Escape to Napa Valley Before School Is Out

April 14th, 2014

Napa Valley is a highly popular location in the summer months, so it can get a little chaotic when school lets out. Now is the ideal time to enjoy the warmer weather, soak up the spring flowers and sun, and have a quieter Napa experience before school ends for the summer break.

Some of the best ways to tour Napa Valley are:

  • By car – one of the most popular ways to tour Napa Valley on your own schedule is by car. At Napa Valley Hotel and Suites, we can help you map out your tour of Napa Valley so you can take in all the sites you want and enjoy your perfect Napa day.
  • By train – another very popular way to tour Napa Valley is by train. We are lucky enough to have a unique, magnificently appointed train ride on tracks built originally in the 1860s. You’ll ride comfortably through miles of gorgeous scenery and make stops at different locations depending on the day of the week. See the Napa Valley Wine Train site for details and tickets.
  • By limo – there are many limousine tours that take the work out of navigating and the worry out of drinking and driving. The tour organizers will customize your itinerary to suit your preferences and steer clear of tourist traps.

There are many wonderful ways to enjoy the beauty and scenery of Napa Valley. Schedule your stay at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites and you’ll be within walking distance of every restaurant and theatre you may want to try!

Other ways to enjoy touring Napa Valley are by bike, in a hot air balloon, in a kayak, and on foot. There are hiking trails, biking options, hot air balloon companies and tours that cater to those who really want to make the most of exploring the great outdoors.

Between now and when school lets out, visitors to Napa Valley have the ideal shoulder season – not too hot and not too crowded – so you can get around easily wherever you want to go. Create an outdoor adventure, or a romantic getaway, or a much-needed escape before the long days of summer are upon you.

Call our friendly staff at 707-226-1871 to book your stay in Napa Valley today.

What Could be More Romantic and Endearing than a Napa Valley Wedding?

April 7th, 2014

Getting married soon or planning a pre-wedding getaway? Almost no location in the world is more romantic and charming than Napa Valley. What a gift you will be giving to your guests by planning a wedding in Napa Valley! Some of the most amazing wedding venues can be found here:

  • Greystone – with dramatic spaces and a historic building renowned for soaring ceilings and hand-cut stone. Even better, the Culinary Institute of America is your caterer!
  • Chardonnay Golf Club – this venue has been selected by hundreds of brides and grooms for the natural beauty, amazing vistas, and stunning sunsets. In addition, an amazing Executive Chef will deliver a meal that your guests aren’t likely to forget soon.
  • Napa General Store – don’t let the name fool you, this is a great place to host special events. With a riverside patio, adjoining plaza, and more, it is the ideal place for everything from an intimate family dinner, to a post wedding brunch, to a rehearsal dinner, all the way up to a wedding ceremony.

Reserve a block of rooms at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites and your guests will be close to everything they want to enjoy for indoor and outdoor fun in Napa Valley.

When it comes to keeping your guests comfortable and happy while wedding festivities are taking place, what could be a better location than Napa Valley? Not only can the bride and groom be pampered through their nuptials, but guests can take bike rides, go hiking, tour wineries, and more, while they wait for the big event.

Brides and grooms can also easily manage bachelor and bachelorette parties complete with drivers that can ensure everyone is comfortable, safe, and ready to participate the next day. With some of the finest chefs in the world, you’re certain to have the kind of wedding celebration that your guests will be talking about for years to come and one that you’ll remember forever.

Call us at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites to reserve your suite and find the perfect wedding getaway. Call 707-226-1871 for more details and pricing.

Celebrate Spring in Napa Valley with Golf, Tennis, Hiking, and more

March 29th, 2014

Got spring fever? We sure do. While Napa Valley is well known for its world class wines, those craving some fresh air and sunshine can grab their golf clubs, tennis rackets, and hiking shoes and head to Napa Valley. Here you’ll find some of the best outdoor adventures in California.

Championship golf courses and even expert instruction can be found here:

  • Silverado Resort and Spa for golf and tennis – the course was redesigned by PGA Hall of Famer Johnny Miller.
  • Chardonnay Golf Club with over 150 acres of vineyards and an 18-hole golf course—you get golf with a gorgeous view.

Tennis courts can be found at the Napa Valley College Tennis Courts, which are open to the public when not being used by students.

Stay with us at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites and you’ll be close to all the spring time festivities and outdoor fun in Napa Valley.

If hiking is your idea of getting out of doors for the spring time, then Napa Valley is the ideal place. You can hike all morning, then enjoy a lazy afternoon of nibbling and sipping your way through the wineries after.

