One of America’s most idyllic destinations–Wine Country — is part of the inspiration for Hooker Furniture’s new casual American furnishings collection.
The Hill Country Story-Part 2 of a 3-Part Series
As a native Californian, I’ve always appreciated the unique beauty of the golden state. So, it comes as no surprise to me that Northern California’s Napa Valley is one of the inspirations for Hooker Furniture’s new Hill Country Collection.
The Bexar Huntboard in Hill Country is crafted in a carved Gambel Oak motif inspired by the scrub oaks prominent in the American West. Photo: Hooker Furniture
The verdant beauty of the landscape and its picturesque wineries make it a dream destination, and one perfectly suited for inspiring a casual American lifestyle aesthetic.
The La Coste Wine Cellaret in the American Casual Hill Country Collection. Photo: Hooker Furniture.
The La Coste Wine Cellaret features three storage shelves for wine bottles. Photo: Hooker Furniture
Touring Wine Country
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or not, there’s just something about a landscape of grapevines that stirs the soul. A dream destination for wine aficionados and foodies, Napa Valley is one of the world’s premier viticultural regions. It boasts 400+ wineries in a compact area that’s just 30 miles long and five miles wide. The region is divided into six towns: Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford, Napa and American Canyon.
Did you know Napa Valley is comprised of five towns, each with a unique personality? Photo: winecountry.com
Each town offers its own distinctive charm. American Canyon is a budget-friendly area packed with family-friendly hotels and activities. Drive 15 minutes north to Napa, and you’ll find a lively downtown area with dozens of wine bars and a thriving restaurant scene. In the heart of Napa Valley, Yountville offers a 3-star Michelin-rated restaurant (The French Laundry). Head over to Cabernet country in Oakville & Rutherford, and you’ll see the legendary Robert Mondavi Winery. In St. Helena, you’ll find big experiences with the charm of a small town. And if it’s relaxation you’re after, set your sights on Calistoga, where they have spas, mineral pools and healing mud baths that have been attracting visitors for over 100 years.
Not sure where to start? Here’s a guide organized by interest—for the Outdoors Enthusiast, the Foodie, the Romantic, and the Urban Adventurer.
Ballooning and other outdoor activities, shopping, entertainment and attractions make Wine Country a year-round destination.
From tastings to gourmet dining, California’s Wine Country offers a variety of vibrant culinary experiences. True foodies will revel in the food and wine pairing experiences available at many of the wineries, and can also enjoy eating at the 3-star Michelin-rated restaurant The French Laundry, visiting farmers markets or taking part in hands-on cooking classes or gourmet retreats exclusive to the area.
For gourmet dining at home, there’s the Bandera Dining Table, shown here with the Comfort Upholstered Arm Chairs, Side Chairs and the Ozark Bed Bench.
The Ozark Bed Bench is perfect for the end of the bed or for accommodating a crowd without obstructing the view. Photo: Hooker Furniture
Wine bottles and grape clusters have been popular interior decor motifs for centuries, and are one of the influences in today’s Hill Country Collection.
The Sattler Display Cabinet wears the collection’s timeworn saddle brown finish paired with an anthracite black finish to create a two-tone look inspired by natural sandstone with characteristic aged-black highlights.
The Sattler Display Cabinet features a two-tone finish inspired by the natural sandstone with characteristic aged-black highlights. Photo: Hooker Furniture.
Napa Valley is famous for having the ideal climate, soil and topography to harvest legendary Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. During Spanish colonial times, the beauty of the area’s rivers, lakes, redwoods and temperate climate attracted European settlers who began importing vines, cultivating grapes and making some of the world’s best wines.
The combination of Spanish and European influences in this area combined to create the stunning architecture found here, as well as the inspired culture that we now know as Wine Country.
Wine Country is more than just a destination. It is a way of life. It’s laid-back vibe embraces nature’s beauty and bounty–while capturing the spirit of entertaining and fostering the tradition of hosting friends and family. Elements of this character and charm are woven throughout the Hill Country Collection.
Perfect for casual family meals or entertaining, the multifunctional Blanco Dining Table adjusts from dining height to counter height. Like most of the Hill Country Collection, it’s crafted of flat-cut, rustic white oak veneer. It’s shown here with the comfortably stylish Twin Sisters Ladderback Side Chairs. Photo: Hooker Furniture
Just as great wines are even better shared, so is the beauty of the California’s Wine Country region. These furnishings from Hooker’s Hill Country Collection make it easy to bring the beauty and character of Napa Valley to homes anywhere in the world.