We are overwhelmed by the response from friends, family, past guests and strangers who have donated so generously to our campaign. We appreciate every cent. We started the distribution to our staff members, who are grateful to receive financial support after losing work due to the cancelled tours. Our staffing is still reduced considerably because of a significant drop-off in business, so contributions are still very much appreciated.
We are happy to note that our tours have resumed normal operation . The Atlas, Nuns, and Tubbs fires are at 100% containment as of Halloween day. The area does not expect any further property damage as a result of the fires.
Napa and Sonoma Counties have officially switched from “disaster” mode to “recovery” mode. And you can help with that! Napa and Sonoma are open for business, and we are happily encouraging all visitors to keep their scheduled vacations, or to make new plans to come see us. While the fires are contained, they were financially devastating to the area. The Tubbs fire has been called the “single most destructive wildland blaze in state history.” Insurance officials say it is the costliest in the country’s history. Local businesses - including wineries, hotels, restaurants and tour operators such as ourselves - have lost physical property as well as revenue from the normally large number of visitors that come in October. Choosing to visit Wine Country will make a huge difference in the speed with which we can recover from this devastation. The skies are blue, the air is clear, and you will never meet hospitality members so grateful for and ready to host visitors.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
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