The beautiful Napa Valley is something of a gem itself; not only does it produce some of the best wine in the world, but it is also a national treasure for its exceptional beauty and incredible scenery. If you’re planning to make Napa Valley hotel reservations, you’re making the right choice – there’s so much to see and do all year round. Eager to see the best of the best while you’re here, but already have a long list of wineries to visit? This list departs from the norm to bring you the insider knowledge you need to find the Valley’s best-kept secrets.
The Silverado Trail
For those who love to travel by vehicle with the freedom to stop and snap pictures along the way, the serene and peaceful Silverado Trail offers up 35 miles of pastoral beauty. Dotted with wineries and lush, fertile fields, this trail is truly the road less traveled; in fact, it may even afford you a smoother route during high-traffic holiday weekends during the busiest time of the year. You’ll travel along Highway 29, cutting directly through Calistoga, St. Helena, Oakville, and yes, Napa City, too. For an extra-special experience, traverse this path in the fall for a brilliant arrangement of colorful leaves.
Oxbow Public Market
For the down-to-earth who love to experience culture at its most natural, a visit to the Oxbow Public Market is a must. Need souvenirs to take home to loved ones, or perhaps a special gift for yourself? Maybe you just want to sample some of the Valley’s most delicious, locally-made treats. Either way, you’ll find it all right here. Dig through bookshelves at Napa Bookmine and find a story to get lost in while you sit at your boutique hotel sipping a glass of fine red wine, or stop in at Napastäk and browse their incredible selection of gourmet teas. Tempted to taste something sweet? Anette’s Chocolates has an awe-inducing array of artisanal chocolates and sweets that simply beg to be tasted.
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
You’re a hiker, or maybe just someone who relishes the opportunity to snap great photos among nature’s most beautiful places. Either way, if you haven’t visited Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, you’re missing out. Best visited spring, early summer, or early fall, this stunning state park features 30 spaces suitable for RV or tent camping, three fully-equipped yurts, and a selection of fully-restored historic cabins. Inside the park itself you’ll find plenty of paths to wander; traverse them on your own or take a guided tour with one of the park’s staff members to learn about the local ecology.
Napa Valley excels in winemaking, but that doesn’t mean that all it has to offer is wine. This rich cultural meeting point attracts a variety of people each year, from authors seeking peace and quiet to high-activity outdoors people who love to hike. Come and experience the fun for yourself; make Napa Valley reservations today!