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.

What to Expect from Napa in the Spring

April 13th, 2015

What to Expect from Napa in the Spring

There really isn’t a bad time to visit the Napa Valley, but there’s something a little extra special about visiting during the Spring months. The summer crowds haven’t arrived yet; and while there aren’t any grapes in the vines, you won’t mind because the mustard flower plants throughout the entire valley will be in colorful bloom. Plus, there’s still plenty to do.

Spring Travel Packages

You’re going to find some fantastic Napa travel packages during the Spring months, especially here at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Pairing a weekend away with the Napa Wine Train experience will give you the opportunity to enjoy fabulous accommodations along with a stunning dinner aboard the train. The Balloons above the Valley tour package features a fantastic balloon ride, a general store breakfast, and – of course- your weekend accommodations.

You can, of course, do plenty of other things without paying for a special package, too. Try local winery tours and tastings, local sports centers, museums, historic sites, and even the local parks and hiking trains. It’s not all about food and wine here!

Special Spring Events

There are some extra special events that happen in April, though. Napa Valley Arts in April lasts the entire month and spans throughout the entire valley. Visit Napa and the Arts Society team together to bring a series of art gallery exhibitions to local wineries. This year, though, they’re teaming up with non-winery restaurants and local businesses as well, so the odds of finding an event that suits your tastes are even higher.

Bottle Rock Napa Valley will be at the Napa Valley Expo from May 29th through the 31st. This year’s festival lineup includes Imagine Dragons, Foster the People, Robert Plant, The Avett Brothers, No Doubt, and dozens of others.

The Downtown Napa Culinary Crawl is an incredibly fun food and wine tour you won’t want to miss. The last one was in February and another one should happen as soon as this month, but you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for dates and details. The crawl includes foods and specially paired drink specials at up to three different stops. The spring is a perfect time for a walking food tour. Besides, walking will help you feel better about the extra calories.

The Napa Valley area is overflowing with incredible events and things to do. Don’t hesitate to ask us for help if you need assistance finding a local event suitable to your tastes or the needs of your family. We want your stay to be as memorable as possible!

Ready for Bottlerock 2015? It’s Almost Here!

April 6th, 2015

Bottlerock 2015 will be in Napa on May 29, 2015, but now is the time to start planning your trip to the area and of course, buy your tickets. This annual event outdoes itself every year and for 2015, the lineup is going to be even better than past years.

Artists come from around the world to perform at this legendary festival. Even if you are not there for the music, you can come for the food, great wines and excellent brews.

Just some of the things you will see at Bottlerock 2015 include:

  • Legendary Culinary Experts – The official lineup of restaurants participating in Bottlerock 2015 is astounding. You can get food from legendary chefs and eateries. Some of those names include: Morimoto, La Condesa, Napkins, Fume Bistro, The Q Restaurant and Bar, Villa Corona, Bui Bistro, Nick’s Cove, Smoke Open Fire, Bacon Bacon, Curry Up Now, Sunrise Deli, Me So Hungry, and many more.
  • Taste the Best Wines – Bottlerock each year hosts some of the best wineries in Napa Valley and this year’s lineup will include: Goosecross Cellars, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, Ca’Momi Winery, Naked Wines, Miner Family Winery, Del Dotto Vineyards, etc.
  • Superior Brews – You do not have to be a wine enthusiast to get excited about Bottlerock, because they do have some of the best breweries in Napa displaying their best beers, including: Blue Moon Brewing Company, Coors Light, Anchor Brewing, Napa Smith, and others.

Most people come to hear the live music from famous recording artists throughout the United States. The official lineup has been released and Bottlerock 2015 will host artists that include:

  • Imagine Dragons
  • No Doubt
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Passion Pit
  • Foster the People
  • Cage the Elephant
  • AWOLNATION
  • Gipsy Kings
  • Public Enemy
  • Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds
  • Finish Ticket

Get Your Tickets and Book A Great Stay in Napa

You can buy your tickets and enjoy a relaxing stay in Napa at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Make a weekend out of it by taking advantage of one of our spring packages.

Easter on the Napa Valley Wine Train

April 4th, 2015

Easter on the Napa Valley Wine Train

Those who have been on the Napa Valley Wine Train will all tell you the same thing – it’s an experience you definitely want to have at least once in your life. With regular lunches, dinners, and winery tours, there’s really something for everyone. But there’s really nothing like spending a special holiday on the train, and Easter is no exception.

