November 14, 2012
NAPA — For the second year, a food and wine festival that boasts some of those industries’ highest-profile chefs and winemakers is aimed at attracting visitors to Napa Valley and providing an economic boost to the region during the tourism off-season.
The five-day Flavor Napa Valley festival at Silverado Resort & Spa near Napa and the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena starts today.
August 13, 2012
NAPA — The Napa Winery Inn, a 59-room boutique hotel that was purchased by hotelier Rick Swig back in May, has officially opened its doors after a $1 million renovation and re-branding.
July 30, 2012
NAPA — The scale of the recently opened $40 million expansion at The Meritage Resort & Spa — effectively doubling the size of it — already is contributing significantly to the resurgence of Napa Valley tourism.
July 23, 2012
Novato-based ET Water Systems, Inc., which offers a range of traditional, retrofit and cloud-based irrigation management products for new and existing landscapes, announced the release of a suite of water budget tools that enable customers to monitor and manage water use in real-time, with graphs and analytics to communicate actionable, water saving data to stakeholders and stay within monthly water budget requirements.
Democrasoft, Inc. (OTCBB: DEMO), the Santa Rosa-based developer of the online Collaborize Classroom education software, announced the completion of a $500,000 interim funding private placement; most of the securities were sold to existing investors.
The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley founder and President, Tracy Hayward, announced the launch of a new warehouse program for local residents and businesses.
Shakespeare Napa Valley will present Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies set in the fantastical world of the “Wild Wild West,” free of charge in beautiful Veterans Memorial Park in Downtown Napa, July 20–29.
The Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
Three outpatient clinical programs in Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Health’s physician network, were recognized for statewide best practices in the California Association of Physician Groups’ annual Standards of Excellence Survey of medical group features and capabilities.
Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s Live Well Be Well workplace-wellness program received platinum certification in the 2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards presented by the National Business Group on Health.
HopMonk Tavern owner Dean Biersch has announced that Novato will be the home of his third craft beer-centric tavern with plans to open fall 2012.
Silverado Country Club, located at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, announced the availability of a limited number of memberships to individuals outside of the Silverado Community for the first time.
Cogenra Solar, a Mountain View-based provider of distributed solar cogeneration systems, announced its first dairy solar cogeneration system at the Clover Stornetta Farms Dairy Processing Plant in Petaluma.
B.R. Cohn Winery, based in Glen Ellen, received three gold medals at the California State Fair Wine Competition for the 2009 Mendocino County Barbera, the 2010 Carneros Chardonnay and the 2010 Russian River Pinot Noir.
Twenty-six volunteers from the business community and government agencies have been working together to conduct interviews throughout the county in recent weeks as part of Sonoma County BEST’s “100 in 100” effort.
United Way recently honored local businesses with their annual Community Partnership Awards.
For the first time in its six-year history, two organizations tied for Nonprofit Organization of the Year in the Napa Community Awards, presented at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa. Community Health Clinic Ole and Community Action of Napa Valley jointly received the prestigious award, selected from among nine nominees submitted by the community.
Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, a project of Homeward Bound of Marin, has received a $30,000 grant to refine and enhance its training program with updated curriculum and a new job coach.
The Sonoma County Harvest Fair judges have announced Santa Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm olive oil is a double gold winner in the fair’s professional olive oil competition.
Novato-based Circle Bank announced that the Redwood Empire Food Bank, which serves Sonoma County and the North Bay, will be the beneficiary of its quarterly charity day program.
SailNapaValley.com, a collaboration between the Napa Valley Destination Council, Napa Valley Vintners and the 34th America’s Cup, launches on June 27 to showcase Napa Valley lodging, wine and culinary offerings for fans and friends of the America’s Cup.
July 16, 2012
Education Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, a project of Homeward Bound of Marin, has received a $30,000 grant to refine and enhance its training program with updated curriculum and a new job coach. The grant from Catalyst Kitchens, an affiliate group for culinary social enterprise businesses, is supported by the Walmart Foundation and will allow Fresh [...]
June 25, 2012
NAPA — Tourism in the Napa Valley has seen positive growth over the last 12 months and is poised to climb upward in the near future, as the region readies for the upcoming America’s Cup while the Napa Valley Destination Council rolls out several new aggressive marketing strategies, industry leaders said Thursday.
May 28, 2012
NAPA — The John Muir Inn has been purchased for $6.8 million by local hotelier Rick Swig, who plans to renovate and re-brand the 60-room property as the Napa Winery Inn.
May 21, 2012
NAPA — After 18 months of construction — and after weathering one of the toughest economic recessions in memory — The Meritage Resort and Spa officially opened a newly built, $40 million expansion that essentially doubles this size of the existing hotel, which it hopes will help boost tourism spending not just at the hotel but throughout the surrounding area.
February 13, 2012
NAPA COUNTY — A bevy of forthcoming or proposed hotel expansion projects this year could have the Napa Valley well positioned if the tepid economic recovery takes full swing in 2013 — and early indications show signs of business returning to pre-rececssion levels, according to hotel managers and tourism experts.
December 12, 2011
NAPA – Tourism in the Napa Valley has seen a significant uptick recently, the result of an aggressive push to bring visitors to the region during the off season with a series of new events and an increased marketing capacity that now includes being named the official wine region of the upcoming America’s Cup in San Francisco.
November 7, 2011
NAPA — The Napa Valley will play host to the first North American Wine Tourism Conference, which aims to highlight trends and issues that impact stakeholders within two sectors that are often intimately intertwined.
October 10, 2011
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August 29, 2011
NAPA — Clay Gregory, president and chief executive officer of the Napa Valley Destination Council, said tourism and hospitality this year has been steadily increasing, a trend he expects to continue, but not without its challenges.
August 29, 2011
NAPA — Just as the Napa Valley hospitality industry is seeing a positive uptick in occupancy and revenue, The Meritage Resort and Spa in southern Napa is currently undergoing perhaps the biggest expansion and upgrade in the hospitality sector in the region.
August 1, 2011
NAPA — The budget has been almost doubled from $2.4 million in 2011 to $4.7 million for 2012 to fuel the creative and aggressive marketing program of the Napa Valley Destination Council, according to President Clay Gregory.
July 4, 2011
NAPA — A $40 million expansion is fully under way at the Meritage Resort and Spa in south Napa.
May 30, 2011
NAPA — The Napa Valley Destination Council will host the first North American Wine Tourism Conference, an event aimed at highlighting trends and issues affecting stakeholders within the wine tourism industry in established and emerging wine destinations.
May 9, 2011
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March 10, 2011
NAPA — Tourism, hospitality and restaurant industry representatives gathered Thursday at the Silverado Resort to officially kick off Flavor Napa Valley, a four-day festival that will celebrate the region’s affinity for food and wine while luring visitors during the off season.
February 28, 2011
The Napa Valley Destination Council expects to open its new visitor’s center in the Riverfront in late March, leaving its previous location on First Street in Downtown Napa