Concerto di Castello

June 26th, 2015

“Concerto di Castello”, hosted by Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga is coming on July 18.

Here are the details for the event:

Event Name Concerto di Castello
Produced By World Projects
Hosted By Castello di Amorosa
Event Date / Time Saturday, July 18, 6:45-10pm
Location Castello di Amorosa
4045 St Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA
Tickets $59 for Members, $79 for Guests
Click Here for Tickets

*Must be over 21 to attend

*Reservations Required

Event Description:

“Join us at the Castel di Amorosa for an evening of wine and music as we welcome three internationally acclaimed orchestras from around the world in our acoustically-inspired courtyard.

Enjoy a welcome wine reception and sample a selection of Italian cheeses and charcuterie to pair with our current release wines in our underground vaulted Tasting Room before making your way up to our courtyard to enjoy a beautiful summer evening with performances from three world-renowned orchestras at the Castello.

  • New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia from Alberta, Canada, conducted by Raymond Baril
  • University of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra from Saskatchewan, Canada, conducted by Dr. Darrin Oehlerking
  • Landesblasorchester Baden-Württemberg from Germany, conducted by Björn Bus”

Napa Valley’s Best Champagne and Sparkling Wine

June 22nd, 2015

Sparkling wine and champagne offer up an instant celebration, even if you are just celebrating the fact that you are on vacation! From the sound of the cork popping to the tinkling noise it makes as it flows through the flute, how could you not enjoy a glass of champagne or sparkling wine while in Napa Valley?

There are plenty of wineries that cater to those who like the bubbles; but for the best experience, visit these wineries first:

  • Domaine Chandon: You could easily spend an entire afternoon here. With their park-like setting, art gallery, tasting room and restaurant, you may never want to leave. Taste the sparkling wines and champagnes while on the outdoor terrace or book a table for a private tasting experience.
  • Mumm Napa: Located on Silverado Trail, there are indoor and outdoor tasting rooms with breathtaking vineyard views. You can check out the fine art gallery inside and taste sparkling wines that have been made from only the best grapes.
  • Domaine Carneros: This French chateau features Taittinger’s California sparkling wine. Enjoy a service on the patio with vineyard views and pair your sparkling wines with caviar or cheese.
  • Schramsberg: As one of the oldest wine caves in the area, this distinctive winery offers tastings by appointment only. The wines are stored in caves, making for an exciting, fun tour.

Stay in the Heart of Sparkling Wine Country

Enjoy the bubbly and come back for a relaxing stay at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. To get the most out of your trip, book a wine tour with your room.

Book your stay at our boutique hotel. Call us now at 707-226-1871 to make your reservation.

ZOOMA Napa Valley

June 19th, 2015

ZOOMA Napa Valley

This one is for the ladies! Break in those running shoes and get ready for an adventure. ZOOMA Napa Valley will be held on Saturday, June 20th, and this is one half marathon and 10K adventure no seasoned female runner – or female runner new to the distance – will want to miss.

What You Need to Know

ZOOMA Napa Valley offers an incredible course that starts and finishes near the Napa Valley Mariott Hotel and Spa. It features a mostly-flat terrain with some breathtaking views of the mountains that make up our famous valley. The courses are out and back and the half marathon course will feature a series of pacers for intervals ranging in ten minute increments from 1:40 through 2:50. There will be water and sports drink stations throughout the course as well as at the finish line. Finishers receive medals as well.

The event actually begins on Thursday, June 18th with the opening of packet pickup at Athleta Emeryville from 3pm until 7pm.

On Friday, June 19th, you can head over to the Fitness Expo at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa for additional packet pick-up and a fun Fitness Expo.  The Fitness Expo runs from 2pm through 8pm and also features a course preview, ZOOMA Q&A session, and a Mocktail party.

