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.
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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
Our tour guide/driver was Kimmy and she was awesome! Energetic, funny, and helpful, especially with taking pictures. She actually gave us a lot more information than the people at the wineries. One problem: the air conditioning on the bus didn't work well, so we were all sweating on the ride back to SF. The winery in Napa was ehh, but the 2 in Sonoma were good. Would've liked to spend an extra 15 minutes in Muir woods though.
Just WOW! Napa was lovely and we enjoyed the day, but we were blown away by our tour guide, Randall. He was incredibly personable and informative. By the end of the day, he felt like a true friend. This day wouldn’t have been the same without him. He was the very best, such a special person with a passion for wine which contributed to our tour immensely. I would recommend this tour and look forward to coming back!
The Muir Woods were awe-inspiring. The wineries we visited were beautiful, as well as having lovely wines. The tour guide was witty, full of interesting information and an excellent driver. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat!
Ben was extremely friendly, informational and a great overall guide. The tour it’s self was amazing! We really enjoyed tasting and learning about different wines and how they are made.
My experience was very enjoyable, the driver was very informative and all of the places I went made me feel comfortable being there