A reminder that there are no physical tickets to this event. You will register upon arrival.
This event is completely Sold Out and no tickets will be sold at door.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
These are our favorite airports (in order of our preference) to get to the Napa Valley:
Santa Rosa/Sonoma County (STS)
San Francisco (SFO)
Most people rent cars at airport and drive. There are a lot of things to see in the Valley and you’ll most likely want your own wheels. SFO is a huge city airport and not a great airport to rent a car - another plug for flying into Sacramento.
WHERE DO I STAY?
Our event is at a private estate in St Helena - the “quintessential” wine country town that has shops, galleries, restaurants, etc. It also has several B&B’s, Hotels & Inns and is home to the world renowned Culinary Institute of America (CIA). It’s set in a 19th century monastery and is definitely worth checking out.
The main towns in Napa Valley (from North to South) are:
Visit Napa Valley explains all the towns very well. Just click on a town on the map to learn more about it.
If it’s your first time to Napa Valley, the Town of Napa, the largest and most developed town in the Valley, is a good home base. Our wine partner Smith Devereux recently opened a super cool rock & roll themed tasting room adjacent to the very cool Andaz Hotel called Jam Cellars. They serve our Pinot Noirs: Weather and Weather Reserve. We might have some type of “gathering” there sometime during the weekend.
The Town of Napa is home to 2 very nice, new, higher-end, full service hotels: The Hyatt Andaz and Westin Verasa. Several of us have stayed at both and they are very nice and walking distance to everything. The Verasa vibe is “Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired contemporary lodge." With 180 rooms It's big, open, light and bright.
The Andaz is smack dab in the middle of the Town of Napa. It's also big with 140 rooms and is pretty slick and cool. Cool lobby, restaurant and free tastings in the evenings.
We toured the White House Hotel and it’s a very cool, chic take on contemporary Victorian.
Another Napa area hotel we found that looks nice on the cheaper side is the Ivy Hotel and 4 miles north of the Town of Napa.
Another nice, reasonably priced option in Calistoga (which is north of Napa) is the Mount View Hotel.
It’s a VERY POPULAR WEEKEND so book your hotel ASAP. Hint: We’ve found a lot of luck lately with www.Trivago.com.
Trip Advisor's Top 25 Hotels in the Town of Napa HERE
Trip Advisor's Top 6 Hotels in Yountville HERE
Trip Advisors top 15 Hotel in Calistoga HERE
Whenever possible when I travel, I like to "live like a local" - and have found great success renting houses on sites like www.homeaway.com, www.vrbo.com and www.airbnb.com.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
In late September, the average temp is 60 with an average high of 75. Our dinner and concert will take place outside. You'll be happiest with as much as you want to bring. Hats, coats, gloves are all highly recommended. Once that sun goes out, it can get COLD. There will be some heaters but you’ll happier with more layers - we promise!
WHERE DO I EAT?
Gott's Roadside has really good upscale, burgers, fish tacos and salads. It's new spin on the roadside burger joint and it's awesome.
For grabbing provisions, breakfast, coffee or a picnic lunch to take to a winery, there is Oakville Grocery in Oakville (near Rutherford) and Dean & Deluca in St Helena.
Yountville is the Culinary Capital of the Napa Valley and is home to world famous French Laundry and Bouchon. More info on Yountville restaurants HERE
In St Helena, Goose & Gander comes highly recommended. (from their site) "Goose & Gander is a wine country public house - a gathering place for locals and visitors to celebrate Napa Valley's abundant bounty (or embarrassment of riches). Chef Kelly McCown creates amazing rustic American food and mouthwatering bar bites served in our pub-like dining room, cherished basement bar or lush patio."
WHAT DO I DO?
Where do we begin??!!
Wow - there is so much to do and see in Napa Valley it's hard to narrow it down.
If you like the idea of eating great food and drinking fine wines in a slow-moving, completely refurbished, luxury rail car from the early 1900's - all while leisurely winding your way through wine country - The Wine Train is for you. For die hard locals and wine buffs, it may be on the touristy side but I LOVE it. I grew up taking trains in and out of New York City and all over Europe and especially loved the dining cars and sleeper cars. I always dreamed of traveling in a train like this - rich mahogany, velvet and fine food on shiny white plates and crisp white linens. I imagine it's what the Orient Express was like. It's just an awesome nod to a bygone era. If you're coming from East Coast or Central Time, I would recommend the early dinner seating and then you can have your dessert and wine while the sun is going down. You can even do it for lunch. It's 3 hrs roundtrip.
There are over FOUR HUNDRED wineries in the Napa Valley so you could spend a lifetime coming back and trying new ones. Your best bet is to take some of this advice, do some online research and talk to the concierge of your hotel.
There are also great private car/concierge services that will design the perfect Winery tour for you.
One of our faves is Squire Livery and Kent can be reached at email@example.com or 707-332-5563.
Our good friend, Ian White, is the Wine Country Director at San Francisco Magazine. He has written TONS of articles on wineries in Napa. Here are a couple to get you started from him and his associates:
want more? go here and just cruise through all the different features:
WARNING: Napa Valley (especially touring wineries with people you love) is VERY romantic and “intoxicating." It's really easy to get wrapped up in each tasting and drink a lot of wine without realizing it. We strongly recommend that you taste what you like but don't swallow everything. Otherwise, you'll be toast. Best to sip and spit here and there and then enjoy a glass or share a bottle for lunch then go home and take a nap. Both times we've done wine country events, people have overdone it and missed our show. We warned you! ;-)
As mentioned before, St Helena is a great walking town with cool shops, restaurants, galleries, coffee shops, etc.
Yountville is also full of great restaurants and just a couple shops and galleries.
Calistoga is pretty cool, too, with a full main street with shops, galleries and restaurants.
I have not been to one in Napa Valley but Trip Advisor is a great place to start.
If you've not seen it, you should go rent the movie "Bottle Shock." As a movie it's pretty good (minus the cheese ball love triangle) - but it will get you so fired up about coming to Napa! It's got some real stars - Chris Pine, Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman and it's based on the true story of how California Wine got put on the map. The scenery is gorgeous and that's what you'll get to see when you come out! Uncork a bottle of Napa Valley wine and enjoy!