A short walk away from the wineries and eateries of Napa valley lies a green hotel. In fact, one of the only three LEED Platinum certified in the entire US of A. So, when you stay at the Bardessono – yes, that’s what it’s called – you have a load off your conscience.
So, what does this green hotel give you? Sixty-two luxurious guest rooms in downtown Yountville, each designed for private in-room spa services. A restaurant based on local, farm-fresh ingredients. A rooftop pool for lounging and dining. Carbon fibre bicycles, on-site producing gardens, and the inspired taste of artisan-crafted coffee. Bardessono is all this as well as a significant national model of green building and operating practices.
The accommodation is actually spa suites spread across four courtyards. The design is minimalistic and open-plan with gas fireplaces, private courtyards or balconies. You also get surround sound and 55″ HD TVs and the bathrooms are built to spoil
Locavore is the food philosophy at the Lucy Restaurant & Bar that offers fresh, innovative, garden-inspired cuisine. Everything starts in the hotel’s garden to give you field-to-fork cuisine and artisanal cocktails. In fact, Bardessono’s culinary philosophy is ruled by the seasons, with an emphasis on local production and sourcing.
And, once you’ve sampled the spa and the cuisine and the sleep quality, head out to one of the numerous wineries around. Some are within walking distance and some a cycle ride away (remember the carbon fibre bicycles that got a mention in the second paragraph?). There’s wine tasting and much else to be imbibed about the wine world of Napa valley.
Monday evenings and Saturday mornings are yoga time at the Bardessono. Since you are staying, it’s free for you. Depending upon when you’re they’re there are other activities and events to dip into. Just firm up your plans.
Finally, that all important question, how does one get to the Bardessono? Well, it’s 67 miles from San Francisco Airport and 73 from Sacramento. If you’re flying into Oakland then you have another 60 miles to the hotel.
As always, to sample the pleasures that the Bardessono offers, just call Lighthouse on (0) 9818905024 or email theworld@golighthouse.in.

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