Holiday Happenings in Calistoga 5 Dec 2013, 12:06 pm
If you are looking to get into the holiday spirit, a trip to Calistoga may be just what you need. Start the Holiday Season by cutting down your own tree! The Pochini Family Farm opens for the tree season on the day after Thanksgiving and will be open weekends through December 22nd. Select and cut your own tree or pick from the pre-cut full sized and table top trees. The inventory includes trees over 10 feet tall, handmade wreaths, and a Christmas gift shop! With a picnic area and free hot spiced apple cider, coffee, and candy canes it is no wonder that the Pochini Family Farm is a local favorite! Get Directions to the Tree Farm.
If you are looking for some small-town celebrating, December 7th is the day for you. Spend the day at the Calistoga Community Christmas Bazaar for local arts, crafts, jewelry, baked goods, candies, ornaments, and one-of-a-kind gifts beyond count. After a day of shopping, enjoy dinner out and then make your way to Lincoln Avenue for the 18th Annual Lighted Tractor Parade. Come see farming and construction equipment – new and vintage – bedecked in lights and parading through town.
The Calistoga Art Center Players are putting a new spin on the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Performed as a live radio play, you will see a handful of actors perform dozens of roles. With seven performances between November 30th and December 15th, there is no excuse for missing this amazing experience at the Calistoga Art Center.
The Pioneer Christmas at the Bale Grist Mill puts a historic face on Christmas. On December 14th enjoy demonstrations of lace making, spinning, waxed egg decorating, and the mill in action. Create your own clove pomander, rosemary wreath, or string of popcorn and cranberries. Experience the hand-crank rope maker. With hot cider on the wood stove, cookies on the table, and musicians playing music from the times, the Pioneer Christmas is worth adding to your holiday traditions.
You will want to stay at the Candlelight Inn as your host for your Napa Valley get away. We offer tranquility and luxury to balance all of the activity of the holiday season.
Thanksgiving in Napa Valley 2013 23 Nov 2013, 12:56 pm
When making your plans to visit on Thanksgiving Day the following wineries and restaurants are open:
|625||Castle di Amorosa||Winery||4045 North St. Helena, Hwy. Calistoga||Castle 707-967-6272|
|624||Meadowood - The Grill||Restaurant||900 Meadow Lane, St. Helena, CA||707-9667-1205|
|623||Auberge du Soleil||Restaurant||180 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford||707-963-1211|
|622||Hurley's Restaurant||Restaurant||6518 Washington Street, Yountville||707-944-2345|
|621||Domain Chandon's Etoile||Restaurant||1 California Street, Yountville, CA||707-944-2892|
|620||Brix Restaurant||Restaurant||7377 St. Helena Hwy, Napa||707-944-2749|
|619||Bistro Jeanty Restaurant||Restaurant||6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA||French 707-944-0103|
|618||Uva Restaurant||Restaurant||1040 Clinton Street, Napa||Italian 707-255-6646|
|617||Tarla Restaurant||Restaurant||1408 First Street, Napa, CA||707-257-5431 Wine Country cooking|
|616||Silverado Resort & Country Club||Restaurant||1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa||707-257-5431|
|615||La Toque Restaurant||Restaurant||1314 McKinstry Street, Napa, CA||Wonderful food 707-257-5157|
|614||Fish Story Restaurant||Restaurant||790 Third Street, Napa||Seafood driven menu 707-251-5600|
|613||Cuvee Restaurant||Restaurant||710 Vallejo Street, Napa, CA||Farm to table food 707-224-2330|
|612||Celadon Restaurant||Restaurant||500 Main Street, Napa, CA||Napa Valley cuisine 707-254-9690|
|611||Allegria Restaurant||Restaurant||1026 Frist Street, Napa, CA||Italian 707-254-8006|
|610||Del Dotto -Estate St. Helena||Winery||1445 St. Helena, Hwy, St. Helena, CA||Winery $60 per person for 90 minute tour and tasting 707-963-2134|
|609||V. Sattui Winery||Winery||1111 White Lane, ST. Helena, CA||707-963-7774 hours- 9:00 am to 3:00 pm|
|608||Candlelight Inn Napa Valley||Bed and Breakfast||1045 Easum Drive, Napa||A classic bed and breakfast 707-257-3717|
|607||Van Der Heyden||Winery||4057 Silervado Trail, Napa||707-257-0130|
Wine Country Sings in the Holidays 15 Nov 2013, 11:19 am
Candlelight Inn would like you to join us in some of the region’s musical celebrations this holiday season. Come to Napa and enjoy the music!
