When you think of Napa, you probably think of vineyards and wineries, but those don’t seem to go hand-in-hand with chillier January temperatures. The truth is that while Napa isn’t as crowded with tourists during the winter, there are actually still plenty of fun and engaging things to do.
Napa Valley Truffle Festival
The Napa Valley Truffle Festival will run from January 16 – 19, 2015 and includes a series of special guests and experts. You’ll learn to use and prepare truffles and – of course – you’ll learn which wines to pair them with.
Napa Valley Restaurant Month
For 2015, Napa Valley Restaurant Month will happen in February. Dozens of restaurants, wineries, and resort destinations are offering incredible deals designed to give your taste buds an incredible experience. Experience local chefs, fresh foods, and – of course- fantastic wines.
Winter in the Wineries Passport
It’s not too late to grab a Winter in the Wineries Passport, good from 12/6/14 through 2/8/15. In its 6th year, the program gives you access to a little over a dozen small and large area wineries. The passport itself is only $50 (you’d spend more than $250+ on tastings throughout the year without it), and includes one tasting per winery. You’ll want to make an appointment, but they’re not difficult to get.
Napa Valley Marathon
Forbes just named the Napa Valley Marathon one of the top 10 worth traveling to attend, so check it out if you’re a runner and can get to the area. Held on March 1st, 2015, the marathon is in its 37th year. There are plenty of special accommodations for marathoners and there IS a 5k that weekend for those who aren’t quite up to 26.2 miles.
The entire season from late fall through early Spring is considered Cabernet Season in Napa. You’ll find a lot of celebration and special events during this time, as the wineries and resorts dive extra special attention to their guests during what is definitely a slower time of the year. Take a look around to find the best spa deals, art and culture experiences, and of course food and wine tasting specials.
The winter months are definitely slower in Napa, but they’re far from dead. It may be cooler and rainier and you may not be able to drive with your convertible top down, but you’re guaranteed to have a great time, whether you’re staying in a Napa Valley hotel or visiting from somewhere close by.