Inglenook Chateau in December
Late December and into January are the slowest times of the year for the Napa Valley. Few visitors choose to travel to the Napa Valley because of the wintery climate. El Niño poses even more of a concern for travelers this season. However, there is much beauty in the Valley to see and experience. This photo of the Inglenook Chateau is just one of many. The air is crystal clear on sunny days and the bare vines look elegant as they sleep and prepare themselves for another year of bearing fruit. There are many attractions along Highway 29 during the Winter season. We like to visit the wineries of Robert Mondavi, Inglenook, Grgich Hills, Louis Martini, Charles Krug and Beringer. These are all along Highway 29. For restaurants, lunch calls for Mustards Grill or the Rutherford Grill. For dinner we always walk, even in winter, to one of the many wonderful restaurants in Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. We always look for lodging that is close to restaurants.