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The NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley: A Travel Guide for the Connected Age [Paperback]

Paul Franson

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20 Sep 2012
The updated 2014 guide to Napa Valley by Paul Franson, editor of NapaLIfe, the Insider's Guide to Napa Valley for those who live here – or wish they did. The NapaLife Insider’s Guide to Napa Valley tells you what to do and see in Napa Valley. Highly opinionated, it reflects the views of author Paul Franson, who has been writing about Napa Valley from the inside for more than 18 years. Franson publishes NapaLife, the Insider’s Guide to Napa Valley, which each Monday tells its readers what’s new and interesting. He also writes for the Napa Valley Register, Napa Valley Life and many other publications. In the NapaLife Guide to Napa Valley, you’ll learn the stories behind the valley and its people, and learn everything from the best views in Napa Valley to why Napa Valley is the unique place it is. The 2014 edition contains hundreds of changes reflecting new and closed restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms and other attractions.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (20 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147925844X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479258444
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,369,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Franson lives in Napa Valley, where he writes regularly about life and wine in Napa Valley and elsewhere in his NapaLife weekly newsletter, the insider’s guide to Napa Valley both for locals and those who wished they lived there. He also writes about life in Napa Valley for other publications including the Napa Valley Register and Napa Valley Life. In addition, he writes about wine for Senior Connection, Wine Business Monthly and Wines & Vines, the Napa Valley Register, including a weekly news posting at and a wine business column every other Friday in the Register. He has written for the Wine Enthusiast, Food & Wine, Decanter, the San Francisco Chronicle and many other publications. He has traveled extensively to wine regions of the world, from Chile to the Republic of Georgia. He also writes about food and travel. His writing can be found on the Internet at, a web site about Napa Valley for locals and visitors, and at www.Travel, a web site about wine, food and travel. Franson formerly managed a public relations agency he founded in Silicon Valley, worked in corporate public relations, and was a business and trade magazine writer and editor. He has published three books about marketing. He’s lived in Napa Valley since 1996 following a year in San Francisco’s North Beach, and two years on his sailboat in Antigua. He’s an avid home cook and vegetable gardener. He was long a home winemaker but quit after he moved to Napa Valley and found so much good wine to drink.

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5.0 out of 5 stars For the Thoughtful Traveler 12 Mar 2013
By Robert E. Cook - Published on
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I live in the Napa valley. I produce wine and write thrillers here. I've read columns by Paul Franson in the local paper and like his newsletter; he's well regarded. He wrote The NapaLife's Insider's Guide to the Napa Valley and published it back in September. It's a marvelous book. It informs, it entertains and, for the thoughtful reader, it advises in a pleasant, subtle way.

I happened to read to read this book just now because Franson and I share an acquaintance, Jim Conaway, who is releasing a book set in the Napa Valley, Nose, this week. Conaway broke some good china in Napa with his earlier literary efforts. He has a lot more creative room in a novel, so I decided to refresh myself on the area and its history. I poked around Amazon and found Insider's Guide to the Napa Valley. I `looked inside' and read the first few pages, then bought it. It came yesterday. I haven't met Franson; shame on me.

Wow. Good book!

I'm now ripe with Napa background, my valley is a much closer friend and I'm ready for Nose.

Robert Cook
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Napa Insider's Guide to Napa Valley 9 Nov 2012
By Douglas A. Patterson - Published on
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This Guide to what to do when in Napa Valley is organized for easy reference because the headings are things that you naturally look for, like where to picnic or where to go for cool architecture, or history, or off the beaten path, or where to eat, etc, in addition to wineries of various stripes and colors. Further, the language is easy to read yet has depth. Paul Franson tries to educate you while he is answering your questions, which I like. 5 stars.
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy the Kindle Version 4 May 2014
By Bohemian Bon Vivant - Published on
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The content provides a good overview, but I was surprised to find there are no linked indexes. There's literally no way to navigate the e-book other than to thumb through the pages, which takes forever. The book itself I would recommend, just not in Kindle format.
3.0 out of 5 stars Inexperienced traveler 14 Feb 2014
By Jeff Meyer - Published on
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This book is ok but there are no pictures (as was stated by another reviewer) and I found that made the book kind of boring. There was nothing to grab my attention. I am sure the info is fine but it seems to be a chore to read it. A nice map and some enticing pictures would have helped me. The info seems to be pretty brief. I think I'll try a more traditional travel guide.
5.0 out of 5 stars For all Winos 1 Nov 2013
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Although I drink my share of wine, all I really knew before reading this was white or red. This book is a must to read before visiting Napa. It has all the information you need to have a great experience. Great chapter on the wines by type (CAB, Merlot, Zin etc). It has info on many of the 400 or so wineries/vineyards in NAPA. The restaurants of mention were all excellent. It's written from the viewpoint of a local rather than some outsider with limited experience. I always buy travel books about a place before I visit, and this is the best I have seen yet. Takes a bit of getting used to it with it's atypical organization, but once you get used to it, it becomes a NAPA bible. There were no pictures which I think is also a good thing. It could benefit from an Index, although with such a diverse content it would be hard to construct.
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