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.

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

Fun on the Big Gay Wine Train

Author: , April 17th, 2013

Napa Valley Wine Train LogoMy girlfriend leads they way with her karaoke rendition of “Copacabana” in the lounge car. No, this isn’t some post late-night snack dream sequence, but the real deal as we revel in laughter and wine on board Big Gay Wine Train.

An after dinner crowd gathers around the piano breaking out into their own favorite songs in a lounge car sing-a-long and chatting with each other about dinner and the four unique wines paired with the gourmet meal designed just for the guests.

This isn’t our first time on the wine train, but it is our first time with a bunch of gays… and it makes for a much livelier experience.

Authored By Heather Cassell – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in Napa

Author: , April 17th, 2013

NapaNapa 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. Mark Young, owner of three restaurants in the burgeoning gay county of Calistoga, a region in Napa, is from the area and he tells me: “I’ve seen it all,” recalling his position as a maitre d’ at the fancy Auberge Du Soleil Resort when a four-course dinner was $42 (it’s more than triple that now and quite worth it considering the restaurant’s prime valley views and top-notch Michelin-fronted American dishes). The valley wasn’t really discovered yet, which is why celebrities like Edward Kennedy and Barbra Streisand liked it here. The tradition still remains strong.

Authored By Jimmy Im – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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CA: Hiking and Biking the Napa Valley

Author: , March 9th, 2012

Napa Valley Gay TravelSince moving to San Francisco in July, I’ve traveled to wine country roughly once a month. This exquisite part of the world is a perfect combination of two of my absolute favorite things: outdoor activities and drinking good wine.

I’m more familiar with Sonoma Valley, but from the likes of the following recently announced happenings in Napa Valley, it’s time to pack up the bike and hiking shoes for some outdoor exploring there, too. Here, some great ways to ring in the spring in Northern California, from two-wheeled excursions to hikes in stunning wilderness that most people will never get to see. Whatever your pick, make sure to toast your effort with a big, fat glass of Napa Valley Cabernet.

Cycling and Sipping: Biking enthusiasts will delight in Velo Vino, a tasting room in St. Helena that celebrates wine and cycling. Serving Clif Family wines in tandem with group or custom biking excursions, Velo Vino offers free monthly cycling adventures targeted to moderate and advanced level riders, with routes ranging from 35 to 50 miles.

Full Story from Sherman’s Travel

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