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

"She Wrapped me Up Like a Burrito!"

Written by Truly Malin on 08 Feb, 2001

We checked into the Meadowood Resort and Spa. Meadowood was originally a private club for local wine afficionados. The resort's main buildings, cottages, and lodges are tucked away in wooded corners of the sloping California landscape. Immaculately landscaped tennis and golf facilities blend…Read More


And more wine!

Written by Truly Malin on 08 Feb, 2001

The next few stops were more rewarding. First, a drive up a winding hilly road to Chateau Potelle, a smaller and less-well known vineyard in a lovely secluded setting. Chateau Potelle offered us four tastings for $5 (that's more like it!) and tipped us off…Read More


Spa treatments in Calistoga

Written by s2artr on 07 Jul, 2005

Calistoga is famous for its hot springs and mineral water and has many day spas with a variety of treatments. A unique experience is a Calistoga Mud Bath treatment. The treatment consists of a 10-minute stay in a tub of warm mud, which consists of…Read More


Ballooning over Napa

Written by BeAdventureous! on 26 Jun, 2001

While it is still dark, you go into the vineyards and see the fire lifting the balloons into the skies. As you float above the grapes below, you see the sunstreaked sky breaking the dawn. It is a special still moment of awe. Amazing how…Read More


Wine-tasting our way through Napa

Written by BeAdventureous! on 23 Jun, 2001

Half the experience in seeing the wine country is tasting the wine and dining, the other half is enjoying the spectacular scenery. From rolling hills lined with vineyards, lush gardens, lovely fountains and ponds fringed with drop-dead gorgeous trees, each winery you encounter has its…Read More


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Grab the Picnic Basket!

Written by Barb B on 12 Sep, 2000

I live in Napa Valley and I am aware that not everyone who comes to the Napa Valley plans to spend a fortune, taste only expensive wines and dine at world class restaurants (at world class prices)! Whatever else you do in Napa, by…Read More


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PICTURES- Autumn comes to Napa

Written by Barb B on 21 Oct, 2000

Already October, here to remind me that another wine harvest has ended. Today as I take my morning walk, I see the suddenly changing colors of the valley. Vineyards still green, but shades of yellow, orange and red creeping onto the vines…Read More


Madonna Winery

Written by MJB1103 on 25 Nov, 2006

Billed as having the best souviner glass - by Riverpointe, I would say that is really all Madonna Winery and Vineyard has to offer. We were travelling with true wine people. Our friend Jonathan (and wife) has grown up with wine and has a collection…Read More


Duckhorn Winery

Written by MJB1103 on 20 Nov, 2006

Duckhorn sits on a beautiful piece of property and has lovely gardens, fountains and sitting areas. The house is great with its huge porch and furniture to lounge on but apparently this is to make up for what the wine lacks. I didn't taste at…Read More


Wine, Wine Everywhere...

Written by MJB1103 on 20 Nov, 2006

How do you know where to visit, what's good and what's bad? Who can even tell with all of those vineyards? If you have friends who know wine, ask them. If you stay at RiverPointe they have a breakfast upon arrival that gives you an…Read More


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