Nestled among 28 acres of endless rows of vineyards, scenic apple orchards and Napa farmlands is Carneros Resort and Spa. The stylish modern cottages combine countryside charm and modern interiors and perfect for a cozy couples getaway in the wine country of Napa. Inspired by classic California farmhouses, the resort is made up of contemporary tin-roofed cottages, silos and barns. Located in the resort, Boon Fly Cafe is one of the best restaurants in Napa, California
Boon Fly Cafe was an intimate little gem of a place! If it hadn’t been for the recommendation of a friend – I would not have discovered this hidden gem. So thanks to Jetset Diaries! Since we had both kids with us, we stayed at another resort but stopped at Boon Fly Cafe for dinner one evening.
Named for a Carneros pioneer named Boon Fly, who planted orchards and vineyards in the area in the mid-1800s, the café is a homage to local flavor. Boon Fly who descended from settlers of the early New England Colonies, was part of the great tradition of wagon trains that brought many of the early families to the west. In 1849, Boon Fly led a wagon train out of Fayette, Missouri where he had been a maker of silk and fur hats. On arrival to San Francisco, he made a modest fortune as a carpenter. He was then drawn to the farmlands north of the city and settled outside of Napa on what is now Carneros.
Carneros Resort and Spa
The 86 rooms in the Carneros resort are in the form of stand-alone cottages that are organized around courtyards connected by gravel walking paths and private gardens. Can you imagine sitting with the California sun on you skin and enjoying a glass of California’s finest wines? Each cottage is well appointed with a pretty porch, an outdoor shower and neutral and modern decor. The adults-only Hilltop Pool sits on a rise toward the back of the resort. It offers some of the best views in all of the wine country.
Carneros is located right between the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, so you can enjoy visiting both the wine regions. Carneros Resort and Spa is one of those places that deliver the quintessential Napa experience. All though we didn’t stay here at this beautiful property, we stopped for dinner at The Boon Fly Café, one of 3 on-site restaurants, which is famous for its chicken and waffles and freshly made mini cinnamon donuts.
The Boon Fly Café
The crowd at the Boon Fly Café was mixed but a well-heeled bunch. All handsomely dressed. We saw a group that looked like they were in Napa for a bachelorette party, a few women that were on a girls’ trip and some families. Boon fly Cafe serves farm to table fare and they use ingredients that are sourced locally. Chef Albert Rivera who heads the cafe crafts a beautiful rustic yet modern menu with comfort foods at the center stage.
We ordered the deviled eggs and Artichoke dip for starters. The dip was yummy with California Artichokes, roasted Jalapenos, three Cheese blend, Housemade Tortilla Chips. The presentation of the deviled eggs was pretty! We had some mac and cheese and fried chicken that was served with Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes, Braised Garden Greens and also ordered house-made Strozzapreti which was a pasta dish with a creamy pesto sauce.
We finished off with the famous mini boon fly donuts. Which I suspect is the reason D came here for – it was 8 mini donuts rolled in cinnamon and served with a warm chocolate sauce. In short delicious! IMO Boon Fly Cafe is one of the best Napa California restaurants!
If you are going to the cafe for a meal, make reservations since they do book up! See here for booking one of the luxury cottages at the Carneros Resort and Spa.
4048 Sonoma Hwy
Napa, CA 94559 US
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