Sing Napa Valley! (formerly Napa Valley Choral Society) have multiple performances scheduled. First, Handel’s Messiah will kick off the groups 50th Anniversary on November 24th. Symphony Napa Valley and professional soloists will join Sing Napa Valley! at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville for this performance of what some call “the greatest music of the western world.” For those who want to be part of the production, the sing-along version of Messiah will be on December 8th at the First United Methodist Church in Napa. Finally, the 5th Annual Candy Cane Carol Sing will be on December 19th, also at the First United Methodist Church. Sing Napa Valley
The Napa Valley Opera House will be hosting Rockapella on December 5th for an A Cappella musical celebration of the season. A Rockapella Christmas will highlight the full-band sound of five guys with only their voices for instruments. In support of local a cappella groups, the American Canyon High School PDA (Public Display of A Cappella) will open the show.
On December 8th, the VOENA Children’s Choir will put on their Voices of the Season Concert at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville. This truly multi-cultural group gives new life to traditional carols and introduces the audience to holiday songs from around the world. If you miss them on the 8th, VOENA will also be at the Napa Valley Opera House on December 21st.
Come see Commander Captain Jason Plosch conduct the United States Air Force Concert Band of the Golden West in their free community holiday concert at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center on December 11th. Stationed at Travis Air Force Base, the Band of the Golden West is the only active Air Force band west of the Rockies. With seven performing groups, this band conducts over 250 performances a year for state, sporting, and community events.
Any visit to wine country deserves an exceptional night’s rest. With our Fall into Winter Package, you can combine holiday festivities and a mid-week stay at Candlelight Inn to reach an ideal holiday frame of mind.
Exclusive Napa Tours 7 Nov 2013, 3:37 pm
Any tourist can come to the Napa or Sonoma valleys and stop at whatever winery catches their attention along Highway 29, the Silverado Trail, or Highway 12. The tourist with the more advanced palette can easily find shuttle tours that reduce some of the randomness, and hazards, of driving from winery to winery. However, it is the truly savvy traveler that knows how to get the best out of Wine Country – with an exclusive tour guided by someone with insider knowledge and access to wineries open only to special friends. Candlelight Inn has developed personal relationships with three such guides.
Napa Tours and Chauffeur
Owner/Operator Tac Fair creates tours based on guest preferences – that they can submit online. By acting as your sole point of contact, Tac ensures that you and your group (up to six) have the tour of your dreams. If you have your own itinerary, no problem. If your interests include items frequently associated with wineries, such as unique architecture or gardens, no problem. If you want running commentary, or not, also not a problem. Napa Tours and Chauffeur provides personalized service that will meet your specific needs and desires for your tour of Wine Country.
Swirl and Sip Wine Tours
An intimate wine tour, a private affair, or a corporate event are all within the services provided by Rozanna Picantin of Swirl and Sip Wine Tours. To quote her own website, Rozanna has “decades of experience in the Wine Tour Industry” and she puts all of that knowledge to good use. She will put together a tour that accommodates all of your wine tasting interests – including family friendly wineries!
Napa Private Tours
If you are a wine tasting novice or expert, Napa Private Tours wants you to have a great wine tasting experience. Every tour has three goals in mind during the design: high quality wine, hospitable wineries, and introducing you to wines you would not generally find on your own. Owner Javier Calderon’s guiding principle is, “If you are not having fun, then we are not doing our job!” and it shows in all of his tours.
