Haps in the Napa Valley for the weekend December 1- 6: Holiday Programs begin

Real Estate Agent with Pacific Union International - Christie's Great Estates

Napa Valley in the fall and winter is a fantastic place to be, balloon rides, dashing from wine tasting to wine tasting, holiday food and traditions, golf is great right now, the wineries are abuzz with festivities and there are deals to be had at the hotels and resorts.

Restaurant pick of the week:


 Gillwoods began in St. Helena in May of 1991.
We opened the restaurant in Napa at the Napa Town Center on April 25, 1997.
Ed Gill and Gary Woods welcome your suggestions and comments.

  • We have been committed to serving good, honest food since 1991.
    Although trends may change and culinary fashion will come and go, you can be assured that we will continue to offer breakfast, brunch and lunch in the tradition of classic home style dishes made with the finest and freshest ingredients available.
  • Our own Bakery.
    We bake our own bread, muffins, cinnamon rolls, croissants, and desserts

    Napa Events December 1 -6, come and stay or call me for some recommendations, Stefan C Jezycki, 707-225-3401, or email destinationnapa@gmail.com

    December: Wed-Fridays 6-9pm, Sat & Sunday 11am-6pm, December 21-23 11am-6pm
    Santa will be at Steve's Trees on Solano Ave on the corner of Hwy 29 and Redwood Rd. It is Steve's 25th Year at that location. Professional Photos available printed on site.

    December 1 - 13: Hurleyís Dungeness Crab
    Festival Dining: Growing up in San Francisco, Chef Bob Hurley well remembers many family dinners of a newspaper covered kitchen tables piled high with juicy, sweet tasting Dungeness crab. Chef Hurley is bringing it back to Hurleyís Restaurant. Home was never quite like this! 6518 Washington Street, Yountville Call for reservations. $9 - $32 944.2345

    December 3: Ladies Night at Baker Street!!
    Benefit: Ladies Only night at Baker Street Downtown as a Benefit for Soroptimist Napa! This Free evening will include Pampering, Retirement Planning Discussion, Wine Tasting, Truffles and ìOne Night Onlyî Shopping Specials! The first 50 women who make a purchase, get a Free Gift Bag! Please RSVP at 255.4434

    December 3: Brownís Valley Elementary School Holiday Fair
    This is a great opportunity to find that special gift for everyone on your list. The fair will feature professional artisans, serious home crafters as well as some of your favorite vendors from the farmerís market. From simple to sophisticated we have it all! Everyone Welcome! Proceeds go to BVES 5th Grade Outdoor Education Program. 265-6335

    December 3: Big, Bad Burgundy Tasting at Back Room Wines
    Wine Education: Get your Burgundy boots on, because weíll be showing TEN different Burgundies. Red & White, values and high-end, a great selection. Join our special guest, Importer & Burgundy expert Peter Poulos, as he pours and discusses ten Burgundies, he knows and loves... and we think youíll love them too. $25 226.1378

    December 4: Wine Train Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
    Performing Arts, Dining: The Napa Valley Wine Train is pleased to announce a new Murder Mystery play centering on the clandestine world of the gumshoe. Come prepared to mix and mingle, dress the part, or just get down to business and solve the murder. $135 427.4124

    December 4: Don Vappieís Creole Jazz Serendaders
    Live Music: Dedicated to contemporary performance and recording of classic jazz and Creole compositions, Don Vappieís Creole Jazz Serenaders provides todayís audiences with a glimpse of ìthe real spirit of early jazz,î a period when jazz was the ìpopî music of the time. $25 / $30 226.7372

    December 4 - 5: Holiday Shopping Extravaganza
    Sue F. Payne & Friends present their 14th Annual Event. This two-day show features fine art, fine crafts and fine gifts. Tasty treats and hot apple cider. A special raffle will be held to benefit Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services. The Welcome Grange Hall, 252.4050

    December 4 - 6: Jessel Gallery ñ Home for the Holidays
    Jesselís Treasures and Michael Holmes Designs invite you Home for the Holidays. Michael Holmes Designs 35th Anniversary Events and Party Design. HeARTful gifts and tasty treats. Seasonal Wreaths, Floral Arrangements, Custom Trees, Extraordinary Ornaments & Brilliant Ideas for your Holiday Parties & DÈcor 257-2350

