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July 29, 2020

Plan a Thanksgiving Getaway in Napa Valley

Thanksgiving is synonymous with big family dinners, a turkey on the table and a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert. But, not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving this way. While it’s a wonderful day to spend with your loved ones and indulge in some turkey and delicacies, not everyone likes the cooking, entertaining and craziness that often accompanies the winter holidays. If you want to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday without having to lift a finger, plan a mini getaway. Plus, you’ll hav...

July 29, 2020

Book Your Room Today: The Napa Valley Film Festival is Coming

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is coming: November 13-17, 2013. The NVFF is dedicated to supporting the art of independent filmmaking and this year it’s offering over 125 films by 300 filmmakers. In true Napa style, the festival also features over 150 wines and 50 of the best chefs in the nation.

Some of the features of this year’s film festival include:

  • Opening night is Wednesday, November 13 and the festival presents August: Osage County based o...
July 29, 2020

Things To Do In Napa Valley After Wine Tasting

While everyone knows that Napa Valley is the ideal place to go for great wine tasting, what’s a visitor to do after wine tasting? Napa Valley isn’t only about the wineries, we promise! There is no shortage of activities you can enjoy after wine tasting.  Here are a few:

  • You can take a bike tour to enjoy the wineries from the ground level. See Napa Valley Bike Tours for some options.
  • You can try a hot-air balloon ride. Gliding over the beautiful Na...
July 29, 2020

Celebrate Your Anniversary In Napa Valley

Do you have an anniversary coming up? Maybe your anniversary is a day that you plan for every year and never forget about. However, if you’re one of the unlucky ones that has forgotten this day, you know very well that repercussions that follow. Why don’t you do something special this year for your loved one? A bit of proactive planning goes a long way in making your loved one feel appreciated, something we can all use sometimes.

Visiting Napa Valley During the Fall Season...

July 29, 2020

Plan a Fall Getaway in Napa Valley – See the Fall Colors, Halloween Events, and the Pumpkin Patch

Napa Valley is a flat valley about 30 miles long and more than a mile wide. It’s positioned between two mountainous ranges that perfectly define the backdrop of the beauty of the valley – especially in fall. Enjoying the fall colors is an ideal way to mark the changing of the seasons and Napa Valley is highly popular with anyone who likes food, wine, and scenic beauty.

Napa Valley in the fall is more than perfect because the crowds have gone and the temperatures are a li...

July 29, 2020

Beyond the Wineries: Exploring Downtown Napa

When it comes to Napa Valley, it’s the wine tours and tastings that get the most attention. Napa Valley is far more than wineries, and for anyone who has visited our beautiful city before, you know that there are endless opportunities for fine dining, boutique shopping, outdoor activities and arts and culture. If you’re planning a trip to Napa Valley this fall or winter, you’ll be pleased with our weather that is fairly comfortable – although a bit rainy at times &ndas...

July 29, 2020

Experience all that Historic Downtown Napa Has to Offer

When you visit Napa, you’re stepping into a historic place – a place steeped in charm with stories around every corner. For over 150 years, this little spot along the Napa River has served as the center of commerce for the surrounding valley filled with farmers and growers. Many of the buildings that grace downtown Napa are pre-1906 and there are more of them here than in San Francisco or any other Bay Area city.

To explore all that historic downtown Napa has to offer, w...

July 29, 2020

Your Guide to Napa Valley Pumpkin Patches

October is synonymous with pumpkins, and what better way to celebrate the season than by picking your very own gourd from a pumpkin patch? Wine Country is a great place to celebrate autumn since it’s harvest season and the vines and leaves are changing color. The rolling hills, country setting and mild temperatures make a day in the Valley simply perfect. In fact, many families plan a weekend getaway that includes golf for Dad, boutique shopping for Mom and pumpkin farms for the kids. O...

July 29, 2020

Best Wines for Your Thanksgiving Feast

You’ve bought the turkey. You’ve baked the pumpkin pie. You even have the table set beautifully with matching tableware and crystal. Yet you still don’t know which wines you will be serving with your feast. With all the options, it’s hard to know which types of wines pair best with the various parts of your meal. At least you have one thing going for you: the Thanksgiving menu never changes!

Here are some of the best wines to have on your table at Thanksgivin...

July 29, 2020

Update on Napa's Harvest Season 2013

With harvest season coming to a close, activity is transitioning from vineyard to winery. The season has gone off without a hitch and has been one of the fastest and most abundant seasons in a long time.

A Look at the 2013 Harvest Season

The past couple of months have gone something like this: grapes were fermented whole and had their juice transferred from tanks to barrels. Harvesters were harvesting so many grapes, they had to continue the juggling act throughout the sea...

July 29, 2020

Napa Valley Fall Events 2013

Looking for fun events in Wine Country to celebrate the beautiful fall season? Napa Valley has something to offer everyone, so keep an eye out for these upcoming events.

ZD Wines Walk in Our Winemaker’s Boots, October 18, 2013

10 am and 1 pm, $75 per person

Join ZD’s winemaking team for a Cellar Tour during the 2013 harvest season. Guests get behind-the-scenes access and can taste the fermenting wines from the 2013 harvest. Also to be enjoyed is wine ...

July 29, 2020

Kick Off Your Shoes and Get Grapes on Your Toes in Napa Valley

As fall rolls around Napa Valley, the valley explodes with harvest festivals and the annual grape stomp activities. For over 150 years, the Napa Valley has been a center of grape harvest activities. Every year, vineyards around the valley celebrate the harvest season with special events like these:

  • Grape Stomp at Bourassa Vineyards – with a roast pig feast, local musicians, and the opportunity to turn your feet purple, join the Bourassa family in their annual grape sto...
July 29, 2020

Plan Your Romantic Getaway in Napa Valley

It’s hard to find a more romantic place than Napa Valley. Between the lush vineyards and intimate cafes and the breathtaking scenery, it’s a world apart and a place to fall in love – or fall in love again.

Planning your romantic getaway in Napa Valley is easy:

  • Start with a reservation in one of the special suites at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites where you’ll be treated to a comfortable, refreshing stay in one of the most beautiful places ...
July 29, 2020

Plan a Fall Getaway to Napa Valley

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 b...

July 29, 2020

Lace up your Hiking Boots for 4 Great Napa Valley Hikes

We know what you’re thinking – hiking in Napa? Yes, most people think of wine, food, vineyards and farm-to-table freshness when they think of Napa, but there are plenty of activities, hiking included, in Napa Valley. The Vaca and Mayacama mountain ranges that provide the backdrop to the valley are also great places to hike and the best opportunity to work off all the food and wine you are enjoying. Here are some great hikes you can enjoy in Napa Valley:

  • Skyline W...
July 29, 2020

Come Visit Napa for the Napa Artisan’s Festival

Presented by the Downtown Napa Association and held in Veteran’s Park in Downtown Napa, the Artisan’s Festival features over 200 artists who will be displaying their original hand-crafted art. This is a juried show, so spectators see the best of the best.

Of course, no festival in Napa would be right without a little wine, and this one is no different. Visitors will enjoy the festival with a glass of wine or micro-brew as you stroll through the displays. Plus, food will ...

July 29, 2020

Visit Napa Valley’s Newest Wineries/Tasting Rooms…Including the New St. Clair Brown Winery

Despite the difficulties of a tough economic environment, new brick and mortar wineries and tasting rooms have been popping up in Napa Valley – several near downtown Napa.  The most recent is the new St. Clair Brown Winery near downtown Napa that opened very recently and boasts a tiny eatery inside a glass-paned English-style greenhouse.

Started by co-owners Laura Brown and Elaine St. Clair, and in true, wholesome Napa fashion, the St. Clair Brown manifesto indicates that...

July 29, 2020

September is Fine Arts Month in Napa Valley

September is back-to-school month for many, but for those who appreciate the fine arts in Napa Valley, this month is all about open studios and art festivals. The area already kicked off the season with the Napa Valley Arts Festival in mid-August. Over Labor Day weekend, there was the Sausalito Art Festival and Napa Artisan’s Festival. But the fun doesn’t stop there. All of September is a wonderful time to take advantage of open studios and see the works of world-renowned artists....