Make it a Weekend
Let Candlelight Inn match you up with the perfect tour guide to create your exclusive Napa Valley escape that much more exquisite!
Take a Holiday before the Holidays 2 Nov 2013, 3:29 pm
Sunday through Thursday – especially in autumn – offers a completely different Napa Valley from what most visitors see during the weekend. Fewer crowds give everything a more relaxed feel. In November and December, with the crisper weather, a gourmet meal followed by a warm beverage makes everything more beautiful.
Even though the activity list is not as crammed, there is still plenty to do: compare Napa Valley wines to those of the rest of the world, take a unique market tour and cooking class, or attend the Flavor! Napa Festival.
Napa Valley vs. the World
Designed for everyone, from the wine novice to the wine expert, this new series of classes by the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), gives you the ability to compare wine varieties not to each other, but to their counterparts from other parts of the world. Experience the difference geography makes when it comes to wine. If you have ever wondered about the difference between a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or a Merlot from Chile and those from Napa, this selection of Sunday morning classes is for you!
Oxbow Market Tour and
During the fall and winter months, local chef Julie Logue-Riordan offers an all-day experience on select Tuesdays and Fridays. Start the morning off with a tour of the Oxbow Public Market – which offers only the best and freshest of local produce, meat, cheese, and other artisan products. A private wine tasting follows the shopping trip, and then to the kitchen where participants learn how to bring the best out of their purchases.
Flavor! Napa Valley
Beginning on Wednesday, November 20th, this five-day festival celebrates wine, food, and fun as only Napa can. Events and seminars include multiple wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, a wine lovers boot camp, and a culinary stroll of downtown Napa. Tickets are available for individual events or in packages. All Flavor! Napa Valley proceeds benefit the CIA.
The Candlelight Inn would like to offer you their services for your mid-week break with our Fall into Winter room package. Our in-house Concierge is able to set up reservations or formal tours. Additionally, our preferred driving service, Napa Tours and Chauffeur, can create a custom tour to not only meet your expectations, but to surpass them with their expertise and exclusive access.
Riding the Rails Napa Style 2 Oct 2013, 1:52 pm
People know the Napa Valley for the world-class wineries, gourmet food, and amazing scenery. A trip on the historic Napa Valley Wine Train provides riders with a truly unique combination of the three.
The Wine Train offers lunch and dinner trips through the valley from Napa to St. Helena and back. The three hour journey starts with a welcome taste glass of wine, progresses into a multiple course meal, and concludes with relaxed and happy passengers. All while passing through the amazing scenery of Napa, Yountville, Oakville, Rutheford, and St. Helena.
As a family run venture, the Wine Train staff takes pride in their service, prepared to order gourmet meals, and the fully restored railcars.
The Wine Train only serves environmentally responsible foods such as: locally grown fruits and vegetables; humanely raised and hormone-free meats; and fresh line caught fish. Executive Chef, Kelly Macdonald, carefully designs the seasonal menus to maintain Napa’s reputation for excellence in dining. And, meals are all prepared to order in specially fabricated kitchens adjacent to each dining area.
Regular rail service includes three lunch and two dinner options – although your experience is anything but “regular.” Throughout the year the Wine Train offers special events: you can become a part of a murder mystery, take a moonlight escape, or participate in a vintner’s lunch or celebrity winemaker dinner. There are also events for selected holidays.
If you want to do more than just see some of Napa’s amazing wineries from a railcar, the Wine Train also offers several exclusive winery tours with the Lunch Train as well as the only evening tour in Napa Valley with the Saturday and Sunday Dinner Trains.
For couples spending a few days in the area, the Wine Train participates in several package deals. The Candlelight Inn is proud to partner with the Wine Train in one of these packages. Take a lunch or dinner train, then enjoy a night (or two) at Candlelight Inn, and take an “anti-wine snob wine tour” with Platypus Tours.
