Napa Valley is everybody’s idea of luxury, but what you don’t know is that everything luxurious there doesn’t necessarily have to be so expensive. That’s good news for couples who wish to have their honeymoon in Napa Valley on a budget. Here are a few useful tips on how to score affordable deals while honeymooning in the Wine Country.

Plan to visit Napa Valley in the winter, where tourism activity is at its lowest. Hotels generally slash rates by as much as 40% to 50%. Hotels that are “untouchable” during the summer suddenly become affordable in the winter as lodgings are absolutely much cheaper in this season.

Many hotels offer packages to coincide with a specific season, so be on the lookout for them. For example, if you want to spend your honeymoon in the Napa Valley during Christmas, Thanksgiving or Valentine’s Day — many of the packages include deluxe rooms (often with a king-size bed), a dinner for two, spa and/or Jacuzzi, and visits to the wineries. There are also honeymoon packages and special offers regardless of the season, so be on the lookout for them, too. Some of these special packages offer free rides on the Napa Valley Wine Train where you can have a romantic dinner on vintage wheels.

If camping and “roughing it” are your idea of honeymoon bliss, then you can save a considerable amount by skipping the pricey lodgings costs. You only have to bring your camping gear, or an RV if you have one, and stop at one of the popular camping sites in the Napa Valley. Many of them offer romantic scenery, and the best of all, they’re conveniently near valley’s most popular towns. Choose Chaparral Cove by Lake Berryessa where you can also swim, suntan (during the right season,, and do water sports. The Enchanted Hills Retreat has miles of hiking trails and a heated outdoor swimming pool. Skyline Wilderness Park is another option but it also offers equestrian trails for horseback riding

Flying in a hot air balloon will be the highlight of your honeymoon getaway in Napa. As you gently float above the ground below, you’ll meet the sunrise, and enjoy the lovely Napa Valley landscape below. Gently floating in blue morning skies, you will enjoy the lovely Napa Valley landscape, which is blanketed with the bright yellow blooms of the wild mustard taking over the sleeping vineyards. The emerald green rolling hills and valleys complete the picturesque scene, adding to the romantic atmosphere of your Napa Valley honeymoon.

Balloons Above the Valley (BATV) is here to answer your questions about flying in a hot air balloon. Do you want an exclusive balloon ride and then a table just for the two of you after the flight? BATV offers exclusive hot air balloon flights as well as a private table for just the two of you at our post-flight brunch with delicious and seasonal food and sparkling wine. Before the flight, enjoy our breakfast that consists of freshly baked pastries and hot Starbucks coffee. Since the rates of our “Exclusive Flights” package vary, contact us to discuss the price and reservation details. You may reach us by calling our phone number 707-253-2222 or sending an email to info@balloonrides.com.

It is possible to save money when planning a honeymoon in Napa Valley. However, be sure to plan for a romantic, breathtaking sunrise hot air balloon flight with BATV.