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Top 7 Things To Do in Napa Valley

If you like Californian wine, there's a high chance it may have been produced in the renowned Napa Valley, north of San Francisco, and a paradise containing rolling hills, vineyards, and wine-tasting. The wondrous wine filled wonderland is bursting with sunshine, wineries, spas, michelin star restaurants, tours, and shopping. A touch of class and beauty for all lovers of wine and the outdoors.

Napa Valley Wine Train Excursions
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Napa Valley Wine Train Excursions

All aboard the classy retro Pullman lounge and dining cars where you'll enjoy a journey of elegance. Sip locally produced wine while you take a round-trip tour from Napa to St. Helena.

Hot Air Ballooning
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Hot Air Ballooning

You'll really gasp with delight up in the air as you drift  over spectacular vineyards and mountains soaking up the sun and an unforgettable experience.

Napa Valley Spas
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Napa Valley Spas

Time for some serious self-indulgence. You're in spa heaven with various mineral water pools and the famous Calistoga mud baths, all set in beautiful serene settings with additional options of massages, facials, and more.

Vineyard Tours
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Vineyard Tours

Trailing through the vineyards is a must, and provides camera worthy snapshots and a plethora of new information about wine making! Find out about how top quality grapes are produced and all the different varieties.

Food Tasting Tours
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Food Tasting Tours

The perfect match for the sumptious wine you've been sipping is the equally delicious food of this region. Dive into the local culinary scene by trying out cooking classes, gourmet food retreats, wine and food pairing.

Bike Tours
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Bike Tours

Freewheeling around the vineyards is blissful escapism and is easily one of the best ways of capturing everything up close. Private groups tours will set you in the right direction.

The Hess Collection Winery and Art Museum
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The Hess Collection Winery and Art Museum

First class wines and first class art are housed here, and essential wine tastings are on offer too, of course.

Our insider tips

Any point in visiting if I don't drink wine?

Definitely! The scenery is stunning and there's a lot of outdoor activites to do. Learning about the wine making process is fascinating, even if you don't want to indulge. San Francisco is nearby, so you can easily take a day trip between cities. 

Where to stay in Napa Valley

There's so many exciting options, so it all comes down to budget. If you can afford to splash out, book a boutique hotel with a fitness center and spa, some of which are situated near the vineyards. There's a range of quality B&B's scattered across the area and some low-key, yet hip inns, to enjoy too. Then there's the Hideaway Cottages in Calistoga which people have flocked to for over 100 years to enjoy its natural hot springs and mineral rich waters. This real tonic is in the water, which has been said to cure arthritis, chronic fatigue system, and other ailments. For the more adventurous outdoorsy types, there are camping sites and RV parks.

Mind the goats!

These goats in Calistoga have a tendency to collapse and appear unconscious when startled. Don't be too alarmed though, it's just their quirky way. The area near the geyser is home to a herd of these Tennessee goats, who have a nervous-system disorder that causes them to keel over when startled.

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    While California boasts a temperate climate year-round with plenty of sunshine--it can get hot in the summertime and quite packed with tourists and locals. Best times to visit are spring and fall, when it's a bit cooler and you'll be able to have the tasting rooms all to yourself. Also fall provides a beautiful backdrop to your visit with the changing leaves throughout the valley.

What people are saying about Napa Valley

Excellent one day tour for wine tasting !

This tour was exceptional. For anyone looking for a full day in Napa/Sonoma without staying overnight there - this is the tour for you. The tour was organized, timely, and the stops were AMAZING! Not to mention our tour guide was one of the best I’ve ever had. Knowledgeable, funny, and enjoyable !

Napa & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour from San Francisco Reviewed by Alexis, 03/31/2019

It was nice, but everything felt so rushed.

We expected to leave the wine country around 4, but the driver was in a hurry to beat traffic so we arrived back earlier than anticipated. The wineries visited were nice, but it would have been great to spend at least a couple of hours at all of them.

Excellent full day in Redwoods and Wine Country

Great day under the knowledgable guidance of Randall. Meditative time in the Redwoods at Muir Woods, nice lunch in delightful Sonoma and tastings at 3 wineries in Sonoma and Napa valleys. Balanced and well paced trip. We both learned a lot!

Great fun with excellent tour guide and some fabulous wines tasted

Our Tour guide Anthony Firetto was so great and very informative about the area while we were making our way to Sonoma. Nice small group of people who we great to spend the day with enjoying the wine and the sunshine.

Small Group Boutique Wine Tour with Tastings Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/27/2019

Jan, our tour guide is funny and amazing!

We liked all three wineries we visited. I love Castello Di Amorosa and their sweet wines! Our lunch at Sattui Winery was delicious, and they also have cheese tasting... we bought 3 different variety of cheeses!