Relax in Napa Valley During and After the Holiday Rush

December 18th, 2014

The holiday rush can often feel more like a crush of events. So when you need a break – during or after the holidays – Napa Valley has a wealth of options for you to enjoy. Be sure to start off your day with a tasty breakfast or brunch, if you can sleep in late. Many of downtown Napa’s restaurants are ideal for the early riser and nothing starts the day off right like a fresh breakfast.

Ready for some post-holiday shopping? Downtown Napa is a lovely place to browse, wander, and touch one-of-a-kind clothing, antiques, jewelry, and crafts. No one knows you like you do, so why not gift yourself this holiday season?

Take a self-guided tour after lunch and stroll the charming neighborhoods and historic sites of Napa. The town has more pre-1906 structures than any other Bay Area city and each adds to the character of the town with Italianate, Victorian Gothic, Classical Revival, and other styles. Stop in at the Napa Valley Historical Society in the Goodman Library (1219 First Street) for a map.

When the holidays get stressful, shake it off at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Make your reservations today by calling 707-226-1871.

Nothing makes recovering from the holidays quicker or more relaxing than a trip to the spa. Napa Valley is home to a number of delightful spas that are perfect for treating yourself. Take a look at these great options – all within walking distance of our hotel:

  • Napa Massage and Bodycare (1834 First Street) – with massages and bodycare treatment packages, you can relax in the heart of Napa.
  • St. Pierre Massage (2400 West Clay) – offers a warm and inviting environment and a range of packages including manicures, facials, and pedicures—you can strip your cares away here!
  • Greenhaus European Day Spa (1300 Pearl Street) – consistently voted the Best of Napa Valley, this day spa offers massages, body treatments, nail care, hair and makeup, and more.

Each of these spas are close to the restaurants of Napa Valley as well, so you can enjoy a full day of pampering and a great meal thereafter.

Check our room availability at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Call us at 707-226-1871 to arrange your stay and recover from the holidays in style.

The Salvation Army Makes a Huge Difference in the Napa Valley

December 16th, 2014

The Salvation Army Makes a Huge Difference in the Napa Valley

Not too long ago we were inspired by a story about the Salvation Army at work here in the Napa Valley.  The local Salvation Army Center serves the public on a daily basis – providing meals, hosting worship services, and generally “doing the most good” possible, as their motto states.

For those not familiar, The Salvation Army has a series of more than 7,500 centers spread throughout the United States. Their purposes include disaster relief and the distribution of food, but they do so much more. The Salvation army, funded mostly through holiday kettle donations and sales through their local stores, also provides rehabilitation centers, programs for children, and even campaigns against human trafficking.

In the Napa hall, a group of volunteers from the Marinello School of Beauty came together to create a salon for those in need. The students and instructors spent more than three hours giving haircuts, beard trims, and styling to those the center serves. This particular school has also done styling, manicures, and pedicures in retirement homes.

Earlier this year, volunteers with the Salvation Army offered disaster relief after the August earthquake. They spent days serving meals to displaced residents as well as to first responders working in the area.

The Salvation Army does good in the community throughout the year, but most of us only notice them during the Christmas season, when volunteers are ringing bells and collecting kettle donations. Many don’t realize that the Salvation Army offers families in need – for any of a wide variety of reasons – Christmas dinners, toys, and clothing throughout the season.  Just this November, the Northern California and Northern Nevada division distributed more than 310 food baskets in the Stockton area.

Looking for ways to give back? The Salvation Army is always looking for volunteers to help with fundraisers, social services, special events, and youth activities. They also accept car donations, furniture donations, and clothing donations and will give you receipt for tax purposes based on their current valuation guide.

This organization does a world of good not only within our local communities, but internationally, and we’re proud to see the members of Napa and the surrounding communities partnering with them to give back not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year.

Planning a Holiday Proposal? Do it in Napa Valley!

December 9th, 2014

Planning a Holiday Proposal? Do it in Napa Valley!

