While Napa Valley is well known for its world class wines and as a romantic destination, it is also visited by a large number of kids every year. It is near other family-friendly destinations and for those who want to bring the kids along, you may be surprised to find that Napa Valley really is far more kid-friendly than you might expect.
Not only can kids and parents visit the parks, hiking trails, and the Napa River, but they can also see the wineries. Yes, you read that right –wineries have begun going kid-friendly. Some offer tours to show kids the farming techniques found in the vineyard, others offer coloring books and crayons in the tasting rooms, and juice-tasting for the little ones.
Traveling during the off-season (now) is a great way to avoid high-season touring and the hectic harvest time as well. Plus smaller tour groups work better for kids to enjoy the grounds without getting lost in the crowd.
Stay with us at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites to be close to the wineries, restaurants, parks, and the Napa River; and you can walk to most destinations.
The following are some of the wineries offering a kid-friendly tasting experience:
- Sterling Vineyards – the tour starts at the parking lot with a ride up on a scenic gondola lift where the dramatic views delight everyone. Tastings are just $10 for those under 21 and kids under 3 are free.
- Castello di Amoroso – inspired by a 13th century castle, this winery visually engages visitors of all ages. For minors, they offer an hour-long tour of the castle including the Medieval armory, a replica dungeon, torture chamber, historic main hall, and more – along with a wine tasting for parents. For the younger kids, a mini-farm of animals and plenty of room to run makes this a unique treat.
- Frog’s Leap – if the name doesn’t get the kids, the historic barn, gardens, pond, and friendly staff will. This winery offers plenty of laid-back, relaxed family fun and is a worthwhile stop for families traveling the Napa Valley wine trail.
Call us at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites to reserve your room. Take the kids on an exciting, yet relaxing getaway that includes farms and plenty of good old-fashioned fun. Call 707-226-1871 for more details and pricing.