Napa Valley Arts in April

March 1st, 2014

March is one of the most exciting times of the year in Napa Valley, largely because there is so much excitement just around the corner. Spring is upon us, and we have another wine and travel season to look forward to. Starting April 1 is Napa Valley Arts in April. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a cultural spring break, mark your calendar for Arts in April.

What is Arts in April?

There are more than 75 wineries with art on display throughout Napa Valley, and during Arts in April, we celebrate our favorite pieces. Of course, there is wine involved, as well as special tastings, artist events and winery art installations. Every art buff will find something to marvel over, whether they’re a sucker for Belle Epoch or contemporary.

How Can I Join in the Fun?

Arts in April lasts the entire month of April, so all you have to do is book a getaway during this month and you can enjoy a slice of Arts in April. There are many lodging offers in the area, which means you should have no problem finding a luxury hotel at a great price, especially since it’s still relatively early in the tourist season. Check out Napa Valley Hotel and Suites for exemplary service, cozy rooms and affordable rates. Best of all, the hotel is located in the heart of Napa Valley, so you can visit any winery you want.

Which Wineries are Participating?

Each winery has its own protocol, so it’s important to call ahead before making plans. For a breakdown of each participating winery and their dates, click here. In general, the wineries put various pieces of art on display and serve wine and cheese. You may also have the chance to meet the artist and learn about their work. These special events and artist meet-and-greets are only offered a few days out of the month, but most wineries have their works of art on display all month.

In addition to viewing the art and sculptures, you can also stroll along the vineyards and agricultural fields at some of the wineries. It’s still quiet at this time of the year, so it’s nice to see Napa Valley in a different light.

Tips for Planning A Napa Valley Getaway

February 20th, 2014

Much of the country has seen a cold and snowy winter, so it’s no surprise that so many people are already planning a spring getaway to brighten their moods. Whether you choose to take a trip to Napa Valley at the end of February or the start of April, the beginning of spring is an excellent time to make the journey. Here are some great tips for planning your next trip to Wine Country.

Book Your Room Early

Take the time to review the various hotels in the area so that you can get the biggest bang for your buck. For instance, hotels like Napa Valley Hotel and Suites has special packages for the spring/summer and fall/winter months, as well as mid-week specials. The hotel also offers packages that are built around certain events, such as golf, the Wine Train or traveling. This allows you to get a package that is tailored to your needs.

Research the Wineries

There are more than 45,000 acres of vineyards in Napa Valley, so there is no shortage of wineries. But, it helps to have direction as to which wineries you intend to visit. Many visitors choose to drive up Hwy 29 since the majority of large wineries are located off this road. It takes just under an hour to drive during the busy season; although sources will claim it takes about 30 minutes, but that’s with no traffic.

Also check with the wineries’ rules about tastings and tours. Some offer them for free with no reservation, while others may have fees and tour hours. The wineries that do this either have to follow local permit laws or want to offer a more intimate experience for visitors. In general, though, many wineries are open from 10 am to 4:30 pm, so plan your tours around these times.

Plan for Transportation

Hwy 29 runs the length of Napa Valley, and most major wineries, shops and restaurants are located off this road. While this is helpful in not getting lost, it also makes for a lot of traffic. There are other main crossroads, but many are not marked, so be sure to have a map or smartphone app handy. You can also travel the Silverado Trail, which runs parallel and to the east of Hwy 29. Of course, you can also take a bike ride through the valleys, especially if you’re looking for a breathtaking experience.

March at the Uptown Theater – Chris Botti

February 20th, 2014

Napa Valley plays host to many exceptional entertainers every year and this spring is no exception. In his most recent release, Chris Botti expressed his love for romantic melodies from around the world. In his upcoming performance in Napa, he will be joined by featured artists Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Andrea Bocelli, Mark Knopfler, David Foster and Caroline Campbell in a warm and intimate celebration of love. This evening is sure to be an exceptional not-to-miss performance by the expressive and imaginative trumpeter.

Details: March 29, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.) Fully reserved seating for adults (children must be min. 12 years old and if under 16, they must be accompanied by an adult). Tickets are $70 each. Purchase your tickets for an evening with Chris Botti at the Uptown Theatre.

There are many wonderful ways to enjoy Napa Valley. Schedule your stay at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites and you can walk to the theatre, restaurants, and enjoy the Napa Valley nightlife.

