Harvest Events of 2015

October 2nd, 2015

Harvest season marks the end of summer and welcomes the beautiful red, gold and green hues of fall. This is one of the liveliest times in Napa Valley. If you are lucky enough to venture into wine country during harvest season, there will be a bountiful selection of activities, events and festivals to enjoy.

Here’s a glimpse of what you can catch during harvest season:

  • Paraduxx Winery Harvest FestivalKicking off October 3rd, this festival celebrates the fall harvest with wine tasting, entertainment and fun games.
  • Summers Harvest Party Grape Stomp and Lobster FeedEnjoy fresh lobster and stomp your own grapes at Summers Estate Winery on October 3rd. This event is all about competition, so bring your “A” game for grape stomping.
  • Franciscan Estate Winery Harvest PartyIf you want a non-competitive grape stomp activity, head over to the Franciscan Harvest Party. Here you will get to taste their best vintages, find exclusive case sales and even enjoy culinary wonders from their chef.
  • Pine Ridge Harvest Celebration DinnerThis event will be hosted on October 24th, 2015. Dine at an exclusive celebration with Pine Ridge Vineyard’s own winemaker and his production team. The gourmet candlelit dinner inside the Cabernet Caves is an event that simply cannot be missed.
  • Baldacci Family Vineyards Fall Release DayHave you ever wanted to be there when fine wines are first released? Now you can. On October 24th, the Baldacci Family Vineyards features a Cabernet Flight with gourmet chocolates that were paired exclusively for the releasing 2012 Cabernets.
  • Markham Vineyards Annual Harvest Dinner CelebrationOn October 24th, you can join the annual harvest winemaker dinner celebration with the team behind Markham Vineyards’ wine. Tickets must be ordered and RSVPs sent by October 14th to attend this legendary Napa event.

Enjoy the End of Harvest Season with a Luxurious Stay

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites offers premier downtown Napa lodging for family and friends. With our spacious accommodations and convenient location, you could be within walking distance to some of these harvest events. With your stay comes free parking and the ideal casual atmosphere to unwind and relax.

Book your end of Harvest 2015 stay with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites today. Call us at 707-226-1871 or make your hotel reservations online.

Top 5 Napa Valley Attractions

September 28th, 2015

Whether you are new to Napa Valley or a returning guest, there are some attractions that should be in every visitor’s itinerary. These attractions are what define Napa Valley and make it the place families, couples and individuals alike return to year after year. Take advantage of Columbus Day this year and make it a long weekend so you can make sure you squeeze as much of Napa Valley into your trip as possible.

The top five attractions to see in Napa Valley include:

  1. Calistoga BalloonsImagine traveling over Napa Valley and seeing wine country, Mount St. Helena and even Old Faithful from a balloon. Calistoga Balloons offers some of the most breathtaking views and tours imaginable, and it is available year-round.
  2. Castello di AmorosaCome see this 13th Century Tuscan castle and winery where you will find award-winning food, wine and unique events that only a castle environment could pull off. It is perfect for those traveling with the entire family, and very romantic for couples.
  3. Chateau Montelena WineryThis world-class winery is one of the most breathtaking scenes you will ever lay your eyes on. With over four decades in operation, it is the epitome of fine wine making.
  4. Napa Valley MuseumOn the grounds of the Veterans Home in Yountville, you will find the Napa Valley Museum. Here you will find a blend of history, nature and art in a single building. Events are happening year-round so even if you visited it last year, it will be worth it to stop by again.
  5. Napa Valley Wine TrainYou cannot visit Napa Valley without taking a trip on the iconic Wine Train. With its unique dining journey, wine tours and even special events happening year-round, the Wine Train is by far one of the best attractions Napa Valley has to offer.

Make It a Package Deal – Book Your Room and Attractions Now

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites not only offers you luxury accommodations, we also offer packages that let you explore Napa Valley the way it’s meant to be seen. From our balloon tours to the Wine Train and even wine country tours, book your attractions and room together with us.

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

Kids Back in School? Perfect Time for a Parent Getaway

September 21st, 2015

The kids are back at school, which means it is time to take a break and recuperate from the long summer. Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway with just the two of you or you want a mid-week escape, Napa Valley is the perfect place to unwind and relax.

