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Old 08-25-2014, 10:35 AM
 
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My apologies if this should go in the larger general earthquake thread, but I thought there might be others who come to this forum for the same question.

My wife and I are vacationing in the Bay Area over Labor Day weekend, and we were planning on three days in SF plus a couple days in wine country. We don't have any particular wineries selected yet, but had been looking at some in/near St. Helena (Chappellet, Inglenook) as well as Napa and Sonoma.

Is it still an okay time to visit? I'd still prefer to go of course, both for selfish reasons (wine! fun!) and to support businesses that may have suffered some losses. Should I be concerned about damages, or perhaps visit Sonoma or Napa, or even try to go with some of the places further away from the quake's epicenter (Healdsburg?).

Basically, any quake-related travel advice would be appreciated. Including advice of 'don't overthink this, just do what you would have done anyway.'
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Old 08-25-2014, 11:05 AM
 
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My apologies if this should go in the larger general earthquake thread, but I thought there might be others who come to this forum for the same question.

My wife and I are vacationing in the Bay Area over Labor Day weekend, and we were planning on three days in SF plus a couple days in wine country. We don't have any particular wineries selected yet, but had been looking at some in/near St. Helena (Chappellet, Inglenook) as well as Napa and Sonoma.

Is it still an okay time to visit? I'd still prefer to go of course, both for selfish reasons (wine! fun!) and to support businesses that may have suffered some losses. Should I be concerned about damages, or perhaps visit Sonoma or Napa, or even try to go with some of the places further away from the quake's epicenter (Healdsburg?).

Basically, any quake-related travel advice would be appreciated. Including advice of 'don't overthink this, just do what you would have done anyway.'
It is still a fine time to visit. There was substantial damage in downtown Napa, and some wineries suffered cellar losses, but I have yet to hear of any that are closed to visitors due to the quake. You should be fine in St. Helena, or anywhere in Sonoma County and virtually all of Napa County. Most wineries are not in the city of Napa, but along the highways between towns. By Labor Day I expect you'll hear some good stories about the quake, but everything will operate normally, including downtown Napa.

So yes, do what you would have done anyway. Even some of the wineries I've heard of that were hardest hit are only planning to delay harvest by a couple of days, so my sense is that the quake is not affecting day-to-day operations much.
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Old 08-25-2014, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Living through a few earthquakes, much stronger than this one, I know how quickly things get back to somewhat normal. You can go, have a great time, help the economy and with the exception of seeing some damaged buildings you will hardly be aware of the earthquake.
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:25 PM
 
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I encourage everyone who can to visit the Napa Valley during the Month of September. Go buy some wine, eat, be merry. Help the business community.
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:35 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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By all means, come and visit! In San Francisco, there was no damage at all. You'd never know anything happened.

Some of the wineries in Napa Valley were even open yesterday. There was a feature on local TV last night showing people eating and drinking in downtown Napa restaurants.
Here is a similar story:

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/vacatio...714502997.html

Don't worry. Enjoy your visit!
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Old 08-26-2014, 04:18 PM
 
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Check with the hotel you're staying at to make sure they are still open. The Westin Verasa Napa sustained some damage and the hotel is closed until this Friday from what I've seen. However, they planned to open for the Labor Day holiday weekend - so it couldn't have been intensely destructive damage.
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:05 PM
 
Location: San José, CA
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I believe the Hilton Garden Inn Napa was shut down as well. Fairfield is an excellent alternative because of its proximity to Route-12 at a fraction of the cost as long as you don't mind a 10-minute or so drive to the first winery and about a 25 minute drive to downtown. The Courtyard in Fairfield is a dump, but the Hilton Garden Inn there and the Hampton Inn in Suisun are really nice.

For the wineries, I haven't heard of any actually closing. Many just lost some of their inventory but will recover nicely. I'd definitely visit.
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