Visiting Napa Valley

Located just an hour from San Francisco, this northern California oasis crawls with happy oenophiles hopping from one winery to the next, especially during harvest season. A meal aboard the vintage Napa Valley Wine Train is a must, but there’s more to the area than vineyards and tastings. See the valley’s quieter side from a hot-air balloon, an open-air spa, or the porch of a cozy B&B.... Read More Located just an hour from San Francisco, this northern California oasis crawls with happy oenophiles hopping from one winery to the next, especially during harvest season. A meal aboard the vintage Napa Valley Wine Train is a must, but there’s more to the area than vineyards and tastings. See the valley’s quieter side from a hot-air balloon, an open-air spa, or the porch of a cozy B&B.    Close

Stories and Tips Napa Valley

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Driving Napa Valley - CA29

Written by MilwVon on 22 Aug, 2007

Napa Valley and its neighbor Sonoma Valley are known for their vineyards and wineries. We spent a Sunday afternoon touring by auto. Because we wanted to make sure that we got to do the actual tour at Sterling Vineyards (see separate review), we headed out…Read More


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Mumm Napa Valley

Written by Sierra on 02 Feb, 2007

Mumm has, for nearly 200 years, been one of the premiere vintners of Champagne in France; their wines celebrate victories, launch ships, and add elegance to any special occasion. Just as you could not call a Californian wine a "Burgundy", it is improper to call…Read More


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Long Meadow Ranch : Wine, Olives, and Beef

Written by Sierra on 30 Jan, 2007

All vineyards in Napa are, of course, working farms; but you don't usually see that. You usually see an artfully crafted tasting room, and on those properties that allow tours, you'll follow a short path that stays pretty close to the tasting room.Long Meadow Ranch…Read More


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Some more photos

Written by Constance on 27 Jun, 2000

We had a few rolls of film after our week in wine country, so we attached a couple of extra shots for your viewing pleasure.…Read More


Where to Stay

Written by Constance on 24 Jun, 2000

The majority of accomodations in Napa are B&B's and Inns. They are locally owned and individual phone numbers can be hard to find. There is a wondeful B&B association that you can call for help. The phone links to a local B&B…Read More


Lunch and Wine ... and More Wine

Written by Truly Malin on 08 Feb, 2001

We itinerant consultants never know where our next client will be located - so I was delighted to hear that I was leaving the Northeast winter cold and spending my next assignment in California's Silicon Valley. Suddenly all my friends I never see back East…Read More


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Exploring Napa Valley

Written by m2fernandes on 21 Jul, 2005

As I said earlier, start at the end of Napa Valley and work your way backwards. If you plan on visiting a lot of vineyards during the day, you'll thank me for this. On your way to "the end" stop at Dean & Deluca for…Read More


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The Best of Napa Valley

Written by MsMaryMack on 26 Oct, 2003

Best Treatment of Designated Driver: Niebaum-Coppola was the only winery (of 12) which had anything other than water for the designated drivers to drink. They offered me a free soda. I was very grateful, as I was sick of drinking water all…Read More


Harbin Hot Springs

Written by panda2 on 04 Apr, 2005

Harbin Hot Springs, Harbin Springs Rd., Middletown, CA, (707) 987-2477 or (800) 622-2477; best time to call is between 9:30am and 4:30pm PT. This is north of Calistoga and south of Clear Lake. It was a great first-time experience, especially if you've been under great stress,…Read More


In Search of "The Big Cab"

Written by Truly Malin on 09 Feb, 2001

After our massages we showered in the spa's luxurious locker room and went back to our cottage to change for dinner. We had a lovely dinner at Terra Restaurant on St. Helena's Railroad Avenue. Located 'across the tracks' from the railroad that gives the street…Read More


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