Hot Air Balloon Adventures in the Napa Valley

September 1st, 2015

Hot Air Balloon Adventures in the Napa Valley

If you’ve never had the experience of floating above the valley in a hot air balloon, you’re definitely missing out. Not only is the experience of floating in the sky an exhilarating adventure you’ll never forget, but the views of the Napa Valley from the air, uninhibited, are absolutely astounding. The good news? There are tons of incredible balloon ride opportunities for you to choose from. Here are a few to consider.

Balloons Above the Valley

Awarded with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2015, Balloons Above the Valley is a long-standing organization taking pride in offering visitors new and old the experience of a lifetime. Their pilots are friendly and experienced and will ensure you enjoy every moment. Depending on the package, some experiences include a preflight café before you embark as well as a full champagne brunch when you return. Packages vary from $179 to $300+. They are currently running a Labor Day Weekend Special, good from 8/21 through 9/8, including your preflight café, sunrise balloon flight, and post-flight brunch for $199 per person (savings of $41).

Adrenaline 365

Adrenaline 365 is based out of Calistoga and offers a majestic adventure over wine country. Their trips include a one hour flight, a champagne breakfast at Solage, and time spent with a pilot with 30+ years of experience. Adrenaline 365 stresses the importance of their safety standards and promises an amazing view of the Old Faithful Geyser, the Palisade Cliffs, and more. Trips average $239/person.

Napa Valley Balloons

The pilots at Napa Valley Balloons have more than 23,000 hours of combined flight experience and the company has been featured on Oprah, Today, and The Travel Channel. If that doesn’t make you feel comfortable, hop online and check out some of the reviews. Established in 1980, Napa Valley Balloons offers a series of packages ranging from standard ($215/person) to private flights for 2 or private flights for large groups (16 or more). All packages include a post-flight breakfast at Domaine Chandon Winery in Yountville, CA.

No matter which of these or the other balloon companies you choose to work with, you are guaranteed nothing but incredible views of the entire Napa Valley. One word – breathtaking. Not sure where to start? Ask your Napa hotel concierge for guidance. He’ll help you find a local company with a great deal.

Explore Napa Valley with Segway Tours

August 29th, 2015

Segways are one of the most convenient ways to get around and tour Napa Valley. Most importantly, you get to enjoy the fresh air while taking a break from having to walk around. Next time you are in Napa Valley, do not forget to check out Napa Valley Segway Tours.

Just some of the tours that you can try include:

  • Yountville Wine & Cheese –This tour lasts for two hours and explores the history of Yountville. You will get to enjoy some Yountville wines and cheese during your break and it is the ideal tour for photo opportunities.
  • Extreme Mt. St. Helena – If you want to see Mt. St. Helena while in Napa Valley, you can enjoy a Segway Tour. The only catch is that you have to be a repeat customer of the Napa Valley Segway Tours company.
  • Calistoga – Take two hours from your day to explore Calistoga. Here you will find plenty of trails, wineries, artisan food shops, and so much more.
  • Glide and Graze – The ideal tour if you want to take your time around Napa Valley and explore the different foods and treats from local restaurants and artisans. The tour lasts for three hours and you will definitely be more than full!

If you want to enjoy Napa Valley on your own terms, Napa Valley Segway Tours lets you rent Segways by the hour too, so you can make your own trip.

Pair Your Segway Tour with a Boutique Hotel Stay

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is the perfect place to stay after a day exploring Napa Valley on a Segway. We offer a variety of packages that can also include a wine tasting, tour or even a hot air balloon ride.

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

Long Meadow Ranch Concert Series

August 28th, 2015

Long Meadow Ranch Concert Series

The Long Meadow Ranch Summer Concert Series may be a young series but it is one that promises to become a long-standing tradition throughout the the Napa Valley. Starting in June and running through early October, the series features a regular schedule of incredible concerts from a wide variety of artists. Here’s what you need to know about what’s left of the season.

Concerts Still to Come

By now you may have already seen the likes of Fruition, One Grass Two Grass, Cabinet, Travelin’ McCourys, and Hot Buttered Rum. If not, you missed out, but there are still three concerts left for the summer (things slow down a little bit once school starts).

