B&B Getaways to Napa Valley Pass “Mustard”
With its picturesque rolling hills and sprawling vineyards, Napa Valley is a postcard-perfect destination for travelers. During the Harvest Season in fall, throngs of visitors pour in from all over to revel in celebratory activities including food and wine pairings, concerts and outdoor movies. Once winter rolls in though, the vines go dormant and the hum of the crowds quiet. But if you’re thinking to right off Napa until next year, think again.
Mustard Season begins in late January and lasts through March. The region’s heavy winter rains bring out the blooming and brilliant wild mustard flowers that blanket the vineyards in a rich, yellow canopy through March. And, while the buzz around the wineries has gone quiet waiting for the wine to ferment, the atmosphere is still festive. Events such as the Mustard, Mud & Music Jazz Festival in Calistoga are a must-stop for visitors to the region.
Off-season also means less expensive airfare, shorter lines around the city and lower rates at Napa bed and breakfast inns:
Built in the early 20th century, The Inn on First is located minutes from the wineries. You can set up a customized wine valley tour with your own private driver, or take a walking tour of 14 different tasting rooms located in downtown Napa. Upon your return to the inn, take a soothing dip in your room’s whirlpool tub.
Enjoy a romantic escape with your sweetheart at the Arbor Guest House. You can indulge with a Signature Couples Spa Treatment before stopping by the inn’s nightly wine reception for a toast. Afterwards, make your way into town for a sumptuous dinner at a gourmet eatery in town.
Want to explore Napa in a new way? At The Milliken Creek Inn you explore the rolling hills on a Harley-Davidson, soar above the vineyards in a hot air balloon at sunrise, or catch a bird’s eye view from a helicopter. When your tour is complete, come in from the cool weather and warm up by your in-room fireplace.
Escape to this intimate hideaway in the southern end of Napa Valley and find a tranquil getaway. This California Craftsman boasts eight rooms with private decks, fireplaces and spa tubs.
Located walking distance to shops, galleries and, of course, wineries, this 4-room inn is an oasis of relaxed elegance dressed in modern décor. After spending an afternoon jettisoning between wineries and tasting rooms, head back to the White House Inn & Spa for a hot tub dip under the stars.
Whether you stay in one of the historic rooms or private cottages, you will experience tranquility at this oasis of relaxed elegance. This 1860’s Victorian is dressed in soothing colors and modern décor while the rooms are individually appointed and feature spa tubs, fireplaces and sumptuous bed linens.
Napa’s Harvest Season is always ripe with joyous crowds ready to toast their favorite Sangiovese or Syrah. But, if you’re looking for something more serene, consider a getaway during Mustard Season.
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