Some of the nearby hiking trails include:

  • Stevenson Memorial Trail – a five mile trail in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park leads to the top of Mount St. Helena and gives hikers the option of a two-mile round trip.
  • If you like something to look at on your hike, try the Bale Grist Mill State Historical Park. Once the center of social activity in Napa Valley – where settlers gathered to have their corn and wheat ground – the owner of the mill was Dr. Edward Turner Bale.
  • The Oat Hill Mine Trail offers a few options with spectacular views of the valley and the Aetna Springs. Alternating thick forest canopy with wide grasslands gives hikers a sense of the real outdoors.

Call us at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites to reserve your room and find relief for your spring fever. Call 707-226-1871 for more details and pricing.

Tips for a Successful Winery Visit

March 25th, 2014

If you’re planning on attending a wine tour, you want to make the most out of the experience. Wine tours are great opportunities to learn about the business and the wine economy; you’ll certainly leave with more than just wine in your hand! Here are helpful tips for a successful wine visit when touring Napa Valley.

  • Hire a designated driver. You’ll probably drink more wine that you plan to, and those little sips add up, especially if you’ve been having little sips all day! Plus, many of the wineries are spread out, so you don’t want to be driving or riding a bike if you’ve enjoyed too much wine. To enjoy the experience and not feel limited on your samplings, hire a tour company or car service.

  • Try out the smaller wineries. It’s only normal that you’ll want to visit some of the big-name wineries, but don’t forget the smaller wineries, too. These small wineries offer more intimate tours and personalized attention where you can learn about the wine business and chat with people who work at the winery.

  • Be open to trying new things. It’s amazing how many people attend wine tours but may not be comfortable trying a variety of wines. Instead of sticking to what you know, try new grapes and wine varieties. The people who work at the winery will appreciate your openness to trying to things, and you’ll thank yourself later.

  • Remember that you are sampling. If you want to drink more later, that’s fine. But in the meantime, stick to sampling and tasting/smelling the various notes and aromas. In some instances, you’ll be in someone’s home, and you want to be polite to those around you. Drinking too much can ruin the experience for everyone.

  • Don’t feel pressured to buy. Wineries rely on their tour guests to make a purchase, so you should plan to buy some bottles of wine. But, don’t feel pressured. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and buy more than you need to, but you don’t have to. And, if it turns out that you really love a wine you bought, you can probably purchase it online later and have it shipped to you.

Have a place to keep the wine. You don’t want wine rolling around the car, and you don’t want to leave the wine in a hot car. Have some type of carrying case to keep the wine protected and in a cool environment. Otherwise, have the wine shipped to you at a later date.

Date Night or Tailgate Party at the Uptown Theatre in Napa

March 22nd, 2014

Napa Valley plays host to some truly exceptional entertainers. This April, the Uptown Theatre is combining dinner for two and orchestra seats at the show of your choice, creating the ultimate Napa Valley Date Night.

The restaurants included boast some of the top-rated chefs in Napa Valley:

  • Bottega Restaurant with Chef Michael Chiarello, the tastemaker behind NapaStyle, Chiarello Family Vineyards, Consorvio Flavored Oils, and the Emmy-winning Food Network personality as well as cookbook author.
  • Morimoto Napa with Chef Masaharu Morimoto, known to millions as the star of the Iron Chef, he has garnered acclaim for seamlessly integrating Western and Japanese ingredients into dishes that delight.
  • Bistro Don Giovani with Chef Donna Scala, known for delivering the best Italian cuisine in the Napa Valley. Donna uses only the freshest ingredients from local purveyors and the Scalas produce their own olive oil from trees on the property.
  • Angele’s with Chef Patric Kelly, known for their French country fare and offering refined bistro quality meals in downtown Napa. The dining room is located in a historic building and evokes the simple romance of a classic French brasserie with a riverfront patio to capture Napa’s perfect climate.

There are many wonderful ways to enjoy the culture of Napa Valley. Schedule your stay at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites and you can walk to the Uptown Theatre and restaurants – a perfect way to enjoy a spring evening.

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is within walking distance of the Uptown Theatre, so you can stroll to your dinner and walk to the theater. See the Uptown Theatre schedule and choose your event today.

Details for the Date Night Special: Choose your restaurant and show for $149 + the price of the tickets. Gratuity and beverages are separate. For more information, contact Cynthia at the Uptown Theatre (cynthia@uptowntheatrenapa.com) or call (707) 259-0123 extension 8 to reserve your tickets.

