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Silverado Resort

Whisk Mom Away to This Affordable Haven

If you’re fortunate enough to have your mom in close proximity, pass on the banal Mother’s Day options and head over to a special spot nestled deep within the rolling vineyards of Napa Valley -- complete with tranquil, lushly manicured landscapes and a clean sophistication that doesn’t play itself up with unnecessary extravagance.

Napa’s Silverado Resort has been a go-to luxury hotspot for decades. With a centerpiece mansion built in the 1870s, it boasts an effortless elegance that has attracted all kinds of travelers -- from lovesick honeymooners canoodling over wine on their private patios, to families in search of activities for the kids and the adults alike. In fact, as we walked up to the reception area of Silverado, we were struck by the age ranges of the guests; children scuttled around the main lounge, while their parents and other groups of adults sipped champagne from long-stemmed flutes, awaiting the resort’s daily wine hour on the glass-enclosed portico overlooking the grounds.

Thankfully, the resort is so spread out that few guests have to worry about sharing space with gaggles of other people. Silverado contains 280 condo units and private cottage suites, two restaurants, 17 tennis courts, and 10 outdoor pools. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg -- if you decide to whisk Mom away for the weekend and she’s the outdoorsy type, you’ve stumbled upon the right place. Silverado also has two highly vaunted 18-hole golf courses, with several water crossings and 360 acres of tree-lined fairways to show off.

Of course, given the roomy accommodations, chilling by the wood-burning fireplace or stepping onto your patio for an après-lunch cocktail or glass of wine can be just as nice. While we found that the studios weren’t the most fancily decorated we’d ever stumbled across, a full kitchen and dining area, as well as an overall ambience of home-style comfort made our suite feel nice and restful.

For dining options, guests can head to the Royal Oak, a classic steakhouse whose thickly cut steaks and wine country chic atmosphere attract more than just resort visitors, or the Grill at Silverado, with its delectable Asian-flavored California cuisine. Executive Chef Peter Pahk’s exquisite treats run the gamut from fried coconut Texas star prawns, to sustainable seafood hot pots, to decadent braised short ribs with Cabernet demi glace. And of course, the appropriate wine pairings are an integral part of the dining experience. To top it all off, a nightcap at the Main Lounge is definitely in order before calling it a night.

Granted, any visit to Silverado would be incomplete without checking out the 16,000-square-foot spa across the street, which boasts plenty of decadent spa treatments (with a special eye on local ingredients, which are integrated into many of the therapies), outdoor whirlpools galore, a heated lap pool, a salon, and a fitness room. Melt your (and Mom’s) stresses away with one of many choice treatments; the deep tissue massage, seaweed body wrap, and Chardonnay sugar scrub are among some of the favorites.

Granted, weekend resort trips might seem like they’re for the privileged--or at least, those who’ve been cushioned from the economy and its harsh moratorium on extravagant spending--but Silverado is also for the practical-minded. Family extended stay packages slash 25% of the cost of accommodations and activities, and seasonal rates and special packages allay the sting of penny-pinching considerably.