Napa Valley


Napa Valley's Spirited Cocktail Scene

Napa Valley may be known for wine tastings, but the area is developing more and more bars with creative mixology. Here are 11 places to get a great cocktail.

New Hideaways in Napa and Sonoma Valleys

Our writer traveled to California where she discovered a ryokan in Glen Ellen, a restored mansion in Calistoga and lavish resorts close to St. Helena and Napa.

Winemaker for a Day

Amid glitzy chandeliers and blingy surroundings, our writer finds herself being a Winemaker for a Day at Raymond Vineyards.

Our Favorite Napa Restaurants

In Napa and Sonoma valleys, "farm-to-table" cuisine is the norm. Diners get the pleasure of enjoying meals that take full advantage of the region's bounties.

Traveling With Children in California Wine Country

There are a number of activities that can be added to a wine country itinerary to make the journey as memorable for children as for their parents.

Aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train

After years of seeing the vintage Napa Valley Wine Train, comprised of 100-year-old Pullman rail cars, our writer decides to take it from Napa to St. Helena.

Tasting the Terroir at Four Boutique Napa Wineries

Guided by friendly staff, we visited four boutique wineries in Napa, discovering the subtleties of each vintage and unlocking the mysteries of their terroirs.

Newly Recommended Hotels in Napa and Sonoma

Our writer found excellent hideaways in three areas of Northern California wine country: downtown Calistoga, Glen Ellen and Napa.

The Estate Aims to Reimagine Napa

The Estate is a 22-acre enclave, located right in the center of Yountville, California, that aims to "redesign the Wine Country experience."

Best Restaurants in California Wine Country

Here are 8 restaurants we recommend in Napa Valley, Sonoma County and Mendocino County. As wineries have proliferated, so too have wonderful places to eat.

Travel Guide to San Francisco and the California Wine Country

One classic city and countryside pairing in the United States is in northern California, where two of the world's most famous wine regions lie just an hour from one of America's most picturesque cities.

In Good Taste: The Restaurant at Meadowood

The three Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood is serving up inspired modern American cuisine composed of locally sourced food from the Napa Valley.

Top Five Napa Cabernets to Collect

Enjoy this list of current favorite boutique-production Napa Cabernets costing less than $200 from the Andrew Harper Wine Concierge, Porthos.

Just Back From | Napa Valley, California

Our Research Editor shares details and tips from a relaxing vacation at the Poetry Inn in the Stags Leap District of California's Napa Valley.

Just Back From | San Francisco, Sausalito & Napa

Sasha, one of our Travel Consultants, shares travel tips and experiences from a six-night vacation to San Francisco, Sausalito and Napa Valley this past fall.

All's Well With Harper Properties in Napa

It is with sincere relief that we report that all of our recommended properties in Napa County are safe and sound after the early morning earthquake on Sunday, August 24, 2014.

The BottleRock Napa Valley Festival

The inaugural BottleRock Napa Valley Festival will be held May 9 - 12, 2013 in downtown Napa.

Indelible Travel Memories From 2012

Travel is often exhilarating and intoxicating, but it also bequeaths a fund of memories that is a lifelong source of solace and delight. Here are six trip highlights from 2012 that will forever inspire interludes of fireside reverie.

July 2012 Hideaway Report: Northwest Ireland & Napa Valley

The July 2012 issue of Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report focuses on northwest Ireland, a dramatic region of rugged mountains, windswept moorlands and sea cliffs.

Bardessono: A Notable Addition to the Napa Valley

Despite its setting in the heart of Yountville, the clean, spare construction of Bardessono reminds me of Southern California. One could easily picture its artfully rusted steel columns, planks of salvaged lumber and vertical basalt fountains set to use in Palm Springs. The 62-room property opened in February 2009 as one of only three LEED Platinum-certified (a rigorous environmental designation) hotels in the country, but while its design may be sleek, its attitude is happily old-fashioned.

Wines the World Over

In the signature line of his emails, Andrew Harper's wine concierge, Hal Oates, includes a short blurb from the Bible: "Wine to gladden the heart of man." That sentiment is shared not only by Oates, but also by the growing number of travelers who head off in search of great wine destinations year after year.

Notable September Events

Notable September Events