Senior Citizens Visit Napa Valley

Jun 17th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Travel

My wife and I just returned from a trip to Northern California with a special interest in Napa Valley.  Having been a tour group leader on a dozen trips to France for Elderhostel (now called Exploritas ) on Food and Wine trips, I wanted to visit this area of California. It was a wonderful experience and I wanted to share it with you. Napa Valley is one of the premier travel destinations in the world. Breathtaking views abound at every turn – mustard in the late winter, picturesque rolling hills planted with vineyards year-round and wineries of every stature dot the landscape. Whether you are wine tasting, dining at renowned restaurants like the French Laundry, pampering yourself with a mud bath in Calistoga, or just enjoying your stay at quaint bed & breakfasts, hotels or resorts … Napa Valley is your spot of heaven on earth.

If you are searching for a “first-class” tour, check out this site  For over a quarter century, California Wine Tours has provided the finest in wine country transportation and wine tours of Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley and Sonoma County.  Their knowledgeable guides and drivers, combined with their luxurious, highest quality vehicles have made them a leader in Northern California. As a full service transportation company, they can accommodate groups of any size. California Wine Tours operates New Lincoln Town Cars, Corporate Suburbans, Stretch Limousines, Custom Vans, Mini Buses, Full Size Motor Coaches, specialty vehicles, and environmentally friendly vehicles.   This site provides all the information about tours and fees.  Another tour for $99 per person is available at

Another site has information aboutInns and B & Bs as well as Hotels, Motels and Lodges.  Be sure to have a good map of the various wineries with you as there are so many that are practically piled up one on top the other.  The scenery along the trail is awesome.  We took Hwy 29 north of Napa to Calistoga and then descended the valley back to Napa via Silverado Trail on the eastern side of the valley.  You may choose to print a pdf file with the names of the wineries as we did.  It was so special to drive into the estates of Beringer, Cakebread, Mondavi, Charles Krug, Sterling and Livingston and there are dozens of others along this route. 

Lastly, we asked our hotel concierge (Best Western) where a neat restaurant/wine tasting place was in town.  We were given the name The Bounty Hunter.  We highly recommend BH to you.  It was loaded with customers and we were able to sample several wines and eat/dine at the bar.  The website for The Bounty Hunter is helpful

“The name’s Pope, Mark Pope, aka “The Bounty Hunter” and welcome to the Bounty Hunter Rare Wine website. For the past decade we’ve made it our business to track down the hottest wines and luxury lifestyle provisions at Attraction type: Bar/club 975 First Street Napa, CA Tel: 707-255-0622.”  For 88 reviews go to Google and input bounty hunter wine bar napa.  One comment fits our feelings perfectly…”We had such a great time and such great food that we went back two days later.” 

Enjoy your tour and Napa Valley.  jeb

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