How to save money in NAPA?

So we want to go on a first anniversary trip to napa wine country, but the hotels are soo expensive. Any tips on nice inexpensive places to stay?  Or any other money saving tips :) TIA!

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 10:11 am
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  • Fancy Food vs. Fancy Hotel

  • Maybe do the wine touring versus staying in Napa

  • Weekday versus weekend


*Bumping*

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 10:29 am
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i live 45 mins from napa...a lot of the surrounding cities are MUCH CHEAPER to stay in and just as beautiful! have you thought about staying in sonoma or glen ellen?


i know groupon and living social has deals every once in a while for hotels and wine tours throughtout napa valley.

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 10:32 am
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yea we are going on wed-fri :)

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 10:32 am
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cbrust- How far are the surrounding cities?? Which ones?

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 10:33 am
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Sonoma is about 15-20 min away, it is as well part of 'wine country'


Glen Ellen is a little farther, about 20-30 mins away.


Sonoma is about 15 photo 3023830-1not sure if you can see this but napa is where the pin is and sonoma and glen ellen are west of it.

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 10:38 am
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I live in Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) and it is much less expensive than Napa.  It is about a half hour drive there (depending where you stay).  Truthfully, if what you are looking to do is go wine tasting, I think you would really enjoy Sonoma County.  As cbrust mentioned, there are many many wineries in Sonoma as well as the Healdsburg area, including Korbel Champagne Cellars which is out in the redwoods.  Napa is pretty crowded and expensive.  There are areas in Sonoma County (Alexander Valley) where you can still taste wine for free.  Won't find that in Napa.  Many good restaurants and also about 40 minutes from the coast (Bodega Bay).  If you are looking at hotels in Santa Rosa, just stay away from the ones on Santa Rosa Ave.  Not the best part of town!  If you need help you can send me a message and I'd be happy to suggest hotels, restaurants, wineries.  Best wishes on your anniversary!!!


 

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 11:00 am
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I definitely liked Sonoma better than I liked Napa. We stayed in San Fran and used hotwire and got an awesome hotel, and then we booked a wine tour for like 60 bucks a person. That way we got the best of both worlds. 

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm
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Napa is pricey. Most of the hotels start at $150 a night and the better ones can be as much as $500 a night. Even the bed and breakfeast places are pricey.


I would probably pick something like the Hilton Garden Inn or Embassy Suites. You might be able to find some sort of deal on priceline or one of the travel websites or the coupon places.


Some things to do and see Wine Train, Vsattui Winery, the Culinary Institute, Domaine Chandon, Vintage 1870. most of these things are upvalley in yountville, St Helena. Napa itself is not so spectacular.


If you have any questions just ask or pm me. I have family there.


 


 


 

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm
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OO what month are you going in?  DH and I are going for our one year too.  We're going from 8/3-8/9.  We're staying at a Homewood Suites in like Franklin or something like that, right outside of Napa.  We're not doing any wine tours, we're saving money on that but we're going to do a hot air balloon ride instead.  And then we're spending a few days in San Fran.  PM me if you want to discuss :D

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm
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nejefe, sounds like you are staying in Fairfield.  That is about a half hour+ from Napa.  It is a town that has an airforce base, but no wine tasting.  However, you might look into visiting the Jelly Belly Factory, which is in Vacaville, right above Fairfield.  They have a tour and a fun gift shop.  Look for bags of Belly Flops (misshaped jelly beans).  There is also Anheuser Busch in Fairfield.  They do tours but I have never done that (don't like beer).

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm
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Congratulations and happy anniversary! FI and I were there just over a year ago. Its beautiful! True, it can get costly but ther are ways to cut some corners.  This is how FI and I tried to stay within our budget: research hotels on trip advisor, yelp, etc. as well as restaurants/ eateries, and wineries too. Typically, we do something special for one of the meals of the day - whether its bfast, lunch, or dinner, and then we go have very casual dining the other meals. We got some good information from past reviewers on wineries and restaurants. PM if you'd like more info.  ENJOY!

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 8:09 pm

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