Bottle Rock Napa Valley: One of Napa’s Hottest Festivals

May 25th, 2015

Bottle Rock Napa Valley: One of Napa’s Hottest Festivals

Spring is almost over and summer is just about here, but we don’t have to wait until the heat arrives to start having fun. If you appreciate great music, good food, and fun in the sun you’ll definitely want to grab your passes to Bottle Rock Napa Valley. This year’s festival will run from May 29th through May 31st, 2015. The doors open at 11:30am each day and close at approximately 10:00pm (roundabout when the last act will end).

Who’s on the Lineup?

The stages for the three-day festival will be packed from open to close, with some incredible performers. On Friday you can expect to see greats like Imagine Dragons, Los Lobos, Zella Day, and Wildlife Control. Saturday’s acts include Robert Plant, ZZ Ward, Lettuce, Wild Ones, and Doe Eye. On Sunday you may see No Doubt, Snoop Dogg, Frail, and Matthew Moon. There are literally more than two dozen acts scheduled for each day, so make sure you check out the full line-up to see when your favorites are performing.

Who Can Come to the Festival?

The festival is open to anyone – all ages are allowed. Visitors under the age of 8 are admitted for free as long as they are with a pass-holding adult (maximum two children per adult). Children between the ages of 8 and 13 are welcome with tickets but must still be accompanied by a ticket-holding parent.

Unfortunately, three-day passes are already sold out, but you can still grab one-day passes for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. The average general admission pass is $129 and there are also options to upgrade to VIP passes that include shaded viewing areas, separate entrances with smaller crowds, and a few other extras.

What Else Can You Expect?

There will be so much more than music at this festival. Make sure you check out the culinary stage to see some of the country’s hottest celebrity chefs, vintners, and sommeliers as they perform and get crazy with their demos. There’s even going to be a silent disco! (We’re not going to tell you what that is – you’ll have to attend to find out).

Food and drink from outside aren’t permitted but there will be plenty available for purchase throughout the festival experience, including vegan and gluten free options. CamelBak and Event Water Solutions will be operating several FREE water stations where you can refill your own water bottles or CamelBaks.

Because Bottle Rock is dedicated to sustainability, event organizer will be looking for as many ways as possible to reduce waste, including the use of compostable and recyclable food items that you can get rid of at recycling stations throughout the event grounds.

There will be daily bus services from surrounding towns to help reduce carbon footprints. Cycling and carpooling are encouraged as well. Each day, Bottle rock will award 20 cars (up to 80 people) with at least 4 people in the car with a VIP upgrade for the day. If you use Tripada to find someone to carpool with, you’ll each get a $10 Amazon Gift card.

If you are headed to the area for Bottle Rock, make sure you book your Napa hotel room ASAP.  Rooms are selling out fast and you’ll want to be as close to the action as possible for the duration of your experience. Be safe and have fun!

Enjoying Auction Napa Valley: Supporting Children and Community

May 23rd, 2015

Enjoying Auction Napa Valley: Supporting Children and Community

It’s almost time for one of Napa’s favorite late-spring events, Auction Napa Valley. This year, the event will be held from Wednesday, June 3rd through Sunday, June 7th. There are plenty of opportunities for fun, food, and entertainment throughout the event, whether you choose to participate in any of the actual auctions or not.

What’s the Auction for?

Auction Napa Valley is, simply put, a charity wine auction. Run by the nonprofit trade group Napa Valley Vintners, the auction proceeds benefit community health and youth education programs throughout the entire valley. To give you an idea of the magnitude of the event, the proceeds from the 2014 auction totaled over $18 million dollars. So while the auction’s atmosphere is energetic and fun, the overall goal is serious business.

Enjoying the Auction’s 5-day Schedule

The auction starts on Wednesday with the Young Winemakers’ Dinner at the Restaurant at Meadowood. Thursday features a series of Vintner Welcome parties throughout the entire Valley. Friday, those interested in the Barrel Auction will head to HALL St. Helena winery to mix, mingle, and attempt to become one of the top 10 bidders for each of the future release cases. You’ll also get to preview Saturday’s auction lots. There are more vintner hosted dinners this evening as well.

Saturday is the big event, when everyone heads back to Meadowood Napa Valley for the Live Auction Celebration. You’ll enjoy an al fresco lunch before slipping into the big top to participate in the exciting live-auction event. On Sunday, you can relax at some of the local winery open houses.

