Napa Valley is wine country, and we here have a beautiful, storied history. We love Saint Helena — and we love our neighbors in Napa, Calistoga, and Santa Rosa. We wanted to give you a Napa fire update from our side of the recent terrible events. Continue reading “Napa Fire Update: We Are Okay in Saint Helena & Napa Will Stay Strong!”
Most of us associate Napa with luxury and wine. But at its heart, this is a beautiful and natural region, that even those minding their budget can enjoy. We just want everyone to have a good time!
First things first: Where will you be sleeping?
Most Napa Valley hotels start at around $250 per night. Our rooms at El Bonita start at $139.99. We’re just being honest: the Napa area attracts a lot of tourists who want luxury. But maybe you just love wine, or want to take in the beauty of the region, or want to take a cozy cultured weekend trip. And we’re here in St. Helena to make that possible.
Plan where to eat according to your budget.
Vacations almost always involve “indulging” and many restaurant meals. When you’re tight on time and unfamiliar with the area, you might just walk into the first place you see. This is never a good idea! (Unless it’s an ice cream shop with a line out the door. Then you know it’s good.)
Bike around, where you can.
It’s fun, we promise. This should feel good before or after that heavy meal. And we’ll lend you the bike, no charge.
Alternatively, grab a Lyft. You don’t need to rent a car here.
Hit the tasting rooms!
They’re less expensive than you’d think, and you get to sample so many more wines than you would at an expensive dinner out.
Remember that the big-ticket items aren’t going anywhere.
If you wish you could partake in some of the relatively extravagant tourist attractions while in Napa, just know that you’re not alone. The world-class restaurants and wine train of the Valley aren’t going anywhere. Neither are the spas and the Michelin-starred chefs teaching cooking classes at the CIA Copia. There are plenty of activities to get to, and you’ve got plenty of time — now or later.
So, will we see you soon?
What do you like to do in St. Helena and Napa? Budget friendly and otherwise?
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This week, we’re coming to you with your Napa date night plans. Fret not about restaurants and choosing from menus like grocery lists, or deciding on which bar to end up at. We’ve got you covered. Continue reading “Napa Date Night: Here’s Your Easy, Casual Fall Itinerary”
Our own building was constructed in the 1940s, and we overhauled it not much later to become a hotel. We’re very proud of our history and our Art Deco roots. Here, we share the love with five other historic lodgings across the United States. Continue reading “Our Favorite Historic Hotels in the U.S.”
Harvest season is upon us!
This week, we’re taking a look at one of the most renowned wineries in St. Helena and all of Napa Valley.
For this round of recommendations, we check out Ristorante Allegria for you. Pasta lovers, this one is for you! Continue reading “Where to Eat in Napa Valley: Ristorante Allegria”
If you’re looking for something special to do around Napa Valley this September, here are some events to keep on your radar. If you’re not just eating and exploring your way around St. Helena, that is. Continue reading “Events You Can’t Miss in Napa This September”
Wondering where to eat on your little Napa getaway? We’re featuring local restaurants with the best the Valley has to offer. This week: Cook Tavern. Continue reading “Where to Eat in Napa Valley: Cook Tavern”
Summer nights are best spent outside. Add some music, wine, and food, and you’re looking at a perfect evening in Napa Valley. Luckily for those visiting El Bonita Motel this summer, this dream becomes a reality every other Thursday night for Musical Picnics in Lyman Park. Starting on June 8th and going until August 24th, this will be the 29th season of a can’t miss St. Helena tradition. Continue reading “St. Helena Summer Activity: Musical Picnics in Lyman Park”