Traveling to the Napa Valley for Thanksgiving is a wonderful experience that will leave you with many lasting memories. While summertime is the most attended tourism season, the Napa Valley sees quite a bit of activity during the fall. In fact, Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times for Napa’s hospitality industry! Best of all, this year’s Thanksgiving celebration falls on Thursday, making it the perfect time for a long weekend holiday trip. To help you plan your trip, we’ve put together these fun Thanksgiving experiences.
Thanksgiving on the Wine Train
Enjoy your traditional Thanksgiving dinner on board the Napa Valley Wine Train. As the train winds through the beautiful valley, you’ll feast on gourmet delights and sip delicious wines. This three and a half hour trip will quickly become a family tradition that everyone enjoys. If you’ve never done a wine train tour, combining your first-time experience with a delicious meal and holiday atmosphere will make it even more exciting.
Napa Valley is home to many elegant four and five-star restaurants. Make reservations for a special Thanksgiving meal without all the work at any one of these incredible places to experience Napa’s gourmet meals for yourself. Whether you want to go casual or formal, there is a restaurant in Napa that will give you a unique and personal Thanksgiving experience you’ll never forget. Check out The Restaurant at Auberge or Meadowood Napa Valley for some of the best meals for couples and families.
Private Wine Tours
While most wineries are either closed or hosting special events on Thanksgiving, you can take advantage of the days after the holiday to book a private wine tour for your whole group. These tours allow you to learn all about winemaking, food and wine pairings. Private tours give you the added benefit of tasting vintages you might not otherwise try.
Although this list is limited to just three ideas, there’s just so much to do and see around the Napa Valley that you’ll have no problem filling the long holiday weekend. Enjoy shopping, sightseeing, being pampered at the spa, and learning about the historic valley and vineyards when you come. For an ideal trip, arrive on Wednesday and stay until Sunday. Whatever your preference, there’s something for you to fall in love with at the Valley. Make sure to plan ahead and make early reservations at a Napa hotel now!