July 29, 2020

Experience Napa Valley from the Air

The beauty of the vineyards and rolling hills of Napa Valley are, without a doubt, some of the best views a person will see in their lifetime. Instead of experiencing it from a speeding automobile, try enjoying the view from the air instead. In Napa Valley, we have a number of great companies ready and willing to give you a new, fresh perspective on Napa Valley.

See Napa Valley from a Biplane

Every so often an aviation company comes along and reminds us of...

July 29, 2020

Experience Fall While Traveling the Silverado Trail

For visitors who love to experience the local culture in and around Napa Valley, biking or driving the Silverado Trail is a wonderful way to enjoy some of the finest culture and wineries on one route. The Silverado Trail Wineries Association is a group of wineries and businesses along the Silverado Trail. The trail runs along the east side of Napa Valley, and it includes over 40 wineries. It’s a much prettier route than the popular Highway 29, and it has less traffic, too. Still, the tr...

July 28, 2020

4 Places to Visit in Downtown Napa

Downtown Napa is a charming scene with Victorian architecture, upscale lodging and celebrity-chef restaurants. It sits on the banks of the Napa River and includes a number of indulgences, such as wine tastings, wood-fire pizzas, oysters and fine truffles and chocolates. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is located in the heart of downtown Napa, placing you in a central location for wine tastings, winery tours and other Napa adventures.

Here are four places we recommend visiting in dow...

June 18, 2017

Three Hands-on Wineries to Enjoy While visiting Napa

When visiting the Napa Valley, you may be overwhelmed with the options of wineries to visit. There are more than 450 wineries in a 30 mile radius. Touring and tasting wines from various vineyards is just part of the Napa Valley Experience. Once you’ve secured your Napa Valley lodging reservation then you can begin checking out the wineries and tour options. If you have never been to a winery then a hands-on tour would be ideal to get you started. These three hands-on wineries ...

January 14, 2017

Take in a Show at Uptown Theatre in Downtown Napa

There is nothing quite like the magic of live entertainment. Spontaneity, creativity, and artistry are all on display as the stage gets lit and the curtains open. If you love a musical performance, the Uptown Theatre in Napa has some fantastic acts in the coming months. Book your tickets today and reserve your hotel room to have a memorable visit to Napa. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is a short walk from the theatre and all the restaurants and attractions in downtown Napa. Book your...

January 07, 2017

Napa is for Art Lovers

Have an eye for art? An obsession with sculpture? Or a penchant for paint? No matter your medium of choice, or whether you are an observer, collector, or artist, Napa is the perfect destination to ignite your creativity. There are plenty of art galleries to fill the gap in your collection, admire new techniques, or for you to simply soak up some inspiration. If you love art, you will love downtown Napa.

There is more than just wine that draws people to Napa Valley. Consider these th...

December 31, 2016

Spending Valentine's Day in Napa Valley

Ah, the sweet feeling of Valentine’s Day love. A roaring fireplace, a glass of red wine, a gourmet dinner — all of these make for the perfect setting when the romantic holiday rolls around. That’s what makes Napa Valley hotel reservations the perfect gift for lovers, be they together for just a few months or many, many years. Even though Napa Valley’s peak time occurs in the summer, late winter affords sweethearts a particularly unique opportunity to experien...

July 27, 2020

Downtown Napa Nightlife – 5 Places to Visit

After a full day savoring the delicious, world-class wines of Napa Valley wineries, it’s time to slow your pace and enjoy Napa at night.

Downtown Napa has a wide range of nighttime activities, but our top 5 recommendations (in no particular order) include the following:

  • The Uptown Theatre. This historic venue opened its doors in 1937, featuring movies and live entertainment. Check out the interior ceiling, where restorers repaired the Greco-Roman mural from the or...
July 25, 2020

Fun Things to Know About the Napa River

Summer is here and the promise of long, warm and sunny days makes for compelling reasons to plan outings and getaways. Napa Valley is one such exciting and fun-filled destination that offers something for all ages and interests. While the gorgeous rolling hills, luxuriant vineyards, winery tours and tastings hog the limelight, there is plenty to do around Napa’s sparkling river as well.

Here are some fun facts about Napa River that runs a 50-mile journey from St. Helena to the S...

July 25, 2020

Father’s Day 2020— Ideas for Virtual Celebrations with Dad

Whether you live a block away from dad or across the seas, this Father’s Day (June 21, 2020) may be different from anything your family has experienced before. Amid the COVID-19 related lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders, families have to forego the special brunches, barbecues, golf outings, or surprise get-togethers that are organized to honor dads every year. No need to be disappointed! There are many other ways to celebrate all the fathers, grandfathers, and father figures in your...

July 25, 2020

Treat yourself to a True Wine Country Experience: Visit Napa when Shelter-in-Place is Lifted

As we continue to learn more about the COVID-19 global pandemic, it is becoming increasingly apparent that many social distancing norms will remain active for several months. However, authorities across federal, state and county levels have started devising plans to slowly restart the economy and lift the shelter-in-place orders in a staggered and safe manner. Which means, there will soon be a time when you may be able to plan a weekend getaway to the beautiful and scenic Napa Valley. In fact...

July 25, 2020

Bottlerock 2020 – the Countdown has Begun!

COVID-19 Update:  This event has been rescheduled to October 1-4:

Napa Valley’s epic, 3-day musical extravaganza, Bottlerock 2020 is from May 22–24, this year. A fabulous celebration of music, food, wine, and craft brews, the event is a Napa exclusive you don’t want to miss. Team up with your friends and family and get ready to have a fun three days of entertainment.

With Bottlerock’s ever-increasing popul...

July 25, 2020

5 Tips for Picking a Good Napa Valley Hotel Online

Many people prefer to shop online for products and services because of its convenience and ability to compare features and prices. This is especially important when booking a hotel, as most people don’t have the luxury of checking it out before visiting. Therefore, travelers rely on the photographs, reviews and rates to make their decision. 

Napa Valley Hotel and Suites knows how important it is to provide comprehensive, accurate information on our hotel. Millions of visito...

July 25, 2020

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

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 &nd...

July 25, 2020

Themes for a Wine Country Visit – Part 1

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 v...

July 25, 2020

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

July 25, 2020

March is Marathon Month in Napa Valley

Are you a hard-core runner, an emerging fitness enthusiast, or a strong supporter of community events? Whether as a spectator, or as a participant, if running long distances in an inspiring setting is something you wish to experience, Napa is the place to be.

Here’s a snapshot of Napa’s running events in March.

Napa Valley Marathon: Sunday, March 1, 2020

With sweeping valley views and yellow-gold blooming vineyards, the Napa Valley Marathon...

July 25, 2020

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

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
  • Wi...
July 25, 2020

8 Reasons to Drink More Wine

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 he...

July 25, 2020

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

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 r...

July 25, 2020

Spend a Valentine's Day to Remember for Years in Napa Valley

Celebrate your love at one of the most romantic and beautiful places in the world. By spending Valentine’s Day in Napa Valley, you’ll be right at the source of some of the most treasured Valentine’s Day treats: delicious meals, superb wine, and fun activities for lovers to enjoy together.

  • Napa River Velo – Rent bikes and take a ride to get rid of the stress and get the fresh air pumping through your lungs and heart. The scenery in Napa Valley is amazi...
July 25, 2020

Plan a Romantic Valentine's Day Getaway

It’s not often that Valentine’s Day lands on a weekend, but this year, it does. Friday, February 14 will be Valentine’s Day, and it’s the perfect excuse to spend an entire weekend celebrating you and the one you love. If you don’t want to do the traditional dinner out, we completely understand. Even though many restaurants offer holiday menus, there are long waits, mediocre service and high-priced meal packages that dampen the mood.

By celebrating this ...

