We’re heading into a busy time at Vino in the Valley. While we’re sure to have some warm days ahead, the cooler temperatures and spectacular colors of Fall tend to attract larger crowds than normal. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not trying to deter you from visiting, quite the contrary. We just wish to make you aware and share some “insider” information about less busier times, so you can plan your visit accordingly.
Through the month of September we’re open Thursday evenings from 5pm – 10pm and just this year we also added Friday evenings, from 5pm – 10pm, to our schedule. We’ve welcomed same great crowds on Thursdays and Fridays, however, these would be among our slowest times. If you can plan a weekday visit, you won’t regret it!
Saturdays are by far our busiest days! We open Bella Sera at 1pm for cocktails, with the Pavilion open from 3pm – 10pm for dinner. Bella Sera starts out the day in leisurely fashion; however, once 4 o’clock rolls around, things can get busy. There have been waits as long as 3 hours for dinner, and to be honest, we’ve had to turn people away upon occasion, which is disappointing for us and for them.
There are many factors that determine how busy a Saturday will be, including the weather, the entertainment scheduled, and the number of larger groups with reservations (our reservation policy can be found here). While we can never guarantee how busy we will be in advance of the day, if you are coming from a distance to visit us, we welcome you to call ahead. We’re happy to share any insight with you regarding the size of crowds we expect.
On Sundays we’re open from 12pm-6pm. We tend to start and end the day a little busier, which coincides with traditional meal times. However, if you’re flexible enough to enjoy a late lunch or early dinner, Sunday afternoons are generally a wonderful time to visit, with much smaller crowds and a more leisurely tone to the day. Again, we welcome you to call ahead in advance of your visit to confirm any unusual crowds or events.
Believe us when we say, “We’re worth the wait!” If you visit our Facebook page you’ll see all the wonderful posts and comments from our followers sharing about their Vino in the Valley experiences. Our philosophy has always been open and honest communication with our guests. We’ve become a popular destination and there can be a wait time of up to an hour or more. Even with a reservation, there could be a wait time as we put tables together for your group. Please know we will always do whatever we can to get all our guests seated in a timely manner.
If you do experience a wait, we have plenty of options for you to pass the time:
- Enjoy a glass of wine and take a stroll down to the river, or through the vineyard
- Sit by the gazebo with friends and listen to our live entertainment
- Check out the offerings in our gift shop and the Farmers Market
- Play a game of bean bag toss or ladder golf
When you come to Vino in the Valley, plan on a leisurely, relaxing experience! We want you to take your time and enjoy all that Vino in the Valley has to offer!
Larry and the Vino in the Valley team