Napa Valley on a budget

Napa Valley on a Budget
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Just because you're broke doesn't mean you can't have a good time in Napa Valley. Take those beer cans piling up in your recycling bin and trade them in for a trip to Napa for some budget wine tasting travels! You CAN do Napa on a budget, especially when you use FREE two-for-one coupons and go on free tours. Dine in the best cheap restaurants and when it's time to crash, sleep well knowing you're in a best value Napa hotel. This is the Best of Napa... on a budget!

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UPDATED FOR SPRING, 2014 - Free coupons below!

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Acacia Vineyards: A bit off the beaten path but worth seeking out - reservations required but two for one is the deal. Coupon / Map

Andretti Winery: That's right, Mario Andretti. Get a Two fer One tasting and check out the wines and racing history. Coupon / Map

Artesa Vineyards: A cool new winery focued on ultra-premium that a normal guy like you can taste....now that there's a 2 fer 1! Coupon / Map

Baldacci Family Vineyards: In the Stags Leap District on the Silverdo Trail, check out the Cellar Reserve Tasting and get $20 tasting fee waived with a $40 purchase. Coupon / Map

Beringer: An iconic winery, beautiful setting with the historic grounds and stone building. Coupon / Map

Bouchaine Vineyards: The oldest continually operating winery in Carneros with beautiful Chardonnays and Pinots. 15% off purchases. Coupon / Map

Beaulieu Vineyard: Let me help you pronounce this one - just say "BV". There, that's your French lesson for the day. Now go taste with a cool 2 fer 1. Coupon / Map

Castello di Amorosa: The Napa castle is a "must see" winery. Their coupons come and go but it's always worth checking to see if it's active. Even without a coupon you should do this winery! Coupon / Map

Cakebread: Grrrrr, ok, you have to work for this one but it's worth it. Cakebread is a wonderful stop and great tasting experience. You have to download the app on the coupon link to get the freebie. Tell them Local Wally sent ya! Coupon / Map

Ceja Vineyards: Here's an easy one. Get a Two fer One just for showing your screen to the pourer. Coupon / Map

Chateau Motelena Winery: Remember that movie "Bottle Shock" where the Napa winery kicked the French's butt? This is the winery that made the chardonnay! Read the fine print on this one - it's worth it but you have to download the app first. Coupon / Map

Chimney Rock: On the Siverado Trail is this Cape Dutch-inspired winery. Get a free treat with a tasting. What's the treat? Go find out! Coupon / Map

Clif Family Winery: From the folks who make the Clif Bar (I am not kidding), get five bucks off and the $15 tasting fee waived if you buy two bottles. Coupon / Map

Clos Du Val Winery: I really like these guys. I mean REALLY like them! Get your 2 fer 1 coupon here. Coupon / Map

Conn Creek Winery: Right in the heart of the valley on the Silverado Trail side, if you like cabs you need to stop in - made all the better with a two for one. Coupon / Map

Consentino Winery: Impatient? Then make the first winery on Highway 29 your first stop. Located next to Mustards, a great stop for lunch. Coupon / Map

Cuvaison Estate Wines: A cool contemporary winery in Calistoga area, perfect for a nice sunny day. Coupon / Map

Domaine Chandon: The coupon is back! Fantastic first stop for a glass of bubbly, essential! Coupon / Map

Duckhorn Vineyards: I know, it's sort of a silly name for a winery but it's the last name of the owners so don't you feel stupid? Two fer One! Coupon / Map

Etude: Cab lovers, pinot lovers, coupon lovers, this is your stop! Coupon / Map

Flora Springs: Whacky looking tasting room on Highway 29 next to Dean and DeLuca, another essential stop. Coupon / Map

Franciscan: $5 off any tasting just by showing the coupon on your smartphone. Great winery! Coupon / Map

Cakebread wine tasting in the backyard

Girard: Located in Yountville, more like a wine bar than a winery with cool music. Coupon / Map

Grgich Hills: I can't believe it, one of my favorite wineries and part of The Judgement of Paris! Try the chardonnay. Coupon / Map

Hagafen Vineyards: Pay attention, free wine alert on the Silverado Trail! . Coupon / Map

Hess Collection: Off the beaten track, a scenic drive up the mountain, great art exhibit, two-for-one. Coupon / Map

Jamieson Ranch (Reata): Two fer One Cheese Plate. Yes, they have wine. And cheese. On Hwy 12 before you get to the valley. Coupon / Map

Markham Vineyards: Yes, a real Two fer One wine tasting! In St. Helena. Coupon / Map

