Napa Valley

Relaxation, Wine, and Napa Valley Beauty at the River Terrace Inn

Napa Valley. Surrounded by serene views and amazing wine, there isn't much better for a weekend getaway. The River Terrace Inn is a beautiful hotel right in the heart of Napa Valley. On your next trip, definitely consider this as your home base for all Napa Valley exploration. We loved it for the location, the rooms, and the amenities.

Location, location, location. If you are flying into Napa, like we did via Surf Air, then this hotel is a short drive from the airport. It is located in the southern part of Napa and is a wonderful gateway to all the local wineries. We enjoyed driving to different wineries all day and then having the River Terrace Inn welcoming us home. There are restaurants in walking distance (head to the Oxbow Market!), and some amazing food within the hotel too!

Part of our passion for travel comes down to our love for hotel rooms. Alli is obsessed with a comfy bed, Bobby loves a great shower, and we both drop our jaws over good views. The room at the River Terrace Inn is comfortable, spacious, and checked all of our boxes in terms of a great hotel room. We slept great, the shower was wonderful, and we were able to enjoy a few glasses of wine on our terrace overlooking the river (We figured the River Terrace Inn would have a terrace overlooking the river… they did not disappoint).

Lastly, the amenities. Everybody is well aware of all the amazing wine right at the fingertips of this hotel, but there are some nice touches that make the River Terrace Inn extra special. First, they have bikes that you can check out to ride around Napa. We were obsessed. Luckily, most of the wineries were just out of our range, otherwise we may have had the bikes all day every day as we rode from winery to winery. Next, they have fun games set out in the lobby for guests to enjoy. We enjoyed a few games of checkers each afternoon! Lastly, the have a wine hour nightly where guests can enjoy different wines for free! If the bikes and checkers did not sell you on this place, trust us on the wine hour (and beautiful river views) that this place is a must!

 We had an amazing few nights at the River Terrace Inn, and we hope you give it a try in the near future. And send us an email about all your favorite wineries!

Three Reasons We Loved Having A Convertible in Wine Country

We recently were in Napa to celebrate our 2-year anniversary where we enjoyed yummy wine, good food, and beautiful views! We partnered with Hertz and were surprised with an amazing Mustang Convertible. While we may have not thought to rent this car on our own, we are convinced that a convertible is a must in wine country. Here are 3 reasons why… 

1. The wind in your hair feels awesome. Especially after a wine tasting or two :) Unless you drive a convertible like this on a regular basis, having the wind blowing over you as you cruise along a highway is a great feeling. As long as the weather cooperates, it is way better than just having your windows down.

2. You can get from one place to another much faster (or at least it feels like you can). We are not encouraging any speeding, but the Mustang we had was fast. We zipped around Napa and probably could have explored 7+ wineries per day. Unfortunately for us, as we have gotten older we get sleepy after 2 wineries (HA!). So our Mustang was able to quickly get us from the wineries, to a nice nap, and then back out for dinner.

3. You can soak up all the sights. Napa Valley is a picturesque area that a convertible allows you to really soak in. We enjoyed driving up random dirt roads that led us to some amazing hilltop views. Whether we were sitting in the car or decided to go for a short walk, the beauty of the valley was all around us. From the driver’s perspective, you also don’t have a hard time checking your blindspot…

For three days we drove back and forth between Napa, Yountville, and Saint Helena. Driving our convertible was one of the highlights as the trip, especially since the weather was so incredible. There are not that many other details you need to know here other than that if the weather is right, you should rent a convertible from Hertz. You will NOT regret it. One last thing… if you are going to be tasting a lot of wine, maybe don’t rent a car at all? Enjoy all Napa has to offer, but definitely be smart to not wine taste and drive!

 Happy wine tasting!