July 25, 2020

Spend More Time in Napa Valley in 2014

Something exciting is always going on in Napa Valley – new restaurants opening, events and celebrations – it’s a thriving, creative community. One of the more recent happenings in downtown is the opening of a new market-driven restaurant. The former chef at Cotogna and Quince, Sean O’Toole moved into a space in downtown on Napa’s Main Street (where Ubuntu used to be). His first solo endeavor, O’Toole says he spent the last 10 years opening restaurants for o...

July 25, 2020

Does the Wine Glass Make a Difference?

Wine drinkers know that there are many glasses available – big glasses, small glasses, wide glasses, narrow glasses – but do any of them really affect the way wine tastes? Some people say no, but we say yes – wine glasses can and do make a difference in the way wine tastes. Here’s a few factors that affect the taste of wine. If you don’t believe us, try it for yourself!

Small or Large Bowl Size

When the bowl of the glass is large, it allows mo...

July 25, 2020

Bachelor Parties in Napa Valley

Napa Valley is one of the premier travel destinations in the world – with breathtaking views and picturesque rolling hills, it’s a year-round vacation destination. So, why should the ladies have all the fun? Hosting a bachelor party or man-cation in Napa Valley is easy because there are so many things for the guys to do (in addition to wine tasting):

  • Performance racing – no kidding, you can enjoy the rush of speed at the Sonoma Raceway. What could be more f...
July 25, 2020

Why February is a Great Time to Visit Wine Country

For many parts of the country, February can be rather dull. Sure, there is Valentine’s Day to celebrate – which certainly gives us all something to look forward to – but many people find themselves itching for spring when the weather is still cold, damp or snowy. In Wine Country, the scene is very different. While the temperatures are still mild and some of the days are rainy, there are many things starting to pick up, and these small details are reminders of the beauty that...

July 25, 2020

January is Napa Valley Restaurant Month

Don’t be disappointed that the holidays are over. In Napa Valley, we’re always celebrating something! The entire month of January is Napa Valley Restaurant Month where you can come and sip, slurp and indulge in some of the best foods and wines in the area.

Napa Valley is already home to more Michelin-star rated restaurants per capita than any other wine nation in the world, so we’re no stranger to delicious food and wine selections. During the month of January, you...

July 25, 2020

Romance in the Valley: Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Weekend in Napa

There is something uniquely alluring about sipping wine in state-of-the-art tasting rooms, savoring delicately-crafted gastronomic delights, or getting a luxurious foot spa or back massage. Now imagine combining all this into one trip, amidst the rolling hills, lush vineyards, and beautiful weather of Napa Valley; with the love of your life by your side!

Valentine’s Day 2020 is just around the corner, and happens to fall on a Friday. Which means, you can come to Napa, and make i...

July 25, 2020

Winter Specials for Napa Valley Lodging – Business or Pleasure

Who hasn’t dreamed of making a relatively staid and boring business trip into something that includes pleasure? Well, in the Napa Valley we are experts at turning a business trip into something wonderful. Whether your business is in or near Napa Valley, lodging in Napa Valley means you and your business partners will have access to excellent options, including:

  • Chardonnay Golf Club – if you’re taking in a round of golf with your business associates, why not...
July 25, 2020

Book your Room for a Special New Year’s Eve in Napa Valley

New Year’s Eve will soon be here. Why not recover from the holidays in style and luxury surrounded by breathtaking beauty and wineries? Here are just a few of the winery events that are happening leading up to New Year’s Eve:

  • The Art of the Blend at Franciscan – learn the magic from the winemakers in a hand-on seminar where you get to play winemaker for the day.
  • Taste Wines ‘Off the Grid’ at Back Room Wines – enjoy one of the mo...
July 25, 2020

Last Chance for "Napa On Ice"

Napa opened its seasonal skating rink – Napa On Ice – for the third year in a row back in November. The rink will be closing down January 12, so if you haven’t paid a visit yet, you better do so soon!

The skating rink is located in beautiful downtown Napa, at the corner of 2nd and Coombs Street. It’s a large rink, featuring 5,600 square feet of real ice. For the locals in Napa Valley who don’t normally get a sheet of ice to skate on, the ice rink is a r...

July 25, 2020

Top Christmas Shopping Places in Napa Valley

The locals of Napa Valley are committed to supporting their local businesses and retailers; you will hardly find a big-box retail store anywhere around. So, while you could do the typical route of finding your Christmas gifts in the standard one-size-fits-all stores, wouldn’t you rather find, wrap, and give truly delightful and one-of-a-kind gifts instead?

Napa Valley is an amazing place to enjoy unique shopping and there’s always something for everyone. Be sure to stop ...

July 25, 2020

Activities for a Limited Budget

Is your budget a bit tight after the holidays? Ours too. That’s why we wanted to recommend a few things you can do on a limited budget in Napa Valley. Stay a day or a week, the choice is yours. The good new is that you can find various hotels that run winter specials, allowing you to save even more money off your inexpensive getaway. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is home to many affordable winter packages, so check them out by clicking here.

Here are our top picks for budget-fr...

July 25, 2020

Family and Kid Friendly Things to do in Napa Valley Over Winter Break

Who says you can’t do wine country with the kids? We say it’s the perfect place because there are so many family friendly and kid friendly things to do. Even some of the wineries have caught on with grape juice tasting for the kids. You may be surprised to find how far we take “kid friendly” in the valley, but we have kids too! We all like to revel in the laid-back hospitality that makes this area so welcoming and so much fun to visit.

A visit to Napa Valley ...

July 25, 2020

Winter Campgrounds in Napa Valley

Whether the kids are on winter break, or you’re looking for an inexpensive getaway this holiday season, camping in Napa Valley can be the treat that your whole family is looking for. Camping is a popular pastime in the summer months, but it can be equally fun during the winter season. Especially when you camp in the beautiful Napa Valley, you can enjoy mild temperatures and a panoramic view of the gorgeous mountains and coastal redwoods.

Below are some of the best places to ca...

July 25, 2020

Finding the Perfect Gift in Napa Valley with Early Christmas Shopping

What could be better than rushing through the crowds and struggling with flyers advertising Black Friday specials? A gentle, quiet stroll through beautiful shops and boutiques after a restful night at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites.

Just a short walk from our hotel you’ll find downtown Napa Valley, which is filled with unique shops. Stop and have an excellent breakfast first, and then work your way through the stores picking up the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. A ...

July 25, 2020

A Closer Look at Napa Valley's Fine Restaurants

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 Ingred...

July 25, 2020

Spend Your Fall Birthday in Beautiful Wine Country

It’s your birthday. Or maybe it’s your loved one’s birthday. Even though the excitement of the holidays is sure to be enjoyed, it’s easy to overlook a birthday at this time of the year. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Why not set time aside to celebrate your birthday by planning a short visit to Wine Country? It’s an excellent way to ensure that you get some much deserved attention that you often miss out on thanks to the commotion of the holidays.

July 25, 2020

Enjoy Your Thanksgiving in Napa Valley

Everyone loves Thanksgiving traditions like traveling back to a time when home cooking was the way it was done and everyone used fresh, local ingredients. This is still how it’s done in Napa Valley! You can have all your favorite trappings of the holiday:

Those you love seated around the table
Excellent food and wine
A real holiday break
Although many of the local wineries are closed Thanksgiving Day, there is still plenty to do in wine country and everyth...

July 25, 2020

4 Reasons to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Napa

Valentine’s Day might be considered a “Hallmark holiday” to some, but it’s quite a popular day for couples and families. U.S. consumers spent roughly $20 billion on Valentine’s Day cards and gifts in 2018, according to the National Retail Foundation. 

If you’re someone who gets into the Valentine’s Day spirit, you might be wondering what yo...

July 25, 2020

Winter? It's Cabernet Season in Napa Valley

In Napa Valley, we don’t celebrate winter. We celebrate Cabernet Season! Even here, the weather gets a little cold and rainy during the winter season, but that doesn’t mean that we retreat to the indoors. Instead, we embrace what’s around us, which usually includes good food and the finest wines.

