Enjoy Vintner’s Dinner or Lunch on the Napa Valley Wine Train

July 29th, 2014

The ever popular Vintners Dinner or Lunch on the Napa Valley Wine Train is a weekly gourmet dining experience featuring a special vintner each month. Guest vintners share insights on wine-making and answer your questions while the train winds its way through the beautiful scenery of Napa Valley. Not only do you get extraordinary views, you can learn more about the wines, wine supping, and growing in Napa Valley right from the source.

This August, the Wine Train is featuring Wine Director, Cheryl Stotler, and Executive Chef, Kelly MacDonald. They’ll join forces to plan a lip-smacking four-course gourmet lunch or dinner specially designed to perfectly complement the wine choices.

  • The Vintners’ Dinner features Jericho Canyon wines on August 8th.
  • The Vintners’ Lunch features ZD Wines on August 15th and Castello Di Amorosa on August 22nd.

Schedule your stay at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites to enjoy the Napa Wine Train offerings.

The Napa Valley Wine Train also features Murder Mystery plays and Moonlight Escapes to entertain visitors. Murder Mystery is a dinner theater event and this month is featuring “The Detectives Club”. The Moonlight Escape gourmet dinner event takes place in the Vista Dome railcar with near 180-degree views. Gliding through the evening vineyards under the silver light of the moon, you’ll enjoy a five-course dinner, wine, and other delectable treats.

See the full calendar of Wine Train Events. Seating at each of these events is limited, so get your tickets early.

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

Music in the Vineyards – 20th Anniversary Season

July 21st, 2014

After years of sold-out concerts, the 2014 Music in the Vineyards Festival has finally been able to expand to four weeks. This year, the festival is featuring performances by over 80 musicians in 18 different Napa Valley wineries where the music, the ambiance, and the wine share the center stage to the audience’s delight.

No summer celebration would be complete without a party, and in this case there are two:

In between both weekends, the festival will host special concerts featuring such artists as acclaimed soprano Dawn Upshaw, two superb ensembles: the Escher and Pacifica String Quartets, and violinist Youjin Lee, just to name a few.

Contact the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites or call 707-226-1871 to reserve your room today for your spot at the 2014 Music in the Vineyards Festival.

Tickets to individual events are on sale now, and some events sell out quickly. You can purchase tickets online and no fees are charged in addition to the ticket prices.

See the full schedule of events to choose the nights or weekend you want to stay and enjoy Napa Valley. Performances are in the evening, so you have all day to enjoy the valley before heading to the evening entertainment.

Free open rehearsals are a huge draw in the afternoons. They serve an opportunity for music lovers of all ages and levels to understand how musicians prepare for their performance before a live crowd.

Check our room availability at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Call us at 707-226-1871 to arrange your stay and enjoy some of the most beautiful music ever heard across the valley.

First-Time Visitors to Napa Valley – Build Your Perfect Itinerary with Us

July 12th, 2014

Many a first-time visitor to Napa Valley gets overwhelmed by the wealth of options, restaurants, things to do, entertainment, and events that are all right here. We understand; that’s why we host so many second- and third-time visitors at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. One simply cannot do it all in a single visit.

Ideally, we recommend visiting annually so you can identify and re-visit your favorites and take in what’s new. We also recommend visiting at different times of the year because Napa Valley has four distinct seasons. It looks, feels, and tastes different every season.

Just a short hour and a half from the Sacramento, Oakland, and San Francisco airports, it’s only a hop, skip, and jump to Napa Valley.

Contact the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites or call 707-226-1871 to reserve your room today for your first or next visit to Napa Valley.

At the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites, we noticed our first-time and even second-time visitors had trouble fitting it all in. So, we created the Itinerary Planner to help:

Step 1: Explore all there is to do in Napa Valley

Step 2: Select what you want to do and see and add it to your itinerary

Step 3: Drag items around until you get the perfect itinerary

Even if you’ve visited Napa before, there are still things you haven’t seen or done. Take the Itinerary Planner for a test drive and see if it makes a difference in planning your visit to Napa Valley.

