Tickle Your Taste Buds at Some of Napa’s Finest Culinary Demonstrations

March 26th, 2015

Tickle Your Taste Buds at Some of Napa’s Finest Culinary Demonstrations

The Napa Valley is simply overflowing with incredible wineries and restaurants. With so many great options, it’s tough to choose where to dine. The good news is that a lot of local chefs offer some spectacular deals on culinary demonstrations, which means you get to have a good time witnessing the creation of some decadent meals while tasting them at the same time – and in some cases you might even get to participate!

Cooking with Julie – Oxbow Market Tour and Cooking Class

Julie is the queen of the culinary scene in Napa Valley and she knows just where to go for in-season product and local ingredients. You’ll start your tour in the market and then head to the kitchen for a fantastic hands-on class. The experience includes tastings, your class, and a three-course lunch. This class is offered on a regular basis, so don’t worry about missing out, but make sure you put it on your to-do list.

3-Day Cooking Class

Those looking to truly get their hands dirty will appreciate the experience of the 3-day hands-on cooking class run by CasaLana Gourmet Retreats. This “culinary vacation” includes instruction on some very basic cooking and knife skills and focuses on nutritious yet delicious cooking techniques and recipes. Class sizes are very small (8 maximum) and include meals during classes, wine/beverages, and a manual with recipes. Call to find out when the next session starts.

Kitchens in the Vineyards: Home and Garden Tour

Run by Music in the Vineyards, this relaxing day includes tours of some of the most beautiful homes in the Napa Valley. Every home you visit will be styled by a team of designers and florists, and you’ll be able to taste dishes provided by local restaurants at each location. You’ll also encounter local authors who are available for book signings. It’s a full day of relaxation and fun. The next event is scheduled for late April 2015.

Tamale Making Workshop

If you love eating tamales, you’ll love learning how to make them in this fun and simple hands-on workshop hosted by the Napa County Library. The next event will be on May 2, 2015 and is free to the public, but you’ll need to make sure you RSVP in advance.

There is so much to do, see, and even learn in the Napa Valley. Not sure where to start? Ask the concierge at your Napa Valley Hotel for information about local classes or demonstrations during your stay. You’ll definitely cherish the experience.

Plan a Wine Country Vacation this Summer

March 22nd, 2015

While everyone else is looking for a beach, you know where to find real relaxation. Napa Valley is the perfect place to sneak away for the summer, whether you are traveling alone or bringing the entire family. Enjoy warm days and cool breezes in the evening, multiple events each week, and plenty of attractions to fill your days.

Book a Fun Summer Package with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites has a variety of summer packages that let you take advantage of local attractions with exclusive discounts. Choose from:

  • Wine Train Package – Spend three hours traveling between Napa Valley and St. Helena on the Napa Valley Wine Train. You will get great wine, gourmet meals, a queen-sized room at our hotel, and plenty of time to sit back, relax and enjoy wine country.
  • Balloons Above the Valley Package - Appreciate the real beauty of Napa Valley in the way it was meant to be seen: from above. Soar over the wineries, vineyards and open fields in a hot air balloon. This package includes a queen-size room, balloon ride for two, and a complimentary breakfast at the Napa Valley General Store Café.
  • Create a Wine Country Tour Package - Want to customize your wine country tours? Create your own package, select your room and even your wine tour.

Take Advantage of Napa’s Prime Location

Napa Valley is in a prime location. You can stay in the heart of wine country and stay out of the hustle, but still be just a short drive away from the attractions. Just a few of the attractions you can see while you stay in Napa include:

  • Napa Valley Factory Outlets
  • The Golden Gate Bridge
  • The Pier
  • Visit the Redwood Trees

Skip the beach this summer and book your stay at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Call 707-226-1871 to reserve your room or book your stay online.

4 Fun Things to Do in Napa in March

March 19th, 2015

4 Fun Things to Do in Napa in March

The month of March is a gorgeous time to visit Napa – not too cold, not too rainy, and not too warm. It doesn’t matter if you live locally or are visiting for a weekend, there are plenty of things for you to see and enjoy throughout the area. Here are a handful for you to consider.

Alton Brown Live! Edible Inevitable Tour

You know you want to see him! Food lovers will be excited to see Alton Brown at the Uptown Theatre Napa on March 19th at 8pm. Tickets range from $70 to $150 and the $150 tickets include a Meet and Greet event at 6pm as well as an autographed photo. Then there is, of course, the two-hour combination of food, fun, and comedy.