Louis M. Martini: Stop complaining, it's a two-for-one! Coupon / Map

Merryvale Vineyards: What a lovely winery made all the better with a two-fer-one. Coupon / Map

Michael Mondavi Family Estate: OK, not the Mondavi you were looking for but can you really complain when I found you a two for one coupon? Coupon / Map

Glass droplets hang from ceiling at Hall

Napa Cellars: Putting a modern spin on classic Napa in the Oakville area. Coupon / Map

Paraduxx Winery: The sister winery of Duckhorn. Pair of Ducks? Get it? Now get the two-fer-one! Coupon / Map

Peju: Incredibly fun tasting, especially when Alan the server starts rapping about wine. I'm serious! Coupon / Map

Reata: Located before you get to the heart of Napa, make this a stop along the way. Coupon / Map

Rutherford Hill: With a great cave tour and picnic grounds, and now a $10 off bottle coupon, what's not to like? Coupon / Map

Silverado Vineyards: A beautiful setting, gorgeous views and great wines. Coupon / Map

St. Clement Vineyards: A small, premium winery with a great two for one coupon. Coupon / Map

St. Supery: One of my favorite boutiques with free self-tour and art gallery - great wines, too.. Coupon / Map

Sterling: The tram ride to the top of the mountain is the main attraction, made better with $5 off coupon.. Coupon / Map

Sutter Home Winery: They invented the White Zinfandel but don't be a wine snob, especially when the wine if free. Yes, free. You don't even need a coupon, but print one anyway so you remember. Coupon / Map

Tamber Bey Vineyards: 100% estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot  Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Chardonnay in St Helena. Two-fer-One reserve tasting. Coupon / Map

V. Sattuii: Free upgrade to the good stuff. V. Sattuii is a great stop, nice picnic grounds.. Coupon / Map

Whitehall Lane Winery: Come visit a small, family owned winery in the Rutherford area and not only get a two for one, but a FREE t-shirt if you buy 6 bottles. Coupon / Map

Wineries of Napa Valley: More of a wine shop than a winery, sample wines from various wineries in one stop. Coupon / Map

 

free tastings and tours

UPDATED 2014
Sutter Home's beautiful grounds

"FREE TOURS": Some wineries still offer a good bargain by combining a tour with the tastings. Sadly, the days of free tours of the vineyards and winemaking process are over.

St Supery: A free self guided tour, free art exhibit, and a cool aroma sensory interactive display so you can test your skills at sniffing out wines. Website / Map

Inglenook : Inglenook has been relaunched by Francis Ford Coppola. Gone is the movie memorabilia, but the tour and tasting is still one of the best. Website / Map / Cost: $50

Robert Mondavi Winery: Signature tour and tasting takes you from grapevine to cellar, a terrific introduction to how wine is made. Website / Map / Cost: $25

Castello di Amorosa: Taking 13 years to build and using only authentic Old World construction techniques, the famous Napa castle is an essential stop. You can drop in for a basic tasting ($16) but to see the castle you must do the tour, which wraps you around the 121,000 square foot castle, into the dungeons and through the caves to a private tasting area. Website / Map / Cost: $33

Frog's Leap: An old frog farm becomes a winery and offers a tour of their facilities and farm. Fun and engaging, light and lively, you start the tour with wine and taste along the way, making this one of the best tours in Napa. Website / Map / Cost: $20

FREE BARREL TASTING WITH STANDARD TASTING FEE

Grgich Hills: Mike Grgich was the winemaker behind the "Bottle Shock" winning chardonnay in the 1976 Paris blind tasting's Visit the winery on Fridays from 2 to 4 for barrel tasting's, included in your tasting fee. Website / Map / Cost: $15

 

best value napa hotels

Dr Wilkinson's mud baths

River Terrace Inn: A full featured hotel that acts like a resort, full complimentary breakfast with eggs and meats, contemporary room decor, walk to The Wine Train. Website / Best Rate Guaranteed

Best Western Elm House: A "charming" Best Western, this downtown motel is more like a boutique hotel than a budget chain motel. Best Rate Guaranteed

Embassy Suites: Not your typical corporate Embassy Suites, this one looks like a destination resort. Best Rate Guaranteed

Hilton Garden Inn: A smaller Hilton at a smaller price, located in-between downtown and Yountville. Best Rate Guaranteed

Don't be fooled by cheap hotels that are far away from the wineries. All of my hotel recommendations are minutes from the action and good enough I'd send my Mom to them.

