So, if you want to see a winery in action, come in Fall. November is also nice because the weather is still good but the crowds and rates have dropped. The second best time is Spring when the mustard plants are all in bloom. You’ll enjoy eye-popping color, despite the fact that the vines are barren of grapes.
Where To Stay?
Perhaps the number one question should be - are we staying? A day trip to Napa while staying San Francisco or anywhere else in the area is also possible. That’s where A&W comes in. However, should you decide to stay overnight, we have four primary spots in mind. Check these out and ignore others that claim proximity to Napa - trust us, American Canyon is nowhere hear it!
Cool and trendy old town, lots of terrific restaurants and usually the least expensive place to stay. Traveler's favorites? River Terrace Inn, Embassy Suites, and believe it or not, the Best Western Elm House Inn. For Bed and Breakfast lovers, Napa Inn passes the test with flying colors. River Terrace Inn is a very respectable and even more affordable option. It's not quite as nice as Vintage Inn, but the outdoor patio is wonderful for starting your day, especially since they have complimentary breakfast (and coffee).
A quaint town located within walking distance to some of the very best restaurants in town, including famous French Laundry, Bouchon, Bistro Jeanty, Hurley's, Redds, the list goes on. Best places? Villagio is #1, Vintage Inn is #2, Yountville Inn is #3. You might also like the Napa Lodge, but it's a step down in class. It is, however, located right in a vineyard.
If you were looking for hotels that are destinations in themselves, this is it. Big bucks, but worth it. Resorts are Auberge du Soleil and Meadowood. For a bit less cash, Harvest Inn is a top pick, and for something really different, go boutique at Rancho Caymus.
Calistoga: At the north tip of Napa Valley is a town made famous for their mud baths. Dr. Wilkerson is the motel that started it all, but there are other higher end options now, such as the majestic but pricey Calistoga Ranch.