Guess Who Returned to Town in April? Occupancy!

April TOT (transit occupancy tax or bed tax) numbers are in, and occupancy is finally catching up to previous years. For all hotel rooms, the Town saw a percentage of 63, and in 2019, we were at 67%. I would say that we saw more groups and gaggles of large gatherings as group business returned

This Is Why Our Town Supports the Yountville Chamber of Commerce

Residents often ask me why the Town of Yountville helps fund our local chamber. In the budget for 2022/2023, there is a bit over $300,000 earmarked for the chamber. Did you know our chamber also does double duty as a DMO (destination marketing organization)? I have the answer for you; at the May 17 Council meeting,

Things That Make Yountville Great

Yountville Chamber of Commerce 2022 Business of the Year for Ranch Market, Too Let’s continue this theme and share the details on Yountville Chamber’s Business of the Year; Ranch Market, Too. They have always deserved this recognition and the last two years have amplified what Ranch and owner Arik mean to our community. What was

Dunbar Provides Hands-On Experience for Napa County District 3 Supervisor

I support the extensive experience that John Dunbar will bring for Napa County District 3 Supervisor when I cast my ballot. With discussions throughout Napa County and the entire state of CA focused on housing, climate change, fire preparedness, traffic, and much more, Mr. Dunbar has the experience to immediately get to work on these

TOT March 2022 (by now you should know how this is going to play out…)

Once again, the smaller hotels (62 rooms) far exceeded the larger hotels (393 rooms) in the occupancy category, 72% vs. 52%. ADR (average daily rate) for the smaller hotels increased a bit over last month to $460, and the larger hotels dipped slightly to $813. Townwide, this meant an occupancy of 55% and an ADR

Wall Street Journal Fires the First Shot!

Fresh on the heels of our conversation last week about February 2022 TOT, it is interesting that a publication that caters to the travelers who can afford Yountville writes an article to knock down the Napa Valley. Lettie Teague, Wine Columnist for the WSJ, asks, Who Can Afford Napa Now? Not This Wine Columnist. Further states that

Campaign Contributions for CA and Yountville 

April 26, 2022 Campaign Contributions (cont.) A letter to the editor in the Yountville Sun was also part of the Public Comment at the Council meeting. The author brought up a few good points about campaign contribution limits. What are your thoughts? Comments? Feedback? Here is the letter. Thank you for the opportunity to offer a comment

Sensational Headlines/Trigger Words/Vocal Minority

I believe it’s time to address the discussions taking place in our Town. I keep seeing and hearing the word divisive thrown around quite a bit lately. Many are also using community, pro-business, and voices not being listened to as triggers to get a response to their way of seeing things because, in their perception, this is the right way