Girlfriend Getaway – Downtown Napa

Author: , January 2nd, 2017

Downtown Napa

While the grape vines are settling in for a few months’ rest, Downtown Napa is definitely not. Napa’s vibrant downtown scene is hidden in plain sight in one of the world’s best wine regions. All you need is 48 hours, a girlfriend or two, sunglasses for day and a warm wrap for evening, plus a big appetite for fun, adventure and fantastic food, wine…and even craft beer.

The Napa Backstory

Start at Vermeil Wines owned by NFL Super Bowl winning coach Dick Vermeil. We had a personal welcome from the (female!) mayor, which was just too cool for school. Eleven years in the job and running for re-election unopposed, Mayor Jill Techel has seen Napa transformed to a city of 80,000. She points out that re-routing the river to create nature wetlands and re-building after an earthquake has a way of cementing people as well as things.

No kidding, everybody here seems to know — and genuinely like — each other.

Forget the car; take a stroll along historic Riverside Park or follow a section of the new Napa Valley Vine Trail on a bike. The river cuts a swathe through the middle of historic downtown that at times resembles the Seine more than Northern California.

By Laurie Jo Miller Farr – Full Story at Tango Diva

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Chateau de Vie – Gay Napa Valley Bed & Breakfast

Author: , June 5th, 2016

Chateau de Vie

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Chateau de Vie Bed & Breakfast, in Calistoga in the heart of California’s Napa Valley Wine Country, features omfortable king and queen size beds in each room, with lush towels, oversized robes, and the finest in linens.

Spend an afternoon napping under an old walnut tree, or snuggle up by the fire with a good book. Or enjoy a garden massage – reflect… relax… unwind.

Soak in the vineyard spa, take a dip in the pool, and end the day dreaming about re-entering the world with a renewed sense of being.

Walk out onto the deck to take in the astounding view of Mt. St. Helena and acres of Napa Valley’s finest. A full Breakfast Menu of all your favorites.

Come enjoy a special event, a last minute getaway, or quiet retreat.

There are a number of wonderful wineries close by, including:

  • Bennett Lane
  • Frank Family Vineyards
  • Goose Cross
  • Napa Cellars
  • Vintners Collective
  • Whitehall Lane

Come spend some time with us in the beautiful Napa Valley Wine Country.

See the Chateau de Vie Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Napa Valley

Visiting Napa / Sonoma in the Off Season

Author: , February 9th, 2015

Wine GrapesMy favorite time of year to visit Napa and Sonoma are the months of January, February and March. It’s not uncommon to be the only one in the tasting room (hello, library and reserve pours!) or be invited to the cellar or winemaking facility to meet the winemaker. Why? Though the weather — between the 50s and 70s during the day, down to the 40s at night — is considered quite warm for much of the country, Bay Area residents consider it too chilly to visit tasting rooms. Within this window, the golden hue of mustard cover crops in the vineyards from late January through March, and greener grass in March as rainy season begins, makes for fantastically picturesque drives. And it’s all in all cheaper, too. Airfares are lower than in summer months — from JFK to SFO, the major airports serving Napa and Sonoma aside from Oakland, round-trip fares can run as low as $365 over a long weekend; from LAX, it’s just $44 round-trip.

The same goes for wine regions in other parts of the U.S. Out in the Finger Lakes or Long Island, for example, January and February especially offer some of the best hotel rates of the year — while lower flight demand always means cheaper airfare. It’s a no-brainer as far as we’re concerned, but here are a few extra tips for maximizing the experience:

1. Keep an eye out for seasonal hotel deals.

Like we said, during the winter months, you can score a steep discounts at hotels. Using Napa and Sonoma again as an example, the quaint English Tea Garden Inn in Cloverdale is offering 50 percent off the second night through March 30, with first night starting rates from $225. Similarly, Fern Grove Cottages in Guerneville gives you the third night free, with rates between $99 and $289, through February 28. At the luxe Harborfront Inn on Long Island’s North Fork, there are plenty of weekday rates starting from $209 and weekend rates for just $10 more in February — again roughly half of what you can expect to pay in summer.

By Kristine Hansen – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Napa Gay Travel Resources | Sonoma Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Inn on Randolph, Napa, California

Author: , August 20th, 2014

Inn on Randolph - Napa

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Hip and Fresh with a Whole New Attitude: Hip, fresh, and luxurious with a whole new attitude. Run by young, innovative innkeepers, this stunning Napa property has become the destination of choice for savvy travelers who want the intimacy of a Bed and Breakfast Inn with the elegance and amenities of a boutique hotel. Historic – but stunningly renovated with modern conveniences.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Napa County

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Vino Bello Resort, Napa, California

Author: , September 12th, 2013

Vino Bello Resort	 - Napa, CaliforniaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Napa Valley’s Newest Luxury Resort: Known for producing some of the world’s finest Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot and Chardonnay varietals, Napa Valley is also home to California wine country’s newest luxury resort – Vino Bello Resort. Its Old World Tuscan charm blends with the surrounding vine-covered hills to welcome you with style and grace. This is wine country at its best.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Napa County

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: TrekInnMarin, Mill Valley, California

Author: , August 15th, 2013

TrekInnMarin - Mill Valley, CaliforniaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

TrekInnMarin provides a distinctive and memorable vacation experience trekking through Marin County, California — just 30 minutes north of San Francisco and home to some of the world’s most beautiful terrain. These tours, led by local experts, are for avid hikers who like to end an active day with great food, fine wine, and premium lodging.

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Visiting Northern California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys

Author: , May 1st, 2013

Sonoma VineyardWine lovers have surely heard of the Napa Valley, one of the pre-eminent wine regions in the US. Jimmy Im takes you there for Passport Magazine:

Napa Valley receives millions of visitors a year, and over 20% of them identify as business travelers. While peak season occurs in the summer and fall months, winter and spring sees an average high of 62 degrees and, according to locals, is a favorable time to visit as there are less crowds, more personal attention at vineyards, and lower room rates. Despite all the hedonistic temptations of Michelin-star chefs, indulgent spas, well-appointed accommodations, and one-of-a-kind vineyards, business can be conducted in Napa, thanks to a number of impressive meeting facilities. While gay tourism grows every year in steady numbers, the LGBT community has been visible for decades.

Napa’s a great place to spend a romantic weekend – stay at a local B&B and drive around to some of the best wineries in the country, or head next door for the Gay Wine Weekend in Sonoma in June. Gay Travel Information reports:

Out in The Vineyard is proud to announce GAY WINE WEEKEND 2013 in California Wine Country -Featuring TWILIGHT T Dance, a weekend of wine & celebration, benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network. Three full days of LGBT events in Northern California’s magnificent Sonoma Valley -home to some of the world’s most prestigious wines and wineries. Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP receptions, wine tasting excursions, champagne brunch and wine auction in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world.

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