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Follow These Tips to Finding the Right Limousine

My sister’s birthday is coming up in about a month and I thought what a fun idea it would be to rent a limo to Napa or Sonoma for the day, just like my husband had done for me for our anniversary.  You can read all about it below.  She turns the big 3-0 so I figured it should be something more spectacular than another gathering around the house at mom’s with dinner and cake.

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I had called a few places up to get quotes on an 8 passenger limo.  It’s interesting how differently each company quotes.  Some give you all-included rates, which includes driver’s tip, taxes, and fuel cost.  Other’s charge rates without including the tip.  So if you are price shopping, be sure to keep this in mind.  Many will include complementary champagne and bottled water with the trip.

It was also interesting to learn that some companies are small family-run businesses with only a 3-car fleet, while others were bigger and had a fleet size of 15 or more.  See here for party bus options.  I’m always for helping small local businesses.  Something you may want to consider if you want to bargain or negotiate a lower price is to ask for an all-cash option.  When I asked around, many were willing to reduce the cost  by 10%.

If you are particular about how the limo looks, you may want to ask for a photo of it or ask to come view it.  You may also want to ask what year the vehicle is.  Many limo companies run older limousines from 2003-2015.  In some cases, the older limos tend to be quoted cheaper than the newer more sought after ones.


Besides inquiring about rates, you will also want to find out how the reservation process works.  I’ve called around 5 companies so far and have gotten very different answers.  One company doesn’t requires only credit card information to hold the limo, no deposit required.  And they charge the full amount day of trip.  A second company requires a $150 deposit with credit card info and will charge the remaining amount on day of service.  A third company requires a $200 deposit and charges the full amount 2 days prior to trip for credit card payment or will take remainder on day of trip if paying in cash.

Definitely do your due diligence and your research.  Finally, don’t forget to ask about their cancellation policy.  I have gotten answers from 3 days to one week before trip.


Published by Janelle, on April 8th, 2015 at 9:58 pm. Filled under: LimosNo Comments

My Surprise Anniversary Limo!

Hi guys, thank you for taking the time to visit my website.  So last weekend, my husband surprised me with an amazing anniversary trip to Napa in a rented limousine!  Mind you, I’ve never had the privilege to ride in one in my life and so you can imagine the look on my face when I saw a gorgeous white stretch limo pull up outside our home.  I’ll admit, for a minute, I thought they were here to pick up my neighbors because why in the world would a limo ever be here for us?  lol.  We’re just an average middle class couple who you wouldn’t typically see riding in something so fancy.  Well, I was shocked beyond words.

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Our limo driver Ted was so courteous.  He greeted us, opened our door and offered us glasses of complementary champagne!  Not to mention very knowledgeable about the Napa wineries and its history.  We were very impressed!  The ride up to Napa was so beautiful and scenic.  We enjoyed the lovely views of the valley and the rolling hills.

We were taken to several wineries, including Robert Mondavi, Castello di Amorosa, Domaine Chandon, Sterling Vinyards, and Beaulieu Vineyard.  We also stopped for a picnic lunch at V. Sattui which is an absolutely beautiful winery and picnic area.  They offer fresh deli selections, meats, cheese, and all sorts of spreads and wines for your enjoyment!  It was great!  Ted was so patient and waited for us at every winery stop so that we could enjoy our wine tasting.  He even cleaned our wine glasses during stops.

After getting a bit of wine in, we stopped quickly at Bouchon Bakery to pick up some of my favorite macarons–raspberry, chocolate, pistachio and caramel.  A trip to Napa would not be a trip without a stop here!  The hubby then surprised me to dinner at Morimoto Napa, which was awesome because I’m a huge fan of Iron Chef America, and obviously, this was one of Morimoto’s restaurants.  Everything we ordered was delicious!  The Sea Urchin Carbonara, the Whole Fish, Toro Tartare, Morimoto Sashimi, Pork Belly with Congee, it was all delectable!  For dessert, we tried the mango sorbet over white chocolate ganash with yuzu pearls and pop rocks, tofu cheesecake, and the “Mango caviar” panna cotta with mango jelly tapioca.  I would definitely recommend this place to anybody who wants to try Japanese cuisine taken up a notch.  You won’t have to drool behind your television screen every time you watch the judge tasting!  You can taste for yourself!

Anyhow, we must have spent about 8 hours in Napa and Ted got us back home.  I just can’t enough I wonderful this limo company has been.  For any of you looking for fantastic limo service, I highly recommend San Francisco Limo Company here www.sanfrancisco-limo.com.  It was the first time I had ever ridden in a limousine.  And I will tell, it will probably not be my last after this experience!

I just want to thank my wonderful husband for putting together one of the best wedding anniversary gifts ever!  He definitely out did himself.  I am so ever grateful for you in my life.  I love you!

Published by Janelle, on August 16th, 2014 at 5:44 pm. Filled under: LimosNo Comments