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One of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences in Napa Valley was the Platypus Wine Tour. This is the way to do wine tasting! Instead of having to drive from winery to winery, you let Platypus do it for you. It was perfect! They picked us up at our hotel in St. Helena and a group of 12 of us toured wineries around St. Helena and Calistoga in a comfortable little bus…. Read More

Sterling Vineyards near Calistoga is like Disneyland for adults. First, you drive down a tree-lined pathway. Then in a beautiful garden, you take a sky gondola up to the hilltop Sterling Vineyards. The views are stunning and the wine is good too. The general admission is $29, but it’s well worth it. It includes the sky gondola ride, a self-guided tour of the winery with short video presentations on the wine making… Read More

Napa County is home to over 400 wineries. The cities of St. Helena and Calistoga are great jumping off points. Calistoga has an old West feel and is home to a number of spas. St. Helena has upscale shops lining its main street. We made the El Bonita Motel in St. Helena our home base during our stay. It’s a cute little art deco place with comfortable rooms in an affordable price… Read More