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The Best Scenic Drives of Napa Valley

Do you really know Napa Valley if you haven’t explored the back roads of Napa County? Autumn is such a beautiful time of year in the valley to slow down and cruise the path less traveled, so pack some snacks, grab a cooler, and hop in your car for a mini road trip adventure. We’ve included some…

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Locals' Itinerary: Calistoga

Western vibes, mountain views, and plenty of nature await. Pack a cooler, lace up your hiking boots, and get ready to discover the great outdoors of Napa Valley's northernmost town. Morning - Start the day off by checking out Sam’s General Store, which opened up last fall at Brannan Cottage Inn…

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Crush That Meeting in St. Helena

St. Helena is the destination attendees think of when dreaming of the perfect Napa Valley event. The town’s natural beauty and expansive outdoor space coupled with historic venues and team-building activities make it the ideal setting to dream up grand business plans and crush that next meeting…

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5 Reasons to Visit Napa Valley this Fall

Fall is a time of color and beauty in the valley and it all starts when the last of the grapes come in and harvest comes to an end in October. In November, the Napa Valley is covered with yellow and red fall foliage and the aroma of fermenting grapes seeps out of their tanks and fills the air with…

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Locals' Itinerary: Yountville

Rediscover the art of passeggiata as you stroll and soak up local culture in Napa Valley’s culinary capital. Morning - Start by grabbing a coffee and a few sweet treats to-go at Bouchon Bakery, because a Yountville adventure isn’t complete without a little taste of Thomas Keller gourmet. - Next…

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Calistoga's Magical Mud

The Napa Valley city of Calistoga isn’t only famous for its mineral waters; it’s famous for its one-of-a-kind mud, too. Mud around here isn’t your run-of-the-mill dirt-and-water variety. It’s a magical mix of volcanic ash, mineral water, and a host of other naturally occurring elements in the soil…

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Calistoga's Resilient Workforce

Between the locals who grew up in the area and visitors who fell in love with Calistoga's rustic-yet-refined vibe and wanted to stay, it takes all types to keep Calistoga's tourism industry running and thriving. Derek Flegal, winemaker at Tamber Bey, grew up in Calistoga but took a circuitous path…

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Where to Wine & Dine in Calistoga

From corks to forks, we’ve rounded up the very best spots to sip and savor throughout Napa Valley’s rustic and refined retreat, plus new experiences not to be missed, and where to find live music. Calistoga is located at the north end of Napa Valley, about 25 miles from downtown Napa and 75 miles…

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Locals' Itinerary: American Canyon

Discover open spaces and agri-tourism on this locals' guide to American Canyon. After all this sheltering in place, nothing beats a day out in the sunshine and wide-open spaces of American Canyon. Pack a cooler and a picnic blanket, grab your hiking boots, and take a mini road trip to discover this…

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People of Calistoga: Meet Tara Pelter

Name: Tara Pelter Title: Manager and Wine Buyer at the Calistoga Wine Stop Hometown: Calistoga, California Education: B.A. in Social Work, Sacramento State University Tara's father moved to Calistoga in the mid-80s to be surrounded by the wine and tourism industries. He did not have a job lined…

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