Just a bit north of San Francisco will you find Napa County, a paradise of rolling hills packed with everything from vineyards (over 400 wineries), breweries, Michelin starred restaurants, and various cultural experiences — all available for you to discover. Its Mediterranean climate is perfect for not only producing wine, but also for creating the perfect space to relax and unwind among its many elegant lodges, chateaux, and vineyards. There are so many great reasons to visit Napa Valley, but we’ve narrowed it down to the best five below!
1. Arts & Culture
Napa Valley has a fantastic arts and culture scene that goes way beyond its vineyards. In fact, there are tons of music and film festivals to check out that feature both local and international works, experiences, and entertainment. If you’re looking to do some walking, then check out Napa and Yountville art walks which include 30-plus sculptures to see that are dotted across both towns.
2. World-Renowned Wines
As you’re probably well aware, Napa Valley is famous for its world class wines, but as widely renowned as it is, many people don’t know that it’s also one of the smallest wine regions in the world! Its valley measures a mere 5 miles at its widest point and 30 miles in length.
No matter how small, however, this region is exploding with vineyards, wineries, and all activities wine. There are professionally organized Napa Valley wine tours that take place throughout the year, with a variety of options for you to choose from. This includes tours by bike, classic convertibles, buses, and even wine trolleys! Check out these tips for Napa wine tasting if you’re seriously interested in experiencing all things wine while in Napa.
3. Farmers Markets
There are a number of farmers markets scattered across the Napa Valley region that offer fresh fruits and veggies, and of course amazing wines! You’ll also find locally prepared foods, preserves, honey, fragrances, clothing, and all things handcrafted. There are plenty to choose from, but just to name a few: Calistoga Farmers’ Market and of course Napa Farmers’ Market.
4. Outdoors Time
If you’re seeking outdoor adventures, then Napa Valley has a ton to offer you! Get a spectacular aerial view of the valleys from a hot air balloon at sunset! For something a bit more thrilling, why not go kayaking along the Napa River — or even fishing. When you’ve finished and need to wind down, a nice stroll or a bike ride along the Napa Valley wine trail is perfect the perfect way to burn some calories and also soak in the beauty of the region.
5. Sports Fans Might Like
Sports fans will be excited to know that there are quite a few sporting stars linked to Napa Valley, including the football player Charles Woodson who opened his own tasting rooms called Twenty Four Wines and racing legend Mario Andretti who owns the Andretti Winery. Tom Seaver, a former pro baseball player, and legendary racing driver Jeff Gordon both make their own wine blends in the Napa Valley. So if you’re a sports fan and a wine fan, then Napa Valley is the place to be!