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites offers an exciting array of packages that can be booked in combination with a hotel suite to give you and your spouse a little alone time. Our mid-week specials let you get the most out of wine country and beat the weekend crowds. Some of the packages to consider include:

  • Wine Train PackageEnjoy a fantastic dining experience and tour Napa Valley from the comfort of the historic Wine Train. We have secured special rates for our hotel guests so that you can get the best wine country experience at the best possible price.
  • Balloons Above the Valley – See the beauty of Napa Valley in the fall from the sky with a balloon ride offered in a package from Balloons Above the Valley.
  • Play Some Golf – Sometimes the perfect getaway is about including time for your favorite hobbies. Napa Valley has some of the finest golf courses and with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites, you can book a tournament-level golf course and room for a flat rate.
  • Day Trip in the City of San Francisco – Take a tour of the metropolis San Francisco. From the Golden Gate Bridge to the restaurants and museums, you can enjoy San Francisco and then come back to the quiet, relaxing Napa Valley area for the night.
  • Enjoy a Wine Country TourGet your own private sedan for three hours and tour some of the finest wineries in Napa. You can even look forward to a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine for the road.

Book Your Parents Getaway Today

Let Napa Valley Hotel and Suites help you get away from the hustle and bustle of the week. Book a fall/winter package with us today.

Book your stay at our hotel today or call to inquire about our fun packages and mid-week specials. Call 707-226-1871 for more information.

A Golfer’s Guide to the Napa Valley

September 17th, 2015

A Golfer’s Guide to the Napa Valley

Maybe you love wine and the relaxing atmosphere that just simply embraces those who visit the Napa Valley. But if you’re like hundreds of others, you really appreciate a good game of golf on a stunningly cared-for course. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, the Napa Valley has a few golf courses you simply won’t want to miss.

Chardonnay Golf Club

The Chardonnay Golf Club and Vineyards is an 18-hole semi-private gold club in the Southeast section of Napa. It’s situated in James Canyon, right near the entrance to the famous wine district. The course combines six par fives, six par fours, and six par threes over a gorgeous 150-acre landscape. If you join the club’s E-Club, you can earn free rounds of golf as well.

Eagle Vines Golf Club

There really aren’t many places you can go that are not beautiful, but this foothills-situated golf course was founded because the owners believed golf and nature go hand in hand. The Eagle Vines Golf Club features an 18-hole, par 72 golf course, designed in part by Johnny Miller. It’s a challenging course but promises to quickly become one of your favorites. The club is open to the public, though there are membership opportunities available as well.

Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park

The Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park is a full-service, 18-hole championship golf course with a daily fee. The clubhouse features all of the merchandise a beginner or seasoned golf pro may need. You’ll also find 8,500 square feet of putting greens, chipping greens, and a 22-stall driving range. The facility also provides top-notch instruction for both adults and youth of all skill levels. Even better? Kids ages 17 and under can play for free when accompanied by a paid adult, as long as they tee off after twilight time.

While these are just a few local favorites, there are tons of other golf clubs around the Napa Valley for enthusiasts to choose from. Some are paired with wineries and resorts while others stand alone.

We can help you out no matter where you’d ultimately like to golf. Ask your Napa hotel concierge for some help locating some of the clubs closest to our resort and we’ll help you make any arrangements you need for an enjoyable morning on the greens.

The Best Grape Stomping in Napa Valley

September 13th, 2015

You cannot visit Napa Valley in the fall without partaking in a little grape stomping. This age-old tradition is how wines used to be made. After a day of stomping, you will be treated with a wine tasting and meal; the perfect finish to any Napa vacation.

Most vineyards offer grape stomping during the harvest season, but if you want a true Napa Valley experience, you have to know where the hottest stomp locations are. During your stay, do not forget to check out these vineyards first:

  • Hendry Vineyard and WineryLocated on Redwood Road in Napa, this vineyard lets guests truly enjoy the traditional grape stomping experience. You can also schedule a two-hour wine tasting and have the opportunity to purchase wines straight from the winery before leaving.
  • Robert Biale VineyardsTake a tour during the harvest season, learn about the different types of wines and how they are made and even come in for a grape stomping appointment—all at a single vineyard.
  • Reynolds Family Winery - Here you will not only get to stomp grapes, but you will learn about what goes into a fine wine. The team at Reynolds Family Winery teaches you about the types of grapes and even how the oak barrels are made to impart their flavor on each wine.
  • Clos Du Val - This local winery offers grape stomping events throughout the harvest season. They also offer live music, wine tastings and a tour of the facility.
  • Grgich Hills Estate - Bring the entire group along for a grape stomping adventure at this winery. You will be invited to enjoy a complimentary wine tasting after your hard work and you can even purchase a few wines to go.

After a Day of Stomping, Stay in a Boutique Hotel Downtown

Located in the heart of Napa, you will find the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Here at our boutique hotel, we offer you the perfect accommodations after a long day of grape stomping in wine country.

