Posts Tagged ‘napa valley dining’

A Closer Look at Napa Valley’s Fine Restaurants

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

You probably read a lot about Napa Valley and its reputation for fine dining. There are five-star restaurants, seasonal menus and impeccable locales that lie within beautiful Wine Country. But what is it about these restaurants that make the headlines? When you read that you can actually travel to Napa Valley and spend the whole time eating, you have to wonder, is it true?

There are a few factors that make Napa restaurants a cut above the rest.

Locally Grown Ingredients

Napa Valley may be a popular place to travel to, but the integrity of the area has never been compromised. Wine Country is an area that relies heavily on its own resources. Locally grown produce is a staple in many of the dishes served in Napa restaurants. Thanks to the area’s climate, soil and natural resources, there’s no reason to look any further than Napa for the best ingredients. What you’ll find are fresh ingredients that add taste, color, texture and variety. Plus, you know you’re getting healthier ingredients with fewer pesticides while also supporting the local economy.

Seasonal Menus

The weather is almost always ideal in Napa Valley, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t subtle differences between each season. Napa’s restaurants offer up seasonal menus that accommodate the various seasons (heartier meals in the winter; light, refreshing dishes in the spring and summer). Look for a variety of produce, meats and seafood that come fresh from local farms. Also, the constantly changing menus mean that you can expect new dishes being offered all of the time. After all, variety spices things up!

Wines to Complement Every Dish

Of course, you can’t eat a meal in Wine Country without being offered a glass of wine. Napa Valley has the finest wines that come directly from the local vineyards. There are wines to accommodate all types of dishes, such as sweet reds and light, fruity white wines. You can pick various wine selections for your meals, and have fun experimenting with a variety of flavors. Plus, it’s nice to see that when your server opens a bottle of wine for your table, you know exactly where it’s coming from.

Plan a Fall Getaway to Napa Valley

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Napa Valley is one of California’s most consistently beautiful places. The fall season is no exception. This time of the year is a real treat, considering that it’s harvest season and the leaves on the trees and vines are changing color. The temperatures are ideal – mild but sunny – and the season can be a bit quieter than the summer months, allowing you to have an intimate stay on your destination. Starting in November, hotel and flight rates start to drop since the biggest crowds have already paid a visit to Napa Valley and harvest season is over.

Fall is Harvest Season!

Planning a fall getaway is an excellent idea if you’re looking for a short stay in a beautiful, exotic location. There are enough crowds to keep wine tours interesting, and harvest season puts a new spin on traditional grape picking. While much of the picking and harvesting is completed by breakfast time, it’s still fun to be around during this time. There are also plenty of festivals to celebrate the season, such as grape crushes and crush camps. These events allow visitors to harvest the grapes and taste the juices before they become wine.

Harvest season lasts about 8 weeks, from the end of August through October.

Fall Foliage Brings Bursts of Color

Napa Valley is known for its rolling hills and tall redwoods in the distance, so just imagine what these features bring to the landscape when they change color and are enhanced by the grape vines. With various shades of green, red, yellow and orange, Napa Valley becomes exceptionally stunning. It sets the perfect stage for a romantic getaway or a weekend excursion.

Comfortable Temperatures

The winter can be rainy in Napa Valley, but the fall is just perfect. It’s still dry, with temps ranging in the 60s and 70s. With ideal weather comes a more comfortable getaway. You can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and biking without feeling hot or sweaty. The nights do get cool, so be sure to have a light jacket with you. And, you’ll enjoy sitting outdoors for an evening meal since local restaurants bring out their new seasonal menus at this time.

Downtown Napa is the Ultimate Culinary Destination…with Walking Tours!

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Long ago, the Napa was very remote – it wasn’t close to a big city, and the residents liked it that way because they wanted to live closer to the food they ate, and savor the natural flavor of good quality ingredients. Those traditions live strong in Napa ,which boasts many farm-to-table restaurants, world-class chefs and award-winning cuisine on every street. You’ll find the top local chefs at the Napa Farmers Market every morning because they care about the freshness of the food they serve.

Of course, Napa Valley residents stick close to their roots too – there’s a restaurant for every taste, every occasion, and every budget because we eat here too and we take pride in the joy of dining with great company.

