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All About Napa Valley

Ever since the famous Judgment of Paris in 1976, when American bottles beat out legendary French vintages in a blind tasting, Napa Valley has been a major player in the wine universe. Located 50 miles northwest of San Francisco, the valley is small by wine country standards — just 30 miles long — but with hundreds of wineries and tasting rooms, not to mention parks, lakes, museums, and some of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the world, it can seem impenetrable. Set in the valley’s northernmost tip, the town of Calistoga is home to an array of thermal springs, hiking trails, a petrified forest, and grand architecture, including a historic chateau built in 1888 and a medieval-style Tuscan castle.

As you make your way south, you’ll find St. Helena, the birthplace of Napa Valley’s first winery and the heart of the valley with its tidy main street, farm-to-table restaurants, and art galleries. The area’s creativity is on full display at local art institutions such as the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art and the Napa Valley Museum Yountville. And the Rail Arts District showcasing murals from global artists runs two miles along the Napa Valley Vine Trail in downtown Napa, with lots of detours in which to sample a glass of the valley’s masterpiece, cabernet sauvignon.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Napa Valley

One of the best times to visit Napa Valley is during the harvest season, from August through October. Foliage adorns the rolling vineyards, valleys, and vistas in shades of gold, crimson, and orange, creating an exceptional backdrop to the region’s lively grape-gathering. A film festival occurs in November and offers an immersive experience that includes wine, food, and film-screening opportunities at unique venues throughout the area.

Following that are the twinkling lights and holiday-inspired festivities that animate Napa during the winter. Many wineries offer holiday open-houses and specials on wine during this time. You may even want to hop aboard the Napa Valley Wine Trolley for a light holiday adventure. Spring brings balmy weather, yellow mustard flowers, and blooming fruit trees, including plum, apple, apricot, and quince, which ornament the vast landscapes. And summer follows with warm temperatures, local farmers’ markets, and optimal weather for enjoying outdoor recreational activities.


Top things to do in Napa Valley

Napa Art Walk

The Napa Art Walk is a biannual, rotating exhibition displaying carefully curated sculptures representing a specific theme and created by artists from the western states. The outdoor museum meanders through downtown Napa. Stop by the Napa Valley Welcome Center for a complimentary map of the art walk. You can also download a self-guided audio tour for some backstory on the artists and the inspiration behind their work.

Oxbow Public Market

Indulge your taste buds with a trip to the Oxbow Public Market, located in the Oxbow District of Napa. The market encompasses 40,000 square feet and features an array of delicacies, fresh local produce, and artisanal products, like chocolates, regional cheeses, and spices. You can pick up some treats to enjoy on the outdoor deck overlooking the scenic Napa River.

Old Faithful Geyser

In Calistoga, at the northern edge of Napa Valley, you’ll find the Old Faithful Geyser. Deemed one of three faithful geysers in the world, it dramatically blows off steam every 15 to 30 minutes, and when the sunlight catches its water's mist, a rainbow shines through it.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Napa Valley?

    Napa Valley enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summers averaging around 85°F (29°C) and mild, wet winters with temperatures around 57°F (14°C). It's suggested to pack layers as evenings can become cool.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Napa Valley?

    Guests often visit the many art galleries, explore the historic Napa Valley Wine Train, bike through the beautiful vineyards, or relax with a picnic in one of the region's many parks.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Napa Valley?

    The busiest season in Napa Valley is from August to October which aligns with the grape harvest season. During this time, you can participate in the Napa Valley Harvest Celebration, a local event that celebrates the region's viticulture.

  • What are the best places to stay in Napa Valley?

    Explore charming destinations like Downtown Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga. Each of these areas in Napa Valley has unique accommodations, restaurants, and shops that reflect their distinct local cultures.

  • What are the best places to visit in Napa Valley?

    The Napa Valley region is rich in attractions such as the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, the historic Uptown Theater, the Napa Valley Museum, and the Oxbow Public Market.

  • What are some hiking trails in Napa Valley?

    Napa Valley presents an array of hiking trails. The Skyline Wilderness Park trail, Napa Valley Vine Trail, and the trail at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park are among the most popular.

  • What are some family activities to do in Napa Valley?

    Families frequently enjoy hot air ballooning, picnicking in local parks, exploring the Napa Valley Museum, or bicycling along scenic paths. The Safari West wildlife reserve is also often recommended for its guided tours.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Napa Valley?

    Popular day trips include exploring the nearby Point Reyes National Seashore, visiting the bustling city of San Francisco, or discovering the natural beauty of Lake Berryessa.

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