You’ve decided to take the leap and ask the love of your life to marry you. Congratulations! Now all you have to do is create the perfect backdrop – a proposal so romantic she’ll cherish the memory for the rest of your lives together. Of course, we think you should propose right here in the Napa Valley.

When are You Going to Propose?

The first thing you need to do is pick the timeframe. Will you be visiting Napa on a day trip? Do you already live in the area and have a favorite vineyard or destination? Will you be visiting a Napa Valley hotel for a short trip before or after Christmas or the New Year? Are you proposing on Christmas Day? How about a midnight on New Year’s Eve? Your options are endless. You are going to want to choose a location that is both memorable and suits your personalities. If your fiance-to-be is a private person, you shouldn’t propose at a huge party in front of a ton of people.

Find the Perfect Location

Maybe you already have a favorite spot lined up. If it’s in a public area, like a restaurant or vineyard, make sure you call ahead to let them know of your plans. A lot of wineries and vineyards are more than willing to help you set the perfect scene and will help you make any necessary arrangements. Napa Valley proposals have happened on Howell Mountain, on the rooftop of Opus One, or during romantic meals. You might just go for a hike and propose at a scenic spot along the trail, or during a private picnic.

Private or Not?

Some people prefer an intimate, quiet moment while others prefer loud, public displays. Either way, you can still find a way to involve your closest family members and friends by arranging to have everyone out of view or waiting nearby for a celebration. This gives you the option to make the moment private, while allowing everyone to share the happy moment right after.

Consider Hiring a Photographer

Your fiance-to-be need not know the photographer is there; or that he’s there for the two of you. The photographer can simply happen to be in the area, discretely taking photos of your special moment. You’ll have the look on her face when you propose captured on film for eternity.

Remember, no matter what you plan, the most important part of the proposal is what you say. The Napa Valley has dozens of stunning, inspirational, and romantic locations where you can stage the perfect moment. What are you waiting for?

Gather and Spend Christmas in Napa Valley

December 8th, 2014

As the Christmas season approaches, you are thinking of how you can best spend this special time of year with those closest to you. At Napa Valley Hotel and Suites, we’d like to help make your holiday season bright and festive.

Here are some of the special things happening in Napa Valley this December:

  • Take a ride on the Santa Express Train – a special way to spend time with Santa. The Santa Trains are not the typical three-hour lunch or dinner; they are an hour and a half and filled with happy children eager to meet Santa and his friends. These Napa Valley Wine Train rides sell out early, so please make your reservations in advance – call (800) 427.4124.
  • Napa Valley Holiday Lights Tour (benefiting the Foster Children of Napa County) – take the Napa Valley Wine Trolley through historic downtown Napa, Victorian neighborhoods, and the best holiday lights displays. Enjoy the season with friends and family and keep warm with hot cocoa and plenty of holiday cheer! Call (707) 252-6100.

Take a look at our Christmas package and stay with us at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites where you can relax and get away this holiday season. Call 707-226-1871 to make your reservations today.

In Napa Valley, the holiday season isn’t just for kids – adults really enjoy all the special activities. Many of the wineries offer special holiday shopping, tastings, and dinners. In fact, December is one of the busiest times in Napa Valley. The weather is comfortably chilly, and outdoor activities like hiking, biking, tennis, and simply strolling through the vineyards and streets of this historic town are all easy to do.

Two special artists are at the Uptown Theatre in Napa in December:

  • Merle Haggard, December 12
  • The Robert Cray Band, December 13

Downtown Napa even has horse-drawn carriage rides all through the season to help you enjoy a unique view of the town from a nostalgic perspective. Live music is also available in many of the restaurants and wine venues around town.

Spend a little time in Napa Valley this Christmas or New Year’s (or both)! Let us take care of the details. Call the helpful and friendly folks at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites or make your reservations online today.

Exploring Napa with Children During the Holiday Season

December 3rd, 2014

Exploring Napa with Children During the Holiday Season

The Napa Valley isn’t just for wine lovers. It’s for families of all shapes and sizes and no time of year is as magical as the holiday season. Pack your kids in the car and enjoy exploring all the area has to offer during this mystical time of year.

