Dining Journeys on the Napa Valley Wine Train

November 28th, 2015

The Napa Valley Wine Train is an iconic event that everyone visiting the area needs to experience at least once. One thing that you may not realize is that the Napa Valley Wine Train also offers dining journeys, which you can enjoy year round.

The wine train lets you sit back, relax and enjoy a fine dining experience that includes a multi-course meal. They also can accommodate dietary restrictions as well as passengers who have allergies. Some exclusive dining journeys you can experience on the Napa Valley Wine Train include:

  • Vista DomeEnjoy dining in elevated splendor. This journey is one of the most private dining experiences you can enjoy with the Napa Valley Wine Train. Reserved seats on this domed railcar provide you with an exclusive experience that includes wine, fine cuisine and a three-hour journey.
  • Gourmet ExpressThis is all about traveling back to an elegant era. This refurbished 1915-1917 train creates the atmosphere and includes wine, a gourmet meal, and a three-hour tour.
  • Murder MysteryThis is only offered on select trains, but is definitely a memorable experience. Enjoy Murder-Mystery Theater and dining on this three-hour adventure where even you play a pivotal role in solving the crime!
  • Moonlight EscapeEnjoy the moonlit vineyards and romance of this three-hour trip on a vintage train. The tour includes a multi-course dinner, sparkling and private-label wines, and the opportunity to travel in the moonlight.

Take a Train and Stay in a Luxury Napa Hotel

At Napa Valley Hotel and Suites, we want you to take in the full Napa experience. That is why we offer exciting packages that show you the sights and sounds of this beautiful region. Enjoy boutique accommodations, the downtown atmosphere and a night on the wine train, all for a single price.

Book your Napa hotel stay and take advantage of the Napa Valley Wine Train package. Call Napa Valley Hotel and Suites at 707-226-1871.

Holiday Open Houses at Local Napa Valley Wineries

November 21st, 2015

Holiday Open Houses at Local Napa Valley Wineries

The holidays are all about inviting guests into your home and celebrating the season together. That’s exactly what we do here in Napa Valley. Wineries throughout the region will open their doors and invite guests to experience the holidays with them.

Just some of the holiday open houses you can attend include:

  • Holiday Open House & Special TastingHosted by the Viader Winery, this holiday open house starts December 5th. The annual party is hosted by the Viader family and features specialty holiday wines, expertly prepared appetizers and even delectable sweets prepared by their in-house chef. To bring in the season, they extend specials on all of their wines for that day only. Admittance is free, but RSVPs are required.
  • Holiday Open House and Art ShowAt the Black Stallion Estate Winery on December 5th, you can enjoy wine club prices, fine art and crafted appetizers as well as wines. All you pay is $20 per person or $15 for Napa Neighbors.
  • Halliday at Our House This black tie event includes a five-course dinner and some of the most cherished wines from Hall and Walt’s libraries. Spaces are limited and the event kicks off December 5th.

Stay Close to the Open House Events with a Local Napa Hotel

You do not want to have to spend your holidays driving distances and dealing with traffic. Instead, stay close to the wineries, open houses, and all the fun. Book your room at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. The convenient location and boutique amenities make our hotel the perfect spot for all of the fun and festivities November and December have to offer.

Book your stay with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites today. Give us a call at 707-226-1871 or make your Napa hotel reservations online.

Downtown Napa Vintage Christmas

November 18th, 2015

Downtown Napa Vintage Christmas

Is it too early to talk about Christmas? We didn’t think so. That’s why we want to make sure you’re familiar with the magic that is the Downtown Napa Vintage Christmas celebration.

Towards the end of November and through the New Year, you’re going to see Downtown Napa completely transformed into an incredible Christmas wonderland.  Events begin on November 25rd, the night before Thanksgiving, at 6pm in Veterans Park. On that evening, the town’s 30-foot Christmas tree, adorned with more than 2,500 lights and 1,000 ornaments, will be officially lit.

Come back on Saturday, November 28th, for the town’s official Downtown Christmas Parade. The parade is led by Santa and features community floats as well and dancing Christmas trees. The fun starts at First and School Streets and you’re welcome to stop for a quick picture with Santa after the parade, too. There are also prizes for the best floats, best decorated cars, and costumes for pets and children. This year’s theme is “Tis the Season.”

Napa on Ice, Napa’s only outdoor skating rink, will open on November 20th and stay open until January 10th. The rink is open every day, including holidays. Check the site’s calendar for daily hours, as they do vary depending on the day of the week. You can even book parties, private ice time, and skating lessons for you and the kids. It’s a lot of fun.

