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Napa Valley

The Chef and The Rockstar

Kelly Mitchell | Posted 02.05.2016 | Taste
Kelly Mitchell

The drive from Napa to Calistoga is about 45 minutes in the winter months. The season matters. Summer, when all the tourists (5 million in 2015 alone) are here can be much longer. Today the rain is light. The fog threads through the mountains thick at Howell Mountain as I travel the winding road to Calistoga.

5 Best BFF Weekends

Joy Pecknold | Posted 02.04.2016 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

When a romantic relationship is on the rocks or breaks up altogether, who has your back? Friends. So whether currently unattached or coupled-up, skip the typical hoopla of Valentine's Day to wrangle best buds and reclaim the weekend for endless platonic love.

Michael Mondavi's Victory Lap

Daniel Altman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Taste
Daniel Altman

In the winemaking process, consistency and evolution are often at odds. Some wineries, especially the biggest ones, strive to provide a similar product to their customers with every vintage.

Planning the Perfect "I F'd Up" Romantic Wine Country Weekend

Janna Mandell | Posted 01.29.2016 | Travel
Janna Mandell

Don't even think about skimping on accommodations for this trip. Go big or never go home again.

The 10 Best Film Festivals You've Never Heard Of

CheapTickets | Posted 01.28.2016 | Travel
CheapTickets

Yes, everyone knows Cannes and Sundance. The behemoths of the film-fest world aren't exactly accessible for most of us, though, and they don't always showcase the freshest material. Here's where to go to see film's bright up-and-comers, for a lot cheaper than the French Riviera.

Napa Valley's Hidden Gems: Food, Ambiance, and Architecture

David Code | Posted 12.18.2015 | Travel
David Code

For many people, Napa=Wine. But for us, Napa=food, ambiance, and architecture. You have a lot to look forward to when you visit.

9 Holiday Gifts for Inspired Palettes

Kelly Mitchell | Posted 11.24.2015 | Taste
Kelly Mitchell

The holiday season is upon us. For some, it's been a year of gathering the perfect gifts and wrapping them at their leisure. However, if you are anything like me, I need resources that tap into my "Love Bank" and enable me to click and buy, sending fabulous finds to the destinations of those I love.

A World Class English Muffin

Teri Turner | Posted 11.10.2015 | Taste
Teri Turner

Beware of the Model Bakery and its English muffin. It's an item so delicious that it could make you move to St. Helena, California, or fall in love wi...

These 9 Cozy Hotels Will Get You Through the Winter

Oyster | Posted 11.02.2015 | Travel
Oyster

Our strategy to make it through the colder months? Find a warm, cozy hideout to hunker down, preferably one with room service. These nine hotels -- with their fireplaces, fire pits, and other toasty features -- provide the perfect hibernation spots that will thaw out our feet and our hearts.

5 Amazing American Castles to See Now

Orbitz.com | Posted 10.22.2015 | Travel
Orbitz.com

They loom large in our imaginations either as the one-time residences of European kings and queens or as places where crowds gather and snap a selfie with Mickey (we're looking at you, Disney!). Yet there are castles all over the United States.

Women Kicked Off Train For #LaughingWhileBlack Share An Important Lesson On Racial Bias

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 10.06.2015 | Black Voices

Three of the 11 women of who were kicked off of a Napa Valley Wine Train in August for #LaughingWhileBlack appeared on “The ...

5 Unexpected Finds in Napa Valley

MiniTime | Posted 09.14.2015 | Travel
MiniTime

Napa Valley is known for world-class wineries and celebrity chef restaurants, but lately parents are finding that a family vacation in Napa is good for the milk-drinking crowd too.

Planning a Wine Country Road Trip

Joy Pecknold | Posted 09.02.2015 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

All roads lead to wine. Isn't that how the saying goes? No? Well, it should. With the summer maelstrom winding down and autumn approaching, now is a c...

My Harrowing Wildfire Escape

Jeff Frost | Posted 08.27.2015 | Los Angeles
Jeff Frost

"No one is leaving this valley. The road is blocked at both ends by the fire, so stay put! It's gonna get really hot and windy. Do not shut your vehicle off!" said the fire chief.

Following Your Own Path While Keeping the Legacy

Tajci Cameron | Posted 06.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tajci Cameron

"Do you want me to play piano because you want me to be like you and continue your dream?" my then-6-year-old son asked me when I refused to let him q...

Three Music Festivals to Enjoy with That Cabernet Sauvignon

Divina Infusino | Posted 05.28.2015 | San Francisco
Divina Infusino

Summer music festivals have become a mainstay attraction across much of the U.S., but few celebrate their place of origin like those occurring in Napa Valley, California.

4 California Wineries With Rich Histories

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 06.23.2015 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Post-Prohibition, Beringer became the first Napa winery to offer public tours, sparking the wine tourism industry in the valley. This past March, Mark Beringer, a direct descendant of Jacob, became the head winemaker at the estate after previously working at Artesa Vineyards.

Women of the Vine Global Symposium: A Gathering in Napa Valley

Mary Orlin | Posted 04.20.2015 | Taste
Mary Orlin

Deborah Brenner is a connector. She wrote the book "Women of the Vine" in 2006 about women's roles the wine industry, and ever since, she's been bringing women together to further their careers in the wine world. Out of that book came the first Women of the Vine grand tasting in Napa in 2013 and a second event last year.

8 Family Getaways for Spring Break

Joy Pecknold | Posted 04.13.2015 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

The eight North American and European properties herein all have suites and extras to accommodate kids, but offer starkly different settings and experiences. Poll the clan and make your choice.

The Best California Weekend Road Trips

Findery | Posted 04.05.2015 | Travel
Findery

There is something really harsh about the beginning of a new year. We all need something to look forward to. Are you ready to get out of town? While you may not be able to take time off from work, there's always the weekend. Hop in the car, put on your favorite music playlist and drive.

Last Minute Party Planning, Investor Style

Kelly Keenan Trumpbour | Posted 02.22.2015 | Style
Kelly Keenan Trumpbour

If you have a New Year's shindig in the works or need a rush delivery for Aunt Gladys, here are some great options that don't just sparkle, they help women excel.

Top 10 Things To Do In Napa Valley (Besides Drink Wine)

Fodor's | Posted 02.16.2015 | Travel
Fodor's

The beautiful Napa Valley, a short 90-minute drive north from San Francisco, is undoubtedly a well-sought and famous grape-growing region of world-cla...

The Best English Muffin in the World Is in Napa Valley

Mary Orlin | Posted 01.30.2015 | Taste
Mary Orlin

Where do wine country locals go in Napa Valley when they need a carb fix?  The Model Bakery of course.  For 30 years Model Bakery has been luring folks in for the mouthwatering pastries and bread.

Where to Stay for a Foodcation in North America

Oyster | Posted 12.23.2014 | Travel
Oyster

Food can often be a major focus of a trip; it's hardly uncommon for the taste connoisseurs among us to plan a foodcation. And in our opinion, it should all start with your hotel.

Budget Trips to Napa: Save Your Money for the Wine!

Oyster | Posted 12.17.2014 | Travel
Oyster

Napa is certainly not known for being cheap -- and if you're booking some last minute flights to get away for Columbus Day, well, better stick to bread and water for dinner tonight (or the rest of the month, really). But at least we can help you out with finding some value-packed hotels.