Wine Country in Spring | Napa Valley, California

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Spring is an excellent time for a trip to wine country! The first small clusters of grapes start to form, and the lavender fields and brightly colored mustard plants are in bloom. Napa Valley also has numerous exciting events to check out in springtime. Culinary extravaganza Flavor! Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Marathon, and the Yountville Live music festival are all held in March.

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Auberge du Soleil

Pamper yourself at Auberge du Soleil, one of Napa’s most luxurious resorts. Auberge du Soleil’s amenities are anything but ordinary, including free use of Mercedes-Benz cars, an outdoor sculpture garden and olive grove, and rooms with private fireplaces, outdoor terraces overlooking the rolling hills of wine country, and free minibars. Create your own Napa Valley experience with their Celebration of Napa package, which includes sparkling wine when you arrive, breakfast for two each morning, and a four-course dinner for two. Top it all off with your choice of a hot air balloon ride, a six-hour private winery tour, or a massage for two.

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Oxbow Public Market

Get a taste of Napa at Oxbow Public Market, a 40,000 square foot marketplace that houses local restaurants, vendors, and shops. It features an outdoor deck that overlooks the Napa River and makes a great place to enjoy a glass of wine and a mid-afternoon snack. You’ll want to check out Whole Spice, where you can taste and purchase spices and spice blends from all over the world, as well as Napa Bookmine, an independent bookstore selling fun gifts and books of all genres.

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Gott’s Roadside

Need to stop and refuel in between wine tastings? Gott’s Roadside, located in Oxbow Public Market, uses local ingredients to craft specialty burgers, tacos, and salads. Order their Ahi Poke Crispy Tacos, stuffed with Ahi tuna, avocado, green cabbage, cilantro, green onions, sesame seeds, and spicy mayo, and an order of garlic fries. Gott’s Roadside also offers local wines and craft beers.

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Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train is a gourmet restaurant aboard a functioning antique train. Most of the train’s cars were built in 1915, and have been restored to maintain their early 1900s style. The Wine Train journey is 36 miles round trip, about a 3 hour ride through the valley. Explore each train car’s unique style and enjoy a glass of wine while you watch the countryside drift by, then indulge in a gourmet meal on board. You can also book the train’s Winery Tour packages to stop for tours and tastings at select Napa wineries.

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Artesa Napa Valley

Artesa’s 350 acres offer sweeping views of wine country. The winery, which is most known for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, is built into the estate’s highest hill and features impressive avant-garde architecture. Artesa has a variety of tasting experiences, including seated tastings and design-your-own wine flights, as well as tours of the winery. Artesa also hosts food and wine pairing events featuring Tapas, cheese, and chocolate. Sign up for the Pintxos and Wine Tasting, which pairs five wines with Pintxos, skewered small plates that are the Basque version of Tapas.

Find Romance and Relaxation in Calistoga | Calistoga, California

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It’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of everyday life. When life starts to get you down, it’s time to consider a relaxing getaway. What better place to get away from it all than Calistoga, California?

Located in Napa Valley, Calistoga offers visitors a quiet, relaxing environment perfect for a romantic getaway. Sandwiched between Lake Berryessa and Bodega Bay in the heart of wine country, Calistoga offers sweeping views and a tranquil atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.

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Solage Calistoga
With a handful of great hotels to choose from in Calistoga, it’s easy to find the perfect one for your getaway. Solage Calistoga tops the list of premier luxury resorts in the area. Everything about this Calistoga resort creates the peaceful environment you crave after a long week in the office.

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Solage Calistoga’s rooms are decorated in a modern style with tasteful reminders that you are surrounded by wine country. Choose between a studio or suite, both of which offer large, private indoor spaces that give you ample room to spread out and feel right at home. Studio rooms feature a semi-private outdoor patio, while suites include a private patio and hot tub for two.

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In addition to beautiful living spaces, the Solage Calistoga has the amenities you have come to expect from only the finest luxury resort in Calistoga. There is a state-of-the-art fitness center, two regulation size bocce ball courts, a pristine resort-style pool, and a spa offering a serene setting for the ultimate experience in relaxation. The resort offers guests two complimentary bikes per room for an easy, environmentally friendly way to get around.

