It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to a close in less than a month! it seems like just yesterday, everyone was planning the start of their summers. Even though kids will be back in school soon and summer activities will be winding down, there is still plenty of beautiful, warm weather to be enjoyed. Here are a few reasons why planning an end-of-summer getaway to Napa Valley may be in the cards for you this year!
Start of Harvest Season
If you plan to visit Wine Country during the last week of August, you can experience the start of harvest season. The sparkling wine grapes are being picked and crushed, and you may get the opportunity to see this happening in the vineyards or be a part of it! Even if you travel in the beginning of August, you get to see what the vineyards look like ripe and full. It’s a truly neat experience.
Summer Activities and Festivals
Napa Valley is home to many festivals throughout the summer months, and August is no exception. Close out your summer with the Napa Valley Chamber Music Festival lasting the entire month of August. Other fun activities include Movies in the Park (in both Napa and Yountville) and Napa City Nights. These activities are great for the whole family and give back to the local community.
Produce is still in season in Napa Valley, so you can get your hands on delicious, fresh produce from the local farms. Try the Oxbow Public Market, Napa Farmers Market or Calistoga Farmers Market. Not only are there great foods to pick from, but also cooking classes, handmade crafts, gourmet food vendors and artisan vendors. There are also special activities for kids, such as Story Time.
August may be hot in other places, but it’s rather comfortable in Napa Valley (around the 80s and 90s). Since the heat is dry, it’s not hot, humid or sticky. The beautiful weather and start of harvest season are what draw a lot of people in, and you could look at this as an advantage or disadvantage. Sure, the crowds will be bigger and the lines longer, but there is more to do, more people to interact with and a dynamic environment.