People come to Napa for the wine – but there’s more to this beautiful part of California than the grapes! All over the area are beautiful gardens and open spaces to enjoy. Bring a picnic basket and split a bottle of wine, or take colorful photos of seasonal harvests to add to your Instagram account. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite gardens and outdoor spaces in Napa Valley.
Located in the western hills of Whitehall Lane, Tres Sabores features a 35-acre property that includes 13-acres of vineyards. Visiting the vineyard is more than a wine tasting experience. As you enter the property, you are greeted by all types of animals, including sheep, dogs, guinea hens and chickens. The tours also include a visit to the caves, a walk through the vineyards and an appreciation for the ancient olive and pomegranate trees.
The Martha Walker Native Habitat Garden is located in the Skyline Wilderness Park (which has tons of space for horseback riding, bike riding and hiking). It’s open daily from 8am to sunset and free with park admission. The botanical garden features three acres of native plants, along with butterflies, birds and other creatures. Unlike some other places in Napa, Martha Walker is family friendly and offers open space for picnicking, playing frisbee and camping.
What we love about Kennedy Park is that it runs along the Napa River. The views are amazing, and with over 350 acres available, activities are plentiful. Aside from volleyball, softball, soccer and hiking, there is a children’s play area, an 18-hole Napa Valley Golf Course and a formal garden. The beauty and inclusiveness of Kennedy Park makes it a popular spot for private events as well.
Located in Sonoma Valley, Quarryville Botanical Garden is one of the most exotic places in the area. What makes it unique is that it features wild Asian woodlands. Because they are not manicured, every day is a surprise. There are always blooming flowers, showy fruits, tranquil ponds, rolling paths and scenic vistas that create the perfect backdrop for your getaway.
This winery makes our list because it is set on a 30-acre property that features a Victorian home, two-acre lake, 6,500 square feet of underground caves, olive orchards, hillside vistas, gardens and a poolside cabana. It’s a beautiful vineyard that carries generations of winemaking by the Sinegal family.
When you visit Napa Valley, there is no shortage of gardens and outdoor spaces to relax your soul and rejuvenate your spirit. Book your stay at Napa Valley Hotel & Suites so that you’re in the heart of all these great places!