Not long ago Napa Valley had few luxury lodgings options. Auberge du Soleil pretty much had a monopoly on the market. Yet today, visitors looking to pamper themselves can choose between lux juggernauts such as Carneros Resort and Spa (formerly Carneros Inn), Calistoga Inn, Solage and Meadowood—to name a few. These 5-star accommodations offer everything you could ask for from beautifully appointed rooms and cottages, Michelin starred dining, spas and more. However, with popularity comes a certain volume of people.
Opened in 2005 by Cliff Lede (owner of Cliff Lede winery) Poetry Inn is one of the most secluded luxury boutique hotels in the Napa Valley. It literally defines the term “boutique luxury.”
The elegant five-room property is a hidden gem perched high above the valley floor and is the only accommodations in the Stags Leap District. Accessible only to registered guests by way of a steep gated drive, it is the ultimate wine country sanctuary for those seeking privacy with the tailored service of a personal concierge.
Designed by Howard Backen, no two rooms at Poetry Inn are alike, and each room offers sweeping views of the Napa Valley. All rooms are appointed with a king sized bed, a wood-burning fireplace and luxury Italian linens. Rooms feature hand-hewn wood floors, original artwork and private balconies. These balconies face west, making sunset a spectacular time to relax and unwind. Bathrooms are spacious and built of Beauharnais rose limestone and Palladiana Marmo Giallo Reale marble. Each has lounging furniture, dual vanities, a large soaking tub and both indoor and outdoor showers with rain showerheads. The romantic nature of the rooms has fostered many return visits and several marriage proposals.
Poetry Inn’s treatment room is one of the most tranquil and intimate spaces in all of wine country. Therapists can be arranged for massages, facials and a host of other treatments.
Guests may enjoy breakfast in the main lounge or on the outdoor patio, surrounded by picturesque views of the valley floor. The three-course gourmet breakfast starts with freshly brewed coffee and home-baked
pastries, and is followed by mouthwatering seasonal dishes such as market hash with maitake mushrooms, kale, sausage and fried egg, buttermilk waffles topped with sweet crème fraiche, and smoked salmon atop a fresh brioche. Lunches or dinners are available by prior arrangement with a local renowned chef, or by the house chef. Groups renting the whole inn may choose to partake in meals in the central lounge or on the Sunset Terrace. Poetry Inn also serves wines from the Lede Family Wines portfolio
through the property’s private cellar.