Planning a trip to California? Looking for a weekend excursion? If you’re on a budget, you may think the Napa Valley is out of reach, but nothing could be further from the truth. There are plenty of free and low-cost things to do throughout the area. Consider the following:
Napa Tourist Guide
The Napa Tourist Guide is a great tool for both locals and visitors. The site offers tons of coupons, discounts, and tips for making the most of the area without spending upwards of $60 per person on a winery tour or tasting. Browse the site regularly for coupons. They sometimes have deals for FREE tastings, too.
Visit During the Off Season
The Napa Valley area is at it’s peak during the summer and fall. Visit during the winter and Spring and you’ll find plenty of Napa Valley hotels offering considerable discounts and fun packages. You might be able to find package deals including wine tastings and other seasonal events. Ask what is happening in the area when you check in. You’ll love being able to tour local hotspots without huge crowds.
The Downtown Napa Wine Tasting Card
This handy card is available at the visitor’s center for just $25 per person. It is valid for one year and will give you parking and tastings at all 12 of the tasting rooms in the area. They’re all within walking distance, so you can enjoy a great afternoon out without moving the car or paying for parking.
Look for Smaller Wineries
The larger, more popular wineries tend to charge more for tours and tastings. Look for smaller wineries and consider those that include a tour with the tasting fee. Some of the smaller sights, like Envy Wines, charge as little as $10 to $20 per experience.
Visit the Fainting Goats
Technically speaking, you’re actually going to visit Old Faithful, the popular geyser. But while you’re there you will likely catch a glimpse of the herd of Tennessee fainting goats living nearby. They have a strange disorder that causes them to faint if they get scared or startled. They aren’t harmed when it happens, though it really is a sight to see.
Go for a Hike
The Napa Valley is known for more than wine. Check out Napa Hiking to find out where the best hiking and biking trails in the area are located. Bring your own bike or rent one. You might also enjoy kayaking or boating, depending on where you end up.
It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting for a day or a week. You can visit the Napa Valley without doing too much damage to your checking account. Ask your hotel concierge or the locals for help. They’ll point you in the right direction, too!