  • Looking for some great barbecue with your wine? Try the Bounty Hunter Wine Bar and Smokin’ BBQ. They have over 40 wines by the glass and 400 by the bottle!
  • Want to snag a little afternoon sweet treat? Check out the Sweetie Pies Bakery right in downtown Napa in the historic Hatt Mill, and here’s a secret: they also serve breakfast and are open seven days a week!

One of the best things about staying in downtown Napa is that you’re so close to everything. Enjoy a walk or bike ride to your next stop and you’ll work off all those calories, plus you can refill at the next stop!

There are so many wonderful tastes to enjoy in Napa and a stay at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites puts you right in the middle of things.

Talking about a walking-foodie tour, we’ve got one of the best in the nation. The Gourmet Napa Walking Tour is a 3-hour tour of downtown Napa. Now before you think walking for three hours will be awful, note that it’s a flat route, just 1 mile long, with plenty of time to sit, taste, and sip your way through some of the best foods available in Napa Valley.

There’s more to Napa than simply tasting wines, so the tour starts at the Oxbow market where you’ll see and sample the bounty of California’s extraordinary selections. Then you’ll cross the river and visit the 19th century historic buildings that weathered Prohibition. You’ll also leave the tour with a hand-selected list of the best restaurants and recipes for your next meal.

Call us at 707-226-1871 for your Napa Valley reservations and book your fun foodie tour today. You can’t beat the price and the opportunity to learn all about the famous Napa Valley cuisine.

Get Local Favorites at the Oxbow Public Market

Saturday, May 18th, 2013
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c/o: Marvin Harrell

The Oxbow Public Market is located in Napa and offers an up-and-coming marketplace that includes a farmer’s market, riverfront patio dining and boutique shopping. Buying from Oxbow Public Market, you’re giving back to the community, supporting local farmers and wineries and expanding your palate to new flavors and fun.

The sky is the limit when visiting the marketplace, and you can expect everything from coffee to ice cream to fresh cheese. There are also shops where you can purchase fresh seafood, butcher’s cuts of meat and oysters on the half shell. Baked goods are always a treat, and you’ll love getting fresh-baked breads and cupcakes. Of course, nothing is complete in Napa without wine, so you can also plan on buying popular wines at the Oxbow Wine Merchant and Wine Bar.

If you’re planning a visit to Napa Valley, you should make Oxbow Public Market a part of your stay. There’s plenty to do on a budget, and you can get a great feel for the local culture. There are also special offers for locals as well as great opportunities for merchants who want to sell their products to customers from around the globe.

Here are a few of the regular events that can be enjoyed at the market year-round.

Napa Farmers Market

Open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7:30am-noon, the Napa Farmers Market offers the best locally grown produce straight from the farms of Napa, as well as gourmet foods and homemade crafts.

Locals’ Night

Oxbow Public Market isn’t just for visitors; it’s a great place to do local shopping and pick up crafts and artisan goods directly from the source. Locals’ night is held on Tuesdays at 5pm and offers special deals on food and other items.

Restaurant Specials

Every day of the week, there’s a different special to enjoy. Check with the local listings first, but some of the regular specials you can expect include half-priced oysters on the half shell at Hog Island Oyster Bar, select beer and sangria for $4 at Pica Pica Bar and guacamole and chips for $5 at C Casa on select days.

There are also additional events to be enjoyed throughout the year, such as movies on the River Deck and Happy Hour. The Oxbow Public Market is conveniently located along the Napa River and Napa River Trail. To learn more about this fresh marketplace and its events, visit www.oxbowmarket.com.

Celebrate Your Special Occasion on the Napa Valley Wine Train

Friday, April 5th, 2013

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Is it your birthday, anniversary, other special occasion? Whatever you’re celebrating, the Napa Valley Wine Train is the perfect place to do it. It’s considered Napa Valley’s most unique restaurant, and for good reason. Where else can you enjoy fine dining, exquisite wine and a tour of the Napa Valley vineyards? Nowhere but the Wine Train.

The Napa Valley Wine Train provides a three hour train ride through Napa, moving through the most popular wine valleys, taking you through St. Helena and back for a total of 36 miles. You can enjoy a lunch or dinner, and you have the option of purchasing a winery tour. It’s a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else.

