Join Auberge du Soleil in Support of the Napa Valley Vine Trail
There is a grassroots effort to build a non-motorized, hike-and-bike trail from Calistoga to Napa to the Vallejo Ferry in the coming years.
The Auberge du Soleil Hotel, a proud member of the Bay Area Green Business Program, is committed to numerous initiatives that benefit our environment and community. Auberge is an active member and supporter of The Napa Valley Vine Trail. We feel that the Vine Trail will create a welcoming and environmentally responsible experience for visitors and locals alike, while restoring Napa Valley for generations to come.
Auberge du Soleil gives $2 of each guest reservation to local environmental endeavors, specifically at this point in time to the Napa Valley Vine Trail.
The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition is a volunteer based non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of Napa’s countywide trail. The 44 miles of recreational trails will follow Highway 29 that begins in Vallejo and will run north through the Napa Valley, parallel to the Wine Train Tracks.
The Vine Trail, when finished, will be a 10-foot wide, multiuse path—“for walkers, runners, bikers, everybody”— and will traverse some of Napa’s most famous vineyards and wineries. Any vineyard or winery that fronts on Highway 29 will be within 50 feet of the trail. Wineries along the way will be asked to designate spaces in existing parking lots for those seeking access to the trail.
“The trail won’t just be for tourists,” Chuck McMinn of Vineyard 29, says, “as studies show that at least half of the usage will be by local residents.” About 7.5 miles of the trail already exists in rough form, and easements for the rest are expected to be obtained over the next year. “All the owners we have talked with are enthusiastic,” McMinn says.
When complete, the 44-mile trail will significantly reduce the community’s carbon footprint by replacing 150,000 automobile trips per year, and is expected to positively impact Napa County’s annual economy by $75 Million.”
On Wednesday, April 14th, all of the parties involved in making the first dedicated segment of the Napa Valley Vine Trail possible – Yountville Public Works, CalTrans, NV Vine Trail Coalition, and others – gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking and officially toast all of the hard work that has gone into making the project a reality. “The first section was just dedicated in Yountville—about 4,000 feet,” says McMinn, who heads a vine trail coalition of 18 community organizations including grape growers, vintners and environmental organizations.
A construction kick-off event was held on Saturday, May 22. The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition was at Napa’s Oxbow Market to launch the Vine Trail membership program and create awareness and gather support from the community. Special guests Congressman Mike Thompson and Executive Director, Chuck McMinn were also in attendance.
Connecting to our community and the success of the Napa Valley Vine Trail is so important to Auberge du Soleil that we have taken an active participation in the project. Our Managing Partner, George Goeggel, is a board member of the Vine Trail and, our Director of Sales and Marketing, Kara Adamson is on the Marketing Committee.
We hope our actions will provide worthy examples for others to try. Even small personal contributions can have an enormous impact on the well-being of our global community.
Though the Vine Trail has made great strides since becoming established as a California nonprofit corporation, they still need your support:
To Donate to the Napa Valley Vine Trail or for more information on the project, volunteering or to advocate please visit www.vinetrail.org