The Napa Valley Hotel and Suite is within walking distance of the Uptown Theatre, so you can have drinks before and a lazy dinner after. We recommend these restaurants as they are very close by:

  • Celadon – a unique combination of relaxed and glamorous, the seasonal menu features world cuisines and is a 2013 Michelin Guide Recommended restaurant as well as a local favorite for special nights.
  • Cuvee – serving modern American food with a plush lounge and a fun and friendly atmosphere. Exceptional nightly specials, this is the perfect gathering place.
  • Bounty Hunter Wine Bar and Smokin’ BBQ – from the famous beer can chicken to BBQ platters, this is the place to enjoy real St. Louis BBQ cuisine. Bounty Hunter features an astounding line up of over 400 wines – 40 by the glass – and they’ll help you choose the right wine to go with their smoking ribs.

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

Themes for a Wine Country Visit – Part 2

February 18th, 2014

In our last series of Themes for a Wine Country Visit, we discussed some of the most common themes that visitors use to plan their trips to Napa Valley, including girls’ getaways, guys’ getaways, culinary adventures and romantic weekends. These aren’t the only themes you can enjoy, though. Below are a few more of our favorites, and be sure to check out the packages and special accommodations from Napa Valley Hotel and Suites.

Outdoor Lover

If you love being outdoors, plan a getaway that is built entirely outside, something that is possible in Napa Valley. There are nature preserves, waterfalls, wine caves, tall redwood trees and so much more to explore. Biking is a well loved activity, especially as traffic builds up on Hwy 29 and you can actually make better time on bike or foot. Don’t forget some of the more unique outdoor activities you can take part in, such as balloon rides, air sports and water sports.

Family Fun

If you’re traveling with a family this time around, rest assured that there is plenty to keep everyone busy. The laidback atmosphere is a great environment for families because they can wake up and decide something new each day without being committed to busy, high-priced water parks and amusement parks. Go easy and choose light, carefree activities like biking, exploring nature and enjoying picnic lunches. Or, explore the geyser and spend an afternoon at Scientopia Discovery Center, which is a hands-on science and creativity center.

Art and Theater Enthusiast

Napa Valley is known for its art and theater, so you won’t be the only one looking for this type of rich culture. From the galleries and sculptures of di Rosa to the remarkable Clos Pegase, there are subtle, understated pieces of artwork hidden throughout Wine Country. After enjoying these spectacular works of art, you can catch a film or play at one of the many theaters such as Uptown Theatre.

Wine Tasting Experience

This is probably the most popular reason for coming to Napa – the wine tasting experience! Many visitors do nothing else but spend their time touring wineries and tasting the various selections that each location offers. The fact that you’re enjoying some of the finest wines in the world is a remarkable feeling, and you get to experience it in the beauty of Wine Country. Plus, visitors get to learn a lot about wine making in general, giving them a new appreciation for how the process works.

Kid-Friendly Wineries – Best Napa Wineries to Visit with Kids

February 13th, 2014

While Napa Valley is well known for its world class wines and as a romantic destination, it is also visited by a large number of kids every year. It is near other family-friendly destinations and for those who want to bring the kids along, you may be surprised to find that Napa Valley really is far more kid-friendly than you might expect.

Not only can kids and parents visit the parks, hiking trails, and the Napa River, but they can also see the wineries. Yes, you read that right –wineries have begun going kid-friendly. Some offer tours to show kids the farming techniques found in the vineyard, others offer coloring books and crayons in the tasting rooms, and juice-tasting for the little ones.

Traveling during the off-season (now) is a great way to avoid high-season touring and the hectic harvest time as well. Plus smaller tour groups work better for kids to enjoy the grounds without getting lost in the crowd.

Stay with us at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites to be close to the wineries, restaurants, parks, and the Napa River; and you can walk to most destinations.

The following are some of the wineries offering a kid-friendly tasting experience:

  • Sterling Vineyards – the tour starts at the parking lot with a ride up on a scenic gondola lift where the dramatic views delight everyone. Tastings are just $10 for those under 21 and kids under 3 are free.
  • Castello di Amoroso – inspired by a 13th century castle, this winery visually engages visitors of all ages. For minors, they offer an hour-long tour of the castle including the Medieval armory, a replica dungeon, torture chamber, historic main hall, and more – along with a wine tasting for parents. For the younger kids, a mini-farm of animals and plenty of room to run makes this a unique treat.
  • Frog’s Leap – if the name doesn’t get the kids, the historic barn, gardens, pond, and friendly staff will. This winery offers plenty of laid-back, relaxed family fun and is a worthwhile stop for families traveling the Napa Valley wine trail.

Call us at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites to reserve your room. Take the kids on an exciting, yet relaxing getaway that includes farms and plenty of good old-fashioned fun. Call 707-226-1871 for more details and pricing.