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

Napa Master Gardeners Garden Tour 2015

September 11th, 2015

Napa Master Gardeners Garden Tour 2015

This year marks twenty years of the UC Master Gardeners of Napa Valley serving Napa County. That said, we’re sure this year’s Garden Tour will be something spectacular to behold. It doesn’t matter if you’re an amateur or professional gardener. You’re going to love this experience.

When, Where, and What?

While the US Master Gardeners of Napa County are celebrating a big milestone, the garden tour itself is relatively young, entering its 6th year. The tour will be held on Saturday, September 13th, 2015 from 9:00am until 3:00pm.

On the tour you’ll have the opportunity to visit the gardens of seven Master Gardeners from throughout the City of Napa. You’ll see a variety of both small and large gardens, all of which incorporate “University of California research-based horticultural information” in their development and maintenance. Some features you’ll see include incredibly creative landscapes, the use of low-water, plantings designed to attract wildlife, home food gardens, and some of the most relaxing living spaces you’ve seen in a long time.

Of course, each garden will feature Master Garener docents and educational materials. You’ll get to browse, ask questions, and hopefully walk away feeling inspired about what you might be able to do with your own home gardens.

The tour itself is self-guided, meaning you’re responsible for getting yourself to each location. Tickets are $30 if you purchase them in advance or $35 if you purchase them the day of the event. You can buy them online or at the UCCE office at 1710 Soscol Avenue, Suite 4, in Napa. Tickets may be purchased via cash or check.  Call 707-253-4143 for additional details.

Visiting Napa for the Garden Tour

A visit to the Garden Tour is a spectacular excuse for a weekend stay in the Napa Valley. Give us a call to ask about our current weekend packages and let us help you pair your stay with a wine tasting, train ride, balloon ride, or simply with a relaxing atmosphere where you can breathe in the fresh air and enjoy some time away from home!

Come See the Napa Valley Harvest of 2015

September 5th, 2015

Harvest season has already begun in Napa Valley, but that does not mean you cannot see it. The grapes destined for sparkling wines are the first to be picked, but the rest of the season, the harvest devotes itself to the luscious reds and crisp white wines you crave. Harvest season is by far the best time to visit the area, with more wineries opening their doors and plenty of activities underway.

Some fun events you can catch during harvest season include:

  • Tomatoville 2015Build your very own BLT and enjoy a tomato tasting at this special harvest event. Located at the Bardessano Hotel in Yountville, there will be 12 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, rich olive oils and specialty salts so that you can craft the perfect BLT.
  • 130th Anniversary Harvest BallHosted by the V. Sattui Winery, this exquisite ball takes place in the middle of a vineyard and is paired with fine foods and V. Sattui’s award-winning wines. The event takes place September 12th and non-members pay $250 to join.
  • Madrigal Family Annual Harvest Party and Grape StompHave you always wanted to savor fine wines and stomp on some grapes yourself? September 12th you can join the Madrigal Family Winery during their annual harvest party and grape stomp.
  • Harvest Boot CampJoin the boot camp with the Trefethen Family Vineyards harvest crew. You will get an in-depth harvest experience and spend the morning working in the vineyard. The event takes place September 26th.

Book Your Stay in Napa Valley Early to Enjoy the Harvest

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites offers you a luxurious stay in Napa. Whether you are traveling to Yountville or staying downtown to enjoy the harvest, come back to our boutique hotel and enjoy the finest accommodations in wine country.

Book your Harvest 2015 stay with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites today. Call us at 707-226-1871 or make your reservations online.

Hot Air Balloon Adventures in the Napa Valley

September 1st, 2015

Hot Air Balloon Adventures in the Napa Valley

If you’ve never had the experience of floating above the valley in a hot air balloon, you’re definitely missing out. Not only is the experience of floating in the sky an exhilarating adventure you’ll never forget, but the views of the Napa Valley from the air, uninhibited, are absolutely astounding. The good news? There are tons of incredible balloon ride opportunities for you to choose from. Here are a few to consider.

Balloons Above the Valley

Awarded with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2015, Balloons Above the Valley is a long-standing organization taking pride in offering visitors new and old the experience of a lifetime. Their pilots are friendly and experienced and will ensure you enjoy every moment. Depending on the package, some experiences include a preflight café before you embark as well as a full champagne brunch when you return. Packages vary from $179 to $300+. They are currently running a Labor Day Weekend Special, good from 8/21 through 9/8, including your preflight café, sunrise balloon flight, and post-flight brunch for $199 per person (savings of $41).

