Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Premier Ivy Hotel Napa
On Friday evenings, Best Western Premier Ivy Hotel Napa invites local winemakers to host tastings in the lobby. Guests can swirl and sip the various vintages free of charge. To taste even more of the region, take a drive in any direction—there are more than 400 family-owned vineyards scattered throughout Napa Valley.
- Nearest wineries: The hotel is within 10 minutes of a handful of wineries, including Robert Mondavi and Stags' Leap Wineries.
- Free breakfast: hot waffles, fresh fruit, and 100% arabica coffee
- Dine alfresco underneath shady umbrellas on a large outdoor patio.
- Soak up some sun in the outdoor pool and hot tub.
Napa, California: Sprawling Vineyards and Farm-to-Table Dining
Located about a one-hour drive north of San Francisco, Napa Valley—a region that runs from Napa in the south to Calistoga in the north—is California's capital of all things grape. The valley's rolling hills are dotted with more than 400 family-owned vineyards, where oak barrels age vintage nectars and visitors are invited to stop, taste, and sniff private-label wines. Vineyards range from St. Helena’s popular Quintessa estate, a 280-acre property specializing in cabernet sauvignon, to lesser-known wineries such as Heibel Ranch Vineyards, which you can tour on the back of a 1963 Jeep. Although some wineries welcome drop-by tastings, your best bet is to make appointments ahead of time.
The valley's culinary scene has also risen to prominence, with chefs such as Thomas Keller spearheading a haute cuisine movement. The charming main streets of Yountville and St. Helena are studded with gourmet restaurants praised for their sustainable practices and fresh, farm-to-table cuisine. If you’re tired of sipping wine all day, grab a wheat beer or a pale ale at one of the dozens of local breweries.