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 (just a little west of Calistoga - not shown on map)
San Jose Airport (SJC) is also in the region, but a little further south.
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 lined up several fantastic hotel partners that will be providing special rates for our 2016 Getaway 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. Please DO NOT CALL THE HOTELS DIRECTLY AS THEY WILL SAY THEY DO NOT HAVE AVAILABILITY DUE TO A GROUP (THAT'S US!).
The Westin has been our partner for 5 years running and we are thrilled to be associated with such a beautiful property with such great people dedicated to making your experience more than exceptional. Several events will be held here including the "Wine Downs" and the After Parties. Next year's rates include a full breakfast buffet for 2 every morning!
For the first time, we've partnered with the River Terrace Inn to take over the whole hotel, which is very convenient since it is directly next door to the Westin. If you plan on attending the "Wine Downs" and After Parties, we highly recommend staying here if the Westin sells out (which it does quickly).
Other Hotel Options
Meritage Resort and Spa - stay tuned for 2016 booking information...
We're thrilled to be partnering with the beautiful Meritage Resort for the second year. This Tuscan-inspired hotel is located between the Westin Verasa Napa and Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, a quick 10 minute drive* from each. With luxurious amenities and accommodations, the Meritage is sure to make your Getaway a memorable one!
SpringHill Suites - stay tuned for 2016 booking information...
For the third year in a row, we're proud to be partnering with SpringHill Suites. Located a short 15-minute drive* from the Westin and only about a 5-minute drive* from Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, SpringHill Suites is right in the heart of the Getaway action.
In addition to the hotels that are offering special rates to Getaway attendees, 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. The DoubleTree by Hilton is located just five miles from Jamieson Ranch, and offers a restaurant and spa services on site. 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.
We 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 mile or so 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. 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 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 valet for $10 (non-guests, included for guests). The wineries all have fairly small parking lots so again, please make reservations before going for tastings.
Parking rates for Jamieson Ranch Vineyards are being updated for 2016. Stay tuned.
Parking for the Lincoln Theater will be updated later this year.
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 very cool, even in the summer, so bring a sweater, jacket, shawl and scarf for outdoor concerts and 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. There is very little humidity as well, making even an 85 degree day not so hot feeling. However, it can also get well into the 90's during this time so we recommend bringing a few options just in case it gets HOT and COLD. Hey, it's weather :)
We recommend that everyone wear upscale casual and comfortable clothing during the day, affectionately known as 'wine country chic'. Women: nice skirt, slacks or sun dress with a casual top plus a sweater or jacket again depending on the temperature. At Jamieson Ranch Vineyards for our Saturday & Sunday outdoor shows, wedges and flats are recommended since we're in the grass. Men: nice jeans or slacks, a button down or polo shirt and a sweater or jacket depending on the temperature.
For "Jazz Legend Night" at the Lincoln Theater on Thursday night, we recommend dressy chic. Hey, it's the fist official night of the Getaway so let's dress to impress! Ladies, heels are ok for this event since it is a very nice performing arts theater.
For "Friday Night Funk Night" at the Lincoln Theater, FUNKY CHIC...it's Friday Night Funk Night so anything goes! Will BC wear another purple fuzzy hat this year? Guess you'll have to wait and see...
For the Outdoor Concerts at Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, we recommend upscale casual and comfortable clothes that will be cool during the afternoon, but with a sweater or jacket for the evening. The field is grass at Jamieson Ranch Vineyards so heels for women are NOT recommended. Also the evenings can get pretty cool, so remember to pack your shawls and scarves...layer up!
Let us know if you have any other questions regarding your travel into and around Napa Valley. Email us anytime at: NapaValleyJazzGetaway@gmail.com
Your Napa Team
* Drive times are approximations based on normal traffic. Napa Valley can get very congested during the summer with tourists going wine tasting each day. Please leave extra time to get around the valley.