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Rancho Caymus Inn - Napa Valley, California • shannon silver of the lazy luxury lifestyle blog shares her review of her stay there!

Hi, hi, hiiiii!

I know I’ve been a bit quiet all around but I’m back 🙂 I’ve been laser focused in building my new brand Lazy Luxury, as well as a bit of a personal break but I’ll tell those stories later because…

Today is all about NAPA!

For my birthday, we went to Calistoga & Indian Springs. Well, one lesson we learn literally every single trip is that we always need one extra day. At this point, we should just always book things for 1-2 days longer than what we anticipate!

It was the day before our check out from Indian Springs & well, Erik & I were not quiiiite ready to get back to San Francisco so we decided to extend it a day. There was no availability left at Indian Springs so we decided to wing it and get on hotwire.

We are pretty seasoned hotwire pros at this point. Should I do a post?? #nonspon but we use it very, very often. It’s a great app to get really fun deals on hotels but the reason why we love it so much? We always find a new boutique hotel up our alley.

We really LOVE boutique hotels. They have so much local charm than some of the big names you see. Don’t get me wrong, I do love a good 5 star luxury but sometimes there’s just too many bells & whistles that we aren’t looking for, you know?

{ inside & outside the restaurant on premise at Rancho Caymus Inn }

We used Hotwire for last year’s Key West trip {which tbh I never did a recap on so I will!!!} and fell in LOVE with where we stayed: The Eden House.

We use it for when we go to LA {& almost always get the W Westwood btw} so why not for Napa?! In fact, we actually never used it for wine country yet.

It’s fun because there’s a bit of an adrenaline rush to it! We put in what we were looking for {4+ stars} & we chose the Boutique hotel option. A lot of times, it shows 3 possibilities on the hotel and when they showed the Rancho Caymus Inn, it was secretly the one I wanted.

& that’s what we got!!

The Rancho Caymus Inn

So we drove down from Calistoga to Rutherford {both areas in Napa} which took about 20 minutes… and stopped by two wineries while we were at it: Tank & T-Vine.

As soon as we got to Rancho Caymus & checked in, we were in AWE.

Rancho Caymus Inn was absolutely gorgeous and felt like we were somewhere Mediterranean.

The aesthetic is styled after the missions in California with a “hacienda like” feel – which I thought was PERFECT for Napa!

There are only 25 rooms on the property, all considered large suites. Our room was HUGE with a secluded patio and large shower {always a plus for Erik’s height} stocked full of Sicilian Blood Orange scented amenities which really set the mood. Each room will have the dramatic beamed wood ceilings, gas fireplaces, & secluded patios.

On the resort grounds, they were hosting a wine tasting which Erik took part of. They also have a restaurant on premise with room service, though it closes very early rather than 24/7.

They also had a lovely pool area with a jacuzzi & plunge pool = my absolute favourite part of the hotel! Right outside the pool is a courtyard with a gorgeous fireplace which I imagine is beautiful during the holidays. They also have a spa on premise.

We checked in around 6p & tbh I totally crashed and took a nap. I spent soooo so so much time in the sun when I’m really just an indoor cat! I was exhausted & verrrrrry sunburned… which is also why our room is so messy in the pics – ha! I meant to take the photos right at check in but that sun sure got me.

By the time I woke up, it was 10p & everything on the resort was closed. However, I wasn’t going to let that stop me!

Erik & I went for a late night swim which was actually one of my favourite moments of the entire trip. We were the only ones there & I love a good nighttime hot tub moment… the last one I had was in Denver!

Room & bed at the Rancho Caymus Inn - Napa Valley, California
bedding at the rancho caymus inn, napa valley california
{ our room at Rancho Caymus Inn – the windows behind the bed was our private patio! }

By the time we got back to the room, it was a bit past midnight so we decided to head to downtown Napa to Ana’s Cantina – it was the only thing open buttttt I left my ID in the room. #fail

We headed back to the resort but I was still so tired so we spent some time on the terrace talking with a bottle of wine and then went to bed.

Erik could not stop talking about the market / c-store across the street called La Luna Market & we both woke up so early that we walked over for breakfast burritos that we enjoyed on our patio.

our room at the rancho caymus inn, napa valley california
{ inside & outside our room – the door opens right to the pool! }

THEY WERE SO GOOD – in fact, they even had some phone orders from the guests at Auberge!

Erik got the Chorizo breakfast burrito & I got the Breakfast Quesadilla with Ham and both were NEXT LEVEL. Highly, highly recc – it’s a local favourite and a nice change of things from the typical brunch.

ps – both are HUGE!!! but soooo good & worth it.

check out the menu to La Luna here

{ swimsuit here! }

We spent the entire day by the pool before we headed back south to San Francisco… & of course stopped by some wineries on the way home 😉

If you’re planning a trip to Napa, I can’t recc Rancho Caymus Inn enough. It’s very close to a lot of the wineries, as well as downtown Napa… not to mention it has a pool and hot tub!

This hotel is absolutely perfect for two… the rooms are both spacious & intimate at the same time. It’s very romantic & feels so luxurious.

a few quick notes on indian springs calistoga:

the restaurant on premise is only open for breakfast & lunch with some light bites until 6:30p, including room service. Note: there is no dinner on premise, but there’s no shortage of places to go!

Wine country, as a whole, closes early. Ana’s Cantina was really the only thing open past 11:00p. If you want a nightcap, this will be your best bet as it’s open until 1:30a. Be sure to plan ahead for dinner / drinks!

Check in is at 3:00p & check out is 11:00a. If you are checking in and early, schedule a tasting at a local winery to pass the time!

They host complementary wine tastings on premise Thursday – Sunday 5:30-6:30p!

If you need to ship wine home, the front desk can help take care of it all for you!!

The pool is open until 11:00p! It’s very quiet and you can see all the stars! When Erik & I went from 10p-11p, no one was there & it felt very intimate.

There’s no shortage of wineries by Rancho Caymus but here are some of the closest ones: Honig, Beaulieu Vineyard BV {literally right behind it!}, Grgich Hills, Elizabeth Spencer, Inglenook, Peju Province, St Supery, Foley Johnson, Sequoia, Cakebread, Turnbull, Nickel & Nickel.. to name a few. Happy to leave more to suggest if you need – just leave a comment.

If you need a break from all the frou frou Napa brunches / lunches, check out La Luna Market across the street. NEXT LEVEL. If you want something more frou, I can’t recc Restoration Hardware enough {get the shrimp cocktail & the burger}

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Check out the Rancho Caymus Inn here! In fact, we are still talking about how much we loved our impromptu stay there – it was the perfect way to wrap up the birthday celebrations!

If you have any questions about the resort or local wineries, feel free to ask in the comments.

Happy Wednesday!!


~* more napa here *~

~* lazy luxury french poolside playlist to set the mood! *~

{ edited with the A Very Fine Chardonnay preset – coming v v v soon! }

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