Packages are Selling Out Fast

As of the date of this article, four of the five auction packages are already sold out. The only package with spaces left is The Complete Auction Napa Valley Experience, selling at $3,000 per person (we told you this is a serious fundraising event).

Don’t panic, though. If you can’t make it, you can still register online to take part in the e-auction, which will open on Sunday, May 31st and close in waves on Saturday, June 6th. The e-auction will feature more than 200 lots, including bottles, private events, and stays throughout the valley.

While we admit this isn’t an inexpensive event to attend, those who truly appreciate rare wines and supporting local charities will find it to be an enriching and rewarding Napa Valley experience. Give it serious consideration. You won’t regret it!

A “Manly” Wine Country Experience: Enjoying Napa Valley for Father’s Day

May 21st, 2015

Wine Country can be just as exciting for dad as it is for mom. With Father’s Day just around the corner, plan something extra special for dad in Napa Valley that is just as adventurous as he is, but still fun for the entire family to tag along.

Napa Valley attractions offer some truly unique wine country experiences that are different from the romantic, peaceful kind. If you want to take your dad around for a wine tasting, try some of these great Father’s Day locations:

  • Saddleback CellarsThis winery is located at the end of a dirt road. It is very laid back, has wines that are affordable, features larger pours and a wooden picnic table area where you can enjoy wine in the outdoors. Do not scoff at its simplicity though! Saddleback’s wine maker, Nils Venge, was the first to ever create a California wine that received a perfect score (the 1984 Reserve Cabernet), so you know his wines are top-notch.
  • PragerWant dad to enjoy a glass of wine with a cigar? This old house, country-style winery is family-owned and features the best vintage wines around. There are no frills, but there are certainly some tasty wines.
  • Charbay Winery and Distillery - Taste a fine port wine or a brute spirit right here at Charbay. You can sit at the dark wood bar and enjoy a backcountry environment while sipping on something delicious.

Come to Napa Valley for Father’s Day

Give dad the gift of a great place to stay by booking him a room at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. You can even make a fun weekend out of it by checking out one of our summer packages.

Book your stay for Father’s Day now at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Call us at 707-226-1871 or make your reservations online.

9th Annual Springtime Bonanza at Judds Hill Winery

May 19th, 2015

9th Annual Springtime Bonanza at Judds Hill Winery

Looking for something unique to do this weekend? Head on over to Judds Hill Winery at noon for the 9th Annual Springtime Bonanza. For 2 ½ hours you’ll be able to enjoy some of the area’s finest BBQ, sample wine releases, and be soothed by the melodies of the Napa Valley Youth Symphony.

The Napa Valley Youth Symphony

The Napa Valley Youth Symphony is an award-wining group with the goal of providing the best musical training possible to young, aspiring musicians. The symphony itself has the opportunity to perform seasonally, as they work hard to present full-length concerts. The Napa Valley Youth Symphony program also has programs to train brand new musicians through a variety of ensembles and special events. All members of the symphony have to re-audition on an annual basis and trust us – the competition is fierce.

About the Springtime Bonanza

That brings us back to the Springtime Bonanza at the Judds Hill Winery. They’ve been avid supporters of the symphony for years and graciously host this fundraising event annually. The event features a medley of bar-b-que foods, entertainment, and an abundance of wine. Wine club members can also use this opportunity to pick up their May shipments in person instead of waiting for them to arrive in the mail!

Tickets to the event are $55 per person for those who are not already wine club members.

If you are a wine club member, you can enter the bonanza for free but only if you email the winery or call in advance to reserve your space. The number of free entries depends on the level of your wine club membership:

  • Four-bottle Wine Club: entry for two

  • Full and Double Membership: entry for four

Members can bring additional guests for a fee of $25 per person – a small charge for a worthy cause.

There are so many incredible things to do in and around the Napa Valley. This is just one. Ask your Napa Valley hotel concierge for help finding other local events – especially if you’re a fan of supporting youth groups and charities. We know the symphony members will appreciate your support as well!

Experience the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway this Summer

May 14th, 2015

If you have never experienced the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, this summer is the perfect opportunity to try it out. This five-day, luxury wine and jazz festival features some of the biggest names in music, guest appearances, and of course, delicious wines.

Seats are limited and packages are selling out quick for the event scheduled for June 10th through 14th. If you want to attend the Jazz Getaway, now is the time to reserve your seats. You can choose from a 4-Day Gold Package, 2-Day Silver Package, Single Day Saturday or a Single Day Sunday.

