Spread around county, most years in the making and aim at wine tourists

NAPA ? Hotel developers eager to tap into Napa Valley's Wine Country tourism

are either building or planning more than 1,800 new rooms, dotting the county

in Napa, Yountville, American Canyon and Calistoga.

Almost all of the projects are directed at higher-end customers and business

groups and range from towering, big brand hotels to expansions on local names

and faces. Most have been in the works for several years, but recently contractors

and builders seem to be steaming ahead for new customers city officials believe

are on the way.

Tourism officials said the wave of new rooms has been years in the making.

"It may look like hotel properties are booming in Napa and throughout the

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