tranquil relaxation and rollicking recreation—all set among the scenic Napa Valley hills.

  • Venture off property for a wine tasting at one of the nearby wineries; both Sonoma and Napa are just a short drive away from Carneros--see the resort’s winery must-visit list here. Don’t want to travel? Don’t worry! Guests can still sip delicious vino onsite with a private, curated wine tasting from Cuvaison Estate Wines
  • Get physical with a daily fitness or wellness class including yoga, pilates, and meditation
  • Hit the luxury spa and revitalize with a luxe treatment, then head to the adults-only Hilltop Pool and sip some vino overlooking the nearby vineyards
  • Get outdoors and enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities including biking, hiking, horseback riding, or a hot air balloon ride
  • Visit Carneros August through October and enjoy the beauty of the harvest season. There are also a number of annual events throughout the area including the BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival in May

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Delightful Dining, Resort Style

Though the surrounding Napa Valley is home to a plethora of delectable dining experiences, guests looking for a tasty bite can enjoy all the culinary comforts of the area without ever leaving the property with the resort’s unique farm-to-table dining options.

  • Inspired by fresh and seasonal local ingredients, FARM is Carneros’ fine dining destination that includes delish dishes made from locally-sourced offerings and include ingredients from the property’s own organic gardens. Head outdoors to the restaurant’s own Pavilion, an alfresco lounge complete with outdoor fireplaces, lawn games, and campy, casual vibes
  • Rustic and vibrant, the Boon Fly Café is a great casual spot for grabbing a spot of breakfast or brunch (don’t forget to try their famous donuts!) or an amazing and easygoing dinner
  • Guests can also enjoy Carneros’ culinary delights in the privacy of their own residence or cottage—breakfast in bed never looked so good!
  • Stock up on snacks or prepare for a picnic at Market, the onsite upscale general store
  • Enjoy the vineyard views while noshing on the yummy breakfast or lunch options in the Hilltop Dining Room (exclusive to resort guests)

Combining all the fun and frivolity of summer camp with lavish-luxe amenities, stunning scenery, and amazing accommodations of a top-notch resort experience, Carneros Resort and Spa is the perfect getaway for those looking for the perfect combo of relaxation and recreation. Nestled among the scenic Napa Valley Hills, this Northern California gem is the perfect way to enjoy all the nostalgia of summer camp while still basking in adult-friendly amenities like great wine, good food, and gorgeous surroundings.

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