For first time visitors to Napa the best choice for lodgings may be Calistoga at the north end of the valley. These tour book authors and guides explain why.
So many times when people write about Napa they mention Sonoma in a back handed way, despite the fact that Sonoma is a bigger wine tourism destination than Bordeaux, Burgundy or Tuscany. Also, their history is more significant than Napa and the wines more diverse. Here the authors comment on one more very silly exclusion.
Seeing the real Napa, not what most people experience on the main road, is a case of getting off the beaten path. In this article the authors take George Taber task, author of the book, In Search of Bacchus, for missing out on the best of Napa in favor of its public persona.