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Kirsten Mickelwait - Visit Napa Valley blog writer

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Kirsten Mickelwait

Kirsten Mickelwait is a St. Helena-based writer who has lived and raised her family in the Napa Valley for 20 years.

How to Enjoy the Napa River

Beyond wine tasting and vineyard peeping, Napa Valley provides endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. And one thing often overlooked is the Napa River, which is one of the largest rivers in the…

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Cabernet Season: Stay Like a Pro

After the frenzy of harvest, the cooler, calmer months known as Cabernet Season are welcomed by locals and visitors alike. Now’s the time to stroll a little slower and linger a little longer. Maybe…

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Walkable Wineries in the Napa Valley

Sure, you can hire a car and explore those out-of-the-way wineries along the back roads. But why spend half your day on the road when there are so many excellent tasting rooms within an easy walk…

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Best Pools to Lounge By this Summer

In our opinion, there’s no greater pleasure than sitting by a beautiful pool with a novel and a drink in hand. With summer in full swing, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite hotel pools in the Napa…

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2020 Must-Attend Events & Festivals

Life may be a cabaret (or, as we prefer hereabouts, a Cabernet) but, in the Napa Valley, life is also a year-round festival – or feast, or concert, or art show. Here’s a partial list of all the annual…

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Napa Valley Rainy Day Plan

You just arrived in the Napa Valley to a forecast of rain, and you're worried about your carefully planned itinerary of outdoor activities. Not to worry! Even with a forecast of rain, it rarely rains…

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