World's Greatest Places 2021
The Four Seasons in Calistoga in Napa Valley, Calif.
Courtesy Marianna Jamadi
July 20, 2021 6:37 AM EDT

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

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