In the face of the raging wildfires, several parts of California continue to face planned power outages to prevent potentially devastating electrical fires. While the ideal solution may be to bury power lines underground instead of suspending them in the air, that may not be the most practical or cost-effective option. As a result, the area’s main power company, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has no choice but to shut off the power from time to time. In the meantime, the otherwise tourist-friendly economies of Napa Valley continue to bear the brunt of the wildfires, even though most counties are dozens of miles away from the actual chaos.
Are you planning a Napa visit with friends, family, or a special someone? Concerned about the California wildfires playing spoilsport with your trip? Read on to get a true picture of the situation in wine country.
- Ever-Flourishing Businesses:Although the deadly wildfires have previously touched some parts of Napa Valley, most restaurants, cafés, hotels, wineries and other businesses survived unscathed, and continue to flourish. The impacted ones quickly rebuilt and reopened their doors. In the last couple of years, Napa County alone has welcomed over 3.8 million wine, culture and art enthusiasts from all over the world, and this number continues to grow.
- Distances Matter: The most recent wildfire that started in October 2019 was near Geyserville, which is in Sonoma County, a fairly healthy distance away from Napa. There are no active wildfires in Napa County.
- Power Outages May be the New Normal: PG&E is using planned power outages as a surgical measure to prevent the spread of wildfires. Realistically speaking, this need not come in the way of enjoying great wine! In fact, what better way to enhance your wine tours than to experience the rich, candle-lit ambience of top-notch tasting rooms and wineries in Napa?
- Real-time Updates Available: Most Napa businesses post real-time updates through their websites or social media platforms, informing visitors about any current or likely impact due to the wildfires. If you are uncertain about the situation at any location, look for online updates posted by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. You can also contact the guest services team of the places you plan to visit.
Ignore the rumors and hearsay, and plan your Napa trip based on facts. Book your stay at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites to stay in the heart of downtown Napa, minutes away from the city’s shopping, dining and entertainment. You will also be within walking distance from the vibrant Napa River waterfront.
Rely on official sources for accurate updates on the California wildfires. To book an exciting and fun-filled Napa getaway, call 707-226-1871 or complete your reservation online.