Articles by Melanie Haiken

Thanksgiving Weekend in Napa: 5 Fun Things to Do

Thanksgiving Weekend in Napa: 5 Fun Things to Do November 25, 2010 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Thankgiving on the Train If you aren’t hitting the slopes this weekend, maybe what you crave is a wine country getaway. Some fun reasons to head for Napa: 1. Eat Thanksgiving dinner aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Relax with family and friends and savor the scenery while executive chef Kelly...

First annual Napa Valley Film Fest gets off the ground

First annual Napa Valley Film Fest gets off the ground November 16, 2010 | Events, Nightlife, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
The first ever Napa Valley Film Festival launched this weekend with a series of parties, films, and festive events showcasing what’s planned for next year, when the festival officially begins. A first for Napa, this is going to be a full-scale international filmĀ  with a world-class selection of...

Harvest Time in Napa – Have Some Country Fun!

Harvest Time in Napa – Have Some Country Fun! October 16, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Bringing in the grapes in Napa Thanks to the unusually cool summer we’ve had out here in Northern California, the grape harvest is running about three weeks behind schedule. That’s good news for those of you who haven’t made it out to Napa for a harvest season weekend getaway or outing;...

Napa, Sonoma Unite for Food & Wine Fest

Napa, Sonoma Unite for Food & Wine Fest September 30, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Be part of launching something really special: The first ever Napa Sonoma Wine and Food Festival takes place October 15th and 16th. The inaugural event includes wine, food, and fashion, bringing together world-renowned winemakers, celebrated chefs and local designers. A variety of events are planned,...

Napa’s Playground Fantastico: A Fantastical Time for All

Napa’s Playground Fantastico: A Fantastical Time for All August 21, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Turrets and drawbridges make Playground Fantastico a perfect setting for fairytale fun Just a few blocks off Highway 29 but unknown to all but local Napa parents is Playground Fantastico, one of the wildest and most fun playgrounds in the Bay Area. Built by hand by a team of dedicated community members,...

Carpe Diem Wine Bar Opens in Downtown Napa

Carpe Diem Wine Bar Opens in Downtown Napa July 23, 2010 | Food, Nightlife, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
The Carpe Diem wine bar adds new pizzaz to downtown Napa nightlife Sieze the day and visit the hip new wine bar Carpe Diem that just opened this month in downtown Napa. It’s the brainchild of three young wine-lovers, sommelier Steve Distler who’s a New York transplant, and local kids Scott...

The Iron Chef Morimoto Arrives in Napa

The Iron Chef Morimoto Arrives in Napa July 15, 2010 | Food, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Iron chef fans, your hero is here in the Bay Area: Masaharu Morimoto opens Morimoto Napa this weekend in the now-hot Riverfront development downtown. Iron Chef Morimoto Cooks Napa Cuisine The menu will be as varied as you’d expect from this multi-talented chef, but Morimoto’s announcement...

Savor Napa’s Bounty at the St. Helena Farmer’s Market

Savor Napa’s Bounty at the St. Helena Farmer’s Market July 5, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Famed Napa chefs like Farmstead's Seamus Feeley demo their best-kept secrets at the St. Helena Farmer's Market on Fridays. If you’re looking for the authentic Napa, you’ll find it tucked away behind a baseball field in St. Helena. Just a few blocks off Highway 29, the St. Helena Farmer’s...

The No Tour Bus Napa Winery Tour: 5 Favorite Small Napa Wineries

The No Tour Bus Napa Winery Tour: 5 Favorite Small Napa Wineries June 25, 2010 | Food, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Experience winemaking history at Ehlers Estate If your heart sinks when you pull into a winery parking lot and see a football field-sized parking lot crammed with tour buses belching exhaust, you may be tempted to give up on Napa altogether. That would be unfortunate, because the old Napa is still there,...

Farmstead: Napa’s Perfect Wine-Tasting Pit Stop

Farmstead: Napa’s Perfect Wine-Tasting Pit Stop May 15, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Sheamus Feeley's chocolate pie Just 12 miles north of Yountville, at the southern edge of St. Helena, drivers headed up-valley can’t help but wonder as they pass Farmstead, the latest project of Napa’s Long Meadow Ranch. Located on an enormous piece of property that once belonged to the...