Themes for a Wine Country Visit – Part 1

February 11th, 2014

Most of us don’t need an excuse to visit Wine Country. With the abundant vineyards, wineries, restaurants, shops and hotels, it’s easy to sneak in a quick getaway without having to travel far or spend a lot of money. For some people, they enjoy planning a theme with their visit, and this approach can be helpful. When you have a reason for visiting Napa Valley, you can build a unique getaway and fine tune all of the details.

We’ve split the most popular themes for visitors into two parts. Don’t forget to check out Napa Valley Hotel and Suites that offers a handful of packages that will accommodate your visit with discounted rates and special amenities to build the perfect weekend.

Now tell us, does anything appeal to you?

Culinary

Love to eat? Then you’ve come to the right place. Napa Valley is known for its Michelin-star restaurants, seasonal menu selections, locally grown produce and the great Culinary Institute of America. You can keep the visit unstructured and enjoy a variety of seasonal menu selections paired with red and white wines, or you can plan for culinary workshops and meeting celebrity chefs.

Romantic Getaway

Wine Country is the perfect setting for falling in love, and the hotels know this. That’s why you’ll find romantic packages with hotels like Napa Valley Hotel and Suites where you can get a comfy king size bed and bubbling jacuzzi. There are many activities to enjoy as a couple, such as wine tastings, balloon rides, bike riding and dining. The rolling hills and colorful vineyards set the stage for love throughout all seasons.

Girls’ Getaway

Need a break from work? The kids? Napa Valley has so much to offer for a girls’ out weekend. In addition to wine tastings and fine dining, there are several spas where you can be pampered for the day. Finish off your facial or massage with an afternoon shopping spree at Napa Premium Outlets.

Guys’ Getaway

It’s not just the girls who need to get away sometimes. Guys, too, enjoy coming to Napa Valley to take advantage of the many championship golf courses. Request the tee time of your choice, spend the afternoon under the warm California sun and finish off the day with a local beer selection with the guys. Get special pricing and tee times with the golf package.

Be sure to check out Part 2 for more great themes!

Top 5 Things to Do on Valentine’s Day in Napa 2014

February 6th, 2014

Saint Valentine’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed every February 14th and it is actually celebrated in many countries around the world. While the day itself is named after an early Christian saint named Valentinus, it was first associated with romantic love in the high Middle Ages when the tradition of courtly love began to flourish.

Today, Valentine’s Day features traditions in which lovers express their love for each other through indulgent gifts. Many lovers prefer to signify the day, however, with an escape from the everyday—and Napa Valley is an ideal place for lovers.

Stay with us at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites for Valentine’s day and we’ll help you create a romantic experience you will both remember all year. Call 707-226-1871 to make reservations today.

The top five things to do in Napa Valley for Valentine’s Day include:

  1. Napa Valley Wine Train – modern romance with an old-time classic twist. The Napa Valley Wine Train romance packages include a glass of sparkling wine, a chocolate treat, and one Love Lock (to be affixed on the bridge) per couple. These packages typically sell out weeks in advance, so book early.
  2. A hot air balloon ride – there are many hot air balloon specialists in Napa Valley who can give you a once-in-a-lifetime view of the valley: Balloons Above the Valley and Calistoga Balloons are the popular ones.
  3. Tour Napa by bike – the Napa Valley Bike Tours offer morning, afternoon, self-guided and other types of bike tours including private tours and the famous Pedal Pamper and Plunge that involves a massage and a plunge in the pools of the North Block Spa.
  4. Take a spa break – what could be more romantic and relaxing than a day at the spa? Napa Valley has some of the most beautiful spas around, including: Emerald Day Spa, Greenhaus European Spa, and Glow. All are within walking distance of the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites, so you can stroll home for a nap before dinner!
  5. Wine tasting tour – what visit to the Napa Valley would be complete without a tour of the wineries? There are so many to choose from! You can even pack a picnic on your visit to a winery. For comfort and ease, consider touring with a driver from the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

Call the friendly staff at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites or make your reservation online today. See the details of our Winter Break packages and call to reserve your rooms soon.

Golf, Beer & Food: A Guys’ Guide to a Napa Valley ‘Mancation’

February 4th, 2014

It’s no secret that girls love their time out. Between girls’ nights out, mini-spa weekends and impromptu getaways, it seems that girls are getting all the attention. But guys need time away too – a ‘mancation so to speak – and Napa Valley is the perfect place to do it.

Napa Valley has all of the pieces to the puzzle for giving guys a great weekend. They include:

  • Golf on championship courses

  • Locally brewed beer

  • Wine tastings

  • Michelin-star restaurants

  • Performance driving raceways

  • Spas for men

Golf

There are dozens of golf courses, with convenient packages for groups. Choose your tee time and enjoy a perfect afternoon in perfect weather. If you feel that your skills are still a bit rusty, schedule one-on-one golf lessons with a pro or group lessons for you and your friends.

