Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort & Spa • Tour Travel Hotels
A gem of relaxation nestled in the middle of 21 hectares of olive groves in the Livermore Valley Wine Country you will find The Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort & Spa which includes ten rooms and suites. As you enter the rear of the complex you will be greeted with a swimming pool, their rose gardens and further back, olive trees galore and a handful of seating areas.
Purple orchid was built in 1997, but the property has had a few owners over the years. The current owners are a husband / wife team who have added their own touch to the place over the past ten years.
Below is the wine tasting room next to the main hall where they hold smaller events but also meet for evening happy hour over wine, cheese and olives. They call it “The gathering table” and their end-of-day gathering: Time for wine and olive oil.
Below is the natural beauty as you enter the property from the main road.
Outside the bedrooms there is a small patio with a small table where you can enjoy a glass of local wine or a cuppa Joe in the morning. All rooms are designed for two, although some come with sofa beds in case you want to stay here with the family. Ours had a king bed, a fireplace and a jetted tub for two.
Although we didn’t need them during our stay at the end of May, they have AC for the warmer months. (it’s very hot east of San Francisco), Free WiFi and DirectTV. We originally booked into their Wilderness Retreat King Suite, one of their larger rooms – lovely, right? (below)
If you want to splurge then go for their Heavenly Moon Deluxe King Suite that’s where it ended up. It’s a great choice if you’re traveling with kids or, frankly, just want the extra space; there is a separate living room which has a lovely gas fireplace, a large coffee table, a flat screen TV and a round table with chairs.
Below is the king-size bed in the Celestial Moon Suite – we loved the nice touch with the combination of wrought iron and wood.
Below, the relaxing bathtub of the suites. There is of course a shower and a double sink in the very spacious and oh so modern bathrooms.
Each bedroom style is unique – below is another bedroom option to give you a feel for the variety.
Breakfast at the Resort
Breakfast is part of your daily stay and they give you the option of dining in your room, by the pool or in their dining room. We had the option of a spinach, mushroom and cheese omelet topped with Pico de gallo or a breakfast burrito with linguica and eggs, which they serve with sweet peppers, onions, havarti, cheese also topped with Pico de gallo. For those who want to eat a little lighter, there are also a la carte options like cereal, toast, oatmeal, yogurt, and English muffins. The next day they offered different options for a hot plate including traditional French toast with hot maple syrup which we also tried.
Below is the cheese and fruit platter they offered during happy hour late afternoon.
The atmosphere and the gardens
The ambience of the grounds is by far the most welcome part of the Purple Orchid Inn given that it is set in a more rural setting surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. The space is large enough to host weddings, which they do a lot during peak season as well as retreats.
For example, the back of the property faces hills and there is a large area where weddings or other ceremonies and parties could be held. In addition, there are magnificent flowers (including roses) throughout the property as well as elegant Romanesque statues.
This was the view from our room – note the canopy covered areas with plush sofas where you can also relax.
Then, of course, there’s the incredible pool with the waterfall, which has two overflow areas in small hot tubs at opposite ends.
Two buildings next to the main structure house spa treatments that include a separate area for couples to have a massage together. We did not have the opportunity to review the spa during our stay but maybe on a future visit. In addition to massages, they also offer a variety of facials. For those who wish to host events here, there is a 225 square foot meeting room as well as a 2,300 square foot room that can accommodate up to 135 guests.
They are located 2.5 miles from the main entrance to the Lawrence Livermore National and Sandia Laboratories, less than eight miles from downtown Livermore and just a few miles from over 50 wineries in one of the oldest California wine regions. Be sure to read our article on Livermore Valley Wineries and Vineyards as well as our gourmet article on some of the region’s tastiest restaurants.
Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort & Spa
4549 Stations of the Cross
Livermore, CA 94550