By: My Kat Life
Virtually every year, I have taken at least one trip up to Wine Country with friends to taste some wines and eat around town. However, things have been a bit different this year in terms of hanging out with friends. I was grateful for the opportunity to visit both The Meritage and Vista Collina (sister resorts) in Napa to experience some holiday cheer.
Looking for a fun family experience this holiday season? Add Merry Meritage Christmas at The Meritage to your list! The following experiences take place at the resort through December 20th.
Holiday Brunch at Olive + Hay every Sunday
Enjoy holiday brunch items like the Gingerbread Pancakes topped with gingerbread crumbs and whipped butter, and Panettone French Toast topped with whipped cream and rum-infused maple syrup. Tables are socially-distanced on their outdoor patio complete with heat lamps to keep you nice and toasty. Mom couldn’t resist the Winter Mushroom Omelet filled with roasted wild mushrooms, baby spinach, and goat cheese with roasted potatoes and piquillo marmalade on the side. I went with the Americano Burger, an akushi patty topped with lettuce, tomato, pickle, cheddar, two poached eggs, and roasted potatoes on the side. My burger was delicious and I was so stuffed afterwards; I couldn’t believe there were two eggs on it! Tinsel and Royal Teas every Saturday and Sunday
This afternoon tea experience is great for families with young ones, but I love a good afternoon tea, so I couldn’t resist. I’m still a child at heart anyway. Select from tea, juice, or sparkling wine for adults and enjoy assorted sandwiches and freshly baked cookies. Mom went with a hot tea and I took the opportunity to indulge with a glass of prosecco. We enjoyed the turkey, ham, cucumber, and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and snickerdoodle and chocolate chip cookies. We couldn’t finish it all, so we got the rest boxed up to enjoy in our room later in the evening.
The kiddos are bound to enjoy photo opportunities and storytelling by a magical princess (we were graced by Snow White’s presence during my visit), and Santa might make an appearance too! The floor-to-ceiling wall of the Vintner’s Room was open, allowing fresh air to flow through the indoor space and tables were socially-distanced.
Food Truck on The Lawn every Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Find the food truck on The Lawn to grab a meal, a cocktail, wine by the glass, or beer. There are ample tables and chairs placed around the lawn for you to relax and enjoy your food. Want more options? Hop over to Fivetown Grocery for meats, cheeses, snacks, and even souvenirs.
Artisan Holiday Market every Sunday
The resort curates a number of local artisans from locally-made soaps and lotions to jewelry.
Thank you Vista Collina for a lovely getaway and fun holiday experience! A night away from home was just what we both needed and we thoroughly enjoyed experiencing some early holiday cheer and two resorts at the same time!
Enjoy a calm walk after brunch around the Meritage Resort, then head across the street to the Vista Collina to enjoy nine wine rooms to taste wines on their patios and enjoy holiday festivities on the Lawn. Having so many options for enjoying quintessential Napa (its wines) makes your stay relaxing with no driving involved. The Meritage and Vista Collina resorts are enough to explore in a day, but if decide to stay longer (which I strongly encourage), the resort is a short drive from downtown, which features many noteworthy eateries, and numerous wineries all around town.
Hope to see you again soon Napa (and Sonoma)!