Top attractions in Napa Valley
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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
Planning Your Visit
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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- Best time to visit
- 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.
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What people are saying about Napa Valley
We enjoyed our driver/ guide, Rob, very much. He was attentive all day, keeping us hydrated with water, sharing stories and info, and being very accommodating. The wineries he picked were great, and lunch was delicious. I did pack a few carb snacks to help balance the wine in my system.
We loved our tour guide Marco, he made the trip fun. We song all the way back to San Francisco. The first wine vineyard was okay. The other one was not good, just wanted to sell you wine. The last stop wasn’t a vineyard, it was a place to get some not so great wine.
Enjoyed our guide Jason he was very nice and personable Only one heads up - there are dogs at one stop, I wasn’t prepared for that. Transportation is roomy and cool. Plenty of water was provided. Not sure how they made the turkey sandwich taste so good.
Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of San Francisco, which enriched the experience. The wineries we visited were excellent.
Our guide, Rob, was knowledgeable, warm, and entertaining. We enjoyed his company as much as we enjoyed the wineries.