The train is beautifully renovated to suit modern-day taste, but still has its old school charm. The train was originally built in 1864 and is almost as old as the state of California. The train lacks nothing, and currently features three kitchens, two engines and rail cars that were hand built here in America.

The Wine Train is a great place to celebrate but you don’t need an excuse to climb aboard this beautiful train. There are various packages to choose from, and the prices are great considering you get lunch or dinner, a relaxing train ride and entertainment.

The car you choose will set the stage for your train ride. The Silverado Car is the most relaxed of the bunch and includes a western theme with sliding windows. If you’re going to bring along a group of people, this is the car that will best serve everyone. The Gourmet Car is your next step up where you will get a nice balance of relaxation and luxury. This is also a great choice for groups as long as you plan in advance. The final option is the most expensive, the Vista Dome Car. Here, you sit above the crowd for a quiet, romantic and intimate setting. This is perfect for a date, anniversary or special occasion.  You will enjoy 180-degree Napa Valley vistas and romantic moonlight dinners.

No matter which time of the year you choose, the Napa Valley Wine Train is the best way to celebrate your special occasions or have a great date.

Blog sponsored by: Napa Valley Hotel and Suites

Dining Could Not Be Better in Downtown Napa

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Ah, if you’re staying in downtown Napa, you’ll have no trouble finding some of the best dining in the country. Proving that there’s much more to Napa Valley than just wine tasting, the foodie scene in Napa has become a destination in and of itself and the chefs are serving up food to die for!

Stay with us at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites and you’ll be in close range (often within walking distance) of some of the best dining you can imagine. Most of the restaurants in Napa Valley proudly serve private label wines that are anything but the standard ‘house wine’ you’d get anywhere else.

  • Angele Restaurant – a true French country restaurant that’s beloved by the locals. The dining room is in the historic 1890s ship chandlery and the riverfront patio celebrates the region’s famously fantastic climate.
  • Cuvee - a wonderful setting with a terrific happy hour, Cuvee is a local favorite for its good value. A beautiful patio setting and cozy lounge chairs make this a great place for a long leisurely break.
  • The Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ – with a hunting lodge theme, it’s hard to imagine fine dining here. But with the grills and smokers in the back, this restaurant manages to deliver excellent food.
  • Celadon - this is a top pick for many and the locals love it. It’s up-scale casual in its vibe and serves a glorious menu featuring global comfort food.
  • Cole’s Chop House – owned by the same person who delivered Celadon, this is an upscale fine dining steak house. Housed in an 1800s exhibit hall once used for the Napa fairs, the spacious restaurant has original wood floors and an open truss ceiling with exposed stone walls as an elegant background to an incredible meal.

These are just a few – just a few! – of the simply wonderful dining options in Napa Valley.

Call us at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites to reserve your room and we’ll help you with reservations at local restaurants. Call 707-226-1871 for more details and pricing.

Foodie Alert—Discover Napa Valley’s Delightful Restaurants

Monday, February 13th, 2012

With some of the country’s hottest chefs calling Napa Valley home, it’s no wonder that the downtown area is chock full of tantalizing dining establishments.  If you are a foodie who loves unique and high end fare, Napa Valley is the place for you.  A sampling includes:

  • Mustards Grill: American fare with a twist!  Mustards Grill is one of the most desirable dining spots in the area
  • Bouchon Bakery: using the freshest ingredients, bakery lovers can find every possible Parisian delight and more at this Yountville boulangerie  
  • Tra Vigne: reservations are suggested at this fine Italian inspired restaurant; once there you could imagine yourself anywhere in Italy
  • French Laundry: fine French cuisine to entice the taste buds and awaken the soul
  • Farmstead: showcasing seasonal America farmhouse cuisine

After you’ve made your dining selections, reserve your boutique hotel room at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is centrally located and only steps away from some of the most popular restaurants in the area. This Napa boutique hotel allows you to have quick and easy access to major attractions without having to worry about transportation. 

Talk to our Guest Services staff and find out more about the endless selection of restaurants in Napa. Call 707-226-1871 to reserve your room at this charming Napa boutique hotel.