If you were to set the scene in a dream of your ideal resort, you would locate the resort on picturesque acreage teeming with trees, flowers and shrubs, add world class accommodations and dining, top it off with its own golf course and you would have – today’s Silverado Resort and Spa located in Napa Valley, California.
The historical Silverado Resort is undergoing a rebirth and rejuvenation. After being purchased by Hall of Fame Golfer and NBC-TV golf analyst Johnny Miller and a group of partners, the Silverado is being restored to its former glory – and then some – accommodations, buildings and even the Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf courses are being updated and improved to provide the best possible resort experience for guests.
The Silverado boasts two 18-hole courses, a North Course and a South Course, with the North Course hosting the PGA’s Frys.com Open last year. It had been over 30 years since a PGA event was hosted by Silverado but the PGA will be returning for at least the next two years.
Golf is big at the Silverado but it is not the only activity. The Silverado has 10 pools dotting its expansive property, 13 tennis courts, 380 lodging units, 24,000 square feet of meeting space and a full service spa covering 15,000 square feet – including 19 treatment rooms.
For those who want a little more than the standard resort room, junior suites, suites, two bedroom and three bedroom suites are available as well. The Silverado has come a long way since it was acquired and built by Major General John F. Miller in 1870. Miller served in the Union Army including time under General William T. Sherman and was twice wounded in combat before finding his way to San Francisco and then the Napa Valley.
The SIlverado was Napa Valley’s first resort and is still the Valley’s largest. It will never be equalled in size because acreage in the Valley has become so expensive. Its image is virtually iconic because of its white antebellum-like columns on the “mansion” portion of the resort. The mansion serves as lobby reception/check-in and hosts an indoor and out dining area overlooking the golf course and The Grove – a large collection of 300 year old oak trees.
Although visitors feel a million miles away from a city, downtown Napa can be reached in only 10 minutes and over 400 wineries are within a 30/40 minute drive. The resort is sandwiched between the Vaca Mountain and Mayacamas mountains providing for incredible views. A variety of flowers, including spectacular roses, and other shrubs and trees abound on the property and surround each of the resort’s “neighborhoods.”
Finally, the food is world class – from the Grill Restaurant to renowned Chef Thomas Keller’s pop up restaurant named Ad Lib, the Silverado is a full destination resort.
Note: The writer stayed at the Silverado Resort as its guest.