Ideas for a Napa Valley Labor Day Weekend

August 21st, 2015

You can escape the chaos of your local hometown and the beaches and enjoy your next Labor Day weekend in Napa Valley. Wine country is busy with their harvest right around this time of year, which means there are plenty of activities at local wineries.

Some of the exciting things you can do to enjoy Labor Day weekend in Napa Valley include:

  • Wine Sales – Make sure you do not leave wine country without taking advantage of the wine sales. Some wineries offer case lot sales, meaning you get an entire case of wine at a deep discount.
  • Napa Wine Train Murder Mystery DinnerDuring Labor Day weekend, the Napa Wine Train hosts their Murder Mystery Dinner where you can help solve a murder mystery with members of the Detective’s Club. These tickets go fast on holiday weekends, so if you are interested, you must book soon.
  • BBQWineries and local eateries will offer their own outdoor BBQ events. Yountville hosts their Labor Day BBQ that features live music, wine, activities for the kids, and of course, food.

Book Your Stay for Labor Day Weekend in Downtown Napa

If you want to enjoy Labor Day activities, book your accommodations with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites today. Our boutique hotel is within walking distance to local attractions, including those open only for Labor Day.

Book your stay at our hotel today. Call 707-226-1871 to make your reservations.

The Perfect Way to Cool Down: Napa River Water Activities

August 13th, 2015

Napa has much more to offer than great wineries. In fact, when you visit in the heat of the summer, do not forget to check out the water activities at Napa River. From kayaking to historical tours, there are plenty of ways to stay cool and enjoy the scenery of Napa Valley.

Just some of the water activities to try while you are visiting include:

  • Napa River History TourThis tour is ideal for all fitness and activity levels, so you do not have to worry about being an expert. You can tour Napa River on a kayak and get a quick tour of the history, stop at your favorite winery and just enjoy the fresh air.
  • Stand Up PaddleRent a stand up paddle or take lessons and learn how to paddle your way down Napa River. You can even rent a paddleboard for the day and enjoy going up and down the river to take in the scenery.
  • Living River TourUsing a stand up paddleboard, you can explore the wildlife and creatures that live in and out of the river. Check out the natural channels, mud flats and sandbars with a group.
  • Fly FishingTake fly fishing lessons and take advantage of the year-round supply of Rainbow Trout in Putah Creek.
  • Book Your Stay to Relax After the Fun Outside

After a long day in the water and sun, come back and relax at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Our boutique hotel offers all the amenities and features you need to unwind and enjoy everything Napa Valley has to offer.

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

Catch the Hottest Shows at Uptown Theatre

August 6th, 2015

Uptown Theatre in downtown Napa is the perfect place to go if you are looking for live entertainment. Located in the West End district, you will find shows almost every weekend, featuring some of the hottest artists and performers from around the country. As summer comes to a close, the vineyards are in full swing and so is the entertainment lineup at Uptown Theatre.

Some of the shows you must not miss include:

  • Chris Botti – Spend an evening with critically acclaimed Chris Botti. As one of the largest-selling American instrumental artists, Botti offers the most exquisite jazz sounds for music lovers. The show is on October 10, 2015 at 8:00pm in the Uptown Theatre, but tickets will sell fast.
  • Jerry Jeff Walker – Enjoy the origins of Jerry Jeff Walker’s Napa Summer Camp at Uptown Theatre on August 15, 2015 at 8:00pm. These events are more than just music; they are social gatherings. Fans from all over the world come to Napa to take in the fun at this show in large numbers.
  • Boz Scaggs – Coming October 1, 2015 at 8:00pm is the Boz Scaggs show. This year’s show is all about having a little fun with the music and just going wherever the music takes you.

Book Early and Enjoy Your Favorite Live Shows in Napa Valley

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites offers you a comfortable and convenient stay within walking distance of the famous Uptown Theatre. Reserve your room and enjoy luxury accommodations at our boutique hotel.

Book your stay with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites to enjoy the hottest shows this year. Call us at 707-226-1871 or make your reservations online.

