The accessibility guide to the Sonoma/Napa Wine Country.

I’m Jeanne Allen and I use an electric scooter. I love to travel but, like others with limited mobility, I’m often frustrated by how difficult it is to research and plan a trip. We baby boomers are slowing down, but we do not want to give up traveling. As canes, walkers and wheelchairs become more common to the aging population, so do the places that accommodate them. The missing link is the information and knowledge. That’s why I created incredibleACCESSIBLE – an at-a-glance, accessible travel guide to give people with limited mobility, and their travel companions, the knowledge, confidence, and inspiration to travel.

My dream is to expand incredibleACCESSIBLE into a global resource. I’m starting in my backyard creating THE Accessibility Guide to Sonoma/Napa Wine Country. I’ll feature hotels, wineries, restaurants, shops, and points of interest, visiting in person and reporting to incredibleACCESSIBLE.com. Come with me on my journey. You will get a first-hand account of the things that matter  where to find accessible parking, entrances, seating and restrooms, and helpful staff that ensure an accessible experience.

Be empowered to go places you weren’t sure you could go and to do things you weren’t sure you could do.

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Farmstead
Napa Valley Film Festival Accessibility Review, November 12-16, 2014 – St. Helena

St. Helena is quintessential Napa Valley and the heart of St. Helena is the vibrant and historic Main Street filled with galleries, restaurants, shops, and wineries.  The gateway to St. Helena is Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, a three acre food and wine destination, and this weekend a film venue, village center, and wine tasting pavilion.

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Yountville
Napa Valley Film Festival Accessibility Review, November 12-16, 2014 – Yountville

The autumn colors were raging in Yountville during the NVFF and set the tone for a beautiful sunny day to meander through the village, watch films, and sip wine.  Yountville is the first town that you’ll come to after leaving Napa, and is filled with world-class restaurants and renowned wineries.

 

Yountville has 3 film venues at the Napa Valley Film Festival- Barrel Room 1870, Yountville Community Center, and the Lincoln Theater.

 

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Gliderport
Napa Valley Film Festival Accessibility Review, November 12-16, 2014 – Calistoga village

Calistoga is about a 30 minute drive up the Napa Valley from the town of Napa.  Though there are only 2 theaters it is well worth the drive just to see the beautiful Napa Valley.

 

 

 

Silverado Trail

There are 2 highways that go from Napa to Calistoga.  Highway 29 goes by Yountville and through St. Helena, so is the one to take if you’re stopping in either of those towns.  The Silverado Trail is the faster route, with much less traffic, if you’re not making any stops, and the scenery the entire distance is gorgeous with vistas of hills, vineyards, and wineries.  We took the Silverado Trail.

 

IMG_3014Our destination was Indian Springs Gliderport where there was a theater as well as Calistoga’s Village Center and Wine Pavilion.

 

It was unclear if there was accessible parking so we parked in the gravel lot next to the Napa Valley Film Festival sign.  This is a recommended improvement for next year!  Calistoga needs better accessible signage for both the parking and the restrooms.  This year there was not accessible parking next to the theater because the NVFF banner created an automobile barrier to the long roadway that leads to the theater.  Fortunately I use an electric scooter so I was able to cover the distance without effort, but those with canes, walkers, and manual wheelchairs would have a problem.

 

The Gliderport Theater is pretty rustic!  This is where accessible parking should be located next year and though the ground is a bit uneven due to loose dirt, it should be workable for most people.  The portable restrooms are also a needed improvement.  Not only were they standard size, there was a step to enter them, making it difficult for anyone uncomfortable with stairs.  The entrance to the theater, however, was perfectly accessible as was the theatre itself.

 

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This really was a gliderport at one point in time, and in fact Chip and I took a glider ride from here on our 1st wedding anniversary.  A thrill!  But now it works beautifully as a theater, and a space for my scooter was no problem.  We saw a great and inspirational documentary, “Underwater Dreams”.

 

 

Calistoga

After the film the search was on for the accessible restroom, and we found it back at the Indian Springs Art Gallery, which is also the location for the Village Center.  It’s a long walk from the theater, so next year the accessible portable toilet is a necessity.

 

The Indian Springs Art Gallery serves as the Wine Pavilion for Calistoga, but as we were there on Wednesday evening, the Wine Pavilion had not been set up yet.  The Wine Pavilions are open every afternoon, Thursday through Sunday.  The Gallery was a wide open space with an accessible entrance, so should have been perfect.  The Gallery owner showed us around and I loved the art, well worth a trip back.  The Village Center, an opportunity to purchase t-shirts and hats, was set up right in front of the Gallery.

 

CalistogaCalistoga’s Village Center and Wine Pavilion, aka Indian Springs Art Gallery, located at the Gliderport.

 

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