Everyone Orchestra

Conductor Matt Butler has been leading the Everyone Orchestra since 2001. This isn’t your traditional orchestra. It’s made up of a series of well-known musicians who have spent a great deal of time in a wide variety of rock bands. The end result? An energizing experience you won’t soon forget. See them on March 26th at the City Winery Napa. Tickets range from $25 – $35, making this an affordable night out.

Dinner Music Series in the City Winery Restaurant with: Mads Tolling

Head on over to the City Winery Napa (again) on March 27th at 7pm to check out the Danish-American violinist and violist, Mads Tolling. The Grammy Award winning composer is part of the Turtle Island Quartet, the Stanley Clarke’s band, and his own solo project known as the Mads Tolling Quartet. And to sweeten the deal? This event is FREE.

Watercolors for Complete Beginners

Ready to explore your artistic side? Napa Valley Art Supplies is presenting a two-day watercolor class for beginners on March 28th and 29th (10:30am until 4:30pm each day). Your registration cost includes instruction, concepts, and all of the supplies you’ll need to make practice sheets. You’ll also get a reference book to take home and you should, by the end of the class, have a small and regular-sized watercolor using the techniques you’ve learned.

Think outside the box and enjoy some of what Napa has to offer every month. It’s not all about wine and food. Ask your Napa hotel concierge if you’d like more information about area events and out-of-the-box places to visit.

Catch the Bottlerock 2015 Festival in Napa Valley

March 14th, 2015

Each year, Bottlerock takes place at the Napa Valley Expo. This year, Bottlerock 2015, will take place May 29th through the 31st. If you are looking for a place full of music, amazing food, wine and local brews, you cannot miss this event.

  • The MusicBottlerock features some of the most amazing recording artists from around the country and the 2015 lineup is following the trend. You can catch everything from Imagine Dragons to No Doubt to Snoop Dogg and AWOLNATION.
  • Wine and Brews The list of wineries and breweries participating changes each year and they are not announced until just before the event. 2014’s event saw some of the most innovative and legendary groups, including Clos Du Val, Bello Family Vineyards, Blue Moon Brewing Company, Coors Light, and Napa Smith.
  • FoodThe food at Bottlerock features some of Napa’s most renowned chefs and restaurants. Last year’s lineup included Eiko’s, Morimoto, Vintage Sweet Shoppe, Angèle, Bacon Bacon, Smoke Open Fire, and more.

The festival is just non-stop activity from the moment it starts until the last performance. You can bump elbows with the locals, visitors and you may even catch a celebrity or two joining in on the fun.

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is in the heart of Bottlerock 2015. You can stay at our boutique hotel and be within walking distance of local eateries, the wineries and of course, all the action at Bottlerock.

Book your stay and buy your tickets for Bottlerock 2015 today. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites offers you the perfect place to come back to and relax after a day at the festival. Call us now at 707-226-1871 to make your reservation.

Celebrate Spring, Napa Style

March 6th, 2015

Napa comes to life in the spring. Not only is the weather crisp and beautiful, but local wineries and venues start an abundance of events this time of year too. No matter when you come in the spring, you are bound to catch more than a few exciting events.

If you are thinking of getting away for Spring Break or you just want to explore Napa, here are some events you can put on your itinerary:

  • Corallina Rose Release Party – Saturday, April 11th, Cornerstone Cellars will be hosting their Corallina Release Party. Join in on the fun, enjoy live music and of course, great food and wine, all for a minimal fee.
  • Arts in April Reception for iPhonic Art – Modern photography at its finest. This reception, hosted by Markham Vineyards, features pieces of photography taken with iPhones and submitted via the Pixels Community.
  • April in Carneros – Saturday and Sunday, April 18th and 19th, you can go to the annual April in Carneros. This two-day celebration features 20 wineries, food and wine pairings, live entertainment, and more.
  • Wine and Lobster – Enjoy a Lobster Fest, Saturday, April 18th at the V Sattui Winery. This is a members only event, but you can become a member online to enjoy this culinary festival.
  • Vineyard to Vintner – Get backstage access to the District’s wineries, vintners and homes. The party starts Friday, April 24th and you can choose between four intimate vintner-hosted dinners prepared by renowned chefs.

