courtesy Silverado Resort and Spa
Published October 01, 2017
If acres were chapters, those covering the Silverado Resort and Spa’s property would read like a history book spanning the foundation of America. Although today the resort boasts more than 1,200 acres, the property was strategically pieced together by a series of deeds purchased over the years from legendary names in the country’s history, among them notable figures such as President Ulysses S. Grant and California Gov. Newton Booth.
The resort was once the home of Gen. John Franklin Miller and his wife; they began construction of the mansion in the late 1870s. Miller named the mansion La Vergne in 1881, just one year after Robert Louis Stevenson’s notorious honeymoon trip to the area with his wife that he would later recount in his travel memoir “The Silverado Squatters,” a name given in memory of the first Civil War battle in which he fought for his country.
Ownership of the estate changed hands only a few times before it was sold as the Silverado to the Westgate Development Company in 1966, when the incoming president of the Napa Chamber of Commerce at the time, Ken Imrie, said “the multimillion-dollar recreational-residential development was probably the most important thing to hit the Napa Valley since the grape.”
The resort is now owned by World Golf Hall of Fame member and lead NBC analyst Johnny Miller and his partners, who have transformed the resort into an award-winning contemporary resort with 370 guest rooms, a 15,500-square-foot conference space, two championship golf courses and two signature restaurants. The resort also features a 16,000-square-foot spa, 10 swimming pools and 10 tennis courts. It is a great home base for visiting the more than 540 wineries that surround the Napa Valley wine region.
Over the past five years, the resort has undergone many renovations. The guest rooms and the conference facilities have benefited from the addition of a new market and bakery on-site, and the new mansion gardens feature a 5,000-square-foot pavilion and 18,000 square feet of outdoor garden space. The new additions and the historic traditions make the Silverado Resort and Spa a remarkable blank page for many memorable meeting and event stories.
The Silverado Resort and Spa features 17,000 square feet of beautiful indoor and 30,000 square feet of beautiful outdoor meeting space, including a recently renovated conference center. The Mansion offers seven options for meetings, where the largest space can accommodate up to 200 guests. The ballroom features eight options, with the largest accommodating up to 480 guests. The conference room level of the property features eight options that can accommodate groups of 12 to 150, and the outdoor space offers eight spaces for meetings, the largest of which can accommodate up to 3,000 guests.
It wouldn’t be a Johnny Miller resort without an award-winning golf course to go along with it, and the two championship courses at the Silverado do the PGA Hall of Famer’s reputation justice. Both courses are open only to members and resort guests and only when they are not being used for the Safeway Open PGA Tour each October. Each was redesigned by Johnny Miller himself to feature dozens of water crossings, elevation changes and challenges that route through historic oak trees. The resort offers group lessons and clinics, along with customized group tournament services and packages for meetings guests.
Executive chef Jeffrey Jake heads the Silverado’s catering department, where he offers numerous menus that feature a range of locally farmed and sustainably produced ingredients. His brioche cinnamon French toast is a top pick for early-morning breakfast or brunch meetings, especially when combined with the resort’s two-hour serviced mimosa bar, but items can be selected for a la carte or buffet service alongside a series of break and snack menus. All lunches and dinners come with coffee, tea and rolls, and the team is renowned for its creative themed reception and hors d’oeuvres offerings. Alcohol is available.
Surrounded by the Vaca Mountains and the Napa Valley vineyards, the Silverado is a great hub for day trips and delicious adventures. The meetings team at the Silverado includes a dedicated destination experience coordinator that will arrange signature Napa Valley experiences for meeting groups, like a wine-blending program on-site, winery tours off-site and the resort’s signature Silverado GPS Challenge, which takes teams around the area on a scavenger-hunt-style quest. As an add-on, groups can book the resort’s Olive Oil and Wine Tasting Reception, where two Napa Valley Wineries and a local olive oil company will attend the reception to educate and entertain guests with their products.
Silverado Resort and Spa
Location: Napa, California
Size: 370 rooms
Meeting Space: More than 47,000 square feet
Access: 62 miles from San Francisco International Airport; 12 miles from the Napa County Airport