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Hidden Summer “Sweet Spots” In the Napa Valley

Coming to Napa Valley this summer? We think you should, especially if you’re the outdoorsy type. There’s just so much to do, explore, and challenge yourself with right in our backyard. Let’s take a look at three of the area’s most incredible “sweet spots.”

Alston Park

With approximately 157 acres of open land to explore, hike, and play on, Alston Park is the perfect full-day stopover for people who love to stay outdoors. This place is truly beautiful in the summer, when it bursts forth with bright green flora across grasslands, meadows, and brooks.

There’s no need to make reservations for Alston Park; just sort your hotel reservations and drop by whenever you feel like it. It’s open right until 9 p.m., so it’s a great spot to have a picnic, watch the sunset, or even just lay on a blanket and soak up some rays.

Martha Walker Native Habitat

California is an incredibly diverse state; head to one end and you’ll experience a totally different ecology than at the other end. With deserts, temperate rainforests, tropical beaches, and boreal mountainous regions, it’s one of the most eclectic environments in the world.

You can see that variety first-hand and learn more about it by visiting the Martha Walker Native Habitat garden in Napa Valley. This unique little place just feels special the moment you step inside – it’s hard to explain without seeing it in person.

Despite the fact that much of the garden is cultivated with a gentle hand, making it wild and unkept, it manages to wow most visitors just as much as any cultivated botanical garden. Pay close attention to the air and ground when you walk through; little tiny green frogs and colorful butterflies call it home.

Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon is a cavalcade of Californian beauty: bright green rolling hills, steep canyon zones, and some of the most gorgeous viewscapes in the Valley. At around 1,000 feet at the highest point, it’s also a significant climb for the adventuresome.

This beautiful location has been inhabited by humans for centuries; first, the Patwins, then, the Wintuns. Although ownership of the land has fluctuated over the years, it served as an important pasture resource for pioneers living in the area for a very long time.

Today, Lynch Canyon remains one of Napa’s most protected and sacred outdoor spaces. The Solano Land Trust bought it out to protect it in 1996, cultivating and gently shaping it into the incredible adventure park it is today. Unlike other Napa parks, this one has plenty of varied terrain, making it suitable for biking, hiking, relaxing, and running. Choose from an assortment of trail difficulties and lengths, including easy, moderate, or difficult for extra challenge.

Feeling excited?  Take the challenge or just come for the sunbathing – there’s a place for you here in Napa no matter what you love. Book your reservations now with Napa Valley Hotels and Suites.


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Napa Valley Hotel & Suites
is located in Downtown Napa, CA

853 Coombs Street
Napa, CA 94559