Call our friendly staff at 707-226-1871 to book your stay in Napa Valley today.

What is it Like to Go on a Wine Tour?

March 17th, 2014

You’ve finally signed up for a wine tour – congratulations! Wine tours are as common as water out here in Wine Country, and just about everyone who stays a weekend enjoys at least one of these noteworthy tours. But what exactly is a wine tour like? What can you expect?

What is a Wine Tour?

Wine tours are educational experiences. To make the most of the visit, you should be open to learning new things and having an appreciation for the resources that our world relies on for revenue and job opportunities. In Napa Valley, the wineries are very accustomed to doing tours, so you’ll have no trouble seeing the wineries that you want to. Some prefer more intimate gatherings and request that visitors sign up in advance while others welcome tourists at any time. If you have a few wineries in mind, check with them beforehand to learn their policies. Otherwise, you can wait until you get a few good recommendations from the locals.

What Happens on a Wine Tour?

When you arrive at the winery, your wine tour will consist of touring the vineyards and walking through the rows of the season’s harvests. Some tours are led by tour guides who talk about the history of the winery. Depending on the time of the year, you may be able to pick grapes and sample them right off the vine. After you walk through the outdoor vineyards, you’ll be invited inside the winery to see the production areas and try some samples. If you like what you taste, you can purchase a bottle – or two – of wine.

Different Ways to Tour

Some visitors choose to tour Wine Country using their own itinerary while others go along with a group. Professional tour companies are a nice fit for many travelers because they provide transportation and tourist information. These tours include a certain number of people and they drop off tourists at several different wineries for samplings and visits. Tours do cost more, however, so if you’re on a budget, you will find that traveling on your own will be cheaper. Most wineries do not charge for their tours and even allow sampling for free.

For a great experience on a budget, check out the spring/summer wine packages at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. You get the following amenities for one low price:

  • King suite

  • Jacuzzi tub

  • 10% off breakfast at General Store Cafe

  • Private sedan 3-hour wine tour

  • Complimentary tastings at three wineries

  • Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine

  • Baguette and cheese basket

  • $50.00 credit toward dinner at Allegria

  • Complimentary appetizer

Culture Your Cabernet – Napa Valley Arts April 1-30, 2014

March 15th, 2014

Napa Valley Arts in AprilYou probably already know Napa Valley for its reputation with wine, but did you know that the Napa Valley wineries – over 75 of them to be exact – also have art on display for the public throughout the year? During the month of April, the Napa Valley celebrates one of our most favorite pairings: wine and art!

The celebration is called Napa Valley Arts in April™ and it offers special access to some of the best art in the collections of Napa Valley.  Some of the wineries participating in Arts in April include:

Stay with us at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites and satisfy your cultural cravings by exploring winery art installations, pop-up exhibits and special tastings. Call 707-226-1871 to make reservations today.

Arts in April is an annual celebration of the elemental connection between art, the artists, and wine. This month-long celebration gives visitors special access to packages to enjoy the collections of the Napa Valley. It’s the perfect time to get a good dose of Napa Valley culture while sipping your way through the spring-time scenery.

One of the most prolific artists in Napa Valley is Gordon Huether who is the artist-in-residence at Artesa Vineyard and Winery. Gordon creates large-scale glass and sculpture installations across the country and his art can be found in airports, universities, libraries, and more. At the Artesa Vineyard, Gordon shows a personal side and introduces new art at the winery so the exhibit is always fresh and attention-grabbing.

Take a break from the ordinary and enjoy art outside the stuffy museum atmosphere. Call the friendly staff at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites or make your reservation online today.

Being a Triathlete in Napa Valley

March 10th, 2014

Triathlons are races that involve running, swimming and biking. There are all different types of triathlons; some are long, some are short and some are in between. The similarity between all triathlons is that they involve dedication, practice and practice. The rewards are well worth the effort.

When you visit Napa Valley, you’ll see plenty of active people here. Running and bike riding are some of the most popular activities to enjoy in Wine Country because of the optimal weather, beautiful vistas, rolling vineyards and laidback atmosphere. If you’re interested in training for the triathlon, there are a handful of triathlon clubs in the area that will pave the way for future success in these races.

In fact, Napa Valley is home to many races throughout the year. This spring, here is what you have to look forward to:

  • HITS Napa Valley Triathlon, April 12-13, 2014 – Both first-timers and serious athletes can participate in the triathlon. Biking, swimming and running through the twists and turns alongside the vistas and vineyards keeps the race interesting.

