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    Ride the Trolley in Yountville

    by GracesTrips Written Jul 18, 2013

    Park your car and ride the trolley for free in Yountville. There is a large public parking area but it gets full fast. If you want to go from one end of town for wine tasting and the other end for dining, riding the trolley makes sense. You can also call them for free pick-up.

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    ETANDS LIMOUSINES THE WAY TO GO

    by travelgourmet Updated Dec 6, 2012

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    You are in the Napa Valley for wine tastings and a day of sightseeing the vineyards. The best way to do it is to go by limousine. Most days are very busy on the two main roads of the Napa Valley, Highway 29 or the Silverado Trail. Fighting traffic and trying to get to the different wineries up and down the valley can be tiring and also dangerous. If you plan on doing tastings at every winery you visit, believe me, you can get a little tipsy and should not attempt to drive. So, what to do? Call up ETANDS LIMOUSINES and ask for Enrique Tapia. He will drive you in style and to the door of the wineries you wish to visit. I trust he still is with them, as he was a wonderful driver.

    Drink all you like, Enrique is driving. He is a very engaging person with a ready smile and a helping hand. The rates he charges are by the hour and you will be picked up right at the door of your hotel. He travels to you, so even if you are staying from San Francisco to Sacramento, Enrique will be ready when you are. He does get booked ahead, so if you desire a driver with limousine for a tour of the Napa Valley wineries give him a call and book early.

    Say hello to Enrique from a little ole wino, me, travelgourmet.

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    Napa and Sonoma Tour Buses

    by machomikemd Written Apr 23, 2012
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    If you don't want to Drive to and from Napa Valley and Sonoma areas due to the high cost of gas and don;t want to rent a car, the best thing to do is to book a Napa Wine Tour. There are many tour companies that ply either a full Napa Tour with or without the Napa Wine Train or a combination of Napa and Sonoma Tours or a private car tour. You can book them online and they have a fetching service to and from most hotels in San Francisco or call them by phone. Among the many tour companies are Grayline Tours, Go Tours, California wine tours, All San Francisco Tours and more. Costs vary from $ 65 to $ 140, depending of you take a private car tour or with the Napa Wine Train Service and you don't need a designated sober driver for it hehehe but the winery stops are betwen 3 to four and you cannot choose the wineries to go to. Driving to Napa Valley is still the best.

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    Sterling Vineyards Cable Car Ride (1)

    by machomikemd Updated Apr 22, 2012
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    This is a two part tip with more pictures.

    I Have included the famed sterling Vineyards Cable Car lift to and from the estate in my transportation tips since it is a mode of transportation too. But in only goes to and from the entrance of Sterling Vineyards to the Estate atop the hill. The Cable Car Ride is included in the Wine Tour of the huge Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga and the Costs is $ 25 for the tour which inlcudes the wine tastings along the different wine tasting spots along the route in the Vineyard. The cable car lift carries a maximum of 4 persons per cable car and it travels at a leisurely 5 minutes along the 2000 feet ride along the hill going to the estate.

    I will do a separate tips for the Sterling Vineyards Winery.

    Open M-F 10:30am - 4:30pm Open Sat-Sun 10am - 5pm

    Address is: 1111 Dunaweal Lane Calistoga, CA 94515

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    VIEWS FROM THE TRAM
    Our aerial tram is the only one of its kind in Napa Valley, offering stunning views as visitors ride up to the winery. You are greeted with a glass of wine to enjoy while you stroll through art galleries, overlooks, and elevated walkways that allow guests to follow the winemaking process from grape to glass. Along the way, motion-activated flat-screen televisions provide detailed explanations. This arrangement lets guests tour the winery at their own pace.

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    Sterling Vineyards Cable Car Ride (2)

    by machomikemd Updated Apr 22, 2012
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    Part two of my Sterling Vineyard Cable Car ride with more pictures.

    I Have included the famed sterling Vineyards Cable Car lift to and from the estate in my transportation tips since it is a mode of transportation too. But in only goes to and from the entrance of Sterling Vinyards to the Estate atop the hill. The Cable Car Ride is included in the Wine Tour of the huge Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga and the Costs is $ 25 for the tour which inlcudes the wine tastings along the different wine tasting spots along the route in the Vinyard. The cable car lift carries a maximum of 4 persons per cable car and it travels at a leisurely 5 minutes along the 2000 feet ride along the hill going to the estate.

