WHERE IS THE EVENT?
Our Saturday, Oct 4 event takes place at:

Peju Province Winery
8466 St Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA 94573

(There are no physical tickets to the event. You will register upon arrival.This event is completely Sold Out and no tickets will be sold at door. To get on our Waiting List, please click HERE)

HOW DO I GET THERE?
These are our favorite airports (in order of preference) to get to the Napa Valley:

Sacramento (SMF)
Oakland (OAK)
Santa Rosa/Sonoma County (STS)
San Francisco (SFO)

WHERE DO I STAY?
Peju Province Winery (our 10/4 evening venue) is in Rutherford - exactly halfway between Calistoga to the North and the Town of Napa to the South. St Helena is kind of the "quintessential" wine country town that has shops, galleries, restaurants, etc. It also has several B&B's and Inns and is home to the world renowned Culinary Institute of America (CIA) that is definitely worth seeing.

The main towns in Napa Valley (from South to North) are:

American Canyon
Napa
Yountville
Rutherford
St Helena
Calistoga

THIS SITE is super helpful to describe all the towns: http://www.visitnapavalley.com/napa_valley_towns.htm

If it's your first time to Napa Valley, the Town of Napa, the largest town in the Valley, is a good home base. We'll probably have some type of "gathering" there on Friday evening, Oct 3 also.

The Town of Napa is home to 2 very nice, new, higher-end, full service hotels: The Hyatt Andaz and Westin Verasa. We have a 15% off rate at the Verasa. Several of us have stayed here and it's very nice and walking distance to everything. The vibe is "Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired contemporary lodge." With 180 rooms It's big, open, light and bright. The rate link is here:
http://www.westinnapa.com/wine-club-member-local-rate

The Andaz (currently showing CLOSED due to quake until at least Sept 15 so make sure to call before you book) 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. On a very limited number of rooms they are offering almost 20% off their Large Loft Rooms.

For this offer, guests will need to book directly with their Director of Sales, Aaron Feeney.
707-687-1234 x105
aaron.feeney@andaz.com
andaznapa.com

Another Napa area hotel we found that looks nice is the Ivy Hotel and as of 9/2/14 they are showing availability for 10/1-10/5/14. It is 10 miles from Peju and 4 miles north of the Town of Napa.

It's a VERY POPULAR WEEKEND so book your hotel ASAP.

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 October, the average temp is 60 with an average high of 75. Our dinner and concert will take place outside. Our last 2 wine country events were in June and people were still wearing hats and coats at night. 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 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.

WINE TASTINGS/TOURING:

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 kent@squirelivery.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:

http://www.7x7.com/wine-country/napa-s-7-finest-secret-wineries-beaten-path

http://www.7x7.com/wine-country/50-things-do-wine-country-you-die

http://www.7x7.com/wine-country/10-romantic-wineries-weekend-wine-country#/0

want more? go here and just cruise through all the different features:
http://www.7x7.com/wine-country

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, shops and galleries.

I've heard Calistoga is pretty cool too, it's just far up there and I've not yet been.

SPAS:
I have not been to one in Napa Valley so here's a great place to start:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g580460-Activities-c40-Napa_Valley_California.html

WHAT ELSE?
If you've not seen it, you should go rent the movie "BottleShock." 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!

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