Easter on the Wine Train

The Easter experience on the wine train is perfect for individuals of all ages, including children. The atmosphere is elegant enough to relax adult patrons while magical enough to enchant children.

There are few holidays where families don’t gather around tables of food to enjoy each other’s company. On the Wine Train, you can celebrate with your family without making a huge mess in your kitchen, letting the wine train chefs and staff do all of the work for you.

This year, Easter guests in the Gourmet Express and Vista Dome cars will experience the luxury of private seating. Chef Kelly Macdonald will be preparing the lunch menu for this special occasion, making it an event you’ll never forget.

Other Wine Train Events

There are always special events coming up on the wine train. If for some reason you can’t get a reservation for Easter, aim for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or even Independence Day. The Wine Train also features quite a number of other special events, ranging from a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater to a regular Moonlight Escape event.

The regular lunch and dinner menus are exquisite as well, with daily excursions in the train’s varying dining cars. The Napa Valley Wine Train also offers combination packages that include a meal on the train before or after a local winery tour. It’s the absolute best of both worlds.

We write about it from time to time because we think the Napa Valley Wine Train is something you shouldn’t miss, even if you only try it out once time. Not sure how to get there or how to get started? Ask your Napa Valley Hotel and Suites concierge to point you in the right direction. You won’t regret the decision.

How to Visit the Napa Valley with Your Kids

April 3rd, 2015

How to Visit the Napa Valley with Your Kids: Be Prepared

The Napa Valley can be an incredibly romantic place for couples – for newlyweds, anniversaries, or just a weekend away from it all. But we get it – not all trips away from home can be kid-free and the good news is that the Napa Valley, despite its reputation for wineries and fine dining, can be a fantastic place to explore with the family.

Start with the Hotel

You’re going to want a Napa Valley hotel with a great ambiance, but not one that’s specifically geared towards couples and romance. Larger hotels tend to be more comfortable (and affordable) for those traveling with kids. A hotel with a pool is a huge plus if you are traveling with children.

If you’d prefer something more rustic, you could also consider camping out at Bothe Napa Valley State Park. There’s still a pool, but there are hiking trails and other activities that will keep your kids busy between trips out into the more populated areas of the valley.

Check the Napa Valley Event Calendar

Seriously. This calendar is one of the best things out there for families traveling with children. It’s always updated months in advance with just about every activity you could possibly imagine for both adults and children. You’ll find movie nights, concerts, crafts and a series of activities in venues ranging from theatres to museums to wineries. Check the calendar for the dates you’ll be in the area and you are absolutely guaranteed to find at least a few things that are child or family-friendly for your itinerary.

General Area Attractions

Check out a few of the established Napa attractions geared towards children while you’re in town, too. Playground Fantastico is great for kids up to age 12 and has a BBQ area for a fun afternoon out in the fresh air. The Scientopia Discovery Center will excite children old enough to get into trains, science, and hands-on activities. Rockzilla is an amazing rock-climbing facility with constantly-changing routes that promise to never bore return visitors. For some fun outside, head over to Skyline Wilderness Park to explore the hiking trails or to enjoy a horseback riding tour.

Napa, California has a lot to offer visitors of all ages. Simply think outside the box and do some advance planning and your entire family will have a great time, no matter how long you’re staying.

Easter Brunches in Napa

April 1st, 2015

Easter Brunches in Napa

Easter Sunday is just about upon us and if you’re anything like some of us are, you may or may not have thought as far ahead as Easter dinner. We’ve found that a nice Easter brunch out of the house can be a great way to enjoy time with family without the stress of cooking and cleaning. Fortunately, there are tons of great places you can go to enjoy a nice Easter brunch on Sunday morning or afternoon.

The Boon Fly Café

The Boon Fly Café in Napa sits in what used to be a barn but is now a fantastic rustic eatery. Breakfasts and brunches feature griddle cakes, biscuits and gravy, eggs, and even hot donuts made to order. Later in the day you can enjoy fancier flatbread pizzas or smoky pork ribs. The wine list is simple, featuring mostly Napa wines. It’s a nice, laid-back atmosphere, perfect for enjoying the day with family.

Brix

Also located in Napa, Brix features a gorgeous outdoor dining as well as an inviting indoor seating area. The traditional California fare is often described as trendy while still in-season. Think rib-eye with truffle macaroni, Alaskan cod, and other succulent dishes.

