Napa Hotel Packages – Thanksgiving and Christmas

November 24th, 2014

The holiday season is upon us and we’d like to help you spend your holidays just right. At Napa Valley Hotel and Suites, we offer Thanksgiving and Christmas packages ideal for couples and families who want to spend their holiday season in Napa Valley.

Here are a few details about our Napa Valley Hotel Packages for Thanksgiving and Christmas:

  • Our Thanksgiving package (for 2 people) includes a deluxe room with a Jacuzzi and a king-sized bed. Plus, you won’t have to cook this turkey day – we’re giving you a free dinner. No slaving over the stove, no dishes to clean, and no leftovers to worry about. This is hands-down the best way to spend Thanksgiving!
  • Our Christmas package (for 2 people) delivers a one-of-a-kind room complete with a king-sized bed and a soaker tub to warm you up after a day outdoors in gorgeous Napa Valley. With this package, you also get a free dinner on us and we’ll take care of you by helping you choose where to make your reservations.

Stay with us at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites and you can relax and get away for the holiday season. Call 707-226-1871 to make your reservations today.

One of the best things about spending the holidays in Napa Valley is that you get to enjoy the holidays your way. Reconnect with your special someone or as a family while wandering through the beautiful scenery. Sip some amazing wine, stretch your muscles with a hike or game of tennis, and settle in for a lip-smacking breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Napa Valley is home to some of the most renowned chefs you will find anywhere in the world. They like to be here because of the abundant fresh ingredients, the ability to pair local wines, and the sheer delight of serving up delicious meals to people who truly enjoy good tasting food.

When you stay with us at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites, you have shopping, spas, restaurants and theater all within a short stroll. Step outside your room to enjoy some fresh air and relax during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Spend a little time in Napa Valley this Thanksgiving or Christmas (or both)! Let us take care of the details. Call the helpful and friendly folks at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites or make your reservations online today.

Napa After Dark with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites

November 12th, 2014

We know how hard you have been working all year, all summer, and into the fall. If you are like many of us, you have some vacation or personal time you need to burn or you will lose it. A mid-week break is the perfect option for visiting Napa Valley. The kids are in school, so the grandparents, aunts, and uncles only have to handle the morning and night shift, while you can slip away.

Here are some exciting options to choose from during your visit to Napa Valley:

  • Silo’s – where superb wines get paired with great music all year long in Napa Valley. Silo’s has a small-plate and dessert menu that’s perfect for rounding out your day exploring Napa Valley. What Silo’s is really famous for is live music. Check out the lineup when you make your reservation with us. You can walk to the venue and back from your room.
  • Uva Trattoria – an exceptional Italian Restaurant celebrating 14 years in Napa Valley, Uva Trattoria is a casual establishment that is highly popular with locals and features traditional Italian fare. Three dining rooms, late-night bar parties and live music make this one of the best places to enjoy jazz, blues, and a scrumptious meal on a Napa Valley evening.
  • Billco’s Billiards – a much-needed place for family-friendly entertainment as well as evenings out, Billco’s Billiards and Darts offers couples and families a nice atmosphere to have fun. Offering over 60 microbrews and imports on tap, this is also the place to go if you prefer beer over wine. Billco’s also offers an excellent menu of pub fare with items like Jalapeno Poppers, Garlic Fries, and sandwiches.
  • Cadet Beer and Wine Bar – a warm and inviting neighborhood bar where wine and beer producers celebrate their unique philosophies. Named one of the 21 Best Wine Bars in the country by the San Francisco Chronicle this year, the Cadet Beer and Wine Bar offers a new spin on the traditional pour with live music, Meet the Makers events, and more.

Schedule your stay with our Midweek Fall and Winter Packages at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Take in everything that Napa Valley has to offer for late-night entertainment.

Napa Valley may seem like an agricultural center with some daytime activities, but what many don’t know is that it’s also a great place for night-time entertainment. With local and imported live bands, exceptional late-night bites and mid-week events all the time, you can enjoy memorable nights in Napa Valley.