The unofficial Cabernet season starts in November and runs through April. The pace is slower, the crowds are quieter and harvest season has come to a close – and hop...

July 25, 2020

Affordable Napa Valley Wine Country Hotel – Napa Valley Hotel and Suites

As November rolls around, many of us are keeping a close eye on our budgets because the end-of-the-year expenses are usually pretty extreme: Christmas gift-giving, travel costs, expected donations, etc. It’s nice to know there’s an affordable boutique hotel in Napa Valley where you can escape, unwind, and rejuvenate your spirits – especially in these busy, hectic times.

Napa Valley is an amazing place to enjoy, but fall is one of the best times of all. The crowds h...

July 25, 2020

Experience Art After Dark at the Lighted Art Festival Napa 2020

Napa Valley’s offerings go well beyond its verdant vineyards, exquisite wines, and gastronomic delights. From galleries, museums and exhibitions, to art, music and food festivals, Wine Country’s attractions will warm your heart, just as much as that glass of rich red, or shimmering white wine.

The Napa Lighted Art Festival is one such imaginative event, where Napa’s iconic architecture become the paintings in themselves. Local and international artists create origina...

July 25, 2020

Purchase Your Winter in the Wineries Passport Today

The rest of the country may be getting ready for snow, cold temperature and fir trees decorated in tinsel, but Napa Valley is still enjoying what we’re known for: wine! This year, Calistoga will be celebrating its 5th annual Winter in the Wineries Passport from December 6, 2013 to February 9, 2014. If you need a getaway from your city’s cold, dreary weather, or you simply need a break from all the holiday entertaining, come to Napa Valley where the fun never stops!


July 25, 2020

Leave the Electronics at Home and Go Off-Grid in Napa Valley

These days, many of us are overworked to an extreme; yet technology has always promised to make our lives easier. The fact is, every new innovation seems to take more of our time not give us more time. Many travelers are looking for ways to leave their electronics for periods of time and go off-grid to save their sanity. Health experts are even starting to recommend breaks from technology for many reasons: to prevent eye strain, to help us concentrate better, and to give our minds a better se...

July 24, 2020

Napa Welcomes You Back with a Bottle of Wine and a Renewed Spirit!

If there was ever a time to witness the effervescent spirit of Napa, it is now. Based on the recommendations of Napa’s public health officials and the California state government authorities, Napa businesses have reopened their doors to all visitors. From hotels, restaurants, and retail stores, to wineries, tasting rooms, and spas, all Napa establishments have upgraded their safety protocols to protect the health and welfare of employees, guests, and the community at large.

As N...

July 22, 2020

Harvest 2017: Harvest, Stomp, and Crush Your Way to Fine Wines

Napa Valley is lively year-round, but things start to kick up big time during harvest season! Harvest 2017 is expected to beat previous years with more celebrations of the grape and excellent wines of the region.

When harvest season strikes, crews work throughout the day and night to take the delicious vine-ripened grapes out of the sun and prepare them for sparkling delights and elegant reds. The harvest typically kicks off in August but runs through late October to early November....

July 22, 2020

Take it Back to the Good Ole’ Days with a Vintage Car Rental in Napa Valley

There is something about wine country that makes you feel as though you have traveled back in time. The days are longer, life is simpler, and everyone in downtown Napa acts like they are long-lost friends!

To make your experience in Napa Valley even better, add a touch of nostalgia by renting a vintage car for your wine tours from Wine Country Dream Cars.

Here are a few of the features you can expect:

  • Vintage Driving Tours of Napa: Go on ...
July 22, 2020

Exploring the Fine Art Galleries of Napa Valley: Gallery 1870

One such example is Gallery 1870, a premier fine art gallery in the heart of wine country. It is located inside the V Marketplace in Yountville, and was voted the best art gallery in Napa Valley.

On your visit to Gallery 1870, be sure to check out these displays:

  • The Contemporary Realism Exhibit: Napa Valley’s own Gail Chandler offers you an opportunity to go back in time and explore the quirky side of art. Her work is simple but exquisite. S...
July 22, 2020

Plan the Ultimate Couple’s Retreat in Napa Valley

Ah, the sweet sounds, sights and smells of summer! Now is the perfect time to escape for the week or weekend to relax, rejuvenate, and rekindle. Napa Valley is one of the most romantic locations for couples seeking a summer retreat. If you and your partner are in the mood for a dreamy vacation, consider creating a package itinerary that helps you spend as much time as possible, together.

Here are some ideas to make your Napa getaway more exciting, leisurely and memorable:

July 22, 2020

Napa Main Street Reunion – Not to be Missed!

This August, you can be part of the reunion and enjoy wine, great food, and fun times. The annual Main Street Reunion in downtown Napa has plenty of activities, sights, and fun for adults, families, and singles alike. Admission is free!

Be sure to catch these items on the Reunion’s itinerary:

  • Show n’ Shine: Get a sneak peek at the cars on display at the car show by coming in on Friday night, August 18th, at 5:00 pm to the Show n’ ...
July 22, 2020

Slow Down and Enjoy the Summer at Napa Porchfest

Napa Valley provides visitors with many different reasons to visit throughout the year. From gorgeous weather to sensational wine through eating Christmas dinner on the Napa Valley Wine Train, this incredible location has so much to offer. As for mid-summer celebrations, nothing tempts the mind quite as much as Porchfest.

Porchfest 2017 falls on July 30, in the height of Napa Valley’s incredible summer sun. Attend anytime between noon and 6 p.m. This is a summer afternoon repl...

July 22, 2020

Enjoy the Antique / Classic Car Wine Tours of Napa Valley

Napa Valley almost seems synonymous with vintage. After all, you have vintage wines, family-owned wineries that go back for generations, and historical sites throughout Napa. To stay with that theme, why not enjoy a tour of wine country in a classic, antique car?

Classic Convertible Wine Tours are the premier antique tour limousine service for wine country. Using their 1947 luxury Packard convertibles, they take you around boutique wineries, the ones you do not typically find in the...

July 22, 2020

Top 3 Napa Valley Art Galleries to Visit

The art scene of Napa Valley is almost as historical and amazing as the wineries of the area. From the unique art displayed in local vineyards to the special art exhibits on display in signature galleries, you have more than enough options to explore.

If your stay with us here in wine country is short, we highly recommend you start your art gallery tour with these three top galleries in Napa Valley:

  • The Hess Collection – Within the Hess Winer...
July 22, 2020

6 Parks and Nature Attractions to Visit in Napa Valley

The rolling hills in Napa Valley are home to tidy vineyards that sit in neat, pretty little rows, generating grapes for some of the best wine in the world. Despite its reputation for wine, Napa isn’t only wine country — it’s much more than that right under the surface. People only use 9 percent of the valley to grow grapes. Head just outside the vineyards and you’ll stumble upon a smorgasbord of parks and nature attractions to soothe your spirit.


July 22, 2020

Top Summer Activities While Vacationing in Napa Valley

Napa Valley is chock-full of fun activities for summer. Whether you are in wine country with the entire family or on a summer retreat as a couple, wine country is teeming with activities welcoming you to the region.

To make the most of your summer vacation, here are the top things to do in the area:

  • Napa Valley Balloon Tour – One cannot visit wine country without a hot air balloon ride over the lush vineyards and ripening grapes. Enjoy a prem...
July 22, 2020

Tips for Planning a Fantastic Romantic Getaway in Wine Country

Napa Valley is among the top holiday destinations for romantic couples! From the combination of award-winning wineries to the delicious restaurants and the myriad of breathtaking scenes surrounding you, this scenic valley is the perfect backdrop for a lovers’ getaway.

Depending on how much time you have, there are plenty of options you can consider to make the most of your romantic escape.

  • Make Your Wine – What would be more exciting th...
July 22, 2020

3 Day Spa Ideas for Your Weekend Getaway in Wine Country

While Napa Valley is home to excellent vineyards and wines, it is also the premier place for day spas and rejuvenation. Whether you are visiting with the girls for a weekend getaway, or you want to treat yourself while your significant other is golfing, there are several great places to go and pamper yourself.

