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

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

Sarah Lonsdale October 18, 2010

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.

THE CARNEROS INN

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.

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