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SPeditor
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posted 01-23-2012 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SPeditor     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you. It's been busy since I got back so sorry for the late reply.

The Candlelight Inn is a cozy romantic B&B in Napa that has the best breakfast you can ever imagine. They serve a 3 course breakfast! Each day is a little different. They even had wine tasting at night. The people who work there are great. Loved it there. Unfortunately it's not a place for kids. As they say, it's a place to go to get away from the kids.

We went on the wine train. Great view of the valley. The food was delicious as well. Walking around the train was fun as each section is different. This is a must to do.

Had dinner at Celadon in Napa. It was the best meal of the trip. Highly recommend it!

The next day we took the Platypus wine tour. Had fun meeting people from different states as well as exploring 4 beautiful wineries. Every sip of wine was amazing! Our guide was a crack up. Made everyone feel comfortable.

Then we met old friends at the Ristorante Allegria in Napa. It felt a little rushed at this restaurant but the food was great.

The last day we went to the castle in Calistoga, Castello di Amorosa. Interesting tour. Great views. Had fun drinking the wine under the castle. Perfect place to get those last minute gifts for the kids.

Left Napa by eating lunch at Gott's Roadside in St. Helena. There are long lines for a reason. The food was soooo yummy. You have to get the sweet potato fries. Best I ever ate.

Now we can't wait to go back. Just wondering how to do it with the kids.

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-11-2012 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi 'Editor and Happy Birthday! So glad that you enjoyed your trip.
When you get a chance, write in with all the details....we love to hear about where you went to taste and eat and....well, just everything.
Also, would help in discussing your next visit WITH the kids.
Trip Advisor has a multitude of discussions that include what wineries to consider and what restaurants...some aren't so kid-friendly.
Also, just last summer wine country did a piece on kids in wine country.
If you go in the summertime, there are some resort facilities that have a kid's camp type of program to keep the kids busy while the parents do "grown up stuff".
The only place that I know of that is actually designed to incorporate kids into the equation is Coppola's new winery in Geyserville. That facility has a day-use pool along with an on-site restaurant and all the movie stuff you can get your head around.

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SPeditor
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posted 01-11-2012 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SPeditor     Edit/Delete Message
Hi everyone. I am back from my Napa Valley trip. Had a great time. Decided to have Grandma watch the kids so only my wife and I went. We stayed at the Candlelight Inn which is a great place to stay. Loved it there!

We can't wait to go back. Still hoping to find a place that we can take the kids. Also want to find wineries that I could take the kids, if it's even possible. Perhaps they have a place for the kids to play?

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Poohh66
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posted 01-10-2012 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
i was hoping you would "butt in" yesilovewine
thanks so much

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-08-2012 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Pooh! Great to see you here again!
Mind if I butt in???
Left Brain is highly in favor of the Silverado for folks with kids to keep in mind...plenty of variety in activities available. It is pretty spendy though.
If you are willing to stay outside of the town of Napa you might want to look at Calistoga- the Best Western there gets good reviews and our experience with BW is that there are usually some suite options available.
Up that way are the geysers and the petrified forest attractions and its not far from Sterling which has the great tram up to the winery. So some distractions from the wineries are close at hand if you need them.

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Poohh66
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posted 01-08-2012 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
this thread was very interesting and helpful now that I am planning a trip with our 16 yr. old daughter

editor.. not surprised at the reply from Napa Old World Inn, what surprised me was that they didn't recommend you go buy a book, that's usually their answer in the TripAdvisor forum, too funny !! I actually posted a topic in TA specifically directed to OWI and I am very curious as to the type of response I will receive...

not surprise either at these replies and the continued effort to help you figure this out from cabgirl and yesilovewine, aren't they just amazing? so helpful and courteous !!!

While reading the suggestions here I checked Silverado Resort, which has a two bedroom suite... I may have to check into it since it also offers golf and spa, all we have done in the past in wine-country IS drink wine, drink wine, drink some more wine, eat, and oh yeah buy lots and lots of wine to send back home

Looking forward to all OTHER things that WineCountry has to offer

Did you complete your travels? how did it go for you ?

Cheers

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SPeditor
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posted 07-01-2011 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SPeditor     Edit/Delete Message
I think those rental homes from the second link may be the solution. Thank you! This is awesome!

Now have to figure out how to do wine tasting with kids. Hmmmm.

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cabgirl
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posted 06-24-2011 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cabgirl     Edit/Delete Message
Well I feel bad that we haven't yet found a solution. And I'm sure there are other folks with this same predicament. An earlier post mentioned looking into vacation rentals or cottages to rent out. Look at this page: http://napavalley.com/lodging/rental.html

I looked at some of the properties on the page, and perhaps some specific ones that might work (and are in walking distance of downtown Napa)

Found one place that lists a couple of homes perhaps worth checking out:
http://www.vacationrentalsnapa.com/

Does 2 beds and a sofabed work? I think I may have come across that at Springhill Suites in Napa. For example, maybe 2 queen beds and one sofabed? All of the hotels in the Marriott brand have very little information online with regard to details about the rooms though. I would call them directly and see what they might be able to accommodate. 1-707-253-1900 (they are also a brand new hotel) - also, be aware - this hotel is not located in downtown Napa. It's about 8-10 minutes outside downtown. Almost like the very start of Napa when you are driving along HWY 29. But you might find they have better deals because of this.