If this sounds like the getaway for you, take advantage of Solage Calistoga’s Summer at Solage special. This package includes a resort credit, breakfast, beers and snacks served poolside during the day, and s’mores delivered to your room in the evening.

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Wine Tasting at Sterling Vineyards
Voted the 2016 winner of the Best Napa Valley Experience in the Napa Valley Life Reader’s Poll, Sterling Vineyards is just outside of Calistoga. Visitors can take a gondola ride to the winery, which has panoramic views of Mount Saint Helena and the entire Napa Valley. Once you arrive at the top, enjoy a glass of wine while you admire the scenery. You’ll also be able to visit art galleries and see how Sterling makes their wine.

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Calistoga Farmer’s Market
The Calistoga Farmer’s Market is the place to be on a Saturday morning. With delicious breakfasts, beautiful flowers, and a sampling of the finest local fruits and vegetables, the Calistoga Farmer’s Market has something for everybody. This quaint market is open Saturday mornings year-round and is a definite must-see.

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Oat Hill Mine Trail
When you feel the need for adventure, explore the Oat Hill Mine Trail. This trail is easy to access and offers amazing views. The eight-mile route was established in the late 1800s as a stage coach road. Hikers and bikers can enjoy the gorgeous vegetation and volcanic formations nearby.

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The Finest Cuisine
Calistoga offers many one-of-a-kind restaurants for visitors to enjoy, but none compare in taste or presentation to Solbar. This sophisticated restaurant offers an amazing wine list and delicious food made with seasonal ingredients from local farms. The menu offers light and healthy options as well as more hearty meals. We like the lemon-steamed Alaskan halibut, served with spring onion minestrone, fava beans, stinging nettle pesto, baby leeks, and piquillo pepper. Solbar also makes delicious craft cocktails – try the “Smoke on the Water,” made with Espolon Reposado tequila, lime, agave, smoked paprika, and sage.

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Relaxation in Napa | Napa Valley, California

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Whether you’re in town for the 3rd Annual Napa Valley Film Festival or just looking for a romantic escape in wine country, these hotels will make your time in Napa comfortable and memorable.

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Silverado Resort and Spa

Add luxury and glamour to your time in Napa at Silverado Resort and Spa. The resort is close to Napa’s best wine tasting and offers plenty of other activities to do as well. Book a treatment at their full-service spa, play a round of golf at one or both of the PGA Championship courses, or enjoy a nice meal in the resort’s many restaurants. Check out their current packages.

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Andaz Napa 

You won’t find a more stylish hotel than Andaz Napa. Nestled in the West End of downtown Napa, this luxury hotel is close to the Napa Valley Opera House, Uptown Theater, and great local eateries. The Andaz Napa has some great restaurants of its own, including the Mercantile Social, which serves hand-crafted cocktails, local wines, and live music. Sip some wine on the outdoor terrace, complete with a bar, menu service, and fire pits. View the current packages and book one for your Napa escape.

Wine Tasting Through Napa | Napa Valley, California

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The 3rd annual Napa Valley Film Festival returns November 13 – 17, 2013 to the picturesque communities of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. This festival celebrates film, food and wine during Napa’s most colorful season. Napa Valley, home to almost 300 premier wine makers, is often likened to Italy’s Tuscany region. Visitors can traverse the rolling hills of vineyards to tour wineries and taste the wines being created. Check out these luxury hotels and great packages for your time in Napa.

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Napa Valley Lodge

The Napa Valley Lodge, beautifully styled after a Tuscan villa, is close to Napa’s best restaurants and wine tasting. The V.I.P. Winery Tour package gives you everything you need to enjoy yourself, including an overnight stay, complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival, an in-room continental breakfast with champagne, and a five hour winery tour with your own private chauffeur.
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The Meritage Resort and Spa

With a spa, tasting room, multiple restaurants and bars, and even their own vineyard, The Meritage Resort and Spa is the perfect Napa hotel. With the Tastecation Package, you’ll get deluxe accommodations, sparkling wine when you arrive, dining credits, a tasting at the resort’s own Trinitas Cellars, and bowling for two at Crush Ultra Lounge, the resort’s sports bar and bowling alley.