Adrenaline 365

Adrenaline 365 is based out of Calistoga and offers a majestic adventure over wine country. Their trips include a one hour flight, a champagne breakfast at Solage, and time spent with a pilot with 30+ years of experience. Adrenaline 365 stresses the importance of their safety standards and promises an amazing view of the Old Faithful Geyser, the Palisade Cliffs, and more. Trips average $239/person.

Napa Valley Balloons

The pilots at Napa Valley Balloons have more than 23,000 hours of combined flight experience and the company has been featured on Oprah, Today, and The Travel Channel. If that doesn’t make you feel comfortable, hop online and check out some of the reviews. Established in 1980, Napa Valley Balloons offers a series of packages ranging from standard ($215/person) to private flights for 2 or private flights for large groups (16 or more). All packages include a post-flight breakfast at Domaine Chandon Winery in Yountville, CA.

No matter which of these or the other balloon companies you choose to work with, you are guaranteed nothing but incredible views of the entire Napa Valley. One word – breathtaking. Not sure where to start? Ask your Napa hotel concierge for guidance. He’ll help you find a local company with a great deal.

Explore Napa Valley with Segway Tours

August 29th, 2015

Segways are one of the most convenient ways to get around and tour Napa Valley. Most importantly, you get to enjoy the fresh air while taking a break from having to walk around. Next time you are in Napa Valley, do not forget to check out Napa Valley Segway Tours.

Just some of the tours that you can try include:

  • Yountville Wine & Cheese –This tour lasts for two hours and explores the history of Yountville. You will get to enjoy some Yountville wines and cheese during your break and it is the ideal tour for photo opportunities.
  • Extreme Mt. St. Helena – If you want to see Mt. St. Helena while in Napa Valley, you can enjoy a Segway Tour. The only catch is that you have to be a repeat customer of the Napa Valley Segway Tours company.
  • Calistoga – Take two hours from your day to explore Calistoga. Here you will find plenty of trails, wineries, artisan food shops, and so much more.
  • Glide and Graze – The ideal tour if you want to take your time around Napa Valley and explore the different foods and treats from local restaurants and artisans. The tour lasts for three hours and you will definitely be more than full!

If you want to enjoy Napa Valley on your own terms, Napa Valley Segway Tours lets you rent Segways by the hour too, so you can make your own trip.

Pair Your Segway Tour with a Boutique Hotel Stay

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is the perfect place to stay after a day exploring Napa Valley on a Segway. We offer a variety of packages that can also include a wine tasting, tour or even a hot air balloon ride.

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

Long Meadow Ranch Concert Series

August 28th, 2015

Long Meadow Ranch Concert Series

The Long Meadow Ranch Summer Concert Series may be a young series but it is one that promises to become a long-standing tradition throughout the the Napa Valley. Starting in June and running through early October, the series features a regular schedule of incredible concerts from a wide variety of artists. Here’s what you need to know about what’s left of the season.

Concerts Still to Come

By now you may have already seen the likes of Fruition, One Grass Two Grass, Cabinet, Travelin’ McCourys, and Hot Buttered Rum. If not, you missed out, but there are still three concerts left for the summer (things slow down a little bit once school starts).

  • Sunday, August 30th @ 3:30pm – The Brothers Comatose & Dead Winter Carpenters

  • Sunday, September 20th @ 3:30pm – The Infamous Stringdusters with Midnight North

  • Sunday, October 4th @ 3:30pm – LMR All-Star Big Band (Benefiting the Timothy Hall Foundation)

The August 30th event with The Brothers Comatose is presented by Farmstead and also features farm-to-table food, LMR’s food-friendly wines, horseshoe games, and a lot of fun picnic-style entertainment. The September 20th show with The Infamous Stringdusters promises more of the same.

The October 4th show with the LMR All-Star Big Band, on the other hand, will take the series out with a bang. This particular show will benefit the Timothy W. Hall Foundation, a non-profit grant-making foundation working to create innovative school curriculum in the arts and sciences for grades K-12.

What You Need to Know

So what do you need to know about attending these concerts? First, you need to get on over to the Long Meadow Ranch website to purchase your tickets; children under 12 are free.  Otherwise:

  • The concert concession stands are open, as are the restaurant, café, and general store. No outside food or drink is permitted.

  • You can bring your own chairs as long as the height is not more than 10 inches from the ground.

  • You may not bring umbrellas.

  • Please leave your pets at home.

  • There is no will-call. Please bring your tickets or a digital copy.

We guarantee you’ll enjoy what’s left of the Long Meadow Ranch Concert Series. Ask your Napa Valley hotel concierge if you aren’t sure about obtaining tickets or how to get there. Otherwise, enjoy!