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Napa quake: 3 hotels shut after shaker; wine train to restart Tuesday

Napa sustained damage in the 6.0 quake Sunday, but travelers shouldn't cancel plans yet.
Attractions like Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in nearby Vallejo opened for business Sunday

If you were planning to head for Napa Valley's wine country over Labor Day weekend, don't cancel plans until you check with your hotel. The 6.0 earthquake that shook the wine country early Sunday temporarily closed three hotels and halted the popular gourmet wine train, but other areas say they remain only marginally affected.

Aftershocks continued Monday after the 3:20 a.m. quake Sunday that was centered about nine miles south of Napa. Hotels affected by the quake are telling travelers via social media and website that they expect to reopen soon.

The Andaz Napa at 1450 First St. says on its Facebook page that the hotel as well as the restaurants and bars were closed Monday (today) and will remain closed until further notice. The hotel asks guests to call (800) 323-7249 or contact @hyattconcierge on Twitter to check on their reservations.

The Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa at 3425 Solano Ave. [(800) 228-9290] and the Westin Verasa Napa at 1314 McKinstry St. [(888) 627-7169] also had notices on their Facebook pages that they too were temporarily shut and that guests should call about bookings.

The Napa Valley Wine Train, which takes wine lovers and gourmets on three-hour excursions between Napa and St. Helena, closed Sunday and Monday but is expected to reopen Tuesday. The tracks, train, bridges and trestles have all passed inspection, a company spokeswoman says. The commissary where food served on board is made had lost power too but "chefs were prepping away" on the Tuesday reopening.

Attractions like Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in nearby Vallejo opened for business Sunday. It will be open its regular hours next weekend and Monday as well, according to its website.

Vallejo County and nearby Sonoma County put out the word to the media that they are definitely open for business — especially with the upcoming holiday weekend.

"We are very fortunate that the quake was short-lived and the damage was minimal here," Ken Fischang, president and chief operating officer of Sonoma County Tourism said in a Monday statement.

Yountsville, St. Helena and Calistoga say they received little damage and are open for business too.

Historic buildings in Napa that were damaged include the Goodman Library, the Alexandria building and the historic county courthouse, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Some Napa homes have been red-tagged, and hundreds of properties still haven't had water restored.

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