Water Conservation in the Napa Valley

August 2nd, 2015

Water Conservation in the Napa Valley

News of critical water shortages in California are no secret, making headlines on news programs throughout the entire country. One can’t help but wonder how it is possible to keep crops of any kind – from food to the vineyards we all know and love – alive during these difficult times. The good news is that many Napa Valley residents and businesses are working hard to do their part to conserve water wherever possible.

California’s Water Saving Mandates

The month of April saw the state’s first mandatory water use reductions – the first in state history. While the drought has been hot news recently, the state itself has been struggling for the past four years, reaching a crisis point this past year after record-low snowfall totals left little water to run down from the mountains.

The executive order issued by Governor Jerry Brown “directed the State Water Resources Control Board to impose a 25% reduction on the state’s 400 local water supply agencies, which serve 90% of California residents, over the coming year.”

Each water agency has the freedom to determine how that reduction will occur, but many residents have already stopped watering their lawns and gardens, have stopped washing their cars, and have started taking much shorter showers.

Officials within Napa County were pleased to report that four out of five of the cities within the county met or exceeded the new restrictions right away in the month of June – a huge accomplishment. The city of Napa itself saw a 30% drop in use compared to the same month in 2013. The city attributes much of the savings to better water use practices, especially outdoors. They’ve put emphasis on saving trees, vegetables, and fruits before lush green lawns and colorful gardens.

Conservation efforts throughout the state are about to get stricter, though. On July 16th, the House passed legislation to help redirect water away from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and back towards the farm belt before it hits the ocean. While advocates believe this will help save agriculture, proponents believe not allowing the fresh water to run to the ocean will allow ocean water to push back into the delta, causing even more problems. We’ll have to keep an eye on Washington to see if this bill passes or, like so many others, fails to make it through to the White House.

No matter what, the reality is that there isn’t much we can do about the drought itself but wait and see what Mother Nature decides to do. In the meantime, we continue to use water thoughtfully and keep our fingers crossed for heavy snowfall in the mountains this winter.

Concerned about water restrictions? Don’t let that stop you from visiting Napa. The community is thriving and the vineyards are open, welcoming visitors from all over!

Napa Blues, Brews and BBQ 2015

July 30th, 2015

The Napa Blues, Brews and BBQ event will be here this August. Featuring live blues music by some of the best musicians from the Bay Area, it is an event you do not want to miss.

While the artist line up and local breweries are not announced until closer to the event date, there are a few things you will need to know about the event:

  • Admission is free, parking is free too, and it is open to the public.
  • The event is hosted in downtown Napa on First Street between Main and Franklin.
  • The event starts at noon and goes until 6:00pm on a Saturday.
  • There will be over 20 hard-to-find micro-brewed beers in a large beer garden to choose from.
  • BBQ food will be provided by local and state-wide BBQ masters.
  • Do not forget about the annual rib eating contest—watch the fun or be adventurous and participate!

Book Your Stay Now and Be Close to it All

You can have a great place to come back to after a day at the Blues, Brews and BBQ event. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Napa. We offer luxurious suites, great packages and accommodations for all ages.

Book your stay at our hotel today. Call 707-226-1871 to make your reservation.

Red Hot August Nights Harvest Party

July 28th, 2015

Red Hot August Nights Harvest Party

Mark your calendars. The Red Hot August Nights Harvest Party at the Inglenook Winery will take place on Saturday, August 15th, 2015 from 7pm until 10pm and this is one summer party you will not want to miss.

What Happens at the Harvest Party?

Oh, so much! Guests at the harvest party get to enjoy an absolutely incredible buffet dinner. The menu this year will include handmade pizzas, a whole roast pig, and plenty of decadent side dishes. Your meal will of course be paired with Inglenook wines, with some special appearances from a few special barrels and library pours.

Of course, the party isn’t just about the food. There will be plenty to keep you amused and entertained as well. This year the party will feature live music from Larry Lynch & The Mob – great for dancing the night away with your friends or a special someone. There will also be lawn games, a photo booth, and some quiet space in the cigar lounge. Inglenook has also announced that this year’s party will feature a scavenger hunt for the first time.

