Napa Valley is a wine lover’s paradise with over 400 wineries, luxurious accommodations for almost every budget and amazing dining. That being said, if you don’t drink wine, you certainly don’t need to avoid Napa Valley. This beautiful region of California offers so much more, like hiking, balloon rides and golf. Sounds good? Let us tell you a little bit more.
As we stated above, Napa Valley has over 400 wineries to choose from, so in some regards, you could just pick a direction and hope for the best, but if that’s not your style, we know trying to pick where to go can be overwhelming. The V. Sattui Winery is Napa’s most popular winery because they offer over 80 varieties of wine, champagne, ports, and if the weather is suitable, you can have a picnic on their grounds. Stag’s Leap is another favorite. In 1976, Stag’s Leap won the Judgment of Paris Tasting and a bottle of that wine was inducted into the Smithsonian. Impressive? Very. If sustainability is your thing, go check out Peju Province, which offers more than 30 sustainably-farmed wines, plus an art gallery and cooking classes
In a place with great wine, one would also expect great food, and Napa certainly does not disappoint in this department. In Napa, all wineries are required to serve food with their tastings, but one of the most interesting dining experiences you can find is the Wine Train, where you can dine in beautifully restored antique train cars while traveling through the wine country.
Take to the skies in a hot air balloon and see Napa Valley from above with Napa Valley Aloft balloon rides! If you’re an early riser, they even offer sunrise trips, which sounds like a pretty spectacular way to start your day, if you ask us.
If heights aren’t your thing, but you still want to enjoy the outdoors, try going kayaking or stand up paddle boarding down the river or take a bike tour through some of the vineyards.
So now you know you want to go, but when should you go? That depends on what you’re looking for. September through November is ideal, but the peak tourist season is August through October, so if you are looking for fewer crowds or cheaper prices, we suggest you go between March and May.
And there you have it! A little wine, a little adventure and a lot of great food are sure to make for a wonderful getaway to one of the world’s finest wine regions. Cheers!
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