ISSUE 42  |  Oenophile Style

Hotels & Lodging: Solage and Carneros Inn in the Napa Valley

October 18, 2010 10:15 AM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

Two of our favorite destinations on the Napa Valley resort circuit were designed by architects from opposing coasts, yet feature a similar rustic farmhouse vernacular vibe. The first project is the recently opened Solage Calistoga Resort, by Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects, Napa Valley’s most renowned firm. The second project (situated on the other end of the valley) is the Carneros Inn, which has been around a bit longer and was designed by the well-known Boston firm William Rawn Associates.

The two projects share a similar vocabulary based on the farmhouse vernacular of the valley: board-and-batten cottages and outbuildings, eco-conscious landscaping, and an understated (yet subtly luxurious) aesthetic. Below, we offer a tour of the two properties.

Above: The Calistoga Resort is located just off the Silverado Trail and features rustic elements combined with a touch of urbanism.

Above: Backen used standing-seam metal roofs with solar panels throughout the project.

Above: Simple fountains with low-maintenance plantings.

Above: The Solage interiors were designed by Dowling Kimm Studios, with an emphasis on natural materials (warm woods, limestone, hemp) and a color palette drawing on the local landscape.

Above: The spa uses Solage’s own geothermal spring waters.

Above: Each cottage comes equipped with two bicycles (the staff gets around on bikes as well).

Above: Extra-wide eaves provide shade protection.


Above: The cottages overlook communal gardens designed by internationally known Olin Studio (landscape designers for the Getty Center in Los Angeles).

Above: Outdoor fireplaces and fountains fashioned from galvanized metal troughs.

Above: Each cottage has its own secluded terrace in the rear.

Above: The Carneros Inn’s much-lauded outdoor showers with cut-outs overlooking the neighboring vineyards.