Of course, the real fun happens on Saturday the 20th. Shuttles start leaving the Marriott to take participants to the starting line at 5:30am. The races start at 7:00am, and shuttles start taking people to the after party as early as 7:30am.  The after-party and expo run until 12 noon, during which there will be a 10K awards ceremony (at 9am) and a half marathon awards ceremony (at 10am). There will also be hourly recovery yoga sessions at 9, 10, and 11am.

Please note, there is no parking at the starting point for the 10K and half-marathon. All participants will have to go to the Marriott to catch a shuttle. Runners can be dropped off at the starting point, but there will be no parking for their rides to stay in the area.

The Swag! The Perks!

We know you want to know about the swag and the perks. All runners will receive a ZOOMA Signature Swag Bag at packet pickup. They include a women’s fit technical tee, Feetures! Performance socks, a journal, and a reusable bag.  All finishers will receive medals, and the half marathon medals will have a removable charm that can be put onto a necklace or bracelet as well.

Ladies, are you ready for a good time? Registration caps at 1,500, so make sure you register online if you haven’t done so already. Don’t want to run but want to volunteer, check out the website for volunteer information as well. Not sure how to get there from your Napa hotel? Ask your concierge for help getting to the starting line or the expo. This is one amazing June event no runner will want to miss.

Father’s Day Gifts for Wine Lovers

June 16th, 2015

Father’s Day Gifts for Wine Lovers

While a lot of people like wine, some people are really, really into the science behind wine making, the beauty of the vineyards, and the history behind the distinct culture. If your dad is one of the latter, you’re going to want to find something special for Father’s Day – something that resonates with his love of fine wines and maybe hints at a little bit of adventure. Here are a few ideas we hope will get you started.

Wine Train Package

For an awesome weekend away, treat your Dad (and Mom, too), to one of our incredible Napa Valley Wine Train packages. The packages rage from two to four nights and include a queen sized room with a three-course gourmet dinner for two on the wine train’s incredibly relaxing three-hour ride through St. Helena and Napa.

Balloons Above the Valley

This is another incredible spring/summer package we offer, also two or four nights. This package includes a queen size room, a balloon ride for two over the valley, and a complimentary breakfast at the Napa General Store Café. Your Dad will love, with either package, the opportunity to get a unique view of the valley between jaunts out to local wineries.

Wine Club Subscriptions

Maybe traveling isn’t in the cards. That’s OK. Bring the wine to Dad with a subscription to a monthly wine club. There are tons out there, ranging from Club W to Wine of the Month Club. No matter which you choose, just make sure the regulations in your state allow for membership as some areas don’t allow for the home delivery of alcoholic beverages. Prices generally range from $39 up depending on the type of package you choose.


Does your dad have his own wine cellar or bar? If so, he’ll love some classy stemware. Williams-Sonoma has several stemware collections including cabernet glasses, tumblers, and decanters. He’ll be able to proudly display his glassware while serving his friends in style.

For a more unique approach, check out sites like Uncommon Goods, where you’ll find twisted decanters, vintages wine boxes, aerating tools, and some really cool major scale musical wine glasses.

It doesn’t matter how much you spend on Dad this Father’s Day. It’s the thoughtfulness behind the gift – something he really loves and enjoys – that counts. Think outside the box and you’re bound to find something that will appeal to your dad’s love of wine and culture.

How to Plan a Stress Free Trip to Napa Valley

June 12th, 2015

For some reason, planning a vacation is inherently stressful, and that’s ironic. From creating the itinerary to ensuring you have reservations, you have a lot of to-do’s for an event that is supposed to give you time away from daily stress. By planning ahead, you can make the most of your Napa Valley trip and hopefully, make it stress-free.

