Traveling on an antique train through the picturesque Napa Valley sounds like a marvelous adventure, but if you’re in a wheelchair it can also seem impossible. Fortunately the Napa Valley Wine Train has thought of nearly everything to make this incredible experience accessible to all, even those of us with limited mobility. (more…)
Visiting the estate at Sullivan is like visiting a very nice family home. In the 1970’s Jim and Johanna Sullivan built their home in the Napa Valley and started growing grapes. They built the winery next door to mirror the house and created a serene environment for their family and winery guests. Today Sullivan is one of the few family owned wineries in Napa Valley.
Surrounded by vineyards on the floor of the Napa Valley, the wide open views in every direction were the first thing I noticed arriving at B Cellars. The contemporary architecture of the dramatic winery building was the next. Open less than a year, this is a property that was designed to make a statement. I knew I was in for a wine country experience immediately upon arrival.
Downtown Yountville is foodie heaven with Michelin starred restaurants like French Laundry and Bouchon, and it’s a charming little town for a walk/roll around. Downtown Yountville is also the home of Hill Family Estate. This family owned boutique winery is right on Washington Street, the main drag through town and is a definite stop on a wheelchair accessible wine country tour.
After a gorgeous drive through the redwoods on a winding country road we arrived at The Hess Collection and realized we had found a hidden gem. Located 20 minutes outside of Napa, The Hess Collection is a special destination where a world class art collection is part of the wine tasting experience. Both are located in historic stone buildings connected by contemporary architecture and are fully accessible.
The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club is in its second year and already a valuable asset to this small community. Sonoma, CA is known for it’s world class wineries and wine tasting, but the Stompers introduces a whole new activity for kids, families, and sports fans. I don’t happen to be a sports fan, but when the new owner Eric Gullotta invited me to attend a game to check out the wheelchair accessibility I said “yes”! (more…)
The newest winery in the Sonoma Valley is also one of the most spectacular, as well as one of the most wheelchair accessible. Hamel Family Wines opened in June 2014 and raised the bar for the Sonoma Wine Country experience. Conveniently located in the Valley of the Moon less than 5 miles from the historic Sonoma Plaza, it’s hidden from the highway, tucked behind rolling hills and vineyards. (more…)
Black Bear Diners and small towns of the Western United States seem almost synonymous. With 42 properties in California, and another 26 scattered in another 7 states these guys have been serving up home-cooked meals for nearly 20 years. The service is friendly, the food hearty and delicious, and the signature chain-saw bear sculptures adorable. And it’s wheelchair accessible.
The stately Greek Revival building that houses Sonoma Arts Live is a National Historic Landmark built in 1915 yet is wheelchair accessible after a recent renovation. What is Sonoma Arts Live? It’s a new consortium of local theater companies and it’s taking Sonoma’s arts and culture scene to a new level. We saw “Noises Off”, the second production of the 2015 season, with 4 more productions coming through October.