In its 1970s heyday, Silverado Resort in Napa was one of California's most glamorous locations. Celebrity and sports A-listers flocked to its charity pro-ams, and its proximity to the burgeoning wine industry made it a convenient three-day weekend stop over for couples looking for a mix of golf and culture.
Some of the shine came off in the 1990s and 2000s, when the property became, in the unkind words of one online review, not a resort but a conference center for golfers.
An investment group led by Johnny Miller bought the 1,200-acre resort in 2010, and Miller's plan was to redesign the courses and upgrade the physical plant into luxury territory. The PGA Tour's 2014 Frys Open in October was the coming out party for all of the elbow grease. The North Course hosted Sang-Moon Bae's two-shot win over Steven Bowditch to rave reviews, and the centrally-located Mansion rooms and golfside cottage villas sparkle after extensive renovation.
Now, you can see for yourself with an enticing late fall-early winter package. Book the His and Hers Escape and you'll get a room, round of golf on the North or South course and 50-minute spa treatment for $400 per night midweek and $579 on the weekends. You'll also receive a $50 food credit toward the resort's restaurants.
Thomas Keller's French Laundry in nearby Yountville is the ultimate food experience in Napa Valley, but unless you're reading this in a time machine set to six months ago, you won't be able to get a table. Keller's more casual Bouchon Bistro two blocks down is a worthy runner-up prize, and you can usually walk right in for lunch. The Steak Bouchon--pan-seared ribeye served with Bearnaise sauce and frites—should get its own bumper sticker.