Shake off the heat and stress of summer and take a deep breath in Napa Valley. After a fun day of discovering the area, step out in style and enjoy exciting night life within close range of your hotel room.

Call our friendly staff at 707-226-1871 to book your November get-away in Napa Valley and enjoy exceptional late-night fun.

Wine Trains and More for Thanksgiving in Napa Valley

November 2nd, 2014

Food is one of the common threads that bind us through special events during the Thanksgiving season. This year, you could slip away and travel back in time with a non-traditional Thanksgiving feast in a splendid atmosphere – on the Napa Valley Wine Train. The Thanksgiving tradition of celebrating food and family is alive and well on the Thanksgiving Napa Valley Wine Train tour where you can relax, eat, and chat with family and friends while watching the beautiful scenery go by.

The tour is three and a half hours long and there are two options: lunch and dinner. Each is a leisurely way to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday without all the fuss while being pampered to the hilt. This tour is so popular that many guests return every year and make it their own family tradition. Book early to ensure your seat for Thanksgiving on the wine train.

November is a time to return to traditional celebrations. Join us by making your reservation today at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites or call 707-226-1871.

Many exceptional dining establishments are open for dining out this Thanksgiving in Napa Valley. If laboring in the kitchen all day doesn’t sound like your idea of a great holiday, skip the work and schedule your holiday getaway with us instead.

  • Angele (540 Main Street) is just around the corner from us and serves traditional French, country-style food. Located in the historic boathouse next to the Napa River, this is the ideal bistro for a relaxed dining experience and superb food with a view.
  • FARM Restaurant (4048 Sonoma Highway) is delivering a traditional fine-dining family style Thanksgiving dinner from Chef de Cuisine Andrew Budnyj. The menu showcases elegant food made from abundantly available local Napa Valley ingredients. See the Thanksgiving menu and details.

Enjoy fabulous dining this Thanksgiving in Napa Valley. Make your reservations early.

Check our room availability at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Call us at 707-226-1871 to arrange your stay and enjoy a special Thanksgiving this year in Napa Valley.

Planning a Romantic Getaway in Napa

October 30th, 2014

Planning a romantic getaway is the perfect opportunity to strengthen your relationship and create new memories. Even if you live in the same home, it’s likely that you don’t get to spend quality alone time with your significant other. Arranging a getaway for the two of you will make your relationship a priority. Choosing Napa Valley for your romantic rendezvous may sound cliche, but this really is the ideal place for couples. With so many things to do, you can easily make your trip special and unique.

Here are some tips for planning a romantic getaway in Napa Valley.

Keep it Short

Relationship experts agree that short trips in the form of a long weekend are enough for most couples, especially those who are still early in their relationship. This gives you enough time together without getting bored. Napa is perfect for short trips. There isn’t an abundance of attractions to see, so you’re able to get the complete experience in a few short days.

Enjoy the Scenery

Another piece of advice that relationship experts give is to take in the scenery. If you find yourself rushing through your everyday life, use this getaway to enjoy the simple things that surround you. Napa Valley is perfect for this, as there are peaceful valleys, expansive mountain ranges and towering trees. Each season has something unique to offer, such as ripened grapes on the vines and valleys of blooming flowers.

Be Spontaneous

You can schedule a few activities such as a wine tour at a particular winery or a spa date at one of the many luxurious spas in Napa. It’s important to keep things unstructured too. After booking a room with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites, explore downtown Napa and find something fun and exciting to do – on a whim. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Napa, so there is plenty to see and do based on your mood.

Relax and Be Simple

One of the main reasons why Napa is a top choice for couples is because it sets the stage for romance. With a vast selection of hotels, bed and breakfasts, wineries, restaurants, spas, golf courses and galleries, the city caters to couples of all ages. With this in mind, you won’t have to overextend yourself or your budget by planning activities. You can settle into the environment easily and truly enjoy time with your partner. A picnic lunch. A stroll through the vineyards. A ride on a hot air balloon. Lunch on the Wine Train. Enjoy it all in Napa Valley!

