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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 man...
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 San Pablo B...
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 li...
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 cocktails in Napa Valley.  Cole’s Chop House  Cole’s Chop House has over 170 whiskeys and ...
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, y...
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 chart-topping excitement that keeps ever...
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 Napa Valley Welcome Center. Here’s why you should drop in. Reinfo...
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, held annually in March, boasts exquisit...
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 be a great way to enhance your wedding planning journey. This year the expo will be held on Sunda...
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 it a long w...
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 Your Stay at Napa Valley Ho...
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 original artwork ...
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. Despite any in...
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 are a few ex...
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. One of th...
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. Here are some o...
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. Summer Sunset at R...
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 downtown Napa...
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, ambers, porter...
February 08, 2013

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 on the award-winning play an...
July 04, 2013

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 season. One of the dilem...
July 11, 2013

Napa Valley Fall Events

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 maturing in the barrel, and th...