Visiting Napa Valley: What You Need to Know
June 22, 2020
Our hotels, restaurants, wineries, and shops are bubbling with anticipation to welcome you back to Napa Valley. Wide-open spaces, miles of vineyards, beautiful hiking trails, and world-class food and wine are just a few of the many ways to experience a taste of the good life here in Napa Valley, and we’ve been working around the clock to ensure that, when you’re ready to pack your bags and return, Napa Valley is better than ever.
To help make your responsible travel plans a little easier, we’ve gathered some need-to-know information for your next visit. From safety guidelines and restrictions to best practices and what’s open, we’ve got the info you need for your next trip to Napa Valley.
- First and foremost, if you are feeling ill, please stay home, get well, and reschedule your visit to Napa Valley. We are looking forward to your long-awaited return (or your first-time visit), but we want to keep both you, and our community safe.
- All of our businesses have made modifications to allow for social distancing, which means reduced capacity. Plan ahead and book reservations at wineries, tasting rooms, and restaurants well in advance.
- Face coverings are required in all public spaces, except when you are seated at a table enjoying a meal or wine tasting. Come prepared and bring a few extra masks.
- One vineyard row apart. Social distancing is required at all times, whether indoors or outdoors. We want everyone to feel comfortable and enjoy themselves, so please remember to stay at least six feet apart (that’s the space between vineyard rows) from those outside your household.
- Please remember that many businesses are adding additional safety measures to protect their staff and their customers. When visiting a business or point of interest, please be mindful and compliant with their specific safety guidelines. Examples may include but are not limited to use of hand sanitizer before entry and a limited number of guests or customers admitted.
Napa Valley is excited to welcome you back with a full glass and renewed spirit. Beginning Thursday, July 9, wineries and restaurants will be open for outdoor service only. With limited capacity, advanced reservations are required for wine tasting and strongly suggested for dining. Indoor service and all bars will be closed through July. Hotels, spas, and retail shops continue to welcome guests. It is important to make and/or confirm reservations directly, as individual businesses will open on their own schedule. Find a full list of open businesses.
What to Expect at Wineries
Visiting your favorite (or discovering a new favorite) winery will look a bit different. Some wineries may have additional protocols that go above and beyond requirements, so be sure to inquire during the reservation process. Here are a few things to know before you go:
- Outdoor tasting spaces have been reconfigured to allow for social distancing. Capacity is limited, and advanced reservations are 100% required at every winery and tasting room.
- Group sizes are limited, often with a max of four or six people per group. Check with the winery directly to make sure they can accommodate your group, and please refrain from gathering with those outside of your household.
- Face coverings are required when not seated at a table.
- Wine educators will spend less time at the table and will be outfitted with personal protection such as gloves and masks.
- Some wineries may require you to fill out a form or waiver so that contact tracing can be implemented if needed.
- Group tours, food pairings, and other experiences may be limited or not available.
What to Expect at Restaurants
While our restaurants might not be the bustling scene you’ve come to expect, the world-class Napa Valley cuisine and hospitality you know and love is prepared to inspire and delight. Here’s what to expect when you dine in Napa Valley:
- Napa Valley restaurants are operating outdoors only, and at half-capacity to allow for social distancing. Reservations are highly recommended.
- Face coverings are required when not seated at your table. Yes, you can remove them to enjoy your meal, but if you need to get up and go to the restroom, for example, you must put it back on.
- Not all restaurants are open, and some are still limiting service to takeout only. Be sure to inquire directly as businesses will open on their own timelines.
What to Expect at Hotels
- Valet parking may not be available unless prearranged prior to arrival.
- Daily housekeeping services may not be provided unless requested.
- Hotel pools, spas, and fitness centers may require reservations or be open limited hours.
- Should you desire a contact-free check-in, make arrangements ahead of time with the hotel.
Please remember to be kind, courteous, pack your trash, and respect the safety measures in place and our community. We are so thrilled to be able to safely welcome you back to Napa Valley and we want everyone to do their best to keep both visitors and locals safe. So enjoy the beauty of wine country, and let’s raise a glass to a return to the good life.
Photo courtesy of Domaine Carneros, © Megan Steffen, Untapped Media Inc.