When looking for a day spa in Napa, these three locations reign supreme for options, prices, and quality of service:

  • Spa Terra – Spa T...
July 22, 2020

5 Everyday Items Everyone Should Bring to Bottlerock

Coming to Bottlerock this year? You’re not alone! People come to enjoy the festival from all across America (and even beyond) each year. When you come, you’ll enjoy great food and music in one location. If you’re attending this year, a little bit of strategic planning in advance will make your experience better than ever before. Stash these five everyday items in your knapsack to stay clean, comfortable, and hydrated all day long.


July 22, 2020

Top Contemporary Art Galleries in Napa

Napa is home to vineyards and wine, but also some of the most amazing contemporary art galleries. If you are an art lover and appreciate the style of contemporary arts, there are a few galleries you can sneak away to visit and get your art fix in between wine tastings.

Here are some of the best contemporary art galleries in Napa:

Di Rosa Art – Here you will find sculptures and the largest collection of Bay area contemporary artists. It is located on ...

July 22, 2020

Planning Your BottleRock Napa Valley Experience

Were you one of the lucky ones able to snag tickets to BottleRock this year? If not, mark it on your calendar and look earlier next year. If so, you’re one of the lucky ones with the opportunity to check out the area’s unofficial “first taste of summer.” Here’s what you need to know about the Napa Valley’s most popular spring music extravaganza.

When Is It?

This year’s festival will be held May 26th through May 28t...

July 22, 2020

Napa City Nights – Endless Summer Concerts and Great Food

Visiting Napa Valley in the summer means catching one of the many Napa City Nights events. These concerts are held throughout the summer and feature local favorites sharing live music.

This year’s session kicks off on June 9th and goes through August 18th. The live concerts start at 6:30 pm and run until 10:00 pm. Admission is free, but you might want to arrive early to catch a seat up front.

While the artists for the 2017 session have not been released (bands are no...

July 22, 2020

Explore the Festivities and Beauty of the Red Stitch Winery

The Red Stitch Winery in Napa Valley is the brainchild of three families that have come together and created an incredible selection of wine. Two of the owners, Rich Aurilia and Dave Roberts are former San Francisco Giants major league baseball players. Now off the diamond, they are still teammates with their winery. The winemaker in the group is Rolando Herrera of Mi Sueño Winery and Herrera Wines fame. Winemaking for this enterprising trio and their wives started through a blind tast...

July 22, 2020

Soak Up the Landscape of Napa, Not just the Wine

Most people look at Napa Valley as wine country. While Napa certainly has its famed wines and gourmet food, it is also home to some of the most breathtaking nature experiences and sights.

One organization, the Land Trust of Napa County, has been working particularly hard to preserve and conserve Napa’s resources and natural landmarks. They have more than 65,000 acres protected and ready to explore. As a member, you can enjoy group walks.

However, if you are not a Nap...

July 22, 2020

A One-Day Adventure Guide for Napa Valley

Napa Valley is a place you can explore for an entire week, weekend, or even a day-long getaway.

Regardless of why you are headed into wine country, plan your itinerary just right to get the most out of that one-day visit.

Here are some ways to squeeze in plenty of action, and of course great wine:

  • Start with a Well-Planned Morning: The Oxbow District sits along the Napa River and Oxbow Preserve. It is a 13-acre park that is perfect for th...
July 22, 2020

Show Mom Some Extra Love—Bring Her to Napa for Mother’s Day 2017

Your mom expects little but deserves all the love you can give her, and then some more! For Mother’s Day 2017, why not give her the gift of a relaxing weekend in Napa Valley? This year, Mother’s Day falls on May 14th, and when you stretch out the weekend, you can give her the full appreciation she deserves with wine, gourmet food, and relaxing spa appointments.

Here are just a few ways to pamper mom this year:

  • Take Her Out for a Mother’s D...
July 20, 2020

Experience World-Class Napa Wines Virtually: Sip and Swirl from the Comfort of your Home

After months of shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders to slow the spread of COVID-19, cities across California are now in various stages of reopening. Napa’s wineries, businesses, and retail establishments have also recently opened their doors to visitors. It’s possible that you and your loved ones want to be cautious and wait a bit longer before planning a summer getaway. However, not visiting a Napa winery does not mean you have to miss out on that glass of a splendid red or a l...

July 20, 2020

Explore Napa Valley Online: Swirl, Sip, and Savor a Bit of Virtual Tourism

Staying home and practicing physical distancing over an extended period of time has been tough on everyone. From adjusting to the new work-from-home norms and managing restless kids, to making time for grocery trips and household chores, you may be juggling a number of priorities. Imagine how exciting it would be to escape from this routine for a short weekend getaway to the gorgeous Napa Valley! The area is only just starting to open up gradually. However, you can explore the valley’s ...

July 16, 2020

5 Reasons to Stay at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites

If you’re planning on booking a getaway to Napa Valley, you have plenty of choices for lodging. There are many highly rated hotels in the area, and each one has something different to offer. Many people find that Napa Valley Hotel and Suites offers the perfect balance – affordable rates and quaint rooms situated in the heart of downtown Napa. If this sounds like something that will fit your trip, here are five benefits to look forward to. 

1. Convenient Location in Do...

July 15, 2020

Places to Go with the Kids in Napa Valley

It’s a misconception that Napa Valley is just for adults. Even though this area draws in girls’ nights out and romantic getaways, it’s also a great place for families. Napa Valley is safe and has plenty of outdoor activities, restaurants and hotels that the whole family can enjoy. Plus, it’s a nice break from the traditional amusement parks and water parks that you’ve probably vacationed at. 

Here are some of the top things to do in Napa Va...

July 11, 2020

Top 5 Safe and Convenient Outdoor Activities in Napa During COVID-19

Most of California’s cities and counties are now in stage 2 of the reopening phases amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of a complete lockdown, many businesses and retail establishments can restart operations, provided they meet the enhanced safety measures for protecting their employees and patrons. Similarly, after months of a complete and absolute shelter-in-place directive, you and your families now have the freedom to move around and enjoy some outdoor activities, while practicing ...

July 02, 2020

What to Pack for a Napa Valley Getaway

Napa Valley is one of the most enjoyable places to visit in California. In one quaint community, you can enjoy wine tastings, vineyard visits, outdoor activities, nights on the town and locally sourced grub. Plus, the weather is sunny and warm most of the year, allowing you to plan a trip during any season. 

As you plan for your Napa Valley getaway, here are the things we recommend bringing along. 

Layers of Clothing 

In Napa, the days a...

June 13, 2020

Celebrate Fourth of July in Wine Country

This year, Fourth of July promises to be truly unique. Holding flags, watching the parades, admiring the fireworks, or enjoying family picnics with barbecues and cool beverages used to make this weekend special. However, it is uncertain which of these usual celebrations are going to be possible this July. In fact, Napa’s legendary 4th of July Parade has already announced that it will be going virtual this year. You still have opti...

June 01, 2020

Napa Valley Wineries Prepare to Open

May and June are the start of Napa Valley’s peak season, so it’s great to hear that restaurants and wineries have the green light to open. In 2018, an average of 3.8 million people visited the area and spent more than $2.23 billion. Sadly, the Wine Institute projects the U.S. wine industry will lose $6 billion due to the pandemic. But, there is light at the end of the tunn...

May 31, 2020

Are Napa Valley Wineries Open During the COVID-19 Outbreak?

One of the most frequently asked questions we’re hearing right now is, “Are the wineries in Napa Valley still open during coronavirus?” The short answer – yes. However, each winery is independently owned and may have temporarily shut down amid the COVID-19 outbreak. For this reason, we recommend calling ahead and asking about services and hours of operation. 

That said, there have been changes made to Napa Valley’s wineries. On Mar...

May 30, 2020

Live Music in Napa Valley

COVID-19 Update: some events listed may have been cancelled or rescheduled.

