When I think of Napa I think of rolling hills covered in grape vines, wine tasting, and fancy dinners. We did that trip with another couple a few years ago and it was so much fun, but this trip was a little different.
When SheKnows recently contacted me about visiting Embassy Suites in Napa Valley with the whole family I couldn't say no. And, now I can say, Napa is just as fun with the kids. This trip was much, much different than before, but definitely no less fun.
Most of our time was spent in the pool. The indoor and outdoor pool.
Let me back up. Eric and I and our four kids spent one night at the Embassy Suites Napa Valley. As soon as we pulled up to the hotel we ooohed and ahhhhed at how beautiful it was. When we walked in the front door to check in I was impressed with the beautiful interior of the main building. The staff were so sweet and helpful.
We brought our luggage up to our room and immediately changed into our swimsuits and headed to the pool. We also made it in time for the Complimentary Evening Reception, so we enjoyed our complimentary snacks (turned dinner) and cocktails (adults only, of course) in between swimming in the indoor pool and jacuzzi and making our way outside to swim outdoors. The kids were so stoked that there were two beautiful pools onsite.
Our two-room suite was clean and sweet and functional and perfect for a family (and would also be perfect for a romantic wine-tasting) getaway. Our stay was made extra special with a bottle of wine waiting for us when we checked in and we all slept comfortably and soundly. Well, Silas did get kicked in the face in the middle of the night, but I guess that's all part of sharing a bed with your little sister.
The grounds were beautiful, but not stuffy. I loved the beautiful fountain in the middle of the property with ducks and swans swimming around. I also loved the succulents used around the property as decor.
The guests were mostly adults (we were in Napa Valley, after all), but there were several other kids and we didn't feel out of place at all. One thing I noticed was how many staff were present. Not in an obnoxious way, but things were taken care of quickly and there was always someone available to help or answer a question. They were all super friendly, too, and many of them smiled and said hello to the kids.
Eric and I had plans to put the kids to sleep in one room and then watch a movie in the other room after they went to bed, but we ended up falling asleep as we laid down with them. Figures. I guess swimming tired us all out.
The next morning we woke up and headed down to the delicious complimentary hotel breakfast (made-to-order omelette, potatoes, and sausage for Eric and I and the kids were in total breakfast heaven with cereal, muffins, and fruit). Of course, we swam again- in both pools- and hung out in Napa for a little bit before heading home. (We went to Copperfield's Books and got Kara's Cupcakes at the Oxbow Public Market.)
Such a wonderful mini end-of-Summer trip. Thank you SO much, Embassy Suites and SheKnows. If you are traveling this Fall or Winter and there is an Embassy Suites in town I highly recommend it for your stay. You can also find Embassy Suites on Twitter and Facebook.