Napa Valley for Non-Wine Drinkers

October 25th, 2014

Can you tour Napa Valley without wine? Absolutely! While Napa Valley is one of the best wine destinations in the world, there are many other things to do. Here are a few of the most unusual things you can do in Napa Valley that don’t involve drinking wine:

  • Attend a cultural event – Napa Valley is home to the historic Napa Valley Opera House that hosts plays, dances, and musical performances all year long. Napa Valley also has a wide range of night-time options, including places like Silo’s on the waterfront, which features live music most nights.
  • See Napa Valley from the air – Napa Valley has a number of hot air balloon companies as well as helicopter charters and even gliders, so you can see Napa Valley from a different perspective. The scenery is gorgeous in any season and the views are incredible. Check out Napa Helicopter Charters, Balloons Above the Valley, or American Flight Adventures, just to name a few.
  • See Napa Valley from a train – the Napa Valley Wine Train is a very popular way to enjoy a great meal in a restored antique train car as it passes through the beautiful scenery.
  • Enjoy the great outdoors – Napa Valley has a large number of hiking trails and biking options too, so you can enjoy the great outdoors here. Check out the Napa Valley Bike Tours for bike rentals and tour options. Check out Napa Valley Hiking for trail information and maps.

Reserve a room at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites and you can enjoy Napa Valley even without the wine.

Napa Valley is home to world-renowned chefs who are skilled at farm-to-table cooking, so you can also eat your way through Napa Valley. Eight restaurants in Napa are firmly in the Michelin guide. Plus, there are dozens of wonderful restaurants and eateries that aren’t mentioned in the guide and serve delicious food.

Napa Valley has some of the world’s best olive oil producers. Check out open-to-the-public tastings in places like:

Even if you are on a tight budget, you can stock up on gourmet goodies at the Oxbow Market or Dean & DeLuca. Enjoy an upscale picnic in one of the gorgeous local parks.

Call us at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites to reserve your suite and you can enjoy many activities in and around Napa Valley. Call 707-226-1871 for more details and pricing.

Which Wines Should I Buy for Thanksgiving?

October 17th, 2014

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the holiday menu. If you plan on hosting the feast, you’ll need to decide which types of wines pair well with your menu. If you plan on attending as a guest, bringing a bottle of wine is a nice gesture. The typical Thanksgiving menu is elaborate, so how do you choose which types of wine you should bring? Here is a rundown of the various wine selections that are available for the fall holiday.

The Whites

Chardonnay is one of the most popular picks for white wines, but the oakiness and intensity of the flavors generally do not pair well with Thanksgiving foods. Instead, stick to white wines that are refreshing and fruity. Two good examples: Riesling with a spicy, fruity flavor or Sauvignon Blanc that is light and crisp. They won’t be overpowering and will complement the heavier foods nicely.

The Reds

Red wines are perfectly acceptable for a Thanksgiving feast even though some tend to be on the heavier side. Cabernet, for example, isn’t recommended because it is high in tannins, very tart and doesn’t pair well with turkey breast. Stick to lighter reds that will taste delicious with your meal and add a visual punch. Wines to consider for your holiday meal include Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Syrah.

The Sparklers

Sparklers are a great choice for Thanksgiving because they are light, refreshing and bubbly. Sparklers have a way of making the meal more fun and lively, especially when they are served in champagne flutes. You can serve sparklers when guests are arriving, but when the meal is being served, it’s best to stick to dry sparklers as opposed to the sweet ones.

Don’t Forget Dessert!

When it comes to dessert, you have another choice to make, as not all wines pair well with sweets. Whether you’re serving up pumpkin pie or oatmeal raisin cookies, try some of these dessert wines: Muscat, Riesling or Port.

Napa Valley is home to some of the best wines in the world! If you plan on visiting, surprise your guests by picking up a few bottles of wine from one of our local wineries. Or, check out the local wineries that will ship bottles of wine to the home, such as Robert Mondavi Winery or Franciscan Estate Winery.

