Luxetips Travel! Downtown Napa, Day 2: Luxe Hotels, Public Markets And The CIA at COPIA

Luxetips Travel! Downtown Napa, Day 2: Luxe Hotels, Public Markets And The CIA at COPIA

Hello Divas!

Aim to have a career where you feel like you never worked a day in your life!

My second day of my Downtown Napa tour was simply nirvana!

Some of the highlights included lunch at The Meritage Resort and Spa’s very own wine cave; wine tasting at the uber chic Cru tasting room and a visit to the new home of the Culinary Institute of America at COPIA. 

The morning started with a visit to the Oxbow Marketplace which included a visit to The Cru at The Annex tasting room and a craft beer tasting at Fieldworks.

The Cru at The Annex tasting room is like no other I have ever seen. The decor was absolutely beautiful.  The decor was rustic luxe and so cozy.  The decor actually gave me some ideas for my new home. Loved it!



We tasted some delicious wines with gourmet popcorn.  It was a great combination.  I particularly loved the Sauvignon Blanc. So refreshing and delicious!


After our visit, at Cru, we went into the Oxbow Marketplace and it is filled with luxe shops, eateries and specialty shops.  It is my kind of place! It is located on the Napa River and you can grab lunch, dinner or a cocktail and enjoy your meal on the beautiful deck.

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Next we had a personal craft brew tasting at Fieldwork Brewing Company, also located in Oxbow Marketplace.


Fieldwork specializes in creating unique craft beers with unique flavors.  We sampled several of their best sellers and they were all delicious.


My favorite was the Chocolate Milk Brown Ale.  This dark brown ale is laced with milk sugar, cocoa and it has the consistency and taste of chocolate milk.  Fabulous!


Next we were ventured to the super luxe The Meritage Resort and Spa.  The Meritage Resort and Spa is a luxury 4 diamond resort and spa with its very own vineyard, wine cave and stunning setting. The property also features:

  • Award-winning Spa Terra
  • Lush guests rooms and suites
  • Luxe pool with cabanas and surrounding terrace with fire pits
  • Crush Ultra Lounge -featuring a private bowling alley, big screen TVs and delish food.


When we arrived at The Meritage Resort and Spa we were greeted with a wine tasting of the wine from the resort’s very own vineyard.  The backdrop for the wine tasting was this stunning view:



After the wine tasting we took a brief hike through the vineyard and arrived at the vineyard deck.  The view from this deck left me speechless!


The deck is also the perfect setting for the many weddings the property hosts each year.  If you didn’t know, The Meritage Resort and Spa is one of the only vineyard allowed to have weddings in Napa.


After our tour of the vineyard, we then had the privilege to have lunch in the property’s Estate Cave.  Divas, words can not express how fabulous the setting was. So here is a picture of the cave with our perfect table setting.


The Estate Cave is used for events such as wedding rehearsal dinners and intimate guest dinners arranged by The Meritage Resort and Spa.  These dinners feature luxe cuisine by award-winning chefs paired with some of the best Napa wines.  These dinners range from $150 to $300 per person and can be booked directly with the hotel’s concierge. Super luxe!

Of course there was more wine and the perfect 3 course lunch.  Yum!

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After visiting The Meritage Resort and Spa, we took a short ride to The Culinary Institute of America at COPIA.

The CIA’s facility at COPIA is designed for Napa residents and visitors and offers a one stop haven of food, wine and arts-based experiences.  It is truly a beautiful building and the interior space is open, airy and peaceful.


The facility features cooking classes and demos by award-winning chefs; stunning art displays; The Restaurant at COPIA and a beautiful retail shop featuring unique culinary gifts. The facility also hosts special events.


Check out the photos!




The Culinary Institute of America at COPIA is now open and in 2017 the facility will bring:

  • The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum
  • Wine Hall of Fame


My second day in Napa was filed with lush lodging, perfect views, delicious wines, craft beer and great food!  As I stated in the previous post, the 2nd day of our tour was even better than the first.  Simply heaven.  Be sure to check back for details of my last day in Napa which was truly an adventure!


Disclaimer:  This trip was sponsored by Downtown Napa.  However all opinions are my own and 100% my own. 







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