Napa Valley is all about a laid back lifestyle. Things move slower, there are no rigid schedules, and it is truly a place to relax. If you are coming to Napa Valley for the summer, consider these tips for a memorable, stress-free vacation:

  • Book Your Stay Early – June is busy in Napa Valley and plenty of people come up to escape the hustle and bustle of the big cities. So, book your hotel stay early to ensure the best rates and availability.
  • Consider a Package – If you do not want to sit and plan out every detail, consider booking a package with your hotel stay. Not only will it pre-plan a few events for you, but it will save you some money too. Packages can include wine tours, balloon trips or even the Napa Valley Wine Train.
  • Figure out Where You Want to Visit – While some people will tell you to avoid the big name wineries because they are too “touristy”, that is just the point. You wouldn’t visit San Francisco without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, so why come to Napa Valley and not see the big, famous wineries? Just some of the wineries you should see include Beringer Vineyards, V. Sattui Winery, Castello di Amorosa, and Inglenook Winery.

Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday in Napa Valley

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites offers a luxurious stay in the heart of Napa Valley. We are close to the best local attractions and our unique packages take the guesswork out of planning your vacation.

Book your stay or summer package with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Call us at 707-226-1871 or make your reservations online.

Napa Valley History Tour

June 10th, 2015

Napa Valley History Tour

Looking for a Napa adventure that isn’t just about the wine? The Napa County Historical Society will be conducting its next Napa Valley History Tour event from June 10th through June 13th, 2015. The historical society, like so many others, is dedicated to preserving the history of this vast, cultural region. Grabbing tickets to this event will give you the chance to visit parts of the valley that aren’t usually publicly accessible.  Here’s what you need to know.

How to Participate

Tickets for this series of Napa Valley History Tours are available on the event website. You have the option of buying an all-inclusive 4-day pass or single-day passes for each individual day. Prices vary – for example, the 4-day pass is $550 for the general public or $499 for NCHS members. Single day passes range from $20 to $235 depending on the day, whether or not you are a member, and – on one day – whether or not you are driving yourself to your destinations.

The Tour Schedule

The schedule for this round of tours is jam packed with incredible destinations, events, and opportunities.

On Wednesday, June 10th, participants will get to tour the historic caves on the Schramsberg Winery property, see historic photography, and of course enjoy a wine tasting. Then, at Ehler’s Estate, tour their organic winemaking methods and enjoy a picnic on the grounds. Lunch and transportation are provided.

On Thursday, June 11th, you’ll start at The Brother Timothy Vineyard where you’ll see The Hess Collection and a food and wine pairing. You’ll then enjoy lunch at Trinchero Napa Valley, where a private chef will prepare a meal especially created for the tour. Transportation is provided, as is lunch. This is the only day where you have the option to drive yourself.

On Friday, June 12th, visitors will enjoy a guided tour of the Missouri Hipper Vineyard. This vineyard is not generally publicly accessible, and you’ll learn a lot about the history of women in winemaking. You’ll also get to visit Nichelini Winery, where you’ll enjoy a picnic after touring the homestead cabin and visiting with one of the winery’s founders. Lunch and transportation are provided.

Finally, on Saturday, June 13th, participants will experience a two-hour walking guided tour of Downtown Napa. You’ll learn about the last public execution ever held in California and see how the area has revitalized itself after the earthquake of 2014.

The Napa Valley History Tour is an event you won’t want to miss, whether you can afford a day of wine tastings or simply make a couple of hours of time for a tour of the city itself. Ask your Napa hotel concierge if you have questions about getting to your tour destination from your lodging; but make sure you book at least one day. You’ll absolutely love it.

4th of July Festivities in Napa Valley

June 4th, 2015

There is plenty more than just fireworks going on in Napa Valley for the 4th of July. From the concerts to wine tastings, come celebrate your country’s history in wine country this year.

Whether you are staying for the week or only coming up for the 4th, there are a few attractions you will definitely want to check out while you are here:

  • The Napa 4th of July ParadeThis historic event happens each year on the 4th and features colorful displays, animals, performers, and floats.
  • 4th of July Backyard BashCome enjoy the music and participate in the ultimate tribute to ZZ-Top. This unique outdoor event kicks off on July 4th at 7:00 pm and general admission tickets are best if you want to catch the fireworks show.
  • Napa County FairThe Napa County Fair is held on July 4th from noon to 11:00 pm. There are plenty of events and of course, fireworks in the evening. There will also be a culinary arts competition, fine arts and even an amateur wine competition to catch.
  • Rooftop Fireworks – Bardessono’s Dive Bar is a rooftop bar that is classy and fun. Enjoy private cabanas, fantastic drinks and the opportunity to watch the fireworks display while sipping on delicious wines.