Check our room availability at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Call us at 707-226-1871 to arrange your stay and get started enjoying the Napa Valley, with the perfect itinerary in hand!

Light up the Night with Napa City Nights

July 5th, 2014

Napa City Nights is presenting a 2014 summer concert series in downtown Napa at the Veteran’s Memorial Park Amphitheater – just a short distance from the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Napa City Nights was started in 2008 by a group of musicians and music lovers with a mission to re-invent the local Napa music scene.

Napa City Nights is a successful, fun, free and family-friendly summer concert series for locals and tourists in the newly renovated Veterans’ Memorial Park Amphitheater. It remains an event where local musicians can showcase their talent and it draws as many as 10,000 music enthusiasts every year.

Schedule your stay at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites to enjoy the Napa City Nights summer series.

The Veterans’ Memorial Park Amphitheater is Napa’s first, and so far the only, outdoor venue. Nestled along the Napa River Walk within easy walking distance to wine bars, restaurants, and the local culture of downtown Napa, it is the ideal location for a summer music series. The amphitheater has terraced seating areas, elegant lighting, and beautiful views of the Napa River – a truly unique backdrop for the talented musicians playing Jazz, Country, Blues, Folk, and more.

Napa City Nights is held every Friday evening from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

  • July 11th the Bonedrivers with Buck Nickels and Loose Change
  • July 18th Forejour – the Foreigner and Journey Tribute
  • July 25th is Nuclear Blond, Jimmy Smith Band, and Chayah Miranda

See the full calendar. Napa City Nights is always free and fun for the entire family.

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

4 Reasons to Spend Fourth of July in Napa Valley

June 30th, 2014

Fourth of July is right around the corner, and you may be wondering where to spend this fun-filled summer holiday. Our recommendation: Napa Valley! Wine Country is filled with nonstop festivals, events, wine tastings and fireworks that will give everyone in your group something to remember!

Here are FOUR great reasons why you should spend the Fourth of July in Napa Valley. (Like you needed any convincing!)

1. Restaurants and Wineries Galore

If you don’t want to spend your summer days walking around festivals, then head over to any of the restaurants or wineries that are open on the Fourth, which include most. You can enjoy an interesting and unique wine tour, walk through the vineyards and sample new wine selections. With fresh produce from the local farms, you can also enjoy tasty summer menus from many of the local restaurants.

2. Festivals and Celebrates that Sizzle

There’s something about summer that says ‘festivals.’ So, if you’re someone who enjoys listening to live music, tasting samples of food and enjoying wine samples under the tent, then you’ll find endless festivals and celebrations to enjoy during Fourth of July weekend. One of our favorite events includes the Napa Valley County Fair and Fireworks in Calistoga. Here you can find food, wine, live music, rides, attractions and an impressive fireworks show.

3. Luxury Lodging for a Pleasant Night’s Rest

We can understand that you may not want to drive home after a long day in Napa Valley. Fortunately, there are plenty of affordable luxury hotels in the area that will make your Fourth of July weekend safe and fun! Check out the summer packages from Napa Valley Hotel and Suites for comfy rooms in the center of it all. You’ll be within walking distance to downtown Napa Valley.

4. Board the Napa Valley Wine Train

Why should you board the Wine Train on the holiday weekend? Two reasons. First, you get to indulge in a gourmet meal on a comfy train. Second, you get to watch the fireworks from a front row seat. The Napa Valley Wine Train is always fun, but it gets an added dose of originality when you get to ride, dine and watch the fireworks all at once.

Cherish a Few of those Long Summer Days in Napa Valley

June 28th, 2014

Napa Valley is an easy drive from the Bay Area and it offers a wide range of activities that are perfect for summer time.

Book an Africa Safari on the Sonoma Serengeti at Safari West

Ever wanted to take a safari? Well, now you can and it won’t involve a series of vaccinations. Safari West is a world class African adventure right in the heart of California wine country where you can see exotic wildlife, take photographs you thought you could only get in Africa, and still be tucked comfortably into your room with a glass of wine at night.

