Participant Housing & Logistics

Conference participants at the closing picnic

The information below provides some general guidelines for participants; further details are provided in the participant handbook, distributed upon confirmation of attendance. If you’d like to see other or additional information included here, let us know: writecon@napavalley.edu.

 

Housing & Lodging

Participants may request to receive community housing in private homes through our financial assistance application process.

Otherwise, participants are responsible for arranging their own lodging during the conference week.

There are many lodging possibilities in St. Helena, as well as in nearby Napa and Calistoga. It’s best to make reservations as soon as you can, since beds tend to fill up during the summer.

Among the options:

  • Pacific Union College, about 8 miles from campus in the village of Angwin in the hills to the east of St. Helena, offers inexpensive lodging in its dormitories through its summer housing service. A room with two bunk beds is $69 per night for two people and $5 per night for each additional person. A room with either a queen or two twin beds is $78 per night. The conference does not handle placement or reservations; to make arrangements and for further information, consult the guest accommodations section of the Pacific Union College web site or call  (707) 965-6313.
  • The El Bonita Motel on the outskirts of St. Helena offers good value close to campus.
  • The Spanish Villa Inn in St. Helena offers special rates for conference participants.

Further resources for finding lodging:

  • Napa Valley Reservations is a free, locally-owned central reservation service for lodging in the area. The service can match you with lodging that suits your preferences and budget.
  • StHelena.com, the official tourism site for the city of St. Helena, lists local lodging options. VisitNapaValley.com is the county-wide tourism site, offering lodging listings for the city of Napa and other areas of the Valley.
  • NapaValley.com is another tourism site offering comprehensive listings for lodging and other amenities.
  • Airbnb.com and VRBO.com list vacation rentals in the Valley.

Travel to the Conference

Evans Airport Service runs from the San Francisco and Oakland airports to Napa and Yountville. Call (707) 255-1559 for schedules. The shuttle runs north only as far as Yountville, about 10 miles south of St. Helena. Participants can arrange for rides from the airport or the Evans terminal through the participant email discussion group.

Transportation during conference week

We take advantage of our setting in the Napa Valley and schedule some evening events at wineries up and down the valley. It’s helpful to have a car during the week, but if you don’t, try to book rooms as close to the college as you can. We’ll arrange carpools to evening events.

Food

We provide breakfast and lunch on campus served to us by Barbara and Christa, executive chefs of the Napa Valley Cooking School.

On Sunday night we have an informal reception with light supper, wine and other beverages, and we host a picnic on Thursday.

On the other nights, you can plan to dine anywhere you’d like. The Napa Valley is home to some of the finest restaurants in the country, so plan to splurge at least one night (the participant handbook includes a list of recommended restaurants). There is a wide variety available, both in expense and cuisine.

Computers

We have Internet-linked PCs at the St. Helena campus. Unfortunately, there is no student store at this campus and no other source for computer supplies nearby.

Clothing and weather

The weather in the Napa Valley can vary from the 90s during the day to the 50s at night and early in the morning, so bring a range of clothing. Dress for all events is casual.