Friday, October 30, 2009

Downtown Napa Series… "Where the Valley Begins"

This is the first in a series of postings about my Downtown Napa Valley trip October 27th-29th. There is too much to share to cover it all in one blog entry, so I am going to break down my journey by each place I visited. Each post I will label "downtown napa series", so that it can be easily accessed on the side column of this site. There are so many people who made my trip enjoyable, and I hope I don't leave anyone out as I write over the next few weeks.

For over 150 years, the present-day site of Napa along the Napa River has served as a center of commerce, government, and information for the Napa Valley. The area was founded in 1847 by Nathan Coombs, and actually has more pre-1906 structures than any other Bay Area city.

Downtown Napa is located off CA Highway 29 & Hwy 221 in Napa County, so it's the split to the right as you are headed towards St. Helena and Rutherford.

First things first, I want to let you know about tomorrow's Hometown Halloween Parade and Pet Costume Contest. It begins at 1:30pm at the corner of Main & Pearl Streets in downtown Napa. Then at 2pm the parade kicks off. Black and orange balloons will designate businesses that are participating in the parade and children are encouraged to stop in to each one for treats. Sponsor Umpqua Bank's volunteers will lead the parade and have also built backdrops for picture. Kids will be able to pose with the cast of the Wizard of Oz and the Nightmare Before Christmas. For more information, go to Napa Downtown.

For the adults, later that day, there will be a Halloween Salsa Party at Ceja Vineyards Downtown Tasting Salon from 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm offering by the glass specials and 30% off all wine bottle purchases (including wine to take home!) Complimentary beginners Salsa lesson at 7:30 followed by an intermediate class at 8:30 pm then music by DJ Cocoroco! Take part in a chilling costume contest, a wine raffle, and tricks & treats! For more info call 707-255-3954.

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