See a Geyser – the Old Faithful Geyser of California

One of three geysers in the world deserving of the designation ‘old faithful’ is a treasured Calistoga attraction. The geyser erupts at regular intervals of 30 minutes and shoots scalding hot water 100 feet into the air. The facilities include picnic tables, a petting zoo, and more, so it’s an excellent place to take the kids with a picnic lunch. Located a short drive from the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites, a visit to California’s Old Faithful is an easy, nature-inspired adventure.

Schedule your stay at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites and enjoy one of our summer-inspired packages to make your stay even better!

A stay in Napa Valley is inspired by all sorts of outdoor fun, including:

  • Hiking trails such as those found in the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. One five-mile hike to the summit of Mount St. Helena offers a spectacular view of the San Francisco Bay Area. Another leads to the cabin where Stevenson and his wife honeymooned in 1880.
  • Hot air balloon rides over the rural and breathtaking landscape of Napa Valley and nearby Calistoga for a real bird’s eye view of the region.
  • Kayaking along the Napa River for a quiet day of bird watching or just a way to see the area from a different perspective.

With the long days of summer fast approaching, how do you plan to get away from routine life? Give our team a call and schedule your stay in Napa Valley this summer. Check out the summer stay packages to stretch your summer play dollars even further.

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

Best Wines for the Summer

June 23rd, 2014

Summer is a time for grilled foods, late nights and socializing with friends and family. Many people agree that wine is always part of a great night, but you may be wondering what types of wines are best to pair with foods hot off the grill. It’s a good thing that there are many choices available that are both refreshing and satisfying, even on a hot summer’s day.

Here are some of our favorite picks for wines in the summer.

Riesling

Riesling has a nice, light taste. Its sweet lemon chiffon and cherry flavors give it the right balance for meat and vegetables cooked on the grill.

Sauvignon Blanc

This wine selection includes lime, herb and tropical flavors that flow well together. It’s a great option when eating fish, meat or grilled veggies. You can also pair it with samples of cheese, which is a nice touch at a barbecue or pool party.

Chardonnay

Most people enjoy a good glass of chardonnay, and this wine selection is really brought to life when paired with seafood and creamy coleslaw. Plus, everyone recognizes chardonnay, so you can expect it to be a crowd pleaser.

Prosecco

Prosecco tastes best when it’s served with crunchy, salty foods like nuts or cheese snacks. The lemon, citrus taste also makes it a good pick when eating fruits and fruit salads, even when they’re cooked on the grill. Don’t be surprised if your guests start asking for prosecco at your next summer barbecue!

Barbera

If you’re wondering what type of red wine to serve, try a barbera. It has cherry and spice aromas, so it’s a bit heavier tasting than the white wines. If you’re serving up foods like oven-cooked pizza, eggplant marinara or dishes with fresh basil, a glass of barbera will be the finishing touch.

Pinot Noir

Another popular choice, pinot noir is light and refreshing. It goes well with just about anything off the grill: lobster, chicken, fish, pork tenderloin or veggie kabobs. The only thing it doesn’t pair well with is citrusy foods.

Cabernet Sauvignon

A good cab is always welcome, even in the summer. The taste of ripe blackberries, plum flavors and black pepper is found in this selection of wine, and it puts the finishing touches on dishes like pork chops, steak and grilled vegetables.

The best place to find an extensive selection of summer wines is in Napa Valley. Tour the local wineries, sample wines and buy a bottle of your own. Remember, Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is in close proximity to all these wines!

Get Front Porch Seating for the Napa Valley July 4th Parade

June 19th, 2014

Nothing screams summer and good, old-fashioned fun like a Fourth of July parade – and Napa Valley has one of the best. Stay with us at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites and you have a front porch view of the parade. It goes right down the street in front of our hotel.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. so you have plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast before the festivities and you won’t even have to stake out your space street side.

This year’s theme for the parade is Napa History Celebrates America, and there will be hundreds marching in the parade. It’s small-town America meets the ingenious and artful designs of parade floats from wineries, restaurants, and more.

Stay with us at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites and enjoy one of the best American traditions – a July 4th Parade. Call 707-226-1871 to make reservations today.