Throughout the entire Downtown Napa area you’ll get to experience gorgeous decorations and more than 35,000 lights. There will be amazing specials on wine tastings, food, and of course shopping – but the entire area will be a welcoming, family-friendly haven for simply smiling, laughing, and enjoying the holiday season.

Make sure you check with the Napa visitor’s center as well as your Napa hotel concierge to find out what new special events have been added to the Vintage Christmas calendar. We guarantee you won’t spend a single day in the area with nothing to do!

Enjoy the 27th Annual Festival of Lights

November 13th, 2015

There are two things to look forward to the day after Thanksgiving: Black Friday and the Annual Festival of Lights. If you are the type that wants to skip the crowds (and hassles) of Black Friday shopping, head to the Festival of Lights instead on November 27.

This annual event hosted in Yountville features the best of wine, food and entertainment. Children and adults can mingle with Santa Claus and of course, take in the glow from the city’s breathtaking light display.

Just a few things you will see at the event include:

  • Tasting Bracelet – This was started at the 26th Festival of Lights and will be used again this year. Attendees will receive a tasting bracelet so that they do not have to worry about finding tickets to enjoy the fun. There are limited numbers of bracelets and they are only available for those 21 years and older. You receive the bracelet and a souvenir wine glass all for $25.
  • Santa Claus – Santa will arrive at the festival grounds at 2:15pm with flashing lights and sirens on CalFire’s infamous truck.
  • Carriage Rides – Take a romantic ride amidst the lights, sounds and breathtaking views of Yountville. These romantic carriage rides are a classic feature of the Annual Festival of Lights.
  • Music and Talent – Throughout the festival, you will find local artists and musicians sharing their talents on the streets and performing free concerts. There will also be a performance by the Regional Dance Company.
  • Food Tasting – Between the hours of 2:00pm and 5:00pm, the award-winning restaurants of Yountville will be offering their tasty samplers and more than two dozen wineries will present tasting samples of their wines.
  • Drawings and Prizes – Retailers throughout Yountville will also be participating in their local drawings and prize giveaways for the Annual Festival of Lights, in addition to offering a few Black Friday deals. So for those of you who don’t want to completely forgo the shopping madness, you can have the best of both worlds!

Enjoy the 27th Annual Festival of Lights at a Boutique Napa Hotel

Skip the busy hustle-bustle of Yountville hotels and stay a short drive away at a Napa hotel. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites offers you a luxurious room to come back to after a day at the festival. Our hotel is within walking distance to other downtown Napa amenities, including award-winning restaurants.

Book your Napa hotel accommodations before the holiday rush. Call us at 707-226-1871.

5 Incredible Places to Spend Thanksgiving in Napa

November 10th, 2015

5 Incredible Places to Spend Thanksgiving in Napa

Wine country is an incredible place to visit just about any time of the year. The holidays, though, can be very stressful at home – the pressure of entertaining, cleaning, cooking, and cleaning again in the aftermath. It can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why Thanksgiving is an extra special time of year to visit Napa. You can kick back, relax, enjoy the gorgeous atmosphere, and allow yourself to be catered to.

The Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train is one of the few places where you can actually enjoy a Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day itself. Chef Kelly Macdonald is known for creating the perfect turkey, and it will of course be paired with decadent side dishes. Your multi-course meal and wine pairings are served as you enjoy a relaxing 3.5 hour ride through wine country. The price range on Thanksgiving day is $134 to $209 per person. Make sure you make your reservations early.

The Calistoga Inn

The Calistoga Inn is another popular spot for Thanksgiving Dinner. The menu, while somewhat traditional, is also a bit different than you may be used to. Calistoga has been serving Thanksgiving dinner for 25 years and the day sells out quickly, so make your reservations soon. Prices start at $63 per adult (three courses) and $32 for children. The prices range upward for different entrees (like fillet instead of steak) or for additional appetizers.


Celadon is another incredible restaurant serving Thanksgiving dinner. Located in the Historic Napa Mill, the restaurant caters to small families and large groups, so if you book right away you may just be able to bring a large group of family and friends to enjoy Thanksgiving together.

Auberg du Soleil

The restaurant at Auberge du Soleil serves a decadent Thanksgiving meal you won’t soon forget. Think creative dishes like oysters on the half-shell or a stunning fairytale pumpkin soup. The cost usually ranges from $55 for children to $125 per adult. Call or book online to ensure your spaces are reserved.

