Are you the kind of foodie that loves to eat but also loves to cook? A cooking vacation in Napa Valley may be just the right recipe for your next getaway. While Wine Country is known for its lush vineyards, charming towns and exotic wines, dining is a big attraction too. There are a number of chic eateries that serve eclectic cuisine served up with a flourish by world class chefs.
In fact, Napa Valley’s epicurean delights are so varied, that you may want to consider a trip exclusively for this gastronomic experience. A vacation where you will not only indulge your taste buds, but also learn hands-on meal preparations from expert chefs. There are several options that can be customized for your foodie vacation. Moreover, many of the culinary experiences combine cooking with wine pairings, allowing you to experience the region’s most notable wines.
Here are a few options to consider:
- Camp Napa Culinary: If you are an experienced home cook, this 5-day long camp may be of interest to you. This includes five participation cooking classes, taught by the region’s best chefs and held in small, elite wineries all over the valley. With grand kitchens, beautiful venues and only 14 participants per batch, this learning vacation offers plenty of free time between events to explore the rest of Napa.
- Gourmet Retreats Culinary Vacations: Choose from 2-day, or 3-day hands-on cooking classes to learn a variety of cooking techniques, knife skills, quick pickling methods, stocks and sauces, and more. They also offer a 4.5-hour-long class that begins at the Calistoga Farmer’s Market. Learn how to select the best produce, breads and cheeses, and then prepare a three-course gourmet meal. You also have the option to create custom cooking classes. These are available for individuals or groups who want a more personalized learning experience.
- Epicurean Adventure at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA): Held at The CIA at Copia in downtown Napa, you can choose from a wide range of classes that combine culinary education with Napa’s offerings of food, wine, art and community. Their 2-day or 4-day long Epicurean Adventures programs include exploring different cuisines, flavors and techniques, live demonstrations, hands-on cooking, walking tours of vineyards and visits to local purveyors of artisanal foods.
There are several other establishments that offer unique culinary experiences at different venues in the valley all year round. While you create your Napa itinerary of gourmet experiences, book your accommodation at Napa’s best boutique hotel, Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. Our excellent location in the heart of downtown Napa gives you quick and easy access to Napa’s epicurean attractions.
Ready to enjoy a delightful gastronomic Napa getaway? Book your room online or call us at 707-226-1871 to make a reservation.