With power still out in some places, quake-damaged older buildings and closed streets, tourism officials recommended that visitors stay away from downtown Napa Sunday, and possibly Monday.

But wine tourists shouldn't put the rest of their Napa Valley excursions on hold, as restaurants, shops and wineries further up the valley -- including in Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga -- experienced little damage, according to a statement from Tom Fuller, a spokesman for Visit Napa Valley, one of the region's tourism associations.

Nine miles north of Napa, Yountville sustained little of the damage affecting its neighbor, and most of the town's hotels, restaurants, retail shops and wine tasting rooms remained open, said John Dunbar, Yountville's mayor.

"We are relieved to have been spared significant damage in our community, but we are mindful of our neighbors especially in the downtown Napa area, who were much harder hit, and we are offering whatever assistance we can," said Dunbar. He added that some Yountville restaurants and wine tasting rooms opened later than usual on Sunday to assess damage.

Several historic buildings in downtown Napa sustained significant damage, including the Goodman Library, the Alexandria building and the historic county courthouse, with brick facades crumbling into the street.

"Most of the impact of the earthquake centered in around the city of Napa and points south where the epicenter was," Fuller said.


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The five-story, 141-room Andaz hotel on First Street in downtown Napa was immediately evacuated following the quake at 3:20 a.m.

Staff at the Meritage Resort and Spa, five miles outside town, were struggling to accommodate Andaz guests, said Kyle Munsey, the venue's manager. The Meritage, which was 100-percent booked Saturday night, sustained little damage with some broken glasses and wine bottles. However, guests nerves were a bit rattled.

Most downtown Napa restaurants and retail shops were closed Sunday, including the Oxbow Public Market. The Oxbow, however, planned to open Monday.

Fuller has been told structural damage wasn't the challenge; most were closed due to power outages, as well as the need for staff to clean up fallen items, tables, or broken debris.

"There are some areas blocked off, and no one is walking around," said Fuller, a Napa resident who was also been without power Sunday. "Most of the downtown area is without power. There are areas blocked off because of the structural damage to some buildings. We won't see any activity in Napa today, but maybe tomorrow things will start to stabilize."

It was too early to assess Sunday what economic impact the earthquake will have on the tourism business in and around Napa. "We are in emergency operations mode at the moment and won't know today," said Jennifer LaLiberte, the city's economic development manager, in a brief email early Sunday morning.

Fuller said anyone planning a visit to the valley in the next day or two, even if they are heading north of Napa should still call their destination to make sure they are open, because some wineries or restaurants may be doing cleanup were affected by scattered power outages.