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WC Guest Services
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posted 04-29-2014 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WC Guest Services   Click Here to Email WC Guest Services     Edit/Delete Message

I personally toured the River Terrace Inn, a Boutique hotel on the Napa River. It has a modern decor and is a 3 story building with an elevator. Some rooms have a view of the river and the others have a view of the “village” which is directed at downtown Napa and Oxbow. One can walk to Oxbow or you can borrow one of their 6 complimentary bikes. Free valet and parking and no resort fee. There is a bar in the lobby and a cozy room with a fireplace and a large screen tv to hang out in or have your Grab-n-go breakfast. 3 meals a day are offered at their private restaurant, Cuvee, which is located in a separate building, but the cost of meals is not included. Cuvee has two fireplaces inside and a huge fire pit and occasional live music, as well as a great happy hour. There is a heated pool, no hot tub, a fitness room, ATM, lots of outdoor seating along the river and a jogging path. Rooms have coffee makers, mini fridges, robes, mini bar and bottles of wine for sale. Double Queen bed rooms or King beds, of which some are a deluxe with whirlpool tubs.

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TaraP
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posted 04-29-2014 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TaraP   Click Here to Email TaraP     Edit/Delete Message
Any opinions on Napa River Terrace Inn?

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-29-2014 08:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Just got word of an unfamiliar winery that may pique interest over here.
Do y'all know of AZUR? Julien Far????( sorry, can't recall the spelling) is an apparently highly regarded winemaker with quite a pedigree, and his Proprietary Red is making waves here with our wine shop owners.

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TaraP
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posted 04-28-2014 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TaraP   Click Here to Email TaraP     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you for the recommendations. I will definitely look into those.

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-26-2014 01:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Tara and welcome to the "community".
Even though I am primarily a Sonoma board user, I can offer some thoughts which may help to relieve some of your planning anxiety.
First- are you planning with a map at hand? If not, change that. For first time visitors it is very hard to comprehend the relationships between the towns, vineyard locations and lodging available in Napa Valley. Knowing where everything is will help you avoid the mistake of backtracking all over the valley. If you have a good map, you can make good choices.
Hawkeye and Damombo have each recommended good ones in past posts, and I like the one at winecountrygetaways.com and the ones at winecountrythisweek.com.
Though several wine country travel sites offer some sort of itinerary suggestions, take a look at winecountrygetaways.com to see theirs. They group potential visits in a sensible way and offer reviews of not only the tasting rooms but the wines tasted as well.
Regarding tours, keep in mind that the group tours such as Platypus usually operate on a "majority rules" system so even if wineries of interest are available on the tour, they may not be chosen by the majority.
Depending on timing, if Cakebread and Opus are favorites, perhaps one of these would be the best place to take a winery tour if its available at a time which works with your schedule. That would leave a bit more time for your full day of visits as tours usually run about an hour and a tasting room visit lasts only as long as you choose, or the tour group chooses.

[This message has been edited by yesilovewine (edited 04-26-2014).]

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WC Guest Services
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posted 04-25-2014 10:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WC Guest Services   Click Here to Email WC Guest Services     Edit/Delete Message
Hi TaraP. Flex Wine Tours will plan your itinerary for you and make the appointments for you. After a brief discussion with James, the owner of Flex, he will match you to some great wineries depending on your desired experience and budget. He is a sommelier and each of his drivers know all about wine country, wine growing, winemaking and more!

The Napa River Inn is downtown Napa, very close to night life, shopping, restaurants and a great view of the Napa River. Westin Verasa is across the Napa River and is located next to Oxbow Market (shopping & Dining)and the Napa Valley Wine Train (possible dinner event) Nightlife in downtown Napa is plentiful: 1313 Main Wine Bar, Empire Napa, Silo's live music, Uptown Theater, Cult Wine Following Wine Bar and more!

Villagio is located in the center of Yountville, which has many highly rated restaurants and shopping. Nightlife would be a bar in a restaurant. I'm sure you will be receiving more suggestions from our Message Board Members! They always have great ideas!

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TaraP
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posted 04-25-2014 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TaraP   Click Here to Email TaraP     Edit/Delete Message
Hello All,

A friend of mine and I will be traveling to Monterrey from Cincinnati in June for a wedding and have extended two days ahead of time to spend in Napa (not nearly enough time for my liking)! Neither one of us has been, however we are both big wine lovers. I am a little overwhelmed with everything I would like to do given the day and a half time frame. We fly into SFO on Wednesday morning and plan to drive straight to Napa to arrive early afternoon. My thought was to go to two wineries on our own Wednesday afternoon- Cakebread Cellars and Opus (two of my favorites). Thoughts on this?

Thursday is where things are up in the air. I would love to do a wine tour. Should we do a group tour through Wine Country Limos (they said a max of 12 people per group and it is a 6 hour tour going to 4 wineries, a private tour through Flex Wine Tours (just the two of us), or the Wine Trolley that visits four wineries? I am also open to other suggestions- these were just the three that I found through research. Good/bad experiences with any?

As for hotels, I have narrowed our search down to the following four. Any advice you have regarding best location that offers things to do at night within walking distance would be greatly appreciated!

Villagio Inn and Spa
Andaz Napa
The Westin Versa Napa
Napa River Inn

Thank you all so much for any advice you can provide. Sadly we will be leaving Friday morning to drive to Monterrey.

Tara

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