Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pet Friendly Restaurants in Napa Valley

Your dog is not just your pet, they are part of your family. It's becoming more and more common for people to bring their pets on vacation with them. But what do you do with your pet when you visit a restaurant in Napa Valley? If you visit one of the restaurants below, you bring your furry family member along!

Angèle Restaurant & Bar - "We are a French country restaurant and bar offering refined bistro fare, wine and cocktails on the Napa riverfront in the heart of downtown Napa. Our dining room, located in the historic 1890's ship chandlery now known as the Hatt Building, evokes the simple romance of the classic French brasserie, while our riverfront patio celebrates the region's temperate climate and relaxed atmosphere."

Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant - "An American style grill united with quality and freshness. Our menu is locally resourced then cooked with the flair that is true Napa Valley. We proudly feature salads, burgers, sandwiches, seafood, steaks, decadent house made desserts, and more modern pub grub."

Fumé Bistro and Bar - "Great food, seasonally inspired menus straight from the farmer's market and regional growers, personal service, and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. "We build strong ties with local growers and producers of only the freshest produce, meats, cheeses and wines. Our menu, and the friendly welcome you receive when you enter our dining room, reflect my passion for delivering the very best experience to every customer, every night." -Chef Terry Letson"

Gott’s Roadside - "For anyone who craves delicious, high-quality fare in a welcoming, down-to-earth spot, Gott’s Roadside is a tried-and-true local favorite. We serve juicy cheeseburgers, great hot dogs, incredible onion rings and hand-spun shakes alongside crispy Ahi Poke tacos, Chinese chicken salad, and a renowned Ahi burger—try finding those at your average drive-in—but our versions of these American roadside favorites and California classics are made-to-order using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Our commitment to local sourcing also extends to the glass: our California-centric list of wines and beers means you can order a Point Reyes Blue Cheese Burger with a high-end Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, or sip a San Francisco-brewed Anchor Steam beer alongside your spicy, sweet potato fries. At Gott’s Roadside every detail matters and nothing is ever ordinary."

For more restaurants in the Napa Valley click here!

Monday, May 22, 2017

What to do in Sonoma County

Sonoma County, California is home to over 425 wineries, amazing redwood forests, and miles of beautiful coastline. It is close to San Francisco which makes it a great vacation spot. Visiting the gorgeous wineries is on the top of our to-do list, but there are a lot of other great activities available for those who love adventure, or just want to relax.

Some activities include:

Regional Parks
Wildlife Tours
Zip Lining
Horseback Riding

To see our full list of Napa Valley Activities, along with businesses that offer these activities, click here!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Common Flower Aromas Found in Wine

Since it's spring, flowers are blooming everywhere! There's a wide variety of flowers around the country that are in bloom right now and there's a wide variety of flower aromas that you can find in different kinds of wine. Here are some flower aromas and what wines to sample them in:

Citrus Blossom
Citrus blossoms, like orange, lemon, and lime, feature a perfumed smell that is commonly found in white wine.
Found in: Riesling, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc

With long, palm-shaped leaves that are generally circular, these flowers contain five petals and usually are white, pink, purple, or blue.
Found in: Torrontes, Malbec, Petit Verdot

These shrub-like perennials' flowers are usually blue, violet, or lilac.
Found in: Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Mourvedre

With over a hundred species, roses are available in numerous sizes and colors. They are known for their romantic style and delightful smell.
Found in: Pinot Nior, Gerwurztraminer, Nebbiolo

Generally having heart-shaped, scalloped leaves, violet consists of five petals - four that are facing up and one larger one facing down. Violet is usually found in fine red wines.
Found in: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah

White Flowers
Having a subtle, flowery smell, white flower aromas mainly accompany fruit flavors in white wines.
Found in: Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc, Fiano

Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 Napa Valley Farm Markets

If you're visiting Napa Valley and looking for a casual activity try visiting one (or more) of the many farm markets in the area. In addition to fresh produce, farm markets offer handmade gifts, clothing, household goods, jewelry, prepared foods, and more while allowing you to support the local economy.

Some other things you may find at the local farm markets in Napa Valley include live music, face-painting, and cooking demonstrations.

The local farm markets include:

Napa Farmers Market
April 15, 2017-November 21, 2017 every Tuesday and Saturday from 8:00 am until 12:30 pm.
195 Gasser Drive, Napa, CA 94559

St. Helena Farmers Market
Fridays from 7:30 am – 1:00 pm
May 1 through October 31
Crane Park – 360 Crane Ave.  St. Helena, CA 94574

Long Meadow Ranch Farmers Market
May to October every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
November to April every Friday from 9:00 – 1:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am – 2:00 p.m
1796 St Helena Hwy, St Helena, CA 94574

Calistoga Farmers Market
Saturdays from 8:30 am to noon, year-round
Sharpsteen Museum Plaza Washington Street, Calistoga

Monday, May 1, 2017

What to do in Napa Valley

Napa County, California is one of the most beautiful places in the world which makes it a very popular vacation destination. Of course we recommend visiting wineries while in the area, but there are so many other activities to do while there.

With the exquisite scenery, warm weather, and amazing views Napa offers, getting out to explore the land is a must. 

Here are some activities available:

Hot Air Balloon Rides
Jet Skiing
Fly Fishing
Horseback Riding

To see our full list of Napa Valley Activities, along with businesses that offer these activities, click here!