Leaf Peeping, Pumpkin Patches, and More in Napa Valley this Fall

October 13th, 2014

If you don’t believe California has a leaf-peeping season, you haven’t seen enough of the Napa Valley. With so much of the state’s population living on or near the coast, where Mediterranean plants thrive, many people miss the opportunity to enjoy the changing leaves of California.

The fall colors in Napa change like the aging of fine wine too. Most people forget that grapevines across the Napa Valley vineyards change color just like the trees, so you get a double flashy blast of yellows, oranges, and vivid reds on the ground and in the trees. The low winds usually mean that the colors stick around on the vines and in the trees for some time too, so you can enjoy them a little longer in Napa Valley.

October is time to grab a jacket and watch the changing leaves. Join us by making your reservation today at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suitesor call 707-226-1871.

October is that special time of year when the days grow shorter and everyone prepares for winter by stocking up their pantries and pulling out winter clothes. If you’re like most people, you should be ready for a little fall fun. Bring the kids to Napa Valley and enjoy pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hay rides, and more.

  • Stanly Lane Pumpkin Patch – an annual event that many locals visit every year, this pumpkin patch is a celebration of fall for adults and kids. Climb on a straw bale mountain 13 layers high, scramble through the corn maze, and pick up the pumpkins you need for Halloween. Admission is FREE.
  • Pick of the Patch Pumpkins at ABC Tree Farm in American Canyon – select from pumpkins already gathered from the field, and stay for the bounce houses, slides, and obstacle courses for the kids. Visit the retail stores to pick up last-minute Halloween specialty items for your home.

Start with a hearty breakfast within walking distance of our hotel and fuel up, then head out for some October fun in Napa Valley!

Check our room availability at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Call us at 707-226-1871 to arrange your stay and enjoy a special harvest season this year in Napa Valley.

How to do Napa for Cheap

October 10th, 2014

Wait – did you read that title right? Can you really visit Napa for cheap? It seems like nothing comes cheap these days, especially vacations. With some proper planning and a little know-how, you can visit Napa Valley, enjoy everything it has to offer and stay within your budget. We’ll tell you how.

Visit During the Off-Season

The cheapest times to visit Napa are winter and spring. You’ll find plenty of hotel packages that drop their prices up to 50 percent! Don’t worry about missing out on grape picking and crushing. Beautiful valleys of bright yellow mustard plants are a gem to look at, and you can enjoy mild temperatures, smaller crowds and seasonal menus.

Nab Hotel Deals by Booking Online

Unlike other areas where downtown is the most expensive place to stay, downtown Napa is actually quite affordable, especially compared to the quaint bed and breakfasts throughout Wine Country. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is situated in the heart of downtown Napa and offers great rates. Book your stay online and save up to 20 percent, or call the hotel directly and take advantage of one of the seasonal packages that include a deluxe room, jacuzzi and other amenities for one low price.

Use Coupons for Free Wine Tastings

Forget cheap – how about free? Wine tours can add up quickly if you don’t plan in advance, but there are many wineries that offer coupons and discounted wine tours. Here is where you can find a list of all the wineries that are offering coupons for the 2014 winter season. Check them out! Also call the winery in advance or visit their website to see if any special offers are available. Some wineries waive the tour fee with a purchase, others offer 2-for-1 deals.

Get Back to the Basics

Other tourist locations will have you spending hundreds of dollars on admission prices for amusement parks, water parks, museums and so on. And unless you visit these attractions, there may not be much else to do. With Napa, you can essentially pay for the hotel and food and enjoy free or low-cost activities throughout your stay. Napa is home to three state parks where you can enjoy hiking trails, picnics, a swimming pool and old-fashioned waterwheels. With the beautiful landscape and breathtaking maples, oaks, redwoods and madrones, you don’t need to take out your wallet to enjoy a day in Napa Valley.

