Much of the country has seen a cold and snowy winter, so it’s no surprise that so many people are already planning a spring getaway to brighten their moods. Whether you choose to take a trip to Napa Valley at the end of February or the start of April, the beginning of spring is an excellent time to make the journey. Here are some great tips for planning your next trip to Wine Country.
Book Your Room Early
Take the time to review the various hotels in the area so that you can get the biggest bang for your buck. For instance, hotels like Napa Valley Hotel and Suites has special packages for the spring/summer and fall/winter months, as well as mid-week specials. The hotel also offers packages that are built around certain events, such as golf, the Wine Train or traveling. This allows you to get a package that is tailored to your needs.
Research the Wineries
There are more than 45,000 acres of vineyards in Napa Valley, so there is no shortage of wineries. But, it helps to have direction as to which wineries you intend to visit. Many visitors choose to drive up Hwy 29 since the majority of large wineries are located off this road. It takes just under an hour to drive during the busy season; although sources will claim it takes about 30 minutes, but that’s with no traffic.
Also check with the wineries’ rules about tastings and tours. Some offer them for free with no reservation, while others may have fees and tour hours. The wineries that do this either have to follow local permit laws or want to offer a more intimate experience for visitors. In general, though, many wineries are open from 10 am to 4:30 pm, so plan your tours around these times.
Plan for Transportation
Hwy 29 runs the length of Napa Valley, and most major wineries, shops and restaurants are located off this road. While this is helpful in not getting lost, it also makes for a lot of traffic. There are other main crossroads, but many are not marked, so be sure to have a map or smartphone app handy. You can also travel the Silverado Trail, which runs parallel and to the east of Hwy 29. Of course, you can also take a bike ride through the valleys, especially if you’re looking for a breathtaking experience.