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites

The Napa Valley Hotel and Suites has a stunning and affordable Thanksgiving package as well. For only $199, you can enjoy a deluxe room with a Jacuzzi and a king size bed. You’ll also receive a free dinner voucher for two valued at $50. You don’t need to use this on Thanksgiving day, either. Book ahead and enjoy the weekend before or after – whenever you’d like.

The holiday season is in full swing but you don’t have to let that become a cause for stress. Book a weekend away or a meal in a gorgeous restaurant and let someone else do all of the work for you. Enjoy!

Visit the Napa Valley Museum

November 4th, 2015

The weather may be starting to chill, but that does not mean you will be without fun activities and sights when you visit Napa this November. In fact, one of the best places to go as the weather turns is the Napa Valley Museum. From their Free Family Fun Days to exciting activities and exhibits, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Here are some of the Napa Valley events you can catch this November:

  • Free Family Fun Day: Nourishing the Soul – See the Thanksgiving Food Drive and Felt Thanksgiving wall hangings and banners on Saturday, November 14th between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. You can show gratitude by bringing in a few canned good items as well as see the exciting exhibition, “Nourishing the Soul.” Later, you can also try working with a needle and thread to make your own beautiful harvest-inspired wall hangings and banners from felt.
  • Nourish: Tour with the Curator – Enjoy a specialty tour with the guest curator of the Napa Valley Museum. You will enjoy an in-depth tour of this amazing, inspiring exhibition. The cost is just $5 for non-members and free for members of the museum. The event takes place on November 18th.
  • Exciting Exhibits There are some fabulous exhibits on display at the Napa Valley Museum currently, including “Nourish” which is a display of the fine lines between food and art. The “Land and People of Napa Valley” is a permanent exhibition that is about the history and people of Napa Valley. It covers what makes this region a flourishing agriculture and viticulture industry.

Come Back to a Local Napa Hotel after the Day’s Fun

After you spend your day at the Napa Valley Museum, come back to the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. We offer spacious rooms and even fun packages for the fall that allow you to take advantage of the season.

Call 707-226-1871 to reserve your room or book your Napa boutique hotel accommodations online for your visit.

Early Christmas Shopping in Napa Valley

October 29th, 2015

The weather has cooled off and the vineyards are asleep, preparing for next year. While everything may be calm in the vineyard, Napa Valley still has plenty to enjoy. One of the best things to do in Napa Valley during the winter is get a jumpstart on your Christmas shopping, all while on a relaxing vacation.

Some of the best places to start your Christmas shopping include:

  • V MarketplaceHere you will find a variety of unique specialty shops, art galleries, and even a few places to sneak in some wine tasting.
  • Back Room Wines Shop - Give your friends and family true Napa finds by visiting the fine wine shop in downtown Napa. These wines include some delicious ones you will not be able to find back home.
  • Spice Islands Marketplace - Visit this fascinating marketplace where you will find the world’s best collections of culinary products, spices and unique concoctions.
  • A Man’s Supply - For the man in your life, find fabulous clothing, brand name accessories, high-end camping and outdoor gear, and just about everything your rugged, yet classy, man will enjoy.
  • Calistoga Olive Oil Company - For the culinarians in your life, bring home gourmet olive oils, soaps and all-natural snacks from this unique local shop.
  • Napa Town Center - Here you will find outdoor shopping for clothes, food and accessories.
  • Napa Premium Outlets - Find the latest fashions and enjoy massive savings from the premium outlets. Some top brands you can expect to find include Banana Republic, Cole Haan, Tommy Hilfiger and even Barneys of New York.

Book Your Stay at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites

Be within walking distance of downtown Napa and enjoy clean, spacious rooms right here at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Whether you are getting a jumpstart on holiday shopping or just treating yourself, we have the accommodations you need for a relaxing stay.

Book your Napa stay at our hotel today or call 707-226-1871 for more information.

Enjoy Thanksgiving in Napa Valley

October 20th, 2015

Avoid the usual hosting, cleaning and all of the cooking associated with Thanksgiving; instead, spoil yourself this year. Napa Valley is the perfect escape for the holidays and there are plenty of things to do and sights to see that will make you forget the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

While most wineries are closed on Thanksgiving Day (which is November 26th this year), you still have plenty of options to enjoy your time, including:

  1. Napa Valley Wine Train – The wine train is always moving and on Thanksgiving that will not change. Depart on a Thanksgiving lunch or dinner and enjoy traditional Thanksgiving foods, wine and the unmatched beauty of wine country in the fall.
  2. Auberge du Soleil – Dine on an elegant four-course Thanksgiving feast that can include pumpkin soup, oysters, croissant pudding and of course, turkey.
  3. eToile Restaurant at Domaine Chandon – As one of the few wineries open on Thanksgiving, here you will find a classy, cozy dinner in a place that is ideal for holiday photo opportunities.
  4. Annual Festival of Lights in Yountville – This event happens after Thanksgiving and is meant to kick off the holiday season. There will be food, lights, entertainment, carriage rides and of course, Santa.