    I will do a separate tips for the Sterling Vinyards Winery.

    Open M-F 10:30am - 4:30pm Open Sat-Sun 10am - 5pm

    Address is: 1111 Dunaweal Lane Calistoga, CA 94515

    According to their website:

    VIEWS FROM THE TRAM
    Our aerial tram is the only one of its kind in Napa Valley, offering stunning views as visitors ride up to the winery. You are greeted with a glass of wine to enjoy while you stroll through art galleries, overlooks, and elevated walkways that allow guests to follow the winemaking process from grape to glass. Along the way, motion-activated flat-screen televisions provide detailed explanations. This arrangement lets guests tour the winery at their own pace.

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    Driving to Napa

    by machomikemd Written Jan 10, 2012
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    Driving to Napa Valley is the best way to go around the Huge Area, you must lot a whole day to do the wine tasting and the maximum would be around 4 to 5 wineries but there must be a designated sober driver hehehe unless you want to be arrested for DOI!!!! Plus, driving unlike having a tour, you can follow your own pace and you can visit any wineries you want. Napa Valley is accessible from San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge via US 101 North or at the Oakland Bay bridge via I-80 east then to CA 37, the drive may take about 1 to 1/2 hours and about 60 miles (depending on the traffic conditions and if there is a Big San Francisco Giants Game!!). Having a Fastrak will help a lot for the Toll Fees at the Golden gate and Oakland Bay Bridge.

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    Parking in Downtown Napa

    by atufft Written Sep 4, 2011

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    It used to be a real hassle parking on the street in Downtown Napa. The Napa Mall parking structure seemed too far from the waterfront, although it is in a good location relative to the public transit system terminal. Now, there's a new parking structure near the Napa River Walk complex, and the best part is that it's free--for at least 3 hours. No overnight parking. No motorhomes can get under the 8' high bar though. This is just for cars. One exterior wall of the parking structure has a great collection of hubcaps in a clock tower configuration as artwork.

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    Wine Train

    by atufft Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Wine Train runs some 18 miles, from its depot in downtown Napa, near Soscol Avenue and First Street through town to then basically along Hwy 29 to St. Helena, and then back again. Depending upon package, there are stops for tours at Domaine Chandon, the Yountville sparkling wine producer, and Grgich Hills Winery, which is located a couple miles south of St. Helena. The 36 mile roundtrip ride takes 3 hours, and basic starting price for adults is $50-. See web link below for more details. When the tracks were purchased from Southern Pacific and the concept present to locals in the early 1980's local opposition was considerable. Many felt that the Wine Train represented a trend toward making the agricultural valley into a corporate theme park for adults. For those living in the Bay Area or for those who have frequently visited the Napa Valley, the wine train appears to present a package of activities that makes sense. But, for first time visitors, especially those with a time limit of only a few days, I would probably forego this experience. There are so many other food and wine related activities in the valley that are frankly more authentic, that first time visitor will find the Wine Train too time consuming.

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    Cycling

    by atufft Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Cycling in the Napa Valley is more challenging than many might realize. First, Hwy 29 is a busy thoroughfare not suitable for cyclist safety. The Silverado Trail, on the eastern side of the valley, has a wider shoulder, less traffic, and provides a more pleasant sequence of hills and views, without straining the average cyclist. However, the Silverado Trail narrows near St. Helena, becoming a windy path with blind corners. Also, if one is interested in traversing the entire valley round trip, from Napa to Calistoga and back again, expect to pedal nearly 80 miles. Years ago, I commuted along both Hwy 29 and Silverado Trail; since then traffic has grown considerably. However, some sections of both Hwy 29 and Silverado Trail have been improved to allow cyclists better access. While I would rule out finding casual pleasure in the steep climbs of the Mayacamas mountain roads on the west side of the Napa Valley, the climbs and upper valley plateus of Pope Valley to the east are more promising. These climbs are steep as well, and during the summer in this relatively dry oak studded landscape, daily temperatures average above 80F. Cycling along Hwy 12 and 121, between Napa and Sonoma is risky due to high speed traffic. Cycling the narrow roads of the Carneros can be very pleasant, but watch weather reports for wind and fog. The best cycling in my opinion is north of Calistoga through to the Alexander Valley. Although quite warm in summer, the road is shaded by trees ande relatively traffic free. The ultimate best deal for cycling enthusiasts is to join the annual Vintage Tour of Napa Valley, sponsored by the Eagle Cycling Club of Napa. The club provides easy, moderate, and difficult routes, each of which begins and ends in Yountville. In contrast to solo or couples cycling in the valley, group rides are quite expected by drivers as the valley is a beautiful place to enjoy such activity.