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SPeditor
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posted 06-22-2011 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SPeditor     Edit/Delete Message
Haven't checked WineSpectator but if I get my hand on one I will check it out.

As for the Napa Valley Embassy Suites, it shows two rooms but most of them are with one bed. The second room is not a bedroom. The ones with two beds are just 2 double beds. Won't work for a family of 5.

BTW - Thank you both for the help. Very kind of you.

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cabgirl
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posted 06-22-2011 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cabgirl     Edit/Delete Message
Hmmm. You looked at Napa Valley Embassy Suites? Or is this out of budget. Their website says they have 2 bedroom suites that are are well-suited for families:

http://embassysuites1.hilton.com/en_US/es/hotel/NAPVLES-Embassy-Suites-Napa-Valley-California/accommodations.do;jsessionid=06FE11DFDDB3888A531B097682AE7A0D.etc73

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yesilovewine
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posted 06-21-2011 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hmmm. I thought sure they could come up with an idea. Well, last shot from me...the last issue of WineSpectator had a cover article about the rebirth of Napa and it included several lodging rec's- some of the prices weren't too bad. Not being a Napa person I didn't read carefully except about the wineries, so you may find something helpful but no promises.
Again, if you can get past having your heart set on Napa, Calistoga would probably be your best bet on the Napa side.

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SPeditor
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posted 06-17-2011 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SPeditor     Edit/Delete Message
I contacted the Napa Old World Inn by e-mail and got this reply:

"Thank you for your interest in the Old World Inn.

We would love to host you and your family. Due to fire codes most of our
rooms are 2 people max, and the rooms that do allow more than 2 people are 4
people max. We do not have any rooms that allow more than 4 people. I'm
not familiar with any places that would have rooms for more than 4 people.
If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

All the best,
Vic
Innkeeper"

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yesilovewine
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posted 06-16-2011 10:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Editor- Don't despair yet!
Try contacting the folks at Napa Old World Inn. I think they may be able to help you.
If not, do consider one of the other towns in the valley or Sonoma.
Its not Napa, but its geographically close and I have been told that there are a couple of B&Bs that have family units there.
But don't give up unless the folks at Napa Old World Inn tell you to. They are very helpful folks.

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SPeditor
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posted 06-16-2011 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SPeditor     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks. I tried looking up those places and they all require I get two rooms. I have to admit that I am starting to give up the idea of going. Wish it was easier to travel to Napa Valley with a family of 5.

For example, we are visiting Carmel in July. Staying at a placed called the Wayside Inn. They have a Family Suite that includes two separate Bedrooms, one with King Bed, the other with two Queen Beds. Wish Napa had something like this.

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cabgirl
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posted 06-15-2011 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cabgirl     Edit/Delete Message
I think your best bet if traveling with kids is to go with a hotel or motel. And if you want to stay in the town of Napa, then I would recommend Embassy Suites, Hawthorn Inn & Suites, Napa Valley Marriott Hotel, and Vino Bello Resort.

I think Vino Bello Resort would be a really good option actually. I've stayed there a couple of times - with a bunch of single friends and with families. They have a pool, onsite restaurant, spa, and their suites are perfect for families - in particular the one and 2 bedroom suites. Part of the room is a kitchen, a family area with tv and couches and it's quite spacious. And it's closed off from the bedroom area. I definitely think you should check that out.

Some other options - check out this page:
http://napavalley.com/lodging/napa.html

Also, Vino Bello is not far from the city of Vallejo where Six Flags is. Might be a fun day for the kids. We tend to get fairly good weather in the month of January for whatever unknown reason.

Hope this helps you out! Oh and the kid-friendly guide that yesilovewine mentioned is here:
http://www.winecountry.com/travel/guides/KidFriendly_Intro.html


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yesilovewine
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posted 04-25-2011 08:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Bummer. I picked up on it because they specified places that could sleep more than 4.
Good luck with it. Its a challenge, I know. Have a nice vacation.
We're off again, too. Will check in when I get back.

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SPeditor
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posted 04-25-2011 06:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SPeditor     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you for all your help! I didn't have much luck with finding the right place. I started looking at the last link and I love how they offer babysitting service for some places. Yet when I put down 2 adults and 3 kids the website doesn't allow me to book a room. The other place that has babysitting is extremely expensive. About $2,000 a night! I'll keep searching. On vacation this week so I may not get heavily back into the research till next week.