Angele

Angele is located an old boathouse and is a classic French style restaurant offering bistro cuisine. Choose indoor or outdoor seating, depending on your preferences, and enjoy succulent seasonal dishes. If you’re feeling inquisitive, try the five-course meal with wine pairings. The restaurant is generally open for dinner but features a light menu from 3-5pm.

Downtown Joe’s

A brewpub rather than a winery, this is a great destination for a fun, lively crowd to enjoy each other’s company while sharing great food. The pub is known for its selection of creative salads and offers hearty entrée dishes ranging from steak to salmon as well. Try a local brew or share a sampler with your friends. Oh, and if you’d like to sit outdoors you can bring your four-legged dog friends as well!

There are tons of great restaurants and wineries in the Napa area where you can enjoy a lovely Easter brunch. Just make sure you call ahead to find out if reservations are necessary so you can ensure seating without a long wait. Not sure where to start? Ask your Napa hotel concierge for a little guidance. We’re happy to help you find a place to enjoy your holiday!

Explore Napa’s Riverfront

March 30th, 2015

Napa’s Riverfront is the only place in wine country where you will find great food, event venues, hotels and shopping, all in a single location. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is just a few blocks away – putting you right in the middle of everything there is to explore about Old Town Napa.

The Riverfront has plenty to offer couples, singles and entire families, including:

  • Restaurants – Some of the best eateries in wine country are at the Riverfront. Angèle Restaurant & Bar, Celadon, and even Morimoto Napa are just a few of the restaurants you will find. Choose from gourmet French, Sushi, or even Gelato.
  • Shopping – Napa’s Riverfront is a great place to spend the day shopping. Discover an interesting souvenir or two to take home. Some of the stores you will find here include Helen Lyall Clothes for Women, Amelia’s Gifts, Napa General Store, Ivy, Twig & Twin, and Sidestreet.
  • Events – Each month you will find unique events at Napa’s Riverfront. From the chocolate dipped strawberries and champagne selection on Valentine’s Day to wine tastings and live music in the spring, there is never a dull moment.

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is in a prime location in wine country.

Enjoy being just a block or two away from everything you need and want to see in Napa. Book your stay at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites and take advantage of our unique packages.

Visiting the Napa Valley on a Tight Budget

March 30th, 2015

Visiting the Napa Valley on a Tight Budget

The Napa Valley is an incredible place to visit any time of the year. A lot of people think of wine and restaurants and automatically assume this isn’t the type of place you can visit on a tight budget, but nothing is further from the truth.

Choosing Your Wineries

A lot of people end up in Napa and are overwhelmed by the number of wineries and tasting options. This is where a lot of people run into financial trouble, as some wineries charge up to $50 per person for a tasting experience. Here’s the secret, though – there are tons that offer tastings for as little as $10 per person. Check out the Napa Tourist Guide for information about some of the lower-priced tastings and how to find them.

Napa Tourist Guide

And that aforementioned Napa Tourist Guide? That is an excellent resource for all-things-budget when visiting Napa. You’ll find lots of coupons, discounts, and budget-friendly tips to keep you moving throughout the area. Check back often because they occasionally have coupons for FREE winery tastings and events (for example, the Wine Pass – for which they currently have a coupon code you can use to get the pass for $40 instead of $125)!

Flaunt Your Industry Affiliations

Do you work for a bar or restaurant? Ask someone at the Napa Valley visitor center to direct you to the wineries that will offer complimentary tastings to those who are in the industry. Sometimes all you have to show is an ID and a business card. Wineries want to spread the word about their products, so treat them respectfully and you may just form a business relationship in the process as well.

Choosing the Right Hotel

You don’t have to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a hotel, but this is really where you’ll want to spend the majority of your budget – for the ambiance and experience. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites has a number of room options and deals that are designed to make a weekend away a reality.

Look for Mobile Apps

A lot of tourist groups in the Napa area are creating apps to help visitors stay on top of the best deals. The Winery Finder App currently features information on more than 140 wineries throughout the valley and Sonoma, often with coupons.

You don’t have to be rollin’ in the dough to visit Napa – you simply have to be a bit creative about what you do when you arrive. Do a little research before your trip and we’re positive you’ll be incredibly pleased with what you find accessible to you and your budget.