What Does It Cost?

The hottest event of the summer is $160 per person for a night of fun and adventure and tickets are limited to 4 per person. Members of the Heritage Society can get in to the Red Hot August Nights Harvest Party for $120, with a limit of 8 tickets per person.

About Inglenook Winery

Inglenook Winery has a long history dating back to the late 1800’s. There are, of course, plenty of opportunities aside from the Harvest party during which you can explore the grounds. The most popular is the Inglenook Experience – a 90 minute tour of the Chateau, caves, and vineyard. The tours include a seated pairing with artisan cheeses. The cost is $50 per person and Inglenook welcomes children ages 12 and up to join their parents for the tours. Non-drinkers receive a discount of 25%.

The Red Hot August Summer Harvest Party is an excellent way to wind down your summer experience while enjoying time with friends under the night sky. Ask your Napa hotel concierge for directions to the winery, or to find out if there is still space available. This is one party you’ll be glad you invested in attending.

Napa Movies in the Park

July 24th, 2015

Napa Movies in the Park

Are the kids already crying that they’re bored with summer vacation? Sometimes it takes a bit of creativity to keep them occupied throughout the summer. The good news is that Napa has a ton of great activities for kids, teens, and families in general. A hot summer favorite is the Napa Movies in the Park Series.

When and Where to Find Napa Movies in the Park

The Napa Movies in the Park Series started on June 20th but there are still several events for you to take advantage of. Upcoming events include:

  • August 8, 2015 – Alexander & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  • August 29, 2015 – Cinderella

  • September 12, 2015 – Annie

All of the movies are shown at dusk in Veteran’s Park at Main and Third Streets in Napa proper.

Sit Back and Enjoy the Show

The park is a spacious, gorgeous location for families to enjoy together. Come a little early to enjoy quality time with your neighbors. You can bring your own snacks, and concessions will also be available for purchase during each moving showing. Throw some bug spray in your bag just in case. It is summer, after all.

You can bring whatever makes you comfortable for seating – low back chairs, blankets, etc. Please don’t bring umbrellas or other items that will block the view of those surrounding you. Due to the crowded nature of these events, we do ask that you leave your four-legged friends at home.

Oh, and the cost? It’s completely free.

Visiting Napa?

Even if you’re just visiting Napa, a night in the park for a movie will give you a chance to kick back and relax between business meetings or visits to tourist attractions with your loved ones. Of course, there are plenty of other things to do and see while you’re in the area. Ask your Napa Valley Hotel & Suites concierge to direct you towards some of the area’s most popular attractions – and ask for directions to Veteran’s Park while you’re at it!

Family-Friendly Wineries in Napa Valley

July 21st, 2015

A winery is usually not the most exciting place for kids, but if you happen to visit one of the family-friendly wineries in Napa Valley, it can be a great experience for everyone. There are many wineries here that have made adjustments to accommodate families. They even have all day activities that will get your kids equally excited to check out the vineyards and wines with you.

There are some wineries that are more family-friendly than others. Regardless of the age of your children, these are some that you may want to check out first:

  • Castello Di Amorosa – This full-size castle fortress features everything your kids need to feel excited (except the dragons maybe). Outside, there are animals to see, guided tours, and the tasting room features knight’s armor the kids can explore.
  • Long Meadow Ranch – Get a country-like tour on a 4×4 vehicle and see the mountains, scenic views and even wine caves. The tasting room has a Petanque court and restaurant with some of the best burgers in Napa Valley.
  • Hunnicutt – As a family-owned establishment, the owners understand how more families are visiting Napa Valley with their kids. That is why they have outdoor tasting rooms and plenty of space for the young ones to play.
  • Sterling Vineyards – Feel like a kid yourself at this space station-esque vineyard. Here you get to take a ride 300 feet above the valley and enjoy a glass of wine right when you get off the gondola.

