The NYLON Guide To Napa, California


Where to stay, eat, and taste lots of wine

For a long time, there was one way to do Napa, California. It involved reservations at Napa Culinary King Thomas Keller's remarkable French Laundry and Ad Hoc + Addendum, restaurants that had paved the way for the Northern California region to become the culinary destination it is today and spearheaded the country's farm-to-table movement. It also involved visiting wineries whose bottles are just as recognized by locals in Napa as they are in wine stores nationwide. And while we see nothing particularly wrong with indulging in Keller's artfully prepared Wagyu beef and caviar pierogis (should your budget allow it), nor in dropping Sideways-esque insults about Merlot (although, IMO, the 2004 film unfairly slandered the varietal), we must say we've been glad to see a considerable shift in the last few years, with the region becoming more accommodating to the millennial set, who are interested in more varied experiences than what used to be available.

Now there are new, hip wineries that don't speak down to their young but educated consumers, as well as established spots that are leading the way in terms of Gen Y-valued factors like biodynamics and sustainability; affordable restaurants that put out delicious, unfussy, seasonal food; and boutiques whose lineups include unexpected and cool designers that could rival those found in the city. Ahead, our insider's guide on where to stay, eat, do wine tastings, and shop while in Napa.

Photograph courtesy of North Block Hotel.

Where to Stay

Vista Collina Resort: A brand-new addition to Napa, Vista Collina is a resort that makes it hard to leave the grounds, thanks to its adjacent "Village," a courtyard-like area that comprises nine wine and beer tasting rooms, an artisanal market, a food and wine center offering culinary classes and drink seminars, and a lawn space that will play host to events and live entertainment year-round. The 145-room property itself holds 39 suites with fully equipped kitchens (a rarity in Napa), modern furnishings, and a pool area with cabanas.

North Block Hotel: This stylish boutique hotel, located in trendy Yountville, boasts 20 eclectic rooms encircling a communal courtyard that holds a fireplace, lemon trees, and couches and leads to the pool and hot tub area. Amenities include Chandon sparkling wine upon check-in, breakfast featuring pastries from Keller's Bouchon Bakery (no need to wake up early to stand in line!), and Redd Wood's famous charcuterie and breakfast potatoes, as well as electric bikes to explore the area. 

The Meritage Resort and Spa: Conveniently situated close to downtown Napa, this property holds its own hillside vineyard and tasting room, two heated outdoor pools and whirlpools, and a bar with a bowling alley. The onsite dining includes a rustic Italian restaurant and a healthy cafe offering made-to-order smoothies and eggs bowls. As if this weren't enough, The Meritage's Spa is situated in a stunning 22,000-square-foot estate cave and offers services like grape seed facials, heated herbal compress massages, and lavender exfoliating treatments.

Las Alcobas: This stunning St. Helena luxury property, located in a Georgian-style farmhouse, will charm travelers with its neutral color palette, stylish decor with lots of wood detailing, and freestanding tubs (some of which are even located on terraces overlooking the vineyards!). Guests also get to enjoy the pool, fitness studio with yoga, barre, and circuit training classes, and food from Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino.

Vintage House at The Estate: Located in Yountville, the refined Vintage House is, erm, home to 80 bungalow-style, (contrary to the name) contemporary abodes, Michael Chiarello's three eateries, luxury spa, and plenty of experiences, like hot air balloon rides and bike rentals with wine tasting and picnic add-ons.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.