Besides the world-famous wines and spectacular culinary pairings, Napa’s music scene is another aspect that adds a magical touch to the ever-vibrant wine country. No matter what genre you favor, you are sure to find a live entertainment venue that caters to your interests and features your kind of music. The various music festivals, such as Yountville Live in March, Bottlerock in...

May 21, 2020

Best Cocktail Bars in Napa Valley

Great wine is expected in Napa, but you can also enjoy some refreshing cocktails, too. Cocktails are fancy and allow you to focus on subtle flavors and perfumes, so they’re a popular drink option among wine lovers. From whiskey sours to vodka martinis to manhattans, there are cocktails for every mood and personality.

Below are some of the best places to go for happy hour cockt...

May 14, 2020

Access Napa Valley Virtually: Shop Online from a Napa Store or Winery

Your planned getaway to Napa may have been disrupted this year, but it is still possible to access Napa goodies in other ways.

Over 45 different Napa wineries are already hosting virtual wine-tasting events to help you enjoy the sipping, swirling, and tasting experience from the comfort and safety of your home. Some wineries are taking orders for curbsid...

May 07, 2020

Where to Get Chinese Grub in the Napa Region

Craving sweet and sour chicken with a side of pork fried rice? Whether you’re staying in Napa Valley or just passing through from Northern California, there are plenty of delicious Chinese restaurants that will satisfy your cravings. Most Asian restaurants in the area are privately owned and serve generous portions of authentic Chinese food. 

Here are some of the best places to get f...

May 04, 2020

Mother’s Day 2020—Celebrate Your Homemaker

With the current shelter-in-place orders in the state of California, most of us are practicing the recommended social distancing norms to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Whether it is birthdays, anniversaries, or other special occasions, every celebration is looking very different than usual. No wining and dining in fancy restaurants, no parties or get-togethers, and no outings or picnics in the park. Yet, this Mother’s Day (May 10, 2020), you can do something unique for m...

April 25, 2020

Socializing in the Time of Social Distancing? Try Virtual Parties and Game Nights

Currently, every major country in the world is in a partial or complete lockdown to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of us are staying indoors, obeying shelter-in-place orders, and following the physical distancing norms recommended by our public health officials. During this time, every family is coping with different challenges. Whether it is cranky toddlers, virtual schooling for kids, work-from-home logistics, or restricted and time-consuming trips to get basic groceries, we are all wor...

April 22, 2020

Is it Safe to Stay in a Napa Valley Hotel During the Coronavirus?

Many people have already cancelled their summer travel plans due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, not all trips are optional. Some people are still traveling for work or family, while others feel that a weekend getaway is essential to their mental health. If you’re in this group, you might be wondering what you can do to ensure your health and safety when staying at a hotel

Keep in mind that the coro...

April 18, 2020

What to Expect from a Napa Trip While You are Expecting

Planning a babymoon with your partner or spouse? Excited about a weekend getaway with your all-girl gang? Napa Valley is a promising destination for moms-to-be. Some might wonder, what’s the point of visiting Napa if can’t sample what draws most people to wine country? There is much more to Napa than vineyards and wine-tasting. From epicurean offerings and soul pampering spas, to leisurely nature walks and heart-warming art and music, expectant moms will find plenty of indulgences...

April 08, 2020

Bored of Staying at Home? Attend a Virtual Wine Tasting in Napa Valley!

Sheltering in place doesn’t mean that you have to give up drinking your favorite wines! Some Napa Valley wineries are hosting virtual wine tastings to engage customers and stay afloat during this difficult time. Not only are these virtual tastings good for business, but also they’re good for consumers! 

As people grow tired of staying at home, they are looking for new ways to connect with others and stay busy. A virtual wine tasting is an excellent way to do...

April 03, 2020

Celebrate Easter Weekend with Bunny Brunches and Egg Hunts in Napa

COVID-19 Update:  The events listed may have been rescheduled or cancelled.

If you are looking for a unique and interesting way to bring in Easter 2020 with the family, why not head to the beautiful and action-packed Napa Valley. From special lunches, brunches and egg hunts, to a host of adventure, relaxation and culinary pursuits, Napa promises something for every member of the family. While Easter weekend is April 10 to 12, 2020, the valley’s festivities begin a week prio...

March 28, 2020

Visit the Napa Valley Welcome Center: Enjoy Friday Featured Vintner Tastings and More!

Planning a trip to Napa Valley? Excited about exploring this scenic region and its many offerings? With exotic wineries and breweries, flourishing art and culture, exciting food, music and nightlife, unique adventure activities, and serene spas and wellness retreats, Napa has something for everyone.

However, if this is your first visit to Napa, or you are not quite sure where to begin, don’t miss a stop at the ...

March 28, 2020

Best Napa Valley Breweries for St. Patty’s Day

Everyone loves to be Irish for a day! St. Patrick’s Day brings people of all backgrounds together for green beer, delicious Irish food and fun. Many larger cities have parades and other festivities to celebrate St. Patty’s Day, and Napa Valley is no exception. You can find a number of things to do around this holiday whether you’re interested in Irish music, craft beer or shenanigans.

Below are some of the most anticipated St. Patrick’s Day events in ...

March 20, 2020

Familiar with Napa’s Grapevine Growth? It is a Juicy Story that You Must Know!

There is something quite extraordinary about Napa Valley as a destination. Not only does it cater to visitors with varying ages and preferences, but it is abuzz with a flurry of activities all year round. Whether it is wine tasting, shopping, dining, adventure activities, or relaxation, the valley offers it all.

What is most magical about this region, is its scenic beauty. The sight of spectacular rolling hills and lush vineyards dotting the entire landscape of wine country can leave ...

March 12, 2020

Attending Bottlerock 2020? It’s About a Lot More than Music!

COVID-19 Update:  This event has been rescheduled to October 1-4:

Every year in May, Napa Valley is abuzz with one of the world’s most highly-anticipated music festivals, Bottlerock. Are you planning to attend Bottlerock 2020 that takes place this year from May 22 – 24, 2020? With an extraordinary lineup of local and international artists and musicians, this three-day festival promises  Read More

March 03, 2020

St. Patrick’s Day Fun in Napa – Prepare to be “All Lured”!

You would not be doing justice to the land of spectacular vineyards, exquisite wines, and excellent craft brews, if you do not go pub hopping in Napa. Whether you are visiting wine country for the March marathons, or planning an extended weekend getaway around St. Patrick’s Day, there are a number of exciting pubs that you must try in Napa.

  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Napa style with the best Guinness pours and delectable Irish dinners at the Bounty Hunter Wine...
February 26, 2020

Experienced the Uptown Theater in Napa? Attend a Show or Hold Your Special Event Here!

Is Napa Valley on your radar for a weekend getaway, a family holiday, or a special event that you wish to organize? Whether you are visiting or hosting, don’t miss out on experiencing the grandeur and beauty of the historic Uptown Theater in downtown Napa.

Here’s why the Uptown Theater makes for a spectacular venue for catching a performance or hosting an event.

  1. Elaborately Restored Art-Deco M...
February 15, 2020

Plan a Girls’ Night Out in Napa Valley

Are you thinking about planning a girls’ weekend for you and your friends? Why not arrange a weekend in Napa Valley! Between pampering, drinking fine wine and shopping at boutique stores, there is plenty to enjoy with the girls. And, when you’re in Napa Valley, you also have access to hot air balloon rides, picturesque hiking trails and relaxing pools and hot springs. 

To plan an incredible girls’ getaway, here are some ideas to consider.

Book Yo...

February 11, 2020

Bottlerock 2020 Will Be Here Before You Know It. Start Planning Today!

If a dreary winter, hectic lifestyle, or a not-so-interesting work routine is dampening your spirits, it is time to start charting out all the fun activities you want to do when summer arrives. In fact, you could get an early taste of the season by attending the Bottlerock festival in Napa Valley. This annual extravaganza of food, music, wines and beers will take place from May 22-24, 2020.