There is plenty to see while you attend the getaway, including:

  • Artists – There is an all star lineup of jazz’s greatest music professionals, including Brian Culbertson, Kenny Lattimore and Maysa, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, and Boney James.
  • Cigar Events – Each year, Prager Port Works brings out their Cigar Event and Late Night Hangs featuring great wines and reserve cigars.
  • Silent Auction – Bid on your favorite items and help support The GRAMMY Foundation at this year’s silent auction.
  • Golf Tournament – During the day, take a break from the festivities and head out to the green to either compete or just watch the Jazz Getaway Golf Tournament.

Stay Within Walking Distance of It All

You can be within walking distance to all of the fun and festivities of the Jazz Getaway just by staying at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Add one of our packages to make your getaway even more memorable.

Enjoy all the fun during this year’s Jazz Getaway and stay in comfort at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites.

Enjoy the Arts and Culture in Downtown Napa

May 7th, 2015

There is so much more to downtown Napa than just wineries. In fact, the arts and culture aspect of Napa is remarkable. From enjoying one of the many art galleries to taking in a breathtaking opera show, make sure to squeeze in a few of these extraordinary arts and cultural events into your vacation.

  • Napa Valley Opera House – This is the pride of downtown Napa, and for good reason. This remarkably restored opera house presents a wide range of live entertainment, including operas, plays, classical music and jazz performances.
  • Napa ARTwalk – Come support the original, high-quality and collaborative sculptures of regional artists that exhibit in downtown Napa. Tours change annually with a new theme popping up periodically, but it is definitely something to see.
  • Uptown Theatre Napa – Here you will find everything from live comedy shows to concerts and more. With something going on almost weekly, there is sure to be an event while you are here this summer.
  • Jarvis Conservatory – Enjoy art films and Met Opera in a high-definition theater that is absolutely gorgeous in itself. From their live ballet performances to puppet festivals, it is an experience you will not find anywhere else.

Enjoy a Close Stay to Downtown Napa’s Art and Cultural Experiences

You can enjoy the arts and culture of downtown Napa within walking distance of the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites location. Our boutique hotel features the latest accommodations which are perfect to come home to after a long day of exploring the downtown scene.

Book your stay at our recently renovated hotel and be in the heart of Napa’s art and cultural scene. Call us now at 707-226-1871 to make your reservation.

Summer Fun for the Whole Family in Napa Valley

April 30th, 2015

Napa Valley is not just for the adults; in fact, there are plenty of family-friendly activities that make Napa Valley the perfect summer vacation spot.

Things to do With the Entire Family In and Around the Napa Valley

When you think of Napa, you might conjure up ideas of wine tasting and fine dining, but when you think outside of the wineries and breweries, you will find numerous activities, including:

  • Going on a Safari – Safari West is ready to entertain the entire family. Take a Jeep ride through their wildlife compound and see zebra, wildebeests, antelope and more. If you want a real adventure, stay overnight in their safari-style tents.
  • Walk through the Petrified Forest – Take a walk with the entire family through the Petrified Forest. Here you will see the redwood trees that were turned to stone over 3.4 million years ago by a volcano and witness the fascinating beauty of this hidden grove.
  • See Old Faithful – Kids and adults will both enjoy the waters erupting from the ground and misting spectators. Referred to as California’s Old Faithful, this one erupts regularly – usually in about 30 minutes or less.
  • Kid Friendly Wine Tasting – You can still enjoy wine tasting while traveling with the kids. Castello di Amorosa is the perfect winery for the whole family. You can tour the castle (including the spooky dungeon) and enjoy reduced admission for the kids. The winery will provide your kids with juice while you enjoy fine wines.

Stay in the Heart of Napa and Enjoy It All

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is within walking distance to local wineries, great restaurants and multiple summer activities for the entire family. We give you the perfect place to unwind and relax after a day out exploring, and our accommodations suit the entire family.

Skip the crowds and lines of the amusement park this summer and book a weekend stay at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites instead. Call 707-226-1871 to reserve your room or book your stay online.

Explore the Nightlife of Downtown Napa

April 22nd, 2015

There is a lot more to Napa than wineries. In fact, Napa Valley has some of the most exciting bars and nightlife experiences in California. From going on a culinary crawl downtown to exploring a local concert, make sure to include some of these nightlife activities into your Napa stay.