Enjoy Your 4th of July Visit in Style

If you plan to visit Napa Valley for the 4th of July, now is the time to book your stay at a hotel down the street from it all. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites can help you get even more out of your 4th of July holiday with one of our fun summer packages.

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

Check Out the Summer Packages at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites

May 30th, 2015

Summer is the perfect time to escape to Napa Valley. The day temperatures are comfortable, the nights refreshing and the scenery is breathtaking. Whether you want to come up for the weekend or you want to make a long vacation out of it, there is certainly a lot to enjoy with our summer packages.

A Summer Package for Every Vacationer

There are plenty of things to do here and you can save money just by combining those activities with your stay at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Some excitement you can enjoy with our summer packages include:

  • The Wine Train Package - Go on a memorable dining and touring experience on the Napa Valley Wine Train. This three-hour journey features a gourmet meal, wine, and your comfortable, queen-size accommodation.
  • Balloons Above the Valley - See the beauty of Napa from above with a balloon ride for two. You will receive a complimentary breakfast at the Napa Valley General Store Café along with your queen-size room.
  • Take a Wine Tour - Enjoy a luxurious king suite with a Jacuzzi tub and a private three-hour sedan wine tour to some of the best wineries Napa Valley has to offer.

Book Your Stay and Escape to Napa Valley This Summer

Now is the time to book your stay at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Add one of our summer packages and turn your summer vacation into something you will never forget.

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

A Guide to Napa Valley for First Timers

May 28th, 2015

A Guide to Napa Valley for First Timers

We get it. A trip to the Napa Valley has been on your bucket-list for a long time, but you just haven’t been able to find the time. But now you’re able to take a quick-getaway and want to maximize your time in the area. We know for sure you’re going to wish you had more time to spend. So what do you need to know?

When to Visit

While the summer months are nice, they’re also incredibly crowded – crowded like a baseball field on dollar dog night. There are lines everywhere. That’s not to say you can’t come, but be prepared with your highest level of patience and a few extra dollars in your wallet for the summer-season prices.

The spring months are gorgeous, most notably for the blooming mustard plants. It’s something you really do have to see to believe. But the absolute best time to visit is the fall. Not only are the crowds thinner, but the months of September and October are the busiest times for operating wineries. They’re busy harvesting and crushing grapes and you’ll actually get to see them in action. It’s an experience worth waiting for.

Location Counts

Make sure you do your homework before you book a hotel room in the Napa Valley. While Napa is the main attraction for tourists, the valley itself is actually very, very large. So yes, it is totally possible to find a Napa Valley hotel room for $79, but that room may be upwards of 50 miles away from Napa itself – not exactly the experience you’re looking for.

Visit Napa on a Budget

Before you begin your journey, make sure you visit the Napa Tourist Guide’s Napa on a Budget page. You can find incredible coupons, tips, and discounts on this site, including the occasional FREE winery coupon. You can also find out more about the Priority Wine Pass, a discount card that will get you free or reduced wine tastings at a series of local hot spots. Depending on where you go and whether or not you’ve found some coupons, you can expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $50 (sometimes more) per person for a tasting.

Don’t forget to plan for your meals, too. There are tons of incredible restaurants, some attached to wineries and some not. The average full-course dinner will cost you about $50 per person before wine. There are plenty of other inexpensive food options as well, though – including a series of food trucks you’ll find parked around the area.

Timing, location, and food (and wine) are everything when it comes to planning your Napa Valley trip. We’re sure you’ll love Napa so much you’ll probably be planning your trip back before you even leave!

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!