The Candlelight Inn Concierge will happily take your reservation.
Fall Festival Season in Napa Valley 19 Sep 2013, 11:33 am
In the San Francisco Bay Area, autumn is festival season, and Wine Country is no exception. This is a region where the weather can be at its best in September and October and people are outside enjoying it.
On September 21st, join the Manaleo Hawaiian Cultural Foundation at the 6th annual Napa Valley Aloha Festival and gain some Aloha spirit without crossing the ocean. Members of the Hawaiian and Polynesian communities from all over the West Coast and Hawaii come together to offer you live entertainment and authentic food while vendors offer arts, crafts, clothing, and wares.
The Napa Valley Museum is putting on its Oktober Fest & Car Show; also on the 21st. Check out classic, antique, and sports cars as well as hot rods and motorcycles from around the Bay Area. Of course, no Oktober Fest event would be complete without traditional German Oktoberfest music, beer, pretzels, and German food.
Autumn is also harvest season, and there are many one-time and on-going events, such as the Grape Stomp at Grgich Hills Estate. The stomping started on Labor Day weekend and will continue through Halloween. Entry includes stomping, wine tasting, and an “I stomped at Grgich Hills” T-shirt featuring your own grape juiced footprints!
As they say, it takes a lot of beer to make a good wine, and wine country has several Oktober Fest events. CHEERS! St. Helena is holding theirs on October 4th. Take part in local beer, brats, pretzels, and Oompah band Grand Isle Fire Brigade. To round things out, The Michael Thomason Band will be rocking out on Adams Street! Entry is free, but a $35 tasting pass gives you access to taste all the wines at the event.
October 19th is the St. Helena Harvest Festival bringing several wineries together to celebrate the end of the harvest. With a fun run, pet parade, live music, food and craft booths, wine pouring stations, and a kids’ carnival, this is a great day for the whole family!
Turn your festival attendance into a sublime weekend with the ultimate in private wine tastings offered in Candlelight Inn’s Connoisseur package.
Napa Valley Grape Stompings 19 Sep 2013, 10:45 am
The grape harvests are coming in and the winemakers want everyone to join in the fun with the traditional grape stomp! These parties bring out the lighter side of wine making and redefine the term “getting a feel” for the process.
If you are interested in feeling grape skins between your toes, the stomping has already begun, will continue into October, and each winery puts their own unique spin on the event.
On September 21st, see how your stomping skills compare at Clos Pegase, where the Harvest Bacchanal and Grape Stomp includes some friendly competition. The festivities begin with a wine and cheese reception. Next up is the grape stomp, followed by lunch and an awards ceremony. Conclude the afternoon with a walk through the vineyards.
Schweiger Vineyards is holding several more intimate stomps. Reservation holders get to test, pick, and stomp their own grapes before sitting down to an exquisite catered lunch. Schweiger’s Old Fashioned Harvest Stomps will be on: September 19th and 26th as well as October 3rd, 5th, and 10th.
The V. Sattui Crush Party, on October 5th, is an open house event designed to give guests a full tour of the wine making process – from growing, cork-making, barrel-building, and crushing. Enjoy the evening sampling from over 45 different wines accompanied by an extensive menu of hors d’oeuvres and small dishes.
Bell Wine Cellars is holding their Harvest Stomp Party on October 6th. Go out into the vineyard, pick your own Merlot grapes, and then everyone competes to produce the most juice from their personal harvests. After the competition, enjoy wine and lunch from the outdoor oven.
If you are looking for a less formal stomp, visit Grgich Hills Estate, where stomping is going on from 10am to 4pm daily until Halloween.
Grape stomping can be hard work, make a weekend of your stomp in the tranquil surroundings of the Candlelight Inn, where our on-staff concierge will gladly assist you in making a great stomp getaway.