Since vineyard-hopping is an adult pleasure, where should you stay with your under-age family members while visiting the wine country?
What’s the best way to enjoy a sublime adult experience if you’re touring the Wine Country with kids? Writes Leslie Kopietz, of St. Paul, Minnesota: “Our family traveled to Napa Valley, Califonria and stayed in the Embassy Suites Napa. Love those breakfasts! We thought it was great because there were no crowds, great weather and a relaxed pace. The best thing was the variety of activities; the worst thing was the drive through downtown San Francisco for our morning flight home. We recommend you choose kid-friendly wineries (Sterling is one) and alternate winery stops with other sites, such as the Petrified Forest, the Geyser, etc. to keep the kids happy, too.”
Welcoming accommodations in California’s Napa Valley wine country range from small local inns (some of which won’t allow children under 16) to national chains and large resorts with fun-for-the-family facilities. Then, of course, there are the motels with windmills made famous by “Sideways.” A few samplings of each type of lodging follow:
Burgundy House Country Inn
Tiny 5 unit inn, once a brandy distillery, evokes a small country hotel in France.
Napa Valley Lodge
2230 Madison Street
Elegant guest rooms with balconies and fireplaces. Beautiful gardens.
Wine Country Inn
1152 Lodi Lane
St. Helena 94574
24 room country inn with beautiful views of vineyards and mountains. Rooms have balconies and fireplaces and are decorated with local antiques and hand-made quilts.
The John Muir Inn
1998 Trower Ave (at Calif. 29)
Modern country inn with 60 rooms and complimentary continental breakfast
Embassy Suites Napa Valley
1075 California Blvd.
All-suite property providing privacy for parents and children. Complimentary full breakfast included. Indoor and outdoor pools, spa, sky-lighted tropical atrium with swans and ducks.
The Silverado Country Club
1600 Atlas Peak Road
Luxurious resort especially popular with golf and tennis players. Facilities include 8 swimming pools and two gourmet restaurants. Bicycle rentals, nearby horseback riding and acres of land for exploration and play. Babysitting available.
Call your travel agent or the Napa Valley Reservation Service at 707/944-1558 for more ideas.
This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.