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    Hiring a car to explore Napa

    by sue_stone Written Oct 23, 2008

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    Our hire car with vines in the background

    If you are going to visit Wine Country from San Francisco the easiest way to get there and do some winery-hopping is by car. Apparently there are some buses and trains you can catch too, but once you get to the main towns, public transport options are scarce.

    There are numerous car rental options available, and most offer similar rates and types of vehicles. We ended up hiring a car from Avis, mainly as we got a discount through our AA membership.

    Collecting the car from downtown San Francisco was straightforward, and they gave us some helpful maps and some brochures about things to do on our travels. We found the drive up to Napa (our first destination) easy enough using the maps and following the adequate road signs.

    At the end of our driving adventures we dropped the car back at San Francisco Airport, which was an amazing set up. It took about 30 seconds to return the car and we were on our way.

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    Hot Air Balloon Rides

    by atufft Written May 4, 2006

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    The images taken from the air on my pages here were taken during a trip from the Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville. But, I've also join in a champagne brunch hot air balloon ride. Complete details are provided at the website, but basically the activity will last from sunrise to noon. The balloons are an excellent way to get a bird's eye view of the valley because there is no wind sound. The Balloons move with the wind, so the air is completely still and the sounds of people and animals on the ground carries very well to the rattan basket in which some 2-4 people ride. This is an excellent wedding gift. My father, a Presbyterian minister, once presided over a Napa Valley wedding party that included the firing of civil war canons and the couple's honey moon escape by balloon.

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    Vallejo Ferry and Rental Car

    by atufft Updated May 4, 2006

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    Unfortunately, the only way to get around quickly in the Napa Valley wine country is to drive. Distances are substantial, there is no real public transportation, and the mountain roads are exhausting even for avid cyclists. Rental cars are available in Napa, for less than they rent for in San Francisco. San Francisco rental cars are substantially higher in price than elsewhere in the Bay Area because the airport taxes and other issues unique to the city. Probably the best money saving plan would be arrive at SFO, then take BART to the Embarcadero Station. Then, take the ferry to Vallejo. It's a long commuter ferry and the ride over the bay is quite scenic, but check the schedule for frequency. Then, a rental car company in Vallejo, which is a city of over 100,000 people, should be able to pick you up at the landing. Check the usual list of rental car companies for deals. The drive from Vallejo to Napa is about 20 minutes. Once in the Napa Valley, there are basically two routes up and down the valley. Hwy 29, the main original road that follows the railroad tracks is more congested with both wineries and traffic than the Silverado Trail, which skirts the mountain ranges only the east side of the valley. Using both roads is important from time to time.

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    Enjoy the fresh air

    by Herkbert Written Mar 10, 2006

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    let the sun shine in..

    In my opinion, there is no better way to enjoy the beautiful California weather then to rent a convertible. Cruising through the valley with the top down, especially during the harvest, reminds you why you keep coming back.

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    Avoid the weekends

    by islandtaryn Written Aug 10, 2005

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    Living in Napa for a summer, I quickly learned to plan activites on the weekends that involved staying home.
    Highway 29 is bumper to bumper on the weekend!

    If the weekend is your only option, you might avoid a bit of the aggravation that accompanies this by hiring a car and driver. Another upside to that is that everyone in your party is free to imbibe a bit.
    Another option would be to detour Napa altogether and visit one county over...Sonoma. It's much less touristy and equally as beautiful.

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    If you're renting a car, make it a convertible!

    by mesoblonda Written Apr 12, 2004

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    The best way to see the wine country!!

    The weather is gorgeous between April and October.

    Go for it! Splurge! Enjoy yourself and rent a convertible! Put the top down and take in the sights, sounds and smells that the wine country has to offer!

    As long as a bee doesn't sting you or a bird drop a "present" on you, you'll thank me for this tip!

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