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Advice On Your Trip to Napa

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Ok, now seems to be the time that EVERYBODY wants to come visit.  And it’s not just fans or interested consumers or even tourists, but friends and family too.  Inevitably, they all want to come on Saturday afternoon.  Well, at the risk of repeating myself from last year’s blog…it’s worth repeating.

Pick any other day!  Have you ever gone to a nice restaurant on Valentine’s Day for dinner?  Brunch on Mother’s Day? Easter?  Book a nice night out on the town for New Year’s Eve?  Drive out for the weekend on Memorial Weekend?  You know what I’m getting at.  What all these have in common: everyone else is doing the exact same thing at the exact same time.  You’ll be in major crowds, have pre-set menus, potentially lousy service (I used to work in hospitality food and beverage).  I pleaded with all my friends and family, “Come to dinner on Feb 13th or 15th!”  Take Mom out a week before Mother’s Day.  The actual dates are just dates; make it more special by picking another time to celebrate.

Well, in Napa, everyone wants to come up on a Saturday in Fall.  They usually start from SF/Bay Area, then hit the first winery they see in Napa and work their way up to Calistoga.  We get insane traffic on Saturday afternoons.  So I offer this suggestion which may make more sense: Drive all the way up to Calistoga, start your day there and then work your way south.  Advantage?  Traffic is lighter in the morning; you’ll get to Calistoga first and avoid any crowds here; and you’ll notice as you drive down south the stacks of cars on the highway heading north.   And when you’re done, well, you are now that much closer to home.  The other way around, you have a car full of happy but tired folks and you still have a solid 1 1/2+ hour drive back in a lot of bumper-to-bumper traffic.  They’ll be asleep by Oakville.

So if Saturday afternoon is the only day that works for you, we welcome you in with open arms.  Just be prepared for a group hug….

For more information on our tasting and tour options, check out this page - you can even make a reservation to guarantee a more intimate experience.

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  1. Great tip, George! We’ll see you in the fall (but not on Saturday) Thanks.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:06 am | Permalink

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About Our Authors

George Blanckensee

An expert event planner and an avid basketball and sports fan, George can tell you about all the best off-the-beaten path eateries.

Kali Clark

A Napa Valley native, Kali returned to the area after a stint on the East Coast and can be found documenting the latest happenings at the Chateau. When not behind the camera, she likes to experiment in the kitchen, travel, and enjoy the outdoors