ON APPROACH: What did you see at the last wine country retreat or bed and breakfast or hotel you visited? Rather, what did you notice when you were on your final approach to the destination? We're talking along the driveway, in the front yard, on the veranda, around the parking lot. A lot of rustic retreats put some care into first impressions, meaning that a pond with regal swans may be the first thing you see or a porch with a dozen wind chimes (if you're staying at a funkier getaway). But one thing it is always nice to see, and one rarely sees enough, is a charging station for your vehicle. Yep, you come across them at grocery stores and government buildings around town, but not so often at hotels and B&Bs. Those are really the spots that the electric car owner would love to spy them, because they've likely driven a bit to reach the more bucolic bed-down spot (meaning your car is likely ready for a plug-in). Harvest Inn in Napa Valley, though, is now fully charged on the car-charging front, and they're celebrating with a guest-facing package. The name? Recharge Your Batteries, of course.
THROUGH DEC. 31: The battery-recharger of a deal includes two massages in the garden sanctuary, organic juices in your room, and a Hall Winery wine tasting visit (and, yep, Hall Winery is also outfitted with a car charger). Plus? A Culinary Institute of America gift card totally a hundred dollars. This all very much qualifies in terms of recharge-ability. The package starts at $559 plus tax per night.
AROUND THE VALLEY: There are a number of happenings going down not to far from the Inn's St. Helena-based property. Harvesty events aplenty at area wineries, yes, as well as The Napa Valley Film Festival from Nov. 13 through 17.