Enjoy a Package Deal and Downtown Stay

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites offers a Thanksgiving Napa hotel package for two that is perfect for those who want to get away from all the organizing and work of the holidays. This package features a deluxe room with Jacuzzi, king bed and free dinner for two—all for one fabulous rate.

Book your Napa Thanksgiving stay with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Give us a call at 707-226-1871.

Visiting the Napa Valley Film Festival 2015

October 19th, 2015

Visiting the Napa Valley Film Festival 2015

Fall is here and you know what that means – the Napa Valley Film Festival is right around the corner. This year’s festival, slated for November 11th through 15th, promises to be 5 days full of incredible films. And wine. And food. You won’t want to miss it!

The Ultimate Film, Food, and Wine Experience

That’s what they call it. The entire festival takes place throughout four villages – Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga. Throughout the duration, you can expect to see more than 125 new films, spot more than 300 different filmmakers and industry guests, find deals for more than 150 wineries, and find decadent food offerings from 30 different chefs. Food, wine tastings, and special events will fill your days from start to finish.

How to Enjoy the Festival

Here’s what you really need to know about the Napa Valley Film Festival 2015.

First, you’re going to want to take a look at the full festival lineup (it’s been announced!) to decide what events are most important to you (and accessible). You have a lot to choose from, ranging from the Opening Night Event and the Festival Gala to the celebrity tributes and the closing night awards ceremony and wrap party. Then you will, of course have dozens and dozens of incredible films and sub-events to choose from. You can see the entire NVFF2015 lineup here.

After you have an idea of where you’d like to go, you’re going to want to snag your tickets and passes. Some of the events are more limited than others, so take care of your reservations sooner rather than later. Your choices include the Festival Pass, Pass Plus, or Patron Circle VIP experience passes.

You will also be able to purchase individual passes to the Festival Gala, Celebrity Tributes, and Awards Ceremony & Wrap Party. At checkout, you’ll be able to choose which festival village you’ll use for pass and ticket pick-up.

Can’t make it to most of the festival but want to see at least one film? You can gamble on a rush-pass at the door on the day of an event. Get there early, look for the rush ticket line, and take your chances. You may get in!

Oh – and the food and wine part we mentioned? You’ll be able to enjoy wine at all of the screening venues and some will have glasses and bottles for sale. You’ll also find special food and wine pavilions throughout each festival village.

If you haven’t already mapped out your next trip to Napa, start by planning around the festival weekend. This is one event you’ll be glad you didn’t miss.

Take Advantage of Fall and Winter Packages: The Perfect End-of-Year Napa Getaway

October 12th, 2015

As the year is slowly creeping to its end, you may want to squeeze in one more relaxing Napa getaway before the cold weather sets in. Napa Valley is the ideal place for those last minute vacations. Consider all that there is to do here during the fall and winter season and whether you want to stay for a weekend or a week or more, there will be plenty to fill your heart and mind!

One of the best things about visiting Napa Valley in the fall is the leaves. The grape vines go from plush green to golden yellow and rust and the ground is dusted with leaves you can kick up while enjoying the cool breeze. It is refreshing and the perfect escape for visitors from all over the world.

Some of the exciting packages you can take advantage of when you visit Napa Valley in the fall and winter include:

  • A Day Trip to San Francisco – Visit the bustling city of San Francisco for the day and then come back at night to Napa Valley.
  • Golf Package – If your escape happens to be in the middle of the week, take advantage of a golf package and enjoy tournament-level golf courses and special rates.
  • Wine Train Package - The memorable wine train is something everyone must try. From the fantastic dining to touring wine country, you can get exclusive rates by booking with your room.
  • Thanksgiving Package - Thinking of visiting closer to the holidays? Enjoy a deluxe room with Jacuzzi and king size bed as well as a free dinner for two, all for a flat rate this Thanksgiving.

Enjoy the Breathtaking Beauty of Fall with a Boutique Stay

Be within walking distance to harvest events, local wineries and great dining by staying at our Napa hotel. Our luxurious hotel offers you large, spacious rooms, free parking and all of the amenities you need to enjoy wine country to the fullest.

Call 707-226-1871 to reserve your room or book your Napa stay online with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites for the fall or winter season.