Travel to Napa Valley
Please use this page as your travel planning guide to Napa Valley. Read all of our tips below to make the best of your getaway.
Your Napa Team
There are four commercial airports that are close to Napa Valley, depending on which is most convenient for you:
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO) - 60 miles to Napa
- Oakland International Airport (OAK) - 53 miles to Napa
- Sacramento International Airport (SMF) - 68 miles to Napa
- Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa (STS) - 48 miles to Napa
Of course, if you are in Southern California or somewhere on the West Coast, it might be more convenient for you to drive. By the time you get to the airport, park, check in, go through security, fly, claim your bags and rent a car, that could take 5-6 hours which is the same as driving in some cases. This is something to keep in mind if you prefer to have your own car and save some money.
We have several fantastic hotel partners that will be providing special rates for NVJG 2014 attendees. In order to take advantage of these rates, you must first purchase a ticket package and then a special link will be emailed to you to book within one of our blocks of rooms. To purchase a ticket package, click HERE.
Westin Verasa Napa - SOLD OUT
The Westin has been our partner for 2 years running and we are thrilled to be associated with such a beautiful property. We are once again returning to The Westin and have taken over the entire hotel this time specially reserved for just our VIP and Gold Packages holders (all rooms are sold out). Several events will be held here including the daily "Wine Downs" and the "Late Night Hangs"
We are so excited to welcome another hotel partner to the NVJG family this summer. The beautiful Ivy Hotel Napa will play host to NVJG attendees, and is located a short drive away from all the action of downtown Napa and The Westin.
Silverado Resort and Spa
In previous years, Silverado Resort and Spa has played host to Getaway patrons and to VIP events. This year, we are excited that Silverado will be joining us again as a hotel partner. A true staple of Napa Valley, Silverado is situated on a beautiful and sprawling estate complete with two championship golf courses only minutes away from downtown Napa.
DoubleTree American Canyon
Located just 15 minutes away from the Westin Verasa and 10 minutes away from Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, DoubleTree American Canyon is a "tranquil retreat" perfect for a Napa getaway.
Holiday Inn Express
Only 15 minutes from Downtown Napa and the Westin Verasa, Holiday Inn Express is also located in American Canyon. This hotel is a great option for all of our attendees because they do not require a minimum night stay for the NVJG block of rooms.
Napa Winery Inn
A quaint and comfortable hotel only five minutes north of the Westin Verasa, the Napa Winery Inn is perfect for Gold Package attendees as it has easy access to go 'up' valley. Your stay also includes complimentary breakfast!
Also only a quick drive from the Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, the Westin Verasa, and Downtown Napa, SpringHill Suites has all the comforts of home in the heart of Napa Valley.
Other Hotel Options
There are many other hotels in the Napa area depending on your preference and budget. For less expensive options, check out Homewood Suites in Fairfield which is just outside of Napa. Others near downtown Napa include Embassy Suites or Napa River Inn. Or if you prefer B&B's, check out Old World Inns. On the luxury higher end and located in the middle of the valley, there is Auberge du Soleil, Villagio Inn & Spa or the Vintage Inn. The most high end you can go is The Poetry Inn with only 4 rooms in the converted hillside mansion (they usually book several months in advance). We do not have special rates with any of these hotels so you'd have to book these directly.
I highly recommend you rent a car so you can experience all that Napa Valley has to offer. Just driving up and down Highway 29 and Silverado Trail is spectacular!! It is very easy to navigate while in wine country as both highways are the two main roads in Napa Valley. They run parallel to each other for about 30 miles up the west and east sides of the valley with 'cross-roads' every few miles connecting the two.
If you are planning to rent a car at an airport, the major highways in the area (80 & 880) will be quickest to get to Napa Valley. However, if you fly into San Francisco (SFO), taking the 101 North up through Marin County and the back roads in Sonoma County on the way to Napa is quite scenic. I recommend a navigation system as to not get lost on those back roads. If you fly into Sonoma County Airport (STS), you’ll take Petrified Forest Road over to Calistoga and then Highway 29 South to Napa which is a very scenic drive as well.
AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICES
If you would prefer not to rent a car or wish to avoid Bay Area traffic, shuttle services are available.
San Francisco (SFO) and Oakland (OAK) both have shuttle buses that run to the city of Napa. To arrange shuttle service call either:
Evans Transportation: 707-255-1559
California Wine Tours: 800-294-6386
In most cases there will be an extra fee for this service. Some hotels may offer a shuttle service to and from the Evans terminal, so be sure to check with your hotel to see if they offer this service.
The only non-hotel shuttle to Napa Valley available from the Sacramento Airport is the Fairfield Airporter.
Fairfield Airporter: 877-424-7767
You will need to call in advance to reserve this service.
We are recommending Beau Wine Tours who are participating in our ACCESS CARD program and giving nice discounts. Please call them at (800) 387-2328 for rates on limos, airport transfers and wine tours. The Westin Verasa is recommending Corpex Limousine. Please call them at (415) 504-7777 to make reservations. Miner Family Winery is recommending Napa Tour and Transportation. Please call Georgia Buck at (707) 251-9463 to make reservations.
There is ample parking at The Westin Verasa in both self-park and valet. The wineries all have fairly small parking lots so again, please make reservations before going for tastings. Stay tuned for parking instructions for the Lincoln Theater and Jamieson Ranch Winery.
WINE TASTING ETIQUETTE
Check out this article as it is a good source for wine tasting etiquette while in Napa Valley:
NAPA VALLEY AVA's
Did you know that Napa Valley is actually made up of 14 distinct regions called AVA's (American Viticultural Areas)? Check out this very interesting article that explains the characteristics of each region:
Here's a cool map of the region that shows each AVA:
LIST OF WINERIES
Here is a comprehensive list of the over 400 wineries located in Napa Valley in alphabetical order:
DRINKING AND DRIVING
Never ever drink and drive.
While visiting the wineries, please have a designated driver with you in your party.
If you plan to partake without a designated driver, please consider hiring a limo service. Or, if you are tasting and then driving, please make use of the spit buckets as it is perfectly acceptable to not actually ‘drink’ the wine.
We want everyone to have a safe Napa Valley experience!
Evenings can be cool, even in summer, so bring a sweater for outdoor dining. In the town of Napa, the average temperature in June is 66 degrees, while the average high is 78 degrees and the average low temperature is 51 degrees.
I am recommending that everyone wear upscale casual and comfortable clothing during the day. Men: nice jeans or slacks, a button down or polo shirt and a sweater or light jacket depending on the temperature. Women: nice skirt, slacks or sun dress with a casual top plus a sweater or light jacket again depending on the temperature.
For "Jazz Legends" night at the Lincoln Theater on Thursday night, I am recommending suits & ties and evening dresses (not required). For "Friday Night Funk Night" at the Lincoln Theater, I'd say whatever feels right...it's Friday Night Funk Night so anything goes! For the outdoor concerts at Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, I recommend upscale casual and comfortable clothes that will be cool during the afternoon, but with a sweater or light jacket for the evening.
Let us know if you have any other questions regarding your travel into and around Napa Valley. Email us anytime at: NapaValleyJazzGetaway@gmail.com