Planning a big party, whether it’s a milestone birthday or family reunion, is understandably stressful. It’s one thing getting everyone to show up, and the other issue is how to accommodate the entire crew. Fortunately, the new Vista Collina can handle all of those concerns. The property is a mini community, offering visitors an abundance of amenities like Fivetown Grocery, a market featuring freshly baked pastries, salads and sandwiches, wine and cocktails as well as an event calendar packed with wine dinners, concerts, a seasonal Artisan Market, and an expansive community lawn that you can kick back on. But of course it wouldn’t truly be wine country without tasting, and there’s no shuttles required to get in on them here. Around the lawn are nine tasting rooms — eight boutique wineries including Cornerstone Cellars, Jayson by Pahlmeyer and The Wine Foundry, plus Napa Smith Brewery for the craft brew ilk. As for lodging, there is not shortage of it. A vast space, Vista Collina boasts 145 rooms, including 39 suites with gourmet kitchens and large adjoining balconies perfect for hosting unforgettable alfresco fetes. meritagecollection.com/vista-collina
This article originally appeared in Marin Magazine’s print edition with the headline: “The Whole Lot”.