Once you have set your sights on wine country’s beautiful countryside, the valley’s gorgeous towns with miles of rolling hills, rows of breathtaking vineyards and excellent coastal locations, are all within easy reach. The towns in this region boast a quaint, old-worldly charm, multicultural cuisine and unending farmlands. Most of the major locations that you are likely to explore during your Napa trip lie along Highway 29.
Here are the top not-to-be-missed places during your visit to Napa Valley:
- Downtown Napa: At the edge of the scenic Napa River, downtown Napa is one of the trendiest spots in the Valley. Most of the tourist attractions begin here and this is an ideal, central location for your wine country stay. With plenty of buzzing bars, attractive tasting rooms and restaurants starring award-winning chefs, you can enjoy a unique dining and entertainment experience.
- Yountville: Known as Napa’s culinary capital, Yountville is home to the renowned, Culinary Institute of America. If you are interested in cooking lessons, or a food and wine pairing tutorial, this is the place to be. For the adventurous, outdoorsy souls, consider an exciting hot air balloon ride that originates here. Art and History buffs should check out the exhibits at Napa Valley Museum or choose from a range of theatre, dance and music performances at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center in Lincoln Theater. Enjoy miles of lush green grounds and try your hand at a round of golf in one of Northern California’s premier destinations, the Vintner’s Golf Club. Tour some established wineries, including Hill Family Estate, Cornerstone Cellars, Girard Vinery and Silver Trident Vinery, amongst others.
- St. Helena: A small town that is only about five square miles, St. Helena calls itself ‘Napa Valley’s Main Street’. The town offers a true blend of the valley’s sophisticated winemaking culture along with its unique, rural charm. Three entire blocks in its downtown core are marked off as a National Historic District and you will find numerous churches, playgrounds, shops, cafés and eateries in this area. There is no dearth of tasting rooms and wineries. Explore some of the older, established vineyards such as Charles Krug, Beringer and Louis M. Martini.
- Calistoga: At the northernmost end of the valley and closest to the mountains, Calistoga offers a friendly, laidback and chic European vibe. The town’s narrow streets are dotted with boutiques and bistros that represent the full culinary spectrum, from simple to gourmet. Some of wine country’s most prestigious wineries are in Calistoga, including the famous, Chateau Montelena Winery known for its white wine. You will find spectacular hiking trails such as Oat Mine Hill Trail and Silverado Trail. The town also has a generous offering of natural hot springs and wellness spas.
Napa Valley is home to other visit-worthy places such as Oakville, Rutherford, Lake Berryessa and American Canyon, each with their own set of attractions and unique identities. While planning your pristine, countryside experiences here, consider booking your accommodation at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites in downtown Napa. Our convenient, central location makes us an excellent choice for your wine country explorations.
Make an online reservation or call us at 707-226-1871 to book a room. Ask about seasonal discounts or promotions while booking.