Ice Skating in Downtown Napa

Head towards downtown Napa, to the intersection of Coombs and Second streets, and be prepared for a fun family ice skating experience. Admission is $12 per person and includes skates. The rink is open from 2pm through 10pm Monday through Friday, noon to 12pm through 10pm on Saturday, and 12pm through 8pm on Sunday. On the days kids are off of school, the rink will open at noon. The rink will remain open through January 11th.

Elf at the St. Helena Public Library

Head on over to the St. Helena Public Library on Wednesday, December 17th at 3pm for a kids matinee showing of the hit holiday movie “Elf.” Admission is completely free.

The Santa Train at the Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train is a great experience for adults, but from December 15th through 18th you can take the kids to ride the Santa Express Train with St. Nick and some of his friends. Tickets are $25.

V Marketplace

Can’t make it to the Santa Express Train? No problem. Santa will be at V Marketplace on Saturdays and Sundays between December 6th and December 21st. He’ll be there from 11am until 3pm each day. It’s a free event and you’ll need to bring your own camera for pictures. Pets are welcome, too!

The Nutcracker

Enjoy this timeless holiday tradition on December 20th or 21st at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater. There is a 2pm and a 7pm show on the 20th, followed by a 2pm show on the 21st. Tickets generally range from $25 to $35.

Connolly Ranch Winter Camps

These camps are geared towards children ages 3 to 5 and aim to offer children the experience to work within the outdoors. They’ll get to feed farm animals, do craft projects, and play in the garden. There’s also snack time, story time, and open play space. Camps are held from December 22nd through the 24th and again from December 29th through the 31st.

The Napa Valley Resolution 5K/10K

Families that love to run together will enjoy the 2nd annual run through Yountville. The race is hosted by Athletic Feat and the proceeds benefit the Napa Vine Trail. The race starts at 10am on January 1st, 2015. Register as a family of 4 or more to receive discounts on the cost.

There are so many incredible things to do in the Napa Valley, whether you live there or are just visiting. Book a weekend room at the Napa Valley Hotel & Suites or simply visit for a day. You’ll be glad the valley was on your holiday agenda.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Napa Valley

December 2nd, 2014

Are you tired of the same old New Year’s Ever parties and celebrations? A lot of people enjoy spending the holidays in the Napa Valley, enjoying the beautiful weather, relaxing in the outdoors, and simply embracing extra time with family.

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites

Of course, we’d love for you to come and stay with us during the days leading up to the New Year. We’re currently offering a series of Christmas and Holiday specials. Our Christmas Special features a deluxe room with a Jacuzzi and king size bed, with free dinner for 2. Our Holiday special features dinner with Santa, a Double Double room (2 beds) and free meals for children. Of course, Santa won’t be here after Christmas, but we can help you and your family find local New Year’s parties and events or simply make your private stay comfortable and romantic.

New Year’s Eve Party with Trinitas Cellars

The Near Year’s Eve party at Trinitas Cellars is another popular attraction here in the Napa Valley. Guests start the evening at 6pm, with a wine reception in the Estate Cave. A five-course dinner is served at 7pm, followed by a ballroom party with music, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight.

The Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train will be hosting its annual Blackjack Ball. This 21 and over event begins with a reception and a dinner ride on the train as you tour the Napa Valley in the twilight hours. Three and a half hours later you will be returned to the train station for a party featuring casino tables, photo booths, dancing, and a wine toast.

Enjoying a Fantastic Meal

According to Gayot, the best way to spend New Year’s Eve in Napa is by dining at one of the area’s classiest restaurants, many of which offer meal packages with romantic spaces and champagne toasts. Restaurants throughout the valley area include Angele, Barndiva, the Farmhouse Inn Restaurant, Olive & Vine, and dozens of others.

No matter what you decide to do, please be sure to make plans for safe and sober travels to and from your events or dinners, especially if you aren’t staying in the same location as your party. Have a safe and happy New Year and a successful, happy, and healthy 2015!