Book Your Stay at a Family-Friendly Hotel

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is a family-friendly boutique hotel that can accommodate guests of all ages. We are within walking distance of the great downtown attractions and restaurants too, so you can get the most out of your next family trip to Napa Valley.

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

Robert Mondavi Winery Concert Series

July 20th, 2015

Robert Mondavi Winery Concert Series

The Robert Mondavi Winery Concert Series isn’t the new kid on the block. The 2015 series will be the 46th to take place in the Napa Valley, and it has evolved into something people of all ages have grown to love and enjoy. Fans from throughout the valley anticipate the summer line-up and clamor to buy tickets as early as April each year. This year was no different.

Exploring the Series

The series started on the 4th of July weekend with not only a concert but a fireworks show as well. The next concert will be held on July 18th, with additional performances on July 25th and August 1st.

At this coming weekend’s show, you can expect to be lulled by Grammy Award winner Lyle Lovett. Lovett is well-known for his distinct blends of country, folk, swing, gospel, jazz, and blues music.

On July 25th, fans will be thrilled to be entertained by the ever-popular Melissa Etheridge. She’ll perform not only some of her old favorites, but some of her newest pieces from her own album and a collaboration.

At the August 1st event, the last in the series, fans can expect nothing but the best from the hip-hop band known as Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. The lively funk, rock, and jazz band will make concert-goers feel a though they’ve traveled to New Orleans.

What You Need to Know

When the concert series first started, tickets were a mere $5, but times have changed. Tickets can be purchased on EventBright and vary in price depending on the performance you’d like to attend. Tickets to see Lyle Lovett or Melissa Etheridge, for example, range from $85 to $215. Tickets to see Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are just slightly lower, ranging from $70 to $200.

The upside? Proceeds from ticket sales are donated directly to different Napa Valley music programs. Different charitable organizations have received more than $2 million in donations since the start of the program.

All performances are held at the Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, Napa Valley. The doors open at 5pm concerts begin at 7pm.

You still have time to get tickets for the upcoming concert events. Be sure to talk to your Napa hotel concierge if you need help figuring out how to get there from your current lodging. You’ll be glad you chose one of these concerts as part of your summer itinerary!

FAQs for First Time Visitors to Napa Valley

July 13th, 2015

There is so much more to Napa Valley than wineries. As a first time visitor, you are most likely going to have a question (or more) about what there is to see. To help you get the most out of your first experience to wine country, here are some of the more common questions and answers about the hottest vacation spot in the country:

  • When is the best time to visit? Summer is the time for crowds. If you want a more exclusive experience, spring time is always favorable. One of the best times, however, is the fall (September to October). The weather is perfect and you will come right around “crush” time, which means grapes are being harvested and the wineries are in full swing.
  • Where should I stay? While you could stay in surrounding areas like Calistoga or Rutherford, the best place to stay is in downtown Napa. This cool, trendy spot puts you within walking distance to local attractions, eateries and wineries. Plus, downtown hotels offer exciting packages to help you get the most out of your stay.
  • What are the best wineries? All wineries in Napa Valley are wonderful but you do not want to visit along with a crowd of other tourists. Instead, stick to some of the lesser traveled, like Beringer Vineyards, Domaine Chandon or Castello di Amorosa (if traveling with kids). Also, do not forget to visit Cakebread, Frog’s Leap (family-friendly) and Frank Family wineries.
  • Where is the best place to eat? Just about anywhere downtown, you will find amazing cuisine presented by award-winning chefs. Some great places to try include The French Laundry, Mustards Grill, Bouchon Bistro, and Hog Island Oyster Bar.
  • Is the wine train worth it? Absolutely! It is a great way to enjoy the sights and sounds of Napa Valley while sipping fine wine and making the most of gourmet food.

Stay in Downtown Napa

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites offers you the perfect downtown stay. We are just two blocks from the local restaurants and attractions. We also offer packages that include a trip on the Wine Train so you can explore the valley in a memorable way.

Book your stay this year with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Give us a call at 707-226-1871.