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Holiday Vibes

By Bob McClenahan

Holidays in Napa Valley are a special time, when things slow down, allowing us to reflect on the year and share memories with family and friends. And 2020 will not likely go down as a favorite year for, likely, anyone. And I think we’re all looking forward to putting 2020 far, far behind us.

Around the Valley, a lot of wineries are decorated, and driv - ing along Highway 29 is just dreamy, as the lights glow in the misty air. Calistoga Ranch lights up its vineyard with strings of twinkles. Far Niente has a beautiful Christmas tree hidden away in its wine caves. Cakebread has the entire Santa sleigh team on its roof.

The Napa Riverfront is cheery and bright, and it’s a great place to watch the lighted boat parade. Bunny Foo Foo is dressed up as Rudolph. The Wine Train rolls down the tracks on the way to the “North Pole,” filled with families eating cookies and sipping hot chocolate. Yountville becomes the brightest town in the Valley during the Holidays in Yount - ville celebration.

Afterward, while the vines are still sleeping, the ground in be - tween them blossoms with vibrant yellow mustard. Tourists pull off the highway and pull out their cameras to capture the stunning colors. The valley floor is carpeted in it, and the best way to see it is from a hot air balloon.

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