Readers' Choice 2014: Top 20 Food and Wine Resorts


Each year, we ask our readers to vote for the best food and wine resorts around the world. From the exquisite Napa Valley to the grandeur of France’s Champagne country, enjoy the delicious results of Andrew Harper’s Readers’ Choice Awards.


1. Blackberry Farm

Walland, Tennessee — Country house hotel owned by the Beall family since 1976, set on a 9,200-acre estate bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 25 minutes south of Knoxville.

2. Auberge du Soleil

Rutherford, California — Cosmopolitan resort terraced into a hillside overlooking Napa Valley vineyards in Rutherford, 90 minutes north of San Francisco.

3. Meadowood

St. Helena, California — Distinctive resort on a 250-acre estate in the heart of the Napa Valley in St. Helena, 90 minutes north of San Francisco.

4. Twin Farms

Barnard, Vermont — Luxurious and intimate country retreat amid 300 acres of meadows and woodlands in an unspoiled valley, 15 minutes north of Woodstock.

5. Calistoga Ranch

Calistoga, California — Tranquil 157-acre resort of 50 cedar-clad freestanding guest lodges, sister property to Auberge du Soleil, in a wooded canyon at the northern edge of the Napa Valley.

6. Otahuna Lodge

Christchurch, New Zealand — Evocative seven-suite Queen Anne manor amid century-old estate gardens, 20 minutes outside Christchurch. Magnificently appointed public areas include a richly paneled dining room, library and guest lounge. 

7. Farmhouse Inn

Forestville, California — Sophisticated, family-owned country-style inn in the Russian River Valley, offering 18 rooms in an 1873 clapboard-sided farmhouse, adjacent farmworkers’ cottages and a barn.

8. The Inn at Little Washington

Washington, Virginia — This smartly appointed country inn and gourmet sanctuary occupies an unassuming white building on the main street of Washington, a rural village in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

9. Bernardus Lodge

Carmel Valley, California — Refined resort in the peaceful Carmel Valley amid oak-covered hills with a backdrop of the Santa Lucia Mountains, 15 minutes from Carmel.

10. Ballyfin Demesne

County Laois, Ireland — Restored 1826 Regency mansion, widely regarded as one of the architectural gems of Ireland.

11. Blantyre

Lenox, Massachusetts — Tudor-style mansion set on 100 acres of grounds near Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

12. Le Château Les Crayères

Reims, France — Grand château housing 20 exquisitely appointed guest accommodations and gracious public salons, surrounded by a pretty 17-acre English-style park on the fringe of Reims, 90 minutes northeast of Paris.

13. Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat

Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat, France — Recently renovated palace- hotel surrounded by a 14-acre private park overlooking the Mediterranean at the very tip of Cap Ferrat, 20 minutes east of Nice.

14. Post Ranch Inn

Big Sur, California — Unique coastal resort set along a bluff directly above the Pacific in Big Sur, 45 minutes south of Carmel.

15. Relais Borgo Santo Pietro

Chiusdino, Italy — Thirteenth-century stone manor house built as a resting place for pilgrims en route to Rome, converted to a lavish 15-room hotel.

16. Château de Bagnols

Bagnols, France — Magnificently restored medieval château set among vineyards in the quiet Beaujolais countryside, 45 minutes northwest of Lyon. The spectacular 13th-century structure displays conical towers, dry moats and a drawbridge entrance.

17. Château du Sureau

Oakhurst, California —This Provençal-style manor sits on a knoll above the small Sierra town of Oakhurst, an hour north of Fresno near the southern entrance of Yosemite National Park.

18. San Ysidro Ranch

Montecito, California — Sophisticated 500-acre cottage-style resort in the leafy foothills of Montecito, just outside Santa Barbara.

19. Bardessono

Yountville, California — Inviting property set on a seven-acre site in the gourmet town of Yountville, 90 minutes north of San Francisco.

20. Gidleigh Park

Devon, England — Distinctive Tudor-style sanctuary overlooking 107 acres of parkland along the banks of the North Teign River, 2 1⁄2 hours southwest of Bath.

1. Blackberry Farm - © Beall and Thomas 6. Otahuna Lodge - © Stephen Goodenough 11. Blantyre - © Sean McLaughlin 13. Grand hotel du Cap Ferrat - © Manuel Zublena 14. Post Ranch Inn - © Kodiak Greenwood 15. Relais Borgo Santo Pietro - © Andrea Jones 17. Chateau du Sureau - © Terrance Reimer

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