Enjoy a New York Style Skating Experience with Napa on Ice

December 1st, 2014

Napa County’s first and only ice skating rink – Napa on Ice – opens to the public and through the holidays. Located in beautiful downtown Napa, this outdoor ice skating rink features over 5,000 feet of gorgeous crystal ice just waiting for your blades. Skate in the sunshine during the day, or enjoy the romance of skating under the stars at night with your special someone. The gorgeous backdrop of Napa Valley makes this skating rink a special scene.

Discount tickets available now and single tickets are just $12 each.

Create some new holiday memories as you celebrate this festive season in style and brush up on your skate skills as you spin and glide gracefully across the ice.

Reserve a room at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites and you can enjoy Napa Valley all through the holiday season.

When you’re tired of skating, it’s time for some culinary delights. The Walking Food and Wine Tour is a great way to see and taste downtown Napa’s best culinary treats. Walk, Taste, Sip! is the perfect way to experience some tasty bites and sips and walk the historical streets of downtown Napa Valley.

The December Walk, Taste, Sip! is Thursday the 18th.

Your culinary guide leads the small group from the meeting location to other stops along the way. Advance tickets are recommended and you can follow the culinary crawl on Twitter at #culinarycrawl. The walking tour also features contests and prizes that make it a memorable experience for anyone who enjoys food and wine.

Call us at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites to reserve your suite and you can enjoy many unique activities in Napa Valley. Call 707-226-1871 for more details and pricing.

Napa Hotel Packages – Thanksgiving and Christmas

November 24th, 2014

The holiday season is upon us and we’d like to help you spend your holidays just right. At Napa Valley Hotel and Suites, we offer Thanksgiving and Christmas packages ideal for couples and families who want to spend their holiday season in Napa Valley.

Here are a few details about our Napa Valley Hotel Packages for Thanksgiving and Christmas:

  • Our Thanksgiving package (for 2 people) includes a deluxe room with a Jacuzzi and a king-sized bed. Plus, you won’t have to cook this turkey day – we’re giving you a free dinner. No slaving over the stove, no dishes to clean, and no leftovers to worry about. This is hands-down the best way to spend Thanksgiving!
  • Our Christmas package (for 2 people) delivers a one-of-a-kind room complete with a king-sized bed and a soaker tub to warm you up after a day outdoors in gorgeous Napa Valley. With this package, you also get a free dinner on us and we’ll take care of you by helping you choose where to make your reservations.

Stay with us at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites and you can relax and get away for the holiday season. Call 707-226-1871 to make your reservations today.

One of the best things about spending the holidays in Napa Valley is that you get to enjoy the holidays your way. Reconnect with your special someone or as a family while wandering through the beautiful scenery. Sip some amazing wine, stretch your muscles with a hike or game of tennis, and settle in for a lip-smacking breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Napa Valley is home to some of the most renowned chefs you will find anywhere in the world. They like to be here because of the abundant fresh ingredients, the ability to pair local wines, and the sheer delight of serving up delicious meals to people who truly enjoy good tasting food.

When you stay with us at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites, you have shopping, spas, restaurants and theater all within a short stroll. Step outside your room to enjoy some fresh air and relax during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Spend a little time in Napa Valley this Thanksgiving or Christmas (or both)! Let us take care of the details. Call the helpful and friendly folks at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites or make your reservations online today.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers

November 21st, 2014

Tis the season to enjoy a quality glass of wine while relaxing by the fire and enjoying time with family and friends. We all know at least one person who enjoys wine from time to time, but those of us who know a true wine lover will be pleased to know there are dozens of things you can do to create a personalized holiday gift she’ll enjoy. Here are some of our favorites.

Decorative Wine Racks

A true wine lover likely has a pretty nice collection from different wineries and vineyards, local and not. Why not give him the opportunity to put that wine on display by gifting a decorative wine rack? You can find dozens of varieties, from the simplistic to the ornate, ranging from only a few bottles to well over 100. The sky is the limit and this is a personalized anyone who enjoys wine is sure to love.

