How to Plan a Family Vacation to Napa During COVID-19

Whether you’re planning to travel this fall or for the holiday season for your next family vacation to Napa, you’ve decided it’s past time for a change of scenery and are ready to book a vacation in the Napa Valley / Sonoma region. But now, you’re wondering what to expect and how to stay safe while you’re making the journey from home to the wine country.

If that’s the case, you’re in the right place! We’ve put together a list of various considerations and tips to help you plan your vacation to Napa Valley with family and friends.


Choosing your method of transportation

How will you be traveling? Air, car, bus, train… or, perhaps it’s time to pull out the RV? No matter which mode of transportation you choose to get to Sonoma County, there are factors to keep in mind for each type. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided an extensive list of considerations for various types of travel.

Transportation to Napa / Sonoma

Checking cleaning procedures for your accommodations

Here, at The Wine Stay, we are taking proactive measures that go beyond our already high cleaning standards. This includes placing a 72-hour hold between guests. We are ensuring guidelines provided by the CDC are being adhered to and have confirmed that the products being used to disinfect each of our vacation rentals will remove 99.99% of microscopic organisms on surfaces.

Our housekeeping teams are experienced and trained to both vigorously clean and disinfect all hard and soft surfaces at every vacation home. You can read more about how our team is ensuring cleanliness and your safety by checking out our cleaning brochure.

If you’re not staying with us, we recommend asking about the cleaning standards before booking a reservation for your upcoming family vacation to Napa.


Preparing everyone for staying safe while traveling

Have a conversation with the entire group to make sure everyone has an understanding of the best practices during your journey to the wine country, especially children. Here are some guidelines from the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Keep 6 feet of distance between you and others
  • Wear a face covering when in public places
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue (or use the inside of your elbow)
  • Take advantage of restaurant drive-throughs and/or curbside pickup

If you’d like to read the most updated version of this list with more information, you can visit the CDC’s website.


Packing pandemic travel essentials

The “new normal” has prompted many of us to begin carrying different kinds of supplies than we previously have — this includes:

  • Hand sanitizer, at least 60% alcohol
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Face masks
  • Travel thermometer and any medications that will be needed while you’re away from home
  • If traveling by car, reduce stops on the road by packing plenty of food and water for your journey

COVID-19 What to Pack for Family Vacation

Staying up-to-date about travel restrictions and warnings

Some state and local governments still have requirements in place. However, as of September 24, 2020, California has no statewide travel restrictions. If you have specific questions for your family vacation to Napa / Sonoma, please contact us and we’ll do our best to answer your questions or point you in the right direction.


Plan outdoor activities in advance

Our in-house sommelier is happy to say that many of the vineyards in the Napa Valley regions have reopened and are taking reservations for wine tastings again! We want to make your vacation as smooth as possible and are here to create a customized wine experience. If you’re staying with us, you will also be provided with an extensive welcome packet when you arrive that has local winery maps for your convenience. 

Other social-distancing friendly activities include arranging a private 5-star chef to create and prepare a meal at your private vacation home, exploring the countryside by taking a guided bike or hiking tour, or discover the Russian River by going on a canoe or kayaking adventure! Even plan an adventure to go on a hot air balloon ride.

Due to many businesses limiting the number of people they’re allowing at once, we recommend securing reservations before you arrive (if available). Want to learn more? Take a look at all the ways you can enhance your stay for an authentic Wine Country experience!

Outdoor Things to Do in Napa on Family Vacation

Important reminders

Please remember not to travel if you tested positive for COVID-19, have had flu-like symptoms, or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. We are asking our guests to contact us should this be the case to discuss options.


Haven’t reserved a vacation home yet?

We’d love to help you plan your upcoming family vacation to the Napa Valley / Sonoma County area! Our secluded vacation homes feature a variety of luxury amenities — from private pools and hot tubs with breathtaking wine country views to relaxing retreats on over 2-acres. Still need to remain connected during your time away? All homes have access to high-speed internet and more. Search all of our properties now or give us a call!

Napa Valley and Sonoma County Vacation Rentals