  • Get Great Wine – Sip on some wine while you kick back in a relaxing, fun environment. These local wine establishments feature bottles from Napa’s exclusive wineries. A few places to check out include Back Room Wines, Carpe Diem Wine Bar, and pureCru.
  • Find Cigars – Enjoy a full-service cigar store and lounge (and find a few varieties to take home with you). Napa Cigars and Sidestreet both offer fine cigars and other luxury accessories.
  • Live Music and Great Brews – Napa’s bar scene is tremendous. From getting a fun, fresh cocktail at Henry’s Cocktail Lounge to playing a game of pool at Billco’s Billiards, there is always some fun event going on downtown.

Stay in the Heart of It All

To get the most out of Napa Valley’s nightlife, you need to stay in the center of the action. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is conveniently located in downtown Napa within walking distance to some of the area’s best bars and clubs.

Book your stay and enjoy Napa Valley day and night with us. Call us now at 707-226-1871 to make your reservation.

Arts in April Events in Napa

April 19th, 2015

Arts in April Events in Napa

Every year, Arts Council Napa Valley and Visit Napa Valley partner to bring a stunning event to wineries around the valley area. Visitors to the Napa area are used to seeing stunning pieces of artistry throughout the valley, but in the month of April there is a stronger focus on showcasing entire galleries of work in the places people are already used to visiting.

This year, Arts in April is expanding to include non-winery restaurants as well as other local businesses. This also means more media forms can participate, like cinema.

The Arts in April event is rather loosely run, but this year Danielle Smith is acting as middle-woman between venues and the organizations running the event. While venues do need to pay a fee to have an official Arts in April event, that fee ensures promotion throughout the already well-established Visit Napa advertising and Arts Council media streams.

The kick-off event was on April 2nd at the Napa Valley Museum, with the premiere of Napa Valley Collects. The collection features more than 50 pieces of work temporarily donated by area art collectors. The series will remain on display through both April and May.

So how can you get involved?

There are dozens of incredible opportunities to experience cinema, music, and art throughout the entire Valley. Start by checking out the Napa Valley Collection for a complete list of events that you sort by date, region, and style of art.

Of course, we have a couple of ideas you might want to start with, too.

Art Sip and Stroll will be held at the Yountville Community Art center on April 11th. For just $10, you can have an all-day tasting bracelet for use at each of the artist tents you visit on your easy-to-walk tour. If you do have trouble with the walk, the trolley will be running all day – free of charge – as wel.

The Internal Monologue: Gordon Huether’s Creative Exploration and Expression will be held on April 18th at the St. Supery Estate Gallery. The event features a wine tasting, lecture, and a gallery tour led by Gordon Huether himself. He’ll showcase his work and talk about the internal monologue artists are constantly experiencing.

No matter where in the valley you end up, whether for a day or an extended stay, you’ll be able to find an Arts in April event to check out. Make sure you ask your Napa hotel concierge about special hotel deals, restaurant events, and local gallery showings. This is one month-long event you’ll be glad to be able to say you were a part of.

Treat Your Mother to a Napa Valley-Style Mother’s Day

April 14th, 2015

Your Mother has spent her life making sure you are comfortable, happy and healthy. Now you can give her something in return with a Napa Valley adventure. From wine tours on a train to local specials, there is no better way to show your appreciation than taking Mom to Napa.

  • Get on the Wine Train – The Napa Valley Wine Train is a great way to pamper to your mother. For Mother’s Day 2015, they are offering special pricing and you can even order an engraved wine bottle to give your mother when she arrives.
  • Take Her to Brunch – Several restaurants throughout Napa will be hosting special Mother’s Day brunches. For the best food and service, visit Graces Table for pancakes; Travigne for a gourmet, patio-side brunch, Sol Bar for a chic, upscale meal; or the Bank for a buffet.
  • Treat Her to a Spa Day – There is no better way to tell your Mom how much you appreciate her by giving her a day at the spa. Napa has some of the best spas in the state, including Auberge du Soleil, The Preserve Spa, Spa Solage at Calistoga, and Mount View Spa Napa Valley.
  • Give Her a Weekend Away – Treat the Mom in your life to a weekend getaway in Napa Valley. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites has a variety of packages, including wine tastings, tours and a balloon ride over wine country.

Give back to the woman who has given you so much this Mother’s Day. Book her stay at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites and take advantage of our unique packages.