Microbrewed Beer

From pub crawls to barbecued foods, you can enjoy microbrewed beers paired with the best foods. There are also nightclubs and blues’ bars that serve up plenty of beer selections coupled with great appetizers and music. It’s the perfect setting for unwinding – with the guys of course.

Wine Tastings

If you have an appreciation for wine, spend the weekend touring various wineries. It’s always fun to learn about the local wine culture in Napa Valley, especially if you have an entrepreneurial background.

Fine Dining

Whether you’re looking for a creamy chowder or a big, meaty burger, you can find anything under the sun in Wine Country. Many of the restaurants offer seasonal menus with locally grown produce and ingredients. Or, expand your own boundaries by taking a culinary workshop.

Speed Racing

Most guys have a need for speed, and you can get an adrenaline rush by visiting one of several racetracks. If you’d rather be behind the wheel than on the sidelines, sign up for one-on-one road and track coaching offered by certified NASCAR drivers.

Spas

Men need pampering, too, so don’t be afraid to hit up some of the spas that offer men’s packages that include soaking tubs, steam showers, wellness massages, hand and foot massages and deep cleansings.

8 Reasons to Drink More Wine

January 31st, 2014

Not that we need any more excuses to drink wine here in Wine Country, but we thought it would be fun to appreciate some of the best reasons why we could all use a bit more wine in our lives.

1. Good for the heart. Red wine drinkers have a reduced risk of heart attack and cardiovascular risk. This most likely comes from the antioxidant resveratrol that reduces fat accumulation in the arteries and boosts heart function.

2. Good for the lungs. White wine has been linked to healthy lung function, probably because of the protective antioxidants in the blood that come from – you guessed it – white wine.

3. Lowers the risk of cataracts. If you enjoy red wine, you can also enjoy a lowered risk of cataracts, even if they run in your family. Only red wine has been studied, but it appears that the antioxidants have a protective effect on the eyes.

4. Lowers the risk of diabetes. Moderate red wine consumption helps to control blood sugar. A study done in 2005 by Amsterdam’s VU University Medical Center looked at this function and found that participants who drank red wine had a 30 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

5. Protects the teeth. Okay, so maybe red wine doesn’t leave your teeth bright white, but it does many other good things for your mouth. Red wine reduces tooth decay, inhibits bacteria growth, hardens the enamel and reduces gum inflammation.

6. Reduces cancer risk. Moderate red wine drinking offers cancer-fighting properties from the antioxidants and can greatly reduce the risk of colon, ovarian and prostate cancers. The only thing to keep in mind is that alcohol in general can raise the risk of breast cancer, but red wine may not have the same effect, researchers believe.

7. Makes the skin healthy. The antioxidants in wine have been known to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. When you consider all the chemicals in traditional facial creams, a glass of red wine is the safer bet.

8. Improves the mood. Drinking a glass of red wine each day may lower the risk of depression. Who would have known that something that tastes so good could boost your mood and contain far less calories than a pint of ice cream!

Book your Next Business Meeting or Team Building Event in Napa Valley

January 28th, 2014

Business meetings don’t always have to be boring or even held in the office. Why not take a break from the grind, refresh everyone’s minds and revitalize their thinking by escaping to Napa Valley for your next business event? Getting out of the office might be just what the doctor ordered for creating new business ideas.

The Napa Valley Hotel and Suites has a meeting room that could be the perfect place to brainstorm creative solutions to business problems. Our meeting rooms feature:

  • Refrigerator stocked with bottled water
  • Free Internet access and Cable TV with DVD player
  • Complimentary coffee and tea

Contact the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites or call 707-226-1871 to reserve our meeting rooms for your next business gathering. You can even host everyone in the same hotel and keep the creative juices flowing!

Napa Valley is a great place to conduct business because everything you need for a great business meeting is all right here. Whether you want to wine-and-dine clients, or wow them on the golf course, it can all be done within a centralized area. Some of the more creative ways to get your team thinking could be:

  • Take a bicycle or kayak tour through the Napa Valley with Getaway Adventures. The fresh air is bound to help everyone start thinking about innovative business solutions.
  • Combine history and cultural arts with a hiking, biking, or kayaking tour with Napa Valley Adventure Tours. With professional planners, you can have the best team building event ever.
  • Get in a round of golf at the premier Napa Valley golf course situated in the foothills with vineyard views in every direction. Eagle Vines Vineyards and Golf Club is a great choice.

Check the availability of our meeting room at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Call us at 707-226-1871 to arrange your next business meeting or conference in Napa Valley today.