Napa Valley is Buzzing with Crush Parties, Harvest Parties, and Special Tastings in October

October 6th, 2014

We can’t get enough of the good life in Napa Valley – we really can’t! At every turn, you’ll find farms, real working wineries, farmer’s markets and all the special Napa-style things that go with them. Take a look at what’s happening in October in Napa Valley:

  • We do farmer’s markets a little differently here. Take a look at the St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Market Veggies and Vino Pairing. No kidding. In honor of World Vegetarian Day, the wine educators will guide you through an exploration of tasty vegetarian bites pairing them with superb wines. (Saturday, October 4)
  • Ever fancied yourself as a wine maker? Play vintner for a day and blend your own Merlot. Take a look at the Rutherford Hill Winery’s Blend Your Own Merlot Seminar, teaching how wine making is both art and science. You’ll learn from the masters and create your own perfect recipe using wines from their vineyards. Blend, bottle, and label your wine. (Saturdays)

Reserve a room at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suitesand you can stroll to breakfast, catch a wine-making class, fit in a little shopping and be back in time for an afternoon nap before you start it all over again.

Napa Valley is world-renowned for its wines and every October, there are a number of crush-the-grapes and harvest parties you can join to get into the spirit of the spectacular fall season. Here are just a few:

  • The Crush Party at V. Sattui Winery – come experience the open house and step inside a real working winery to feel the passion and excitement that comes with the fall. (October 4th)
  • Markham Vineyards Harvest Celebration – celebrate another glorious Napa Valley harvest in their historic stone cellar. Enjoy a wine reception, stroll through the vineyards, and take in the sights. (October 11th)
  • Cornerstone Cellars Harvest Party – celebrate the season and the harvest with live music, BBQ by Cochon, and enjoy tasting the lovely Cornerstone Cellars wines. (October 18th)

These dates not working for you? No problem. Check out all the winery events for October and find one that fits your schedule.

Call us at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites to reserve yoursuite and you can enjoy all that the harvest season has to offer within a short drive or walk. Call 707-226-1871 for more details and pricing.

A Closer Look at Napa’s State Parks

October 3rd, 2014

Napa Valley extends itself beyond wine tastings and romantic dinners. It’s also home to three state parks where volunteers and park rangers work diligently to keep them clean, beautiful and open to visitors. If you’re looking for affordable family fun, take a peek at these three parks. There’s enough at each one to keep you busy all day, and if you’re not one to pitch a tent and sleep outside with the bugs, then rent a cozy room with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites for the evening.

Bothe-Napa State Park

To use the park for the entire day is only $8.00 per car. Set up a picnic lunch under the oak trees. Most sites have a barbecue grill, table and benches – come early to reserve your spot! A large pavilion is also available for groups of 60 or more, which is perfect if you plan on hosting a family reunion or birthday party. Of course, grilling, eating and hanging out under the oak trees is only a fraction of the fun.

Bothe-Napa State Park is home to many wonderful walking and hiking trails: Ritchey Canyon Trail, History Trail, Coyote Peak Trail and Redwood  Trail. Each trail is a different length so you can choose a path that is short and leisurely or get a full-on workout. Also to enjoy is the Native American Plant Garden, Wappo People, which is an easy trail and explores the many plants that are still used today for medicine, food and technology.

Additional fun at Bothe-Napa State Park includes:

  • Swimming pool

  • Horseback riding

  • White Church Cemetery

  • Flora and fauna

  • Tours and milling demonstrations

  • Camping

Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park

This state park is the place to be when you want to learn more about California’s rural heritage. Come and watch the original set of French Buhr millstones in action! You may also purchase a Bale Grist Mill product such as polenta, cornmeal, rye, buckwheat or whole wheat flour. Picnic areas are also available for before or after you visit the mills.

Adults pay $5.00, children 6-17 pay $2.00 and children under 6 are free.

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

Hiking is the main attraction at this park, with west trails leading to the summit of Mount St. Helena and east trails leading to below the volcanic cliffs of the Palisades. The scenery is exquisite, and on clear days, Shasta and the Sierra Nevada can be seen. With the length of the trails and their steepness, be prepared to hike. The full trip is 10 miles. Hikers agree that it’s worth the effort thanks to the elaborate views and top-of-the-world experience.