    December 4: Napa Valley Cabernet AVA Tasting
    Back Room Wines pours Cabernets from six different AVAís of Napa Valley. Taste the difference, and enjoy, Cabernet from Oakville, Rutherford, Stags Leap, Diamond Mountain, Atlas Peak and Coombsville. (Tentative list of AVAs). Outstanding, artisan, local Cabs. And we hope you can taste the difference, and taste of place, in each! $25 226.1378

    December 4: Wine Train Moonlight Escape - Long Night
    Dining: Share the magic of the Napa Valley in December as the full moon rises at 4:49 pm. This moon is named the ìFull Long Night Moonî because this is the longest full moon night of the year. $154 427.4124

    December 4: Peju Winery Holiday Open House
    Celebration: Napa neighbors and wine country visitors are invited to Peju for a festive evening to kick-off the holiday season. Shop for holiday wine gifts while enjoying Peju wines paired with small bites. 963.3600

    December 5: Holiday Bed and Breakfast Tour
    Holiday, Celebration: Join us in historic downtown Napa and visit our Bed and Breakfast Inns, festively decorated for this special holiday season. Each inn will host a wine reception featuring a premier Napa Valley winery, paired with a taste of the Napa Valley. Transportation and entertainment will be provided. Many downtown merchants will be offering special discounts to event participants. $55 257.1444

    December 5: American Christmas Starring 12 American Idols
    Live Music: The holidays begin with festive music from many of the freshest and most talented young artists to reach the finals of American Idol. Scheduled to perform: Alexis Stone Lopez, Amy Davis, Brandon Rogers, Chikezie, Haley Scarnato, Jasmine Trias, Lindsey Cardinale, Nikki McKibbin, Nikko Smith, RJ Helton, Sundance and Trenyce. Lincoln Theater, $49, $39, $29 944.1300

    December 5: St. Helena Holiday Home Tour
    Holiday, Benefit: This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience, and will be a perfect opportunity to get some holiday cheer in your heart. Benefiting the children of St. Helena primary and elementary schools. $40 Advance/$45 Day of Event 967.2717

    December 5: Festival of Trees
    Festival, Benefit: Join us for the 17th Annual Festival of Trees, at the Meritage Resort & Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 10:30 a.m. doors open, 12:30 p.m. fashion show & luncheon. All proceeds benefit the Napa Valley Symphony. $85 226.8742

    December 5: Napa CASA The Art of Helping Children
    Holiday, Benefit: Jessel Miller is hosting the 2nd annual CASA Holiday event on December 5th from 6-9 pm, featuring champagne, wine, hors dí oeuvres, a silent auction and holiday music. All proceeds benefit Napa CASA, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing advocacy and support for abused and neglected children in Napa County. $45 257.2272

    December 5: Napa Valley Lighted Tractor Parade in Calistoga
    Holiday, Family Fun: Napa Valley Lighted Tractor Parade in Calistoga held just after dark, is a salute to our agricultural heritage and features a wide range of small to gigantic equipment lighted and decorated bearing every thing from kids to Santa. This weekend begins Calistogaís Classic Christmas Season, which runs thru December. 942.6333

    December 5 - 6: Rutherford Wineries Passport Weekend
    Wine Education: Experience the wineries of the Rutherford Appellation as never before, with exclusive barrel tastings, wine and food pairings,and special Passport Weekend discounts. Event profits are donated to a Rutherford community charity. $65 Weekend/$50 Sunday only 302.1124

    December 5: Cooking with Julie: Festive Dinner Class
    Food Education: In this class, we create an elegant dinner by including a few French classics. Mastering souffles, Bordelaise sauce and the creamy potato and cheese dish Aligot will dazzle your guests. The poached pear dessert is perfect ending. Cheese Souffles, Filet Mignons & Bordelaise Sauce, Aligot, Roasted Broccoli, and Pears in Red Wine with Star Anise $135 227.5036

    Happy Holidays................... 


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