Wine of the Month Club

Perhaps your wine lover enjoys sampling different labels? There are several different Wine of the Month clubs you could sign her up for. The California Wine Club, for example, ships 2 bottles per month with options for one of each red and white, two reds, or two whites. The cost averages $40 to $330 depending on the length of the subscription you purchase.

Stemware Racks

Of course, all true wine lovers know you can’t drink your wine out of any old cup. Many have some pretty impressive collections of stemware. An under-cabinet stemware rack makes glasses easily accessible while allowing them to be part of the kitchen or bar area’s overall décor.

Cookbooks for Wine Lovers

One of the keys to enjoying a great glass of wine is to pair it with the right foods. The Wine Lover’s Cookbook: Great Recipes for the Perfect Glass of Wine, by Sid Goldstein, is the perfect companion for a wine drinker who enjoys spending time in the kitchen, experimenting with recipes, and planning the perfectly coordinated event.

Wine Tasting Event

Many local wineries offer wine tasting tours and packages, ranging from simple tours and samplings to full-course dinner events paired with just the right wine. A planned night out or a gift certificate would give you the chance to combine a little romance with an activity your wine lover really appreciates.

Visiting Wine Country

For that extra special someone in your life, a trip to wine country may be just what the holiday season needs. Book a stay at the Napa Valley Hotel & Suites, tour the local attractions, and relax in a gorgeous, romantic atmosphere. Give us a call at 866-610-8944 to learn about your current packages and specials.

Any true wine lover will sincerely appreciate any of these gift ideas, and she’ll feel especially loved by the thought you put into choosing a gift she could really appreciate and use. Happy Holidays!

Napa After Dark with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites

November 12th, 2014

We know how hard you have been working all year, all summer, and into the fall. If you are like many of us, you have some vacation or personal time you need to burn or you will lose it. A mid-week break is the perfect option for visiting Napa Valley. The kids are in school, so the grandparents, aunts, and uncles only have to handle the morning and night shift, while you can slip away.

Here are some exciting options to choose from during your visit to Napa Valley:

  • Silo’s – where superb wines get paired with great music all year long in Napa Valley. Silo’s has a small-plate and dessert menu that’s perfect for rounding out your day exploring Napa Valley. What Silo’s is really famous for is live music. Check out the lineup when you make your reservation with us. You can walk to the venue and back from your room.
  • Uva Trattoria – an exceptional Italian Restaurant celebrating 14 years in Napa Valley, Uva Trattoria is a casual establishment that is highly popular with locals and features traditional Italian fare. Three dining rooms, late-night bar parties and live music make this one of the best places to enjoy jazz, blues, and a scrumptious meal on a Napa Valley evening.
  • Billco’s Billiards – a much-needed place for family-friendly entertainment as well as evenings out, Billco’s Billiards and Darts offers couples and families a nice atmosphere to have fun. Offering over 60 microbrews and imports on tap, this is also the place to go if you prefer beer over wine. Billco’s also offers an excellent menu of pub fare with items like Jalapeno Poppers, Garlic Fries, and sandwiches.
  • Cadet Beer and Wine Bar – a warm and inviting neighborhood bar where wine and beer producers celebrate their unique philosophies. Named one of the 21 Best Wine Bars in the country by the San Francisco Chronicle this year, the Cadet Beer and Wine Bar offers a new spin on the traditional pour with live music, Meet the Makers events, and more.

Schedule your stay with our Midweek Fall and Winter Packages at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Take in everything that Napa Valley has to offer for late-night entertainment.

Napa Valley may seem like an agricultural center with some daytime activities, but what many don’t know is that it’s also a great place for night-time entertainment. With local and imported live bands, exceptional late-night bites and mid-week events all the time, you can enjoy memorable nights in Napa Valley.

Shake off the heat and stress of summer and take a deep breath in Napa Valley. After a fun day of discovering the area, step out in style and enjoy exciting night life within close range of your hotel room.

Call our friendly staff at 707-226-1871 to book your November get-away in Napa Valley and enjoy exceptional late-night fun.