Explore Sonoma

You can also enjoy Sonoma County, just a short distance from downtown Napa, and get plenty of fresh air too. Napa and Sonoma Valleys have so much to do in the spring – from hiking trails to immaculate golf courses to museums, and more.

Take advantage of the great weather and book your stay in Napa this spring with a hotel package. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites has fun packages that let you explore wine country with deep discounts. From our Wine Train Package to the Balloons Above the Valley tours to Wine Country Tours.

Get a full dose of spring and book your package at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Call us at 707-226-1871 or make your reservations online.

Wine Country Tours – A Different Way to See Napa

February 27th, 2015

Exploring wine country on its own is an adventure in itself. But experiencing it by Jeep or in a private wine tour makes it that much more of a memorable vacation. While there are plenty of tours to choose from, including the wine train, some wine tours stand out. These excursions help you see wine country in a completely different light – and give you a true taste of Napa.

If you are visiting Napa Valley this Spring, try one of these fun wine country tours:

  • Open Air Jeep Tours – Go to the award-winning wineries of Napa Valley and tour the vineyards in your private Jeep. You will get to explore the regions in a way that the bus tours cannot provide and the tours can be customized to your comfort level.
  • Platypus Wine Tours – Go on a tour with the wine country experts at Platypus Wine Tours and you will learn everything there is to know about Napa, wine, and more. They offer join-in and private tours daily and when your tour is over, you will feel as though you are a wine expert!
  • Beau Tours – Head out on a private wine tasting tour with Beau Tours. This luxury, private experience is customized to your needs and you can even design your own tour itinerary. Enjoy some Napa fine dining on your way to exclusive tasting rooms, and your concierge tour guide can arrange food and wine pairings at your request.

Experience Napa in an entirely different way with a unique wine country tour. It will create an unforgettable experience and expose you to the many aspects of Napa that are not on your average tour.

Relax after a day of excursions at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Our boutique hotel is close to local attractions and wineries and it is the ideal oasis after a long day in wine country. Book your stay now.

Historic Landmarks In and Around Napa

February 23rd, 2015

Historic Landmarks In and Around Napa

Most people traveling to Napa think of wineries, restaurants, and resort hotels; but the Napa Valley area is home to several incredible historic landmarks worth visiting as well. Rich with history and culture, the area is ripe with attractions for history buffs and the inquisitive mind.

Bale Mill

Located in St. Helena, Bale Mill is located in Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park. The grist mill is one of only 2 water-driven mills that still remains intact west of the Mississippi. Established and built in 1846, the mill and nearby granary were built with local woods and once served as the social hub of activity in the Napa Valley area. The mill closed to the public in 2011 due to a lack of funding but has reopened on the weekends. Beginning in 2016, the mill will be allowed to sell flour as a means of fundraising for maintenance costs.


Also located in St. Helena, Elmshaven is also often referred to as the Robert Pratt Place or the Ellen White House. Ellen White lived in the house for 15 years, until her death. She is noted for her involvement in the development of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The church currently owns the home and operates it as a historic site.

Napa Valley Opera House

The Napa Valley Opera House opened in 1880 and currently operates as a theatre. Located in Napa, the theatre existed during the height of the vaudeville era. The landmark has since seen hundreds of variety acts, musical ventures, and exhibitions. Even Jack London read his works on the stage. The threatre closed in 1914 due to competition from movies and damage from the 1906 earthquake but was restored in 1985 as the Café Theatre. After several different changes of hand, the theater became the City Winery, still an entertainment venue, in April of 2014.

St. Helena High School

Yup, the high school. It was the first official high school in the area and for its first year it operated out of a local church. The following year classes moved to Turner Hall, where they stayed until 1912. A private donor offered land for a high school in 1910 and construction didn’t end until 1912. The building has received several additions throughout the years, including an auditorium. In 1967, the original building was deemed unsafe for earthquakes and the new 100 Wing was built. In 2003, the completion of the restoration and earthquake retrofit of the original building was completed and the entire campus is used by students.

History surrounds us, everywhere we go. Block some free time, book a room in the Napa Valley Hotel & Suites, and prepare to spend a weekend really exploring the area. You’ll be surprised and pleased by what you uncover.

St. Patrick’s Day – Celebrate with a Green Beer in Wine Country

February 20th, 2015

There is a lot more to Napa Valley than wine. In fact, Sonoma is known for having its share of quality pubs and breweries too. If you plan to visit wine country for St. Patrick’s Day, you are sure to find a few fun events going on at one of these hot spots, including plenty of green beer to go around.

