Napa Valley

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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

    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.

  • Hot Air Ballooning

    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.

  • Napa Valley Spas

    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.

  • Vineyard Tours

    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.

  • Food Tasting Tours

    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.

  • Bike Tours

    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.

  • The Hess Collection Winery and Art Museum

    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.

What people are saying about Napa Valley

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 947 reviews

The stop for lunch needs to improve tremendously. Most restaurants required reservations. We walked all over the place trying to find a place to eat. We had to order a takeout, with no place to sit and eat. We found benches to eat that didn't have any shade. Going forward a restaurant needs to be apart of the agenda with reservations so that we may be able to eat in comfort. Also a guide aboard the bus is needed, we passed a lot of places of interest that should have been told to the tourists in details.

The guide was very knowledgeable . Our bus had mechanical problems and our guide quickly arranged for a replacement bus. Muir Woods was a. Great experience. We could have used more time in Sonoma to have lunch and explore the town. We are at Tasca Tasca, a Portuguese tapas place that was excellent! We recommend it! Wineries were ok. We know a lot about wine and have favorites. We would have been Ok with going to 2 better wineries than 3 mediocre ones.

This tour truly focused on the WOW factor! Each winery had something special to offer, making the experience more than just a wine tasting. The castle at Castello di Amorosa was impressive, the gondola at Sterling showed amazing views, and the history of the caves at Beringer made this tour informative and different from all the rest. We were able to enjoy and "revisit" the wines and not worry about driving and parking at each different location.

Great Day! Started the morning with an early morning walk in the Muir Woods followed by a beautiful day in Wine Country! We ate at the Girl and the Fig (Highly Recommend) on the Sonoma Square - it was crowded but we were able to sneak in at the bar. Wine was great, driver was really helpful, and the weather was perfect- couldn't ask for much more. Cheers.

Great tour and great service. Pickup was on-time and our driver Robin was very friendly and provided great info on San Francisco on the way to Napa and Sonoma. All the vineyards selected were excellent! Would definitely recommend.