  • Cycle for Sight, April 26, 2014 – With three courses – 50, 25 and 15 miles – the ride starts and finishes at Justin Siena High School. There will also be a Cycle for Sight Wine and Music Festival at the high school, featuring wine, beer and fine cuisine. Proceeds will go to local charities.

  • Napa Valley Tour de Cure, May 4, 2014 – With various biking routes – from 10 to 100 miles – you can choose a route that’s good for you. A scenic pedal through Napa Valley is rewarding and rejuvenating. The bike tour supports diabetes awareness, so get involved with a healthier lifestyle!

  • ZOOMA Napa Valley Half-Marathon and 10K, June 28, 2014 – ZOOMA is the newest fit girlfriends’ getaway that includes a scenic half-marathon or 10K race in Napa Valley. The terrain is mostly flat and includes breathtaking views of the vineyards and mountain ranges.

With so much to take part in, it’s no wonder why Napa Valley is home to marathons and triathlons. Join in the fun by signing up for one of these races or practicing with a local triathlon club. Also check out hotels in the area that will complement your stay with luxury king size beds, room service and jacuzzi tubs.

Tour Napa Valley Wineries Aboard the Napa Valley Wine Trolley

March 8th, 2014

The Napa Valley Wine Trolley is one of the most exciting ways to enjoy a wine tasting tour through Napa Valley. It’s ideal because you don’t have to do the driving, so you can enjoy the scenery, chat with other guests, and relax.

This motorized San Francisco Cable Car lends a vintage air to your wine tasting day and scenic views abound. It’s truly unmatched by any other touring vehicle with its open air design.

A friendly and knowledgeable tour guide will take you to four exceptional wineries – each known for their great tasting rooms, warm hospitality, and fantastic wines. You will have plenty of opportunity to wander, take pictures of the scenery, admire the artwork and gaze at the historic landmarks.

Contact the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites or call 707-226-1871 to reserve a room for your spring time tour on the Napa Valley Wine Trolley!

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is very close to the starting point for the Napa Valley Wine Trolley – at the Oxbow Market. The Oxbow Market is a well-known stopping place for Napa visitors and an excellent place to start and end your wine tour. You can have breakfast here before you head out and pick up treats when you return. Each tour starts at 10:30 a.m., so you have plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast in downtown Napa.

The Napa Valley Wine Trolley tour includes a catered lunch at Michael Chiarello’s NapaStyle – home of Chef Chiarello’s Emmy-winning Food Network personality. See the Napa Valley Wine Trolley schedule and details.

Check our room availability at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Call us at 707-226-1871 to arrange your spring tour with the Wine Trolley Tours.

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in Napa Valley

March 1st, 2014

Napa Valley may traditionally be known for its wineries and restaurants, but what you may not know is that Napa Valley is also home to some great breweries. Whether you need an extra push to get out of the big city or just want a refreshing break to cleanse the palate between wineries, you can take a Saint Patrick’s Day-inspired excursion with beers and pairings right in Napa Valley.

  • Silverado Brewing Company in St. Helena – a traditional brewery with a generous outdoor patio, frequent live music, and plenty of seasonal brews, it is a must-see brewery in wine country. They also have a freshly updated menu all the time.
  • Calistoga Inn and Brewery – this one serves 100% of their production right on the premises, so you’ll never see this beer anywhere else. The on-site restaurant and shaded garden patio is ideal for enjoying the springtime weather too.
  • Lagunitas – a highly popular purveyor of tasty beers in Petaluma, Lagunitas has a Taproom and Beer Sanctuary with live music nearly every night of the week. The brewery tour is very popular too.

Contact the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites or call 707-226-1871 to reserve a room for your next brew crawl – just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day!

The Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is in a great location for enjoying an Irish-style getaway in wine country. You can walk to:

  1. Start the night at Billco’s Billiards and Darts – a quality atmosphere with plenty of room for friends, a pro shop with billiard and dart supplies, and over 60 microbrews and imports on tap.
  2. Head to Downtown Joe’s Brewery and Restaurant for dinner – a riverfront brewpub with a busy after-hours scene and live music most nights. Joe’s offers rotating house brews including limited release favorites.
  3. And wind up at Silo’s – where they pair great music with the finest brews, pizzas, and top it off with a brownie sundae.

Check our room availability at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Call us at 707-226-1871 to arrange your Saint Patrick’s Day mini-vacation in Napa Valley today.