  • Sunday, August 30th @ 3:30pm – The Brothers Comatose & Dead Winter Carpenters

  • Sunday, September 20th @ 3:30pm – The Infamous Stringdusters with Midnight North

  • Sunday, October 4th @ 3:30pm – LMR All-Star Big Band (Benefiting the Timothy Hall Foundation)

The August 30th event with The Brothers Comatose is presented by Farmstead and also features farm-to-table food, LMR’s food-friendly wines, horseshoe games, and a lot of fun picnic-style entertainment. The September 20th show with The Infamous Stringdusters promises more of the same.

The October 4th show with the LMR All-Star Big Band, on the other hand, will take the series out with a bang. This particular show will benefit the Timothy W. Hall Foundation, a non-profit grant-making foundation working to create innovative school curriculum in the arts and sciences for grades K-12.

What You Need to Know

So what do you need to know about attending these concerts? First, you need to get on over to the Long Meadow Ranch website to purchase your tickets; children under 12 are free.  Otherwise:

  • The concert concession stands are open, as are the restaurant, café, and general store. No outside food or drink is permitted.

  • You can bring your own chairs as long as the height is not more than 10 inches from the ground.

  • You may not bring umbrellas.

  • Please leave your pets at home.

  • There is no will-call. Please bring your tickets or a digital copy.

We guarantee you’ll enjoy what’s left of the Long Meadow Ranch Concert Series. Ask your Napa Valley hotel concierge if you aren’t sure about obtaining tickets or how to get there. Otherwise, enjoy!

Ideas for a Napa Valley Labor Day Weekend

August 21st, 2015

You can escape the chaos of your local hometown and the beaches and enjoy your next Labor Day weekend in Napa Valley. Wine country is busy with their harvest right around this time of year, which means there are plenty of activities at local wineries.

Some of the exciting things you can do to enjoy Labor Day weekend in Napa Valley include:

  • Wine Sales – Make sure you do not leave wine country without taking advantage of the wine sales. Some wineries offer case lot sales, meaning you get an entire case of wine at a deep discount.
  • Napa Wine Train Murder Mystery DinnerDuring Labor Day weekend, the Napa Wine Train hosts their Murder Mystery Dinner where you can help solve a murder mystery with members of the Detective’s Club. These tickets go fast on holiday weekends, so if you are interested, you must book soon.
  • BBQWineries and local eateries will offer their own outdoor BBQ events. Yountville hosts their Labor Day BBQ that features live music, wine, activities for the kids, and of course, food.

Book Your Stay for Labor Day Weekend in Downtown Napa

If you want to enjoy Labor Day activities, book your accommodations with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites today. Our boutique hotel is within walking distance to local attractions, including those open only for Labor Day.

Book your stay at our hotel today. Call 707-226-1871 to make your reservations.

The Perfect Way to Cool Down: Napa River Water Activities

August 13th, 2015

Napa has much more to offer than great wineries. In fact, when you visit in the heat of the summer, do not forget to check out the water activities at Napa River. From kayaking to historical tours, there are plenty of ways to stay cool and enjoy the scenery of Napa Valley.

Just some of the water activities to try while you are visiting include:

  • Napa River History TourThis tour is ideal for all fitness and activity levels, so you do not have to worry about being an expert. You can tour Napa River on a kayak and get a quick tour of the history, stop at your favorite winery and just enjoy the fresh air.
  • Stand Up PaddleRent a stand up paddle or take lessons and learn how to paddle your way down Napa River. You can even rent a paddleboard for the day and enjoy going up and down the river to take in the scenery.
  • Living River TourUsing a stand up paddleboard, you can explore the wildlife and creatures that live in and out of the river. Check out the natural channels, mud flats and sandbars with a group.
  • Fly FishingTake fly fishing lessons and take advantage of the year-round supply of Rainbow Trout in Putah Creek.
  • Book Your Stay to Relax After the Fun Outside

After a long day in the water and sun, come back and relax at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Our boutique hotel offers all the amenities and features you need to unwind and enjoy everything Napa Valley has to offer.

