How to Visit Napa Valley on a Budget (Yes, You Can Afford It!)

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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.

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Our King Homestead room.

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.)

Deciding in advance on more restaurants than you’ll need to get to will give you options. Choose unique spots with dishes you can’t find at home. We have plenty of recommendations for just that.

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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.

biking is one way to tour napa valley on a budget

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.

The beautiful wine country provides plenty of good experiences on its own. Check out these hiking trails or any of the public parks and beaches.

So, will we see you soon?

What do you like to do in St. Helena and Napa? Budget friendly and otherwise?

St. Helena Summer Activity: Musical Picnics in Lyman Park

Two people drinking red wine at Musical Picnics in Lyman Park

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”