This small city stretches north to south along Highway 29 and is bordered by the Napa River on its eastern side. American Canyon was officially created in 1960 but saw its first settlers arrive in the early part of the 1800s.
It wasn't until 1850, a year after California was granted statehood, that settlers began to arrive. The area was sparsely populated and didn't see much development until residential and commercial sections developed between 1900 to 1927. In the years following World War II, American Canyon became something more than an unincorporated section of California and was formally incorporated In 1992.
Now, American Canyon is home to industries that support the wineries and vineyards of Napa County. Its location is ideal for those who want to have the opportunity to go to San Francisco and tour the wineries found in American Canyon and the surrounding Napa Valley. But whatever your reason to visit American Canyon may be, you want to book a room at a hotel with everything you need to make your stay a wonderful experience.
When to Visit American Canyon, CA
Peak tourist season in the area begins in August and lasts until October, corresponding with the annual grape harvest. If you want to avoid the higher prices that come with peak season, you should plan your stay for anytime between November and May. You'll save money on the cost of hotel rooms, meals, drinks, and even winery tour packages. And coming in during the end of the harvest season gives you the opportunity to catch the harvest as it's winding down and enjoy the beauty of Napa Valley in fall.
Alternatively, you can come to the area during spring to see the flowers in bloom and the vines beginning to sprout their leaves, but you want to schedule your trip for as close to May as possible. The region gets unreliable weather patterns, and the likelihood of getting rained out for the day is very high. The region sees an average of 3.5 inches of rain each month so make sure to bring an umbrella along, just in case.
American Canyon is located 46 feet above sea level, which means the weather is going to be more like the northern states of Oregon and Washington than that of Southern California. Temperatures in the winter can get as low as 37 degrees overnight and as high as 55 during the day. Peak temperatures aren't until April, when temps start climbing toward 70 degrees during the day and 50 at night. You're going to need some layers to stay warm even in summertime as the average lows are in the 60s.
In the event you want to put up with the higher cost of touring the area during harvest season, you'll find it worth the price. There are lots of interesting things to do, like watch the grape harvest and the beginning of wine making. Visitors get to participate in wine tastings at each vineyard, but there's the added attraction of experiencing picking grapes by hand and smashing them into wine with your bare feet.
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Luxury Hotel Options in American Canyon, CA
4 Star Average Prices: $273.00
Want to have a resort experience while tasting wines in American Canyon? The Meritage Resort & Spa is perfect for you. Rooms come with a king bed, a private balcony that's perfect for dining outdoors, plush bathrobes, a Keurig coffeemaker, a mini fridge with a complimentary bottle of wine, a work desk with an ergonomic chair, high-speed wireless internet, and an in-room safe that's large enough for a laptop. Don't miss out on the spa, named one of the best in California. It's in an underground cave, which means the air temperature is always perfect and the atmosphere calm and soothing.
You'd be excused for thinking the Carneros Resort & Spa looks like a rural ranch from a distance, because it does. This is not your ordinary resort where architecture rules the day. You stay in cottages that look like they were once home to ranch hands but were remodeled by a top interior designer. All the accommodations are designed to let in as much air and sunlight as possible while maintaining privacy. Open the patio doors to let in the morning sun and air or hang out on the porch in the evening to watch the sun set over the nearby vineyards.
Affordable Hotel Options in American Canyon, CA
3 Star Average Prices: $177.60
There are quite a few affordable hotels in American Canyon, which makes it an ideal place to stay when looking to save money on a hotel room. It's a short trip to the rest of the wineries in the region and about an hour (without traffic) to get to San Francisco.
The Fairfield Inn & Suites is right on Route 29, giving you easy access to the nearby golf courses and sites like Lake Berryessa and Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, where there are trails for hiking and locations for camping. Rooms and suites at Fairfield Inn come with one king bed and a sofa bed, a desk with an ergonomic chair so you can work in comfort, and a pantry area with a mini-fridge and microwave so you can make food in your room when you don't feel like going out.
In the event you're traveling with the family and want to stay near family-friendly activities, the Americas Best Value Inn at Six Flags Vallejo is an excellent choice. It's located near the amusement park but also within easy driving distance of American Canyon. Desk staff is available 24 hours a day to help you with your needs and can help you navigate the area. Rooms come with a 32-inch flat screen TV with satellite and premium channels to keep everyone entertained, an in-room safe so you can lock up your valuables, a microwave for convenient food preparation, and some rooms come with a mini-fridge.