Here is what you can do at Bottlerock 2020.

  • Groove to Some Fantastic M...
February 03, 2020

Getting Married in 2020? Explore Napa’s Bridal Offerings

All set to say, ‘I Do’ in 2020, or still rushing around to tick off every ’To Do’ in your wedding preparations checklist? From the clothes, trousseau, hair, make-up, and venue, to the floral arrangements, table settings, food and drinks, seating charts, and rehearsal dinner, you may have heaps of things to plan and finalize. Attending the Napa Wedding Expo 2020 may b...

January 25, 2020

How to Pick the Best Wine for Date Night

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, many couples enjoy dinners out during the month of February. Whether you plan on indulging in a buttery steak or freshly caught seafood, you’ll need a bottle of wine to complete your meal. Not only does a glass of wine enhance the flavors in foods, but also it lightens the mood and makes date nights a bit more fun!

Below you’ll find the best tips for choosing the perfect wine for date night. 

Start with the...

January 20, 2020

Raining in Napa? Let it! You Can Still Make the Most of Your Trip

Is a sudden downpour or an updated forecast of non-stop rain making you feel gloomy about your Napa trip? Don’t worry! There is so much to see, do and experience here, that come rain or sunshine, you can always enjoy some fun activities in Napa Valley. Besides, even a gentle shower tends to instantly magnify Wine Country’s beauty and grandeur. The lush, rolling hills look greener and brighter, giving the entire region that wonderful ‘washed-clean’ feeling.


January 01, 2020

Happy New Year! Come Visit Napa in 2020!

Happy New Year! Now that the annual gift shopping, family gatherings, and holiday parties are behind you, take the time to plan your holidays and weekend getaways for 2020. Pull out that calendar, take note of the 3-day weekends, mark the upcoming school holidays, and make plans for some new and exciting trips in the months ahead. Here’s one trip you should add to your list. Come and visit Napa Valley in 2020.

There is a lot more to do in the Valley, besides winery visits and cu...

December 26, 2019

5 Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Napa Valley

There is something quite magical about spending the winter holidays in Napa Valley. Whether it is the twinkling Christmas lights or the charming window displays, the valley shimmers with its festive ambience and holiday happenings. As for New Year’s Eve, you have plenty of options to explore. From galas and masquerade balls, to holiday parties and special events, there is much to do in wine country.

Here’s a glimpse of the top 5 most exciting places to celebrate New Year&r...

December 23, 2019

Why You Should Go to Napa Valley this Winter

The peak season for Napa Valley’s wine country is between August and October. But if you go in the winter, you’ll enjoy a number of benefits that are hard to find in the busier summer and fall months. For instance, a January trip to wine country offers smaller crowds, better hotel rates and newly released cabernet sauvignons. 

If you’re looking to break up the winter season or fight the winter blues, a trip to Napa Valley may be the pick-me-up you need. Below ar...

December 19, 2019

Winter in the Wineries: Passport 2019-2020

Known for its mud baths, hot springs and wines, Calistoga is home to some of the finest spas and wineries in Napa Valley. If you haven’t visited this town before, winter may be a good time to experience all its facets, comfortably and in style. Whether you are interested in the charming, hillside castle, or quaint, downtown tasting rooms, Calistoga will not disappoint.

The town plays host to an annual “Winter in the Wineries” event that ushers in the Cabernet season,...

December 12, 2019

All Set for the Holiday Season? Try Gift Shopping Napa Valley Style

As the year comes to an end, everything seems to move in fast-forward mode. Even before you put your Thanksgiving table décor away, it will be time to start prepping for the holiday season ahead. To top it all, the thought of gift shopping probably brings on images of crowded malls, parking woes, and traffic laden roads. This holiday season, why not take a break from the hectic routine and explore gift shopping in Napa Valley? In addition to spending time in the beautiful and charming ...

December 09, 2019

5 Things to Look Forward to During Cabarnet Season

Are you planning a visit to Napa Valley during Cabernet Season? You’re in luck, because this is one of the best times to visit the beautiful wine country. The locals know it, and so do regular travelers who often come in the winter to take advantage of reduced rates and smaller crowds. Here are five things to look forward to during Cabernet Season. 

1. Easier Appointments and Reservations 

Fewer people means less pressure on the wineries and restaurants. Althou...

November 30, 2019

Visiting CA soon? Come to Napa. Easy to get to from Northern CA airports: SFO, OAK, SJC, SMC, STS

If your travels bring you to Northern California, book a few extra days to visit Napa. You’ll experience some of the world’s finest wines in one of the most beautiful wine regions (and we’re not just bragging!).

When you’re traveling by air, driving distance to Napa from the local airports is :

  • 34 miles from Sonoma County Airport (STS); about one hour by car
  • 63 miles from Oakland International Airport (OAK); roughly 90 minutes
November 21, 2019

Best Holiday Gifts for the Wine Lover

Do you have a wine lover on your holiday gift list? Before you head to the nearest wine shop to purchase yet another bottle of wine, consider some of the more unique gifts you can give your friend or family member. Your thoughtfulness will show, and you can always pair the gift with a bottle of wine or an invitation to visit a winery in Napa Valley.

Below are some of our top recommendations for holiday gifts for the wine lover in your life. 

Wine-infused Salt...

November 16, 2019

Ready for Family Fun? Try Napa on Ice!

When you visit Napa Valley this winter, be sure to check out Napa’s seasonal outdoor ice rink, now entering its 9th season.

Here’s what you need to know about Napa on Ice:

  • The 6300 square-foot ice rink opens to the public on November 5, 2019, and stays open daily (including holidays) until mid-January.
  • Skate rental is free with admission, which is less than $20 for all ages.
  • The rink is in the open air, letting you skate under t...
November 08, 2019

Get on Board the Wine Train for a Seasonal Holiday in Napa Valley

If you’re looking for ideas to make holiday memories, think about planning a Wine Train adventure in Napa Valley. The Wine Train celebrated its 30th anniversary in September 2019 and continues to deliver luxury rail experiences on a historic rail line dating back to 1864. 

  • Just imagine a Thanksgiving dinner featuring the following:
  • a 4-course meal, accompanied by world-class wines (of course!)
  • scenic views through beautiful vineyards from dow...
November 07, 2019

5 Holiday Events You Don’t Want to Miss in Napa

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are upon us! All across the country, towns and cities have annual tree lightings, parades and festivals to welcome the season. Napa Valley, as you can imagine, is no exception. There are many events held over the next six weeks that you don’t want to miss out on. Weather in Napa in December is mild, usually in the 50s and 60s. However, the nights get cold so be sure to dress appropriately.

Below are five holiday events that you don&rs...

October 29, 2019

Enjoy the Holidays in Napa Valley

The December holidays bring family and friends together. We exchange gifts, create memories, and celebrate the magical wonder of the season. Our spirits are lifted and warmed by sharing good times with those we love.

Napa Valley brings the best parts of the region together with holiday traditions in a series of joyous festivities. Here are some of our favorites:

  • The Calistoga Christmas Faire and Lighted Tractor Parade, December 7th. This all-day event has something...
October 28, 2019

When in Napa: Wine Etiquette Tips to Live By

Are you planning on doing some wine tasting in Napa Valley? Many visitors ask us what they can expect when visiting Napa Valley tasting rooms. After working in the hospitality industry for many years, we have a good understanding of which wineries offer the best wine tasting experiences and how to make the most of each visit. 

Below are a few etiquette tips to follow when visiting Napa wineries. 

Yes, you can dump out wine. 


October 19, 2019

Thanksgiving in Beautiful Napa Valley

Do you marvel at the stunning fall foliage in a spectrum of reds and golds? Does the scent of crushed grapes make your mouth water? Are you looking for a way to create lasting memories with your family? If you answered yes, then Napa Valley is the place to enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday.

You’ll find a range of tasty options among Napa Valley’s restaurants, from refined comfort food with scenic vineyard views to elegant wine country cuisine. Here’s a list o...