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-24-2011 06:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Try this site for answers to your problems:
www.travelforkids.com
They have a section on Napa

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-21-2011 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I know that I have read about a list (or 2) of places that are very kid-friendly in Napa and I'm sure that some info is archived in the depths of the trip advisor forums, but I have the following "other ideas" that you might try: www.101thingstodo.com- This is a local guide to activities, lodging, and the whole nine yards for -well, it seems like I find them anywhere we go for vacation! That might help. Also, there are local wine-related organizations that may help like the vintners' groups. Sonoma Vintners has a great website with all sorts of stuff, and I can't imagine that Napa would not have one, too.
Also, try the uncorked website. It's usually the name of the town followed by uncorked.com and they often have a lot of information about the town/area in general in addition to the specific wine functions.
California Winery Advisor may have something you can use, too.
That's my best ideas. Other than a plain old google search for 'kids in napa' or something similar, the only other thing I can think of would be to explore some of the travel guides or family travel websites...maybe something on the TA "family travel" forum...if you want to deal with TA.
I am going out of town for a few days, but I'll check back when we return and see what you've come up with. Good luck!
****NOTE****
In talking about your situation with the hubster, he mentioned that the Silverado Trail resort may fit your bill. If the price tag doesn't put you on a respirator it may be just the thing- he says there several styles of lodging available and tons of amenities for your sprouts. Since he does most of our travel arranging, he would be in tune to what you're looking for so its worth looking into.

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SPeditor
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posted 04-21-2011 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SPeditor     Edit/Delete Message
Well it will be my 40th birthday so it's more symbolic for me. I've been there once, about 10 years ago before we had kids. Would love to go back to Napa for this occasion. I do feel somewhat frustrated I can't find what I want more easily. I wasn't sure about bringing the kids to wine tasting events. I wasn't sure about going in January. I wasn't sure I could find a place.

Hope I can make this happen. I won't rule out Calistoga yet. Especially if there are more kids things to do. Need to do more research.

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-21-2011 01:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
You know, I have heard of wineries that actually embrace the kids to the point of having special activity areas for them, but I don't know which ones they are. I saw that section of Wine Country on the front page that says it has suggestions for kids, but I haven't looked at it.
When I used to use Trip Advisor people often asked about taking kids, so you could check there for ideas if you don't find what you want here.
There may be more suite-style hotels than just the Embassy in Napa, so don't feel defeated yet! I know that there are some resort facilities in Napa and they may have condo-style lodging that has more than one bedroom....but I don't know about cost.
Is there something specific about staying in the town of Napa that makes it important ?

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SPeditor
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posted 04-21-2011 12:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SPeditor     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for the info. Yeah it's frustrating finding places with 3 kids. I'll look into Calistoga. Have to admit that I would prefer Napa.

Wondering how parents do wine tasting with kids?

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-21-2011 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Editor-
My curiosity got the best of me so I did some on-line checking. I see that the town of Calistoga offers quite a few 2-bedroom vacation cottages that are available at a ( IMO) reasonable nightly rate, so that may be an option for you. We have 3 kids, too, so I feel your pain with the lodging....its a frustration!
Calistoga is at the north end of the valley and does have some interesting attractions nearby including the petrified forest and the "other" Old Faithful geyser.That end of the valley would also be close to Sterling where they hae the tram ( gondola) ride to the winery and the Castello d'Amorosa which is a real castle ( with dungeons and everything), and the spas with hot spring pools.
I think it doesn't have the cache of Napa because it is very rustic, but with kids in tow it may be just the ticket, and you are still in proximity to exceptional wine tasting opportunities.
A word of caution- my understanding is that there are some issues in Napa with "non-legal" vacation rentals. I'm not familiar with the details, but if you do choose to go that route, please check to see that you are dealing with a reputable company so your vacay isn't spoiled.

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SPeditor
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posted 04-21-2011 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SPeditor     Edit/Delete Message
I prefer to stay in Napa if possible. I will check into cottage-style lodging as well as the Embassy Suites. Thank you!

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-20-2011 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I'm not the best for Napa questions, but I would suggest that you look into one of the places that offers cottage-style lodging, or perhaps one of the "suite" hotels like Embassy Suites. Off hand I can't recall names except for the Embassy Suites, and I think that location may not be what you want.
I just saw a web page that focuses on kid-friendly travel in the area- it was on the main Wine Country site.
If you can't find "just the right thing", are you willing to consider Sonoma County? It occurs to me that there is a very unique place that sound interesting ( esp. for kids) called Safari West. I am not personally familiar with it, but it could be fun to sleep in an animal preserve....

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SPeditor
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posted 04-20-2011 03:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SPeditor     Edit/Delete Message
Planning on celebrating my 40th birthday in Napa Valley, in January. Bringing my wife and 3 kids, ages 6-10. Don't want to rent two hotel rooms. Looking for a one nice place that has separate bedrooms to fit us all. A place that is kid friendly. And not far away from everything. Any suggestions?

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