15 of the Best Hotels in Napa and Beyond: Our Favorite Wine Country Boutique Hotels Looking for a spot to relax after a long day of wine tasting? Discover our favorite boutique hotels in California wine country, from Napa Valley to Sonoma Credits Posted May 16, 2018 When it comes to jaw-dropping scenery, Napa Valley and the rest of California’s wine country is hard to beat. While the area suffered devastating fires in the fall of 2017, the resilient region has bounced back and tourism is in full swing, with hotels and vineyards happily welcoming guests. Whether you want to soak up the summer sun, experience the busy harvest season, or relax with the locals once all the Cabernet has been barreled, there's never a bad time to visit wine country. Before you start planning your vino-filled getaway, take a look at the best hotels in Napa, Sonoma, and beyond, from winery-owned guesthouses and suites to luxury boutique hotels. Pinterest Facebook Photo: Trinette Reed Photography 1/15Auberge du Soleil180 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford From $875/night aubergedusoleil.com Evoking the sophistication of the South of France, Auberge du Soleil has been one of Napa Valley’s most luxurious places to stay since 1985, when 50 sun-and-earth-toned “maisons” were added to Rutherford, Claude Rouas’s celebrated destination restaurant. Wine director Kris Margerum curates a stellar list of over 15,000 selections, working with the culinary team to create perfect pairings for the Michelin-starred restaurant’s Mediterranean-inspired menus. The original Michael Taylor interiors have been extensively updated by Taylor’s former protégé, San Francisco designer Suzanne Tucker, and the rooms feature private terraces and fireplaces. Pinterest Facebook Photo: Courtesy White House Napa Valley Inn 2/15White House Napa Valley Inn443 Brown Street, Napa From $379/night whitehouseinnnapa.com Enter the charming, 17-room White House by way of the white-columned porch and you'll see how the downtown Napa property perfectly blends traditional appeal with modern elegance.

The Best Songs of 2018



No one expects you to listen to every song that comes out. That’s impossible for a casual or even avid music fan. In fact, Spotify says that there are on average 13,000 new songs released on the streaming platform every month. That’s something like 36 days of new music. So you literally couldn’t possibly keep up with everything being released if you wanted to.

This is precisely what makes curation so important. We’re here to point you in the right direction, to provide you with a good cross section of artists and genres that are rising above all the noise out there. Even if you don't love everything on this list, give them a chance, expand the limits of your musical knowledge, because you might just find something you love. We'll be updating this all year, so keep checking back. You can also listen to the playlist on our Spotify.


ARIANA GRANDE – “THANK U, NEXT”

If there’s a song that defines a summer of tabloids, it’s Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next.” The pop star has had a rough few years, which culminated in the doomed whirlwind romance with Pete Davidson and the tragic death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller. After the gossip sites went nuts with her sudden engagement to Davidson after a few weeks of dating in June, the relationship became the biggest entertainment news story of the summer. But, as abruptly as it started, the engagement was called off in mid-October about a month after Miller’s death. While Grande kept to herself after the break-up, Davidson used it as comedy material at appearances and on Saturday Night Live. In response, Grande released this empowering break-up anthem, which is at once a mature response to the tabloid drama and an affirmation of her own strength.

BOYGENIUS – “BITE THE HAND”

The self-titled debut EP from supergroup boygenius is tragically short. Comprised of brilliant young songwriters Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus, boygenius is proof that the supergroup curse isn’t always true. Historically groups like these comprised of different individual artistic personalities and ideas can be a disaster. Both sonically and artistically, however, Baker, Bridgers, and Dacus work impeccably as a unit. They’re all giving musicians, allowing each of their voices space to work individually and as a unit. This fluid musical relationship is immediately apparent in the opening track of the EP, in which their swirling harmonies find a perfect balance. No single artist anchors this song; rather each verse, bridge, refrain, and chorus has each vocalist sharing an equal and integral part of the space.

CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS – “DOESN’T MATTER”

In a year in which pop music—from Robyn to Ariana Grande—was making a powerful statement, singer Héloïse Letissier, who performs as Christine and the Queens, arrived from France to continue the conversation about gender and identity on Chris. On “Doesn’t Matter”—over bold poppy ’80s drums and sparkling synth—Héloïse bravely addresses the pressures of the masculine gaze, suicidal thoughts, and the nature of relationships and faith. It’s a heavy and important conversation to be having—especially in a song filled with as much buoyant French fun as this one.

SHECK WES – “WANTED”

“Where we from, they don't give, so we don't got shit / They leave us young niggas with no options,” Sheck Wes raps on "Wanted," a song about growing up in New York City. The Harlem rapper explains how he grew up too quickly, living a life in which the only options left for him were being involved with drugs and violence and robbery. It’s like a tour of the city from his perspective, name dropping all the major areas where shoppers and tourists and families didn’t want him around. It’s a song that wholly translates an experience and point of view of Sheck Wes, complete with an ominous, doom-ified beat like it’s being played from a crummy speaker in the back of a train or from the trunk of a nearby car.
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