Marriott: A recent remodel updates the rooms and the full spa keeps the wife happy. Best Rate Guaranteed

Silverado Resort: Can be surprisingly affordable. Full golf course on site. Best Rate Guaranteed

Rancho Caymus Inn: An oddball eclectic boutique, located steps away from Rutherford Grill and right in the heart of Napa Valley. Best Rate Guaranteed

Dr. Wilkinson's: Home to the original mud baths and one of the best (and inexpensive) spas in Napa. For the adventurous, but why not? Best Rate Guaranteed

Napa Inn: A bed and breakfast in downtown Napa, nice rooms and setting. Best Rate Guaranteed

 

 

cheap eats, napa style

 

Beer can chicken at Bounty Hunter

Gott's Roadside: Formerly Taylor's Refresher, everything is the same except the name. A gourmet "drive in" burger joint, now with a location downtown in the Oxbow Market. Website / Map

Hog Island Oysters: Incredibly fresh oysters, half off during Happy Hour on Tues and Wed, making them basically a buck or so apiece. $3.50 pints to wash it down. Website / Map

Bounty Hunter: Home to the Beer Can Chicken dinner for 2 ($24), Happy Hour ribs for $5 and BBQ sampler plate for $10, 2 for 1 "house" wines (not crap, good stuff!) . Website / Map

Tra Vigne Pizzaria: While FoodTV chef Michael Chiarello is long gone from Tra Vigne, the food quality remains as good as ever. Huge pizzas and no corkage, fresh salads and reasonably priced pastas. Website / Map

La Luna Market and Taqueria: An authentic Mexican market aimed at he local workforce with a take out counter in back offering tacos, burritos, and other Mexican fare. Grab some to go for a delicious picnic, budget Napa-style. Website / Map

Red Rock Cafe and Back Door Barbeque: A tiny "locals only" eatery downtown, burgers, sandwiches and BBQ. Burgers for $6.50, or go large with the $18.95 combo with chicken, beef and pork, big enough to split. $1 corkage, so bring in that good bottle to enjoy with your budget meal. Website / Map

Buster's Southern BBQ: Rustic to say the least, Buster mans the BBQ's and everyone eats at picnic tables. Located as you enter Calistoga, a worthy stop for BBQ lovers. Website / Map

Uva Trattoria: OK, not really a cheap restaurant but you can get in and out without spending an arm and a leg if you stick with a pizza and split a salad. Stay for live jazz but don't blame me if you go over budget. Website / Map

 

how to plan a napa picnic

Oakvile Grocery offers gourmet provisionings

STEP 1: BUY GOOD STUFF TO EAT

The ultimate cheap lunch in Napa is a fresh baguette, cheese, salami, and some gourmet mustard. Bring that extra blanket from the hotel and a bag of ice from the machine to keep things cool and let's go shopping!

Near Downtown: Trader Joe's (3654 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa, 707.256.0806) or next door at Whole Foods (3682 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa, 707.224.6300)

Yountville: Ranch Market Too! market and deli (6498 Washington St. Yountville, 707.944.2662)

Silverado Trail: Soda Canyon Store, market and deli (4006 Silverado Trail, Napa, 707. 252.0285)

Highway 29: Oakville Grocery, a great stop even if you're not shopping for picnic supplies. (7856 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville, 707-944-8802)

St Helena: Dean & DeLuca, a high end gourmet store (607 South St. Helena Highway, St. Helena, 707.967.9980)

Rombauer Vineyards has stunning views

STEP 2: FIND THE ULTIMATE PICNIC SPOT

Not every winery allows picnics due to code and those who do ask that you purchase a bottle to use their grounds. They'll even open it and supply you with glasses.

HIGHWAY 29

Inglenook Rubicon Estates: The bistro tables under the trees feels more like Europe than Napa. Though they officially do not allow picnics, they rarely kick anyone out for breaking out a snack. Website / Map

Alpha / Omega: With the comfy lounge chairs in front of the fountains on the dog friendly patio, you could stay here all day. website / map

Hall: A boutique winery with picnic tables under the trees surrounded by modern art. website / map

Frank Family: Beautiful grounds and picnic tables and off the beaten path. Worth seeking out. website / map

SILVERADO TRAIL

Regusci Winery: Picnic tables under the olive trees makes this feel like you're in the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun". website / map

Robert Sinskey: Gorgeous winery and picnic ground website /map

Rutherford Hill: With picnic tables overlooking the valley below, a stunning view - though recommended by many concierges so can get busy. website / map

Rombauer: A secret find, the beautiful gardens take you to hideaway picnic spots and beautiful views. website / map

 

 

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