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You Don’t Need a Car in Napa Valley

Exploring Napa Valley for the first time can be daunting.  Our guests Josh & Andrew skipped renting a car, leaving the driving to the experts, and had an amazing time. Here’s how they did it.

Guest Blog by Joshua Kinsey: You Don’t Need a Car

We recently decided to check off a few items of our mutual bucket lists and travel to Napa Valley the week before Thanksgiving 2015.  Little did we know, but that would turn out to be a perfect week – mostly in regards to weather.  However, a few other things also contributed in making our trip perfect … the hospitality director, Eden, at Brannan Cottage Inn … the friendly town of Calistoga … and, of course, the WINE!

Our trip was not on a whim.  I am a very organized individual and thus created an elaborate and very detailed itinerary for our time in the valley.  I was careful to plan winery tours, book a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train and map out the best shopping districts.  But one thing I didn’t do was rent a car!   Keep in mind that the entire Napa Valley region is around 40 miles long … and we had bookings and reservations spread across the entire valley.  So, why would I plan a detailed trip without renting a car?!  Because Eden assured me, “You don’t need a car.”

Now, I am borderline OCD and I worried incessantly over every little detail of our trip – but I never once worried that we would need a car … because I genuinely felt I could trust someone who lives in the valley.  And Eden was right … you really don’t need a car when you visit the valley!  We were able to utilize a whole host of various modes of transportation during our visit.  From Uber to the Tesla/Luxury Electric Wine Tours to the free, on-demand Calistoga Shuttle to a Calistoga taxi to – wait for it – even old fashioned walking!  So, why waste money on renting a car, waste time on driving and sitting in traffic (we used that time to enjoy the scenery!) and waste even more money on gas?   So, I am glad that while planning our trip to the Napa Valley region – down to the most minute detail, mind you – I listened to a seasoned veteran when she said, “You don’t need a car”!

Main photo: Andrew & Josh ready to enjoy a day of wine touring in a Tesla from Luxury Electric Wine Tours

Josh, E & Andrew 10-15
Josh, Eden & Andrew selfie it up on the patio

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