Napa Valley is rich in American history. The town was founded on Rancho Entre Napa by Nathan Coombs in 1847. Napa County was formed as one of the original counties of California when the state officially became part of the United States in 1850.

Enjoy the rest of your All American 4th of July after the parade by heading to the Napa County Fair. You’ll witness a spectacular display of fireworks when the sun goes down and it’s included with your fair admission. With food and wine, competitive shows and exhibitions, and live music, you can truly enjoy your day from morning to night.

Spend a little time with American history in Napa this July. Call the helpful and friendly folks at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites to make your Fourth of July reservations today.

Getting Married? Plan Your Honeymoon in Napa Valley

June 16th, 2014

Today’s couples are more budget conscious about their weddings than ever before. If you’re getting married in the near future, you can probably relate. But, there’s no reason why you have to leave the country to have a romantic honeymoon. You can enjoy a quiet, intimate vacation right here in Napa Valley without having to spend thousands of dollars. In fact, more couples are choosing Napa Valley for proposals, weddings, anniversaries and honeymoons. Yes, it’s quite the charming place to be with your significant other! Here’s why:

Honeymoon Packages

Many hotels offer honeymoon packages for visiting couples. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites, for instance, offers queen and king size beds, marble vanities, tiled baths with Swedish massage showers and jacuzzi tubs. It’s everything you need to set the stage for a romantic honeymoon. If you don’t want to stay in a hotel, you can check out the many bed and breakfasts in the area. Just be sure that when you book a room, you tell them about your special event!

Activities for Couples

Couples in Napa Valley never fall short on activities to enjoy. Plus, most of them are geared toward adults, so you can enjoy a more relaxing experience. Some wineries offer private tours so that you and your partner can enjoy a quiet stroll through the vineyards. The Napa Valley Wine Train is also a blast, with several packages for couples to choose from. Other activities include dining, shopping, spas, golf, hiking, biking and hot air ballooning.

Laidback Pace

After your wedding day, all you’ll want to do is relax. Wine Country is all about slowing down and enjoying what the day has to offer. It won’t matter what time you wake up, and there’s nowhere to rush to. Most activities – wine tours, museums, spa days – are on your timeline, so you can enjoy your honeymoon at the pace you want. It won’t be long before the honeymoon days are over, so you might as well soak in the relaxation!

Low Stress

You don’t need a passport to come to Napa Valley. Depending on where you live, you may not even need to board a plan or deal with lost luggage. Most activities are not too touristy, so you won’t have to wait in long lines or deal with crowds of people. And, if you’re on the other side of the country, Napa Valley is a totally different environment. Everything that a honeymoon is meant to be can be enjoyed in Wine Country.

Celebrate the Art of Life with the Napa Valley Festival del Sole July 11-20

June 12th, 2014

Every July, Napa Valley warms up to celebrate the art of living with the Napa Valley Festival del Sole – a one-of-a-kind celebration of art, music, cuisine, wellness and a range of community programs. The mission of the festival is to enrich the region’s cultural vitality with the highest international quality programs to celebrate the art of life and nurture young artistic talent.

The 2014 Festival del Sole includes:

  • Musical artists like Maria Agresta, Joshua Bell, Julia Bullock, and many more. See the full lineup of Festival del Sole musical artists.
  • Authors and speakers like Dr. Wendy Bazilian, Dr. Melina Jampolis, and Garo Kassabian – all nationally recognized and recognized for their work. See the wellness authors and speakers list.
  • Special programs like the Bouchaine Young Artist Series, the Dede Wilsey Dance Series, and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series. Preview the special festival programs.

Reserve a room or several rooms at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites and you will be right in the heart of this unique celebration of life.

Founded in 2006 by a San Francisco Bay Area attorney, Richard Walker and chairman, Barrett Wissman, the founders envisioned a festival that would define Napa Valley as a cultural destination – and they’ve achieved that goal. The festival’s success is due to the strong community support and active involvement as well as generous support of Napa Valley’s business owners, vintners, and volunteers.

See the full schedule of events as well as ticket info. VIP passes, individual passes, and free events are available.

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