Press Release: How to Save Money on a Napa Valley Vacation

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client_SilveradoResort.gifNAPA VALLEY, CA -  Napa Valley is a vacation destination with abundant resources - incredible wineries, memorable cuisine, unusual cultural attractions, innovative spas and distinctive resorts. While the Valley has long drawn visitors from around the world, there is a persistent perception that the destination is always expensive. Not so, says the staff at Silverado Resort, an elegant resort that has been accommodating guests since 1968.

The resort's staff offered these suggestions for trimming the costs of a Napa Valley vacation:

  • Travel midweek. Monday-through-Thursday rates for Silverado Resort's one- , two- and three-bedroom condominiums can be as much as 25 percent lower than weekend rates.

  • Share a two- or three-bedroom suite with friends or family. The more people sharing, the better the per-person pricing.

  • Just ask. Take advantage of the Silverado Resort's free concierge service by calling in advance of a visit and inquiring about special events and discounts in greater Napa Valley. Or simply meet with the concierge upon arrival. The Silverado concierge also has coupons good for free wine tastings and other offers.

  • Travel off-season. Napa Valley is a year-round destination, with moderate weather and activities during every season. Still, the majority of Napa Valley's visitors travel during the summer months. Silverado Resort recommends off-season travel such as February, when the valley's mustard is in bloom and the ever-popular Napa Valley Mustard Festival is staged. Among the many events, chefs from around the Valley show off their culinary creativity by developing cuisine that showcases the festival's namesake - mustard. Room rates are significantly lower in the winter than in the summer.

  • Book a package. Silverado Resort offers a variety of themed packages  featuring significant savings. The best deal of the year is the "Golfer's Dream Package," with a savings of more than 50 percent off regular rates. Offered Nov. 28, 2008 through Feb. 28, 2009, this package includes one night in a suite and a round of golf for two. It is priced at $199 per night midweek and $289 on the weekends. Other packages include "Spa Girl," "Family Extended Stay," "Napa Valley Experience," "Golf Classic" and "Golf and Spa."

  • Dine in at least once. The resort's fully equipped kitchens make it easy to prepare a meal - simple or elaborate - and it can be significantly cheaper to make a meal or two at your home away from home than to eat every meal in a restaurant.

  • Visit wineries that are open by appointment only. Though seemingly exclusive, these wineries often offer the most personalized and thorough winery experience, and they are never crowded. Silverado Resort's concierge can make appointments for resort guests.

  • Search online for deals and suggestions. For example, lists family-friendly wineries, including those with picnic areas. Another site,, provides special offers and tastings for wineries on the Silverado Trail, Napa Valley's "Road Less Traveled." Neighbors to the Silverado Resort, the Silverado Trail wineries also feature special events such as the biannual Silver Pass weekend, with special discounts and events.
Silverado Resort features one- , two- and three-bedroom condominium suites surrounding the fairways of its two championship golf courses, a spa, multiple swimming pools, tennis courts and other recreational offerings. It also offers two restaurants, the Grill at Silverado - popular with Napa Valley residents as well as guests - and Royal Oak Restaurant. Appetizers are also served in the resort's main lounge.

For more information or reservations, call (1) 707-257-0200 or (1) 80-532-0500 or visit

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The tip about traveling offseason is the best. The deals in Napa Valley on lodging drop significantly. Resorts and hotels usually in the $300 to $400 range will drop to the high $100s to mid $200s. And, this is California so it's not as if it will be that cold in the Winter.

Same thing goes for midweek. And I recently discovered that at most places midweek includes Sundays! If at all possible, I tell folks just slightly re-arrange your schedule to do a Sunday - Tuesday stay. The amount of savings is significant at many places. In addition, a lot of hotels over special incentives for midweek stays since they have a tough time getting reservations.

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