Here are just some of the pubs and breweries you will want to visit while you are here on St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Murphy’s Irish Pub – This traditional Irish pub always celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in style. In fact, this year the celebration starts at 3:00pm and will go until they close. You can enjoy great Irish beers and of course food, including the classic bangers and mash.
  • Cleophus Quealy Beer Co. – Head over to the Cleophus Quealy Beer Co. and taste some of the most unique, handcrafted beers. From their Coffee Milk Stout to the highly complex Dubbel, there is a brew for everyone – and of course, there is always something special here for St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Eat Drink and Be Irish at Hurley’s Restaurant – Every year, Hurley’s Restaurant has an “Irish All Day” theme as they roll out Irish dishes and enough Guinness for all.
  • Goose & Gander – The Goose & Gander is one of the more popular pub spots in Napa, and naturally, they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with great enthusiasm. Here you will find plenty of pub favorites and a delightful choice of St. Patrick’s Day brews.

This St. Patrick’s Day come to Napa Valley for your green beer, festivities and classic Irish cuisine.

Combine with the weekend before and book your St. Patrick’s Day accommodations at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Call 707-226-1871 or make your reservations online.

Napa Valley Restaurant Month

February 16th, 2015

Napa Valley Restaurant Month

February may be for lovers but it’s also an exciting time throughout the entire Napa Valley because the month is, officially, Napa Valley Restaurant Month. If there are restaurants you have always wanted to try but just haven’t had the time or budget for, now is your opportunity to sample some of the best the area has to offer.

In general, each participating restaurant will offer visitors a limited menu. Lunch menu items will range from $14 to $30 and dinner menu items will range from $24 to $50. Most of the restaurants and wineries will two or three  several courses. While some restaurants will offer both lunch and dinner seating, some will offer only one or the other. Some of the larger hotels and wineries are offering complete packages with hotel stays and meals included.

A Few Restaurants to Try

The Restaurant at Auberge will be offering a two-course prix fixe lunch for $29. The menu is only available during the week (M-F) and does not include alcohol. Reservations are encouraged and large group reservations will not be accepted during Restaurant Month.

The Grill at Meadowood Napa Valley is offering both lunch and dinner specials. Lunches are two courses at $30 per person, or $45 if you’d like to pair your meal with wines. Dinners are three courses at $50 per person, or $75 if you’d like to pair the meal with wine.

The Bakery Café by Illy will be offering a daily Market Lunch for $18.89 (representing 1889, the year the Greystone was built). Each lunch includes two food items and a glass of wine from Greystone Cellars. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Culinary Institute of America. This deal is available Monday through Friday only.

The Farmer and the Fox is offering a seasonal three-course menu with an optional beverage pairing. The daily menu will be spontaneous, based off of the local ingredients available each week. The cost for the three-course meal is $50 per person, with an additional $45 per person for beverage pairing (optional). Reservations are required and must be made by calling the restaurant directly.

These are, of course, only a handful of the restaurants participating in the festivities throughout the month. Visit the Visit Napa Valley page for a complete listing of participating restaurants along with their offering and reservation requirements, or ask your Napa Valley Hotel & Suites concierge for help choosing a location to visit!

Upcoming Events at Napa’s Uptown Theater

February 12th, 2015

March is packed full of events but book your tickets early as they are sure to be sold out quick. A glimpse of what you can expect to see next month:

  • Official Blues Brothers Revue – Who doesn’t like the Blues Brothers? Presented by Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi, this show includes the Blues Brothers classics, lively music and a lot of fun.
  • The Fab Four – If you are visiting on March 13th, catch The Fab Four at the Uptown. This is the ultimate tribute to The Beatles and you will get a chance to dance and sing along with your favorite Beatles tunes.
  • Alton Brown Live – Watch the Food Network? Then you have to see the Alton Brown Live Food Experience. Here comes science, music and food in a two-hour show that will be a hit for the entire family.

An hour before the show starts or during your intermission, you can catch your dinner at the Courtyard Café. They have a little something for everyone – and of course, plenty of wine to choose from.

Book your stay after your evening at the Uptown Theater. Choose Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Our boutique hotel is close to local restaurants and shopping so you can make a weekend of it. Call 707-226-1871 or book your stay online.