Napa Valley Named to TIME’S Annual List of World’s Greatest Places


Napa Valley, California

Restoring wine country

In fall 2020, Napa Valley—renowned for fine wine, farm-to-table restaurants and laid-back luxury resorts—was devastated by California’s record-setting wildfires. Though scars remain, the region is on the road to recovery. Wine-­tasting rooms are reopening, and two new high-end resorts will debut in 2021: The Four Seasons in Calistoga, the only resort in California built amid a working winery; and the 700-acre Stanly Ranch in Carneros, where most cottages have outdoor showers and some have outdoor fireplaces. Add to these the new restaurant Fleetwood, offering wood-fired pizza, and a new tasting room in a restored 19th century mansion at Faust winery, and this fertile part of Northern California is demonstrating its resilience, as well as its trademark hospitality. —Matt Villano