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Holiday Family Getaway in Napa: Meritage Resort & Spa

Thank you to the Meritage Resort & Spa for hosting my family of six for a lovely holiday overnight stay. All opinions are our own, and I’m sharing them here for you!

Flight prices are creeping higher and long road trips in the car aren’t always fun for my family. The solution? An under-an-hour drive to a fun hotel with a pool. The Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa fits the bill in those respects, but even better, they also have oodles of holiday extras that delighted our family. From ice-skating to s’mores, hot chocolate and Santa, the Meritage has everything you need to truly wow your kids.

Meritage ice rink at night
A view from our room onto the festive holiday ice rink at the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa | Photo: Julie Herson

Holiday Fun at the Meritage Resort & Spa

Big holiday trips aren’t always in the cards these days, so finding a place that’ll excite my family and feel like we’re far away is something I’m always keeping an eye out for. The Meritage Resort & Spa wasn’t necessarily on my radar, but upon looking at all the fun extras and close proximity to Berkeley, it became a no-brainer.

christmas tree at night with kids playing
The giant Christmas tree (with Santa hanging out nearby!) and fake snow blowing around was super duper fun for my kids | Photo: Julie

My kids were able to check so many items off their holiday bucket list! Ice-skating, s’mores, Santa, Christmas tree lighting, “snow”, hot chocolate and more. My husband and I appreciated the ease of facilitating all these holiday activities in one place, all while sipping on some lovely wine.

fire with people making s'mores
The fire tables and s’more kits were a highlight for our family | Photo: Julie Herson

Family and Fur Baby Friendly

We noticed so many families with small children at the Meritage, which always helps us feel at ease. Pets are also welcome; yet another perk that attracted us to the resort. Adjoining rooms are another family friendly option, as is the option for a fully equipped kitchen. We loved having two rooms, where the kids could watch movies and go to bed early and my husband and I could enjoy some wine and catch up on The Office (we’re a little behind).

kids jumping on beds
I promise I told them to stop jumping on the beds as soon as I got the photo! | Photo: Julie Herson

There are two pools – one for families and the other for adults. Love this! It’s always a drag when you have to constantly tell your kids to stop screeching with delight because the cool twenty-somethings are giving you nasty side eye. Canon ball away kiddos!

There’s also a bowling alley on-site (we’re not a bowling family, but we heard it’s cool), as well as Train Town not too far away (Train Town is a must-visit if you have little kids!).

cups of hot chocolate with a child's hand
The hot chocolate bombs from room service are epic | Photo: Julie Herson

Plan your road trip to Meritage Resort & Spa:

Address: 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, CA 94558

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Offers: There are some great Black Friday and holiday deals to be had right now, so check out the dates to see pricing.

kids Ice skating at dusk with string lights above
So much fun ice skating outside at night with all the twinkly lights (not pictured: me falling more than a few times) | Photo: Julie Herson

The Bottom Line

We experienced a boatload of holiday magic all in one overnight stay at the Meritage. What’s more, we could drive there in under an hour and we could bring our dog. Ultimately, my kids had a blast and it didn’t feel hectic or difficult to accomplish. The rooms were spacious, comfy, and clean, and the resort felt very family-friendly. With the deals and packages offered, the Meritage Resort & Spa is certainly a great local-ish staycation worth checking out.

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