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

Catch the Hottest Shows at Uptown Theatre

August 6th, 2015

Uptown Theatre in downtown Napa is the perfect place to go if you are looking for live entertainment. Located in the West End district, you will find shows almost every weekend, featuring some of the hottest artists and performers from around the country. As summer comes to a close, the vineyards are in full swing and so is the entertainment lineup at Uptown Theatre.

Some of the shows you must not miss include:

  • Chris Botti – Spend an evening with critically acclaimed Chris Botti. As one of the largest-selling American instrumental artists, Botti offers the most exquisite jazz sounds for music lovers. The show is on October 10, 2015 at 8:00pm in the Uptown Theatre, but tickets will sell fast.
  • Jerry Jeff Walker – Enjoy the origins of Jerry Jeff Walker’s Napa Summer Camp at Uptown Theatre on August 15, 2015 at 8:00pm. These events are more than just music; they are social gatherings. Fans from all over the world come to Napa to take in the fun at this show in large numbers.
  • Boz Scaggs – Coming October 1, 2015 at 8:00pm is the Boz Scaggs show. This year’s show is all about having a little fun with the music and just going wherever the music takes you.

Book Early and Enjoy Your Favorite Live Shows in Napa Valley

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites offers you a comfortable and convenient stay within walking distance of the famous Uptown Theatre. Reserve your room and enjoy luxury accommodations at our boutique hotel.

Book your stay with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites to enjoy the hottest shows this year. Call us at 707-226-1871 or make your reservations online.

Water Conservation in the Napa Valley

August 2nd, 2015

Water Conservation in the Napa Valley

News of critical water shortages in California are no secret, making headlines on news programs throughout the entire country. One can’t help but wonder how it is possible to keep crops of any kind – from food to the vineyards we all know and love – alive during these difficult times. The good news is that many Napa Valley residents and businesses are working hard to do their part to conserve water wherever possible.

California’s Water Saving Mandates

The month of April saw the state’s first mandatory water use reductions – the first in state history. While the drought has been hot news recently, the state itself has been struggling for the past four years, reaching a crisis point this past year after record-low snowfall totals left little water to run down from the mountains.

The executive order issued by Governor Jerry Brown “directed the State Water Resources Control Board to impose a 25% reduction on the state’s 400 local water supply agencies, which serve 90% of California residents, over the coming year.”

Each water agency has the freedom to determine how that reduction will occur, but many residents have already stopped watering their lawns and gardens, have stopped washing their cars, and have started taking much shorter showers.

Officials within Napa County were pleased to report that four out of five of the cities within the county met or exceeded the new restrictions right away in the month of June – a huge accomplishment. The city of Napa itself saw a 30% drop in use compared to the same month in 2013. The city attributes much of the savings to better water use practices, especially outdoors. They’ve put emphasis on saving trees, vegetables, and fruits before lush green lawns and colorful gardens.

Conservation efforts throughout the state are about to get stricter, though. On July 16th, the House passed legislation to help redirect water away from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and back towards the farm belt before it hits the ocean. While advocates believe this will help save agriculture, proponents believe not allowing the fresh water to run to the ocean will allow ocean water to push back into the delta, causing even more problems. We’ll have to keep an eye on Washington to see if this bill passes or, like so many others, fails to make it through to the White House.

No matter what, the reality is that there isn’t much we can do about the drought itself but wait and see what Mother Nature decides to do. In the meantime, we continue to use water thoughtfully and keep our fingers crossed for heavy snowfall in the mountains this winter.

Concerned about water restrictions? Don’t let that stop you from visiting Napa. The community is thriving and the vineyards are open, welcoming visitors from all over!

Napa Blues, Brews and BBQ 2015

July 30th, 2015

The Napa Blues, Brews and BBQ event will be here this August. Featuring live blues music by some of the best musicians from the Bay Area, it is an event you do not want to miss.

