Is your budget a bit tight after the holidays? Ours too. That’s why we wanted to recommend a few things you can do on a limited budget in Napa Valley. Stay a day or a week, the choice is yours. The good new is that you can find various hotels that run winter specials, allowing you to save even more money off your inexpensive getaway. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is home to many affordable winter packages, so check them out by clicking here.
Here are our top picks for budget-friendly activities in Wine Country.
Complimentary Wine Tastings
Wineries that offer free tastings include August Briggs, Mason Cellars and Heitz Cellars. Other wineries offer steep discounts, such as $5 wine tastings. Check out Milat Vineyards, Hagafen Winery and Twomy Cellars for these prices. Also look online or use a smartphone app to locate wine tastings for free or discounted prices. Since winter is the slowest time of the year for Napa wineries, you can find better deals.
State Park Picnics
Choose one of the beautiful outdoor parks – Lake Berryessa or Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, for instance – and have an intimate picnic. The weather is still mild during this time of the year, and the beautiful trees look lovely against the mountains. You can also enjoy the many hiking and biking trails after a picnic lunch where you can view the coastal redwoods and Douglas firs.
Napa Valley is committed to supporting its local community, and what better way to show the same pride than by shopping at a farmer’s market. Farmer’s markets have free admission, so you can look around at no cost. There are many booths with fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as handmade crafts. Check out Oxbow Public Market that features wine and cheese hour, locals’ night and even gluten-free baked goods.
With only a $3 donation requested, the Sharpsteen Museum is a great place to spend the afternoon. The museum concentrates on the history of Napa Valley, from pre-history to WWI. There are a number of historical exhibits that include detailed dioramas as well.
Now is also a great time to catch discounts at local outlet stores and restaurants, and you can check in with the local wineries to see if they are offering free tours.