October 14, 2019

Where to Go for Happy Hour in Napa Valley

Napa Valley makes a great getaway, especially if it’s within driving distance from your home. With so much to do and see, you’ll never be bored in beautiful wine country. But, if you’re not careful, you can quickly overspend. Between five-star restaurants, premium bottles of wine and elegant wine tours, it’s easy to run through your weekend budget. 

The good news is that there are ways to save, which is especially important for people who visit Napa often....

October 12, 2019

5 Reasons to Plan a Winter Visit to Napa Valley

As the days get shorter (and the nights get cooler), you may think the time for an outdoor vacation is over. But Napa Valley is beautiful any time of year, and there are plenty of reasons why a winter visit is a great decision.

Here are our top 5 reasons to visit Napa Valley in the winter:

  • Fewer crowds translate into a more luxurious experience. As the groups of people thin in the off-season, you’ll enjoy more comfortable (and more affordable) access to all t...
October 05, 2019

Headed to Napa Valley? Check Out First Street Napa

Downtown Napa is home to one of the newest shopping venues in wine country: First Street Napa. The district, which spans 3 city blocks, has a distinctive variety of fashion, food, gifts, and home décor.

Among the dozen retail venues on First Street Napa is home emporium Mecox. Mecox features one-of-a-kind antiques and casually elegant indoor and outdoor furniture. Napa Valley Jewelers, a noteworthy supporter of the downtown community, has a 25-year history o...

September 27, 2019

5 Thrilling Halloween Events in Napa Valley to Explore this Year

Pumpkins, ghosts, and wine do just fine in Napa Valley! Whether you are coming alone or with the entire family, you’ll see how wine country comes to life for Halloween, and you have more than enough thrillers to catch during your stay here.

Some of the unique Halloween events you can catch this season include:

  1. Hometown Halloween Party: This year you can walk the streets of downtown and enjoy the Hometown Halloween Party on Saturday, October 26th. St...
September 24, 2019

How to See Fall Foliage in Wine Country

During the fall season, some parts of the U.S. see the most beautiful fall foliage right outside their doors. While the southern parts of California don’t see much change, Northern California is different. We have some of the most stunning fall foliage you can imagine! In particular, wine country pops with colorful grapevines, towering redwoods and vibrant silver maples. 

If you’ll be traveling to Napa Valley this fall and want to see the color, here’s how to do...

September 19, 2019

Perfect Fall Wine Train Tours for Your Next Wine Country Visit

The sprawling countryside beckons with crisp air,freshly made apple cider, and leaves changing from bright green into vibrant hues of orange, red and yellow. When you visit wine country this fall, you can enjoy these sights and senses everywhere you go.

One of the best ways to enjoy wine country in the fall is with a wine train tour. A popular must-see in Napa Valley, it takes you through the vineyards where you can soak up the beauty of your surroundings from a front row seat.

September 12, 2019

The Grape Harvest Event in Napa – A 2019 Must-Do!

Do you have a bucket list? If seeing the annual grape harvest in wine country is not on the list, add it now!

Harvest Season goes for a few months. After all, not all types of grapes are harvested at the same time. Depending on the type of wine being created, some grapes are harvested early in the season, while others wait until the very end.

If you have a favorite type of wine, come to Napa Valley during its harvest. Here is an overview of when grapes are harvested durin...

September 07, 2019

Where to Get the Best Italian Food in Napa Valley

Do you love Italian food? So does Napa Valley! There is definitely no shortage of Italian restaurants in wine country. Choosing the best restaurant can be a challenge, especially if you’re only staying for a couple of days. To help you out, we’ve listed some of the best places to get authentic Italian cuisine in Napa Valley. We’re confident that no matter which restaurant you choose, you’ll be satisfied. 

September 05, 2019

Celebrate Napa Valley’s Harvest Season 2019

When fall rolls around, the kids go back to school and the wineries kick into full gear for harvest season. This is an ideal time to visit Napa. Not only will you get to watch the grape harvesting process, but you can also enjoy some of the most exciting events in wine country.

Here are a few of the events to check out this September:

  • Crocker & Starr’s Carnivus Maximus: This annual event is when Crocker & Starr will release their 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon al...
August 28, 2019

Visiting Napa’s Sub-Appellations? What You Need to Know

Wine enthusiasts know that the taste of the grape reflects the climate and weather of the area where vines grow. When temperatures are too cool, grapes are tart. If temperatures rise, grapes can overripen or dry out. Too much rain can dilute the flavor and change the sugar/acid balance of the fruit. Too little moisture reduces the yield of grapes, which means less wine!

Fortunately, the U.S. is home to Napa Valley and its sub-appellations, where conditions for winemaking are opti...

August 22, 2019

It’s Not Too Late to Squeeze in a Late Summer Vacay to Napa

If you want to squeeze in a last minute vacay before the fall routine kicks in, Napa Valley is the perfect destination. Bring the kids, enjoy a romantic weekend with your significant other or make it a girls’ trip. When you see what August and September brings to America’s wine region, you’ll see why people pick Napa for late summer vacations. 

Why End-of-Summer is a ...

August 20, 2019

Attending the Safeway Open Event? Check out this news!

Golf, music, food, and wine headline September 23rd through the 29th Safeway Open event.

Let’s start with details about the Safeway Open:

The Safeway Open Pro-Am Golf Tournament begins Wednesday at 7:20 a.m. Click here for a list of Pro-Am pairings.

Gates for the main event open Thursday at 6:30 a.m., with first-round tee times at 7:20.  Look for:

  • Phil Mickelson
  • Bran...
August 13, 2019

Labor Day: Treat Yourself to the Delights of Napa Valley

Lazy days make us think most of the summer is ahead of us, but we’re about halfway through the season! It’s not too early to begin planning an end-of-summer Labor Day getaway to Napa Valley.  Warm days, cool nights, and a bounty of relaxing activities create a perfect respite as you gear up for fall.

Here are a few of our favorite events happening on the Labor Day weekend, which starts Saturday, August 31st and continues through Monday, September 2nd.

August 08, 2019

Where to Go for Craft Beer in Wine Country

Historically, people come to Napa Valley for the wine. With the Mediterranean climate and favorable geography, it’s easy to grow high quality wine grapes in this region. But, as the craft beer market is exploding, a growing number of craft breweries and taprooms are popping up in wine country. You aren’t really surprised, are you? 

The next time you’re in Napa, be sure to stop by one of these local breweries and sample their selections of IPAs, wheats, ambe...

August 06, 2019

Celebrate Wine at the Sixth Annual Calistoga Harvest Table

August through October is the harvest season in Napa Valley. Winemakers rush to pick grapes at peak ripeness and start the fruit’s transformation into flavorful wines. On September 8th, 2019, the Calistoga AVA will host its sixth annual harvest celebration.

The celebration features food and drinks from nine local restaurants and more than 40 wineries. With 1,000 feet of tables set in the center of Calistoga’s downtown, the joyous event expresses gratitude for a bountiful h...

July 26, 2019

Best Places to Get Ice Cream in Napa Valley

Summer would not be summer without heaps of ice cream! Whether you have a sweet tooth or you’re all about healthy eating, ice cream can hardly be off your list, especially on a warm, sunny Napa Valley getaway. In fact, some of wine country’s exclusive, artisanal ice-creams draw such huge crowds, that you may actually need an ice cream strategy in Napa Valley!

Here is our pick of the not-to-be-missed Napa ice cream places.

  • Three Twins Ice Cream: Located at th...
July 14, 2010

Grano . . .Not just another Italian restaurant!

The life of a Napa Bed and Breakfast innkeeper is tough. All these new restaurants-- and we can only eat a few meals a day! (wink)

Seriously, folks who stay at a Napa hotel or B&B love to stroll into town for dinner each evening. There's something really special about enjoying the warm sunshine all day, then feeling the soft, cool breezes blow in at night. Deliciously cool. :)

Years ago, we had a favorite Italian restaurant called Belle Arti. It was owned by Santo ...