While the artist line up and local breweries are not announced until closer to the event date, there are a few things you will need to know about the event:

  • Admission is free, parking is free too, and it is open to the public.
  • The event is hosted in downtown Napa on First Street between Main and Franklin.
  • The event starts at noon and goes until 6:00pm on a Saturday.
  • There will be over 20 hard-to-find micro-brewed beers in a large beer garden to choose from.
  • BBQ food will be provided by local and state-wide BBQ masters.
  • Do not forget about the annual rib eating contest—watch the fun or be adventurous and participate!

Book Your Stay Now and Be Close to it All

You can have a great place to come back to after a day at the Blues, Brews and BBQ event. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Napa. We offer luxurious suites, great packages and accommodations for all ages.

Book your stay at our hotel today. Call 707-226-1871 to make your reservation.

Red Hot August Nights Harvest Party

July 28th, 2015

Red Hot August Nights Harvest Party

Mark your calendars. The Red Hot August Nights Harvest Party at the Inglenook Winery will take place on Saturday, August 15th, 2015 from 7pm until 10pm and this is one summer party you will not want to miss.

What Happens at the Harvest Party?

Oh, so much! Guests at the harvest party get to enjoy an absolutely incredible buffet dinner. The menu this year will include handmade pizzas, a whole roast pig, and plenty of decadent side dishes. Your meal will of course be paired with Inglenook wines, with some special appearances from a few special barrels and library pours.

Of course, the party isn’t just about the food. There will be plenty to keep you amused and entertained as well. This year the party will feature live music from Larry Lynch & The Mob – great for dancing the night away with your friends or a special someone. There will also be lawn games, a photo booth, and some quiet space in the cigar lounge. Inglenook has also announced that this year’s party will feature a scavenger hunt for the first time.

What Does It Cost?

The hottest event of the summer is $160 per person for a night of fun and adventure and tickets are limited to 4 per person. Members of the Heritage Society can get in to the Red Hot August Nights Harvest Party for $120, with a limit of 8 tickets per person.

About Inglenook Winery

Inglenook Winery has a long history dating back to the late 1800’s. There are, of course, plenty of opportunities aside from the Harvest party during which you can explore the grounds. The most popular is the Inglenook Experience – a 90 minute tour of the Chateau, caves, and vineyard. The tours include a seated pairing with artisan cheeses. The cost is $50 per person and Inglenook welcomes children ages 12 and up to join their parents for the tours. Non-drinkers receive a discount of 25%.

The Red Hot August Summer Harvest Party is an excellent way to wind down your summer experience while enjoying time with friends under the night sky. Ask your Napa hotel concierge for directions to the winery, or to find out if there is still space available. This is one party you’ll be glad you invested in attending.

Napa Movies in the Park

July 24th, 2015

Napa Movies in the Park

Are the kids already crying that they’re bored with summer vacation? Sometimes it takes a bit of creativity to keep them occupied throughout the summer. The good news is that Napa has a ton of great activities for kids, teens, and families in general. A hot summer favorite is the Napa Movies in the Park Series.

When and Where to Find Napa Movies in the Park

The Napa Movies in the Park Series started on June 20th but there are still several events for you to take advantage of. Upcoming events include:

  • August 8, 2015 – Alexander & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  • August 29, 2015 – Cinderella

  • September 12, 2015 – Annie

All of the movies are shown at dusk in Veteran’s Park at Main and Third Streets in Napa proper.

Sit Back and Enjoy the Show

The park is a spacious, gorgeous location for families to enjoy together. Come a little early to enjoy quality time with your neighbors. You can bring your own snacks, and concessions will also be available for purchase during each moving showing. Throw some bug spray in your bag just in case. It is summer, after all.

You can bring whatever makes you comfortable for seating – low back chairs, blankets, etc. Please don’t bring umbrellas or other items that will block the view of those surrounding you. Due to the crowded nature of these events, we do ask that you leave your four-legged friends at home.

Oh, and the cost? It’s completely free.

Visiting Napa?

Even if you’re just visiting Napa, a night in the park for a movie will give you a chance to kick back and relax between business meetings or visits to tourist attractions with your loved ones. Of course, there are plenty of other things to do and see while you’re in the area. Ask your Napa Valley Hotel & Suites concierge to direct you towards some of the area’s most popular attractions – and ask for directions to Veteran’s Park while you’re at it!