Looking for a relaxing getaway that won’t break the bank? Napa Valley is bound to check everything off your list. Aside from hundreds of wineries, there are also amazing restaurants, nature-loving activities, luxurious hotels and refreshing pools. You can even bring the kids if you wish! With some careful planning, Napa Valley can be incredibly kid friendly.
Below are five reasons to visit Napa Valley this summer. Bring your friend, bring your significant other or just bring yourself. There’s something for everyone here!
1. Visit Lake Berryessa
Lake Berryessa is the largest lake in Napa County, so it would be ashame to miss it! You can do just about anything on the lake, including kayaking, swimming, fishing, boating, waterskiing and tubing. In the summer, the temperature of the water is near perfect – around 75 degrees. Plus, you get a beautiful drive through the countryside of Rutherford on your way up.
2. Shop at the local farmers markets
One of the great things about living in California is that we always have a huge selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. Napa Farmers Market and Saint Helena Farmers Market are both open for the summer and have an abundant selection of fruits, veggies, flowers, meats and gourmet treats. Or, bring home one-of-a-kind arts and crafts from our local artists. It’s wonderful when you get to support local communities while picking up native treats.
3. Take a balloon ride over the valley
You can’t come to Napa without taking a calming balloon ride over the valley. Balloons Above the Valley offers pastries, coffee and a Champagne brunch all before taking off after the sunrise. It’s an amazing experience! Napa Valley Balloons, Inc. takes you above the vineyards and rolling hills and then treats you to breakfast and sparkling wines when you return.
4. Sip on wine and champagne on the outdoor patios
Wine tastings are found all over the country, but only in Napa do you get to enjoy them on the patio overlooking vineyards and mountainous hillsides. Because patio wine tastings are such a common attraction in Napa, you can expect to find wineries enhancing the experience with comfy seating, fire pits, subtle lighting, water fountains and more.
5. Do some sightseeing on the Napa River and Silverado Trail
The Napa River runs 55 miles through downtown Napa and offers a great assortment of restaurants and boutique shops. You can also travel the Silverado Trail, which is immensely popular and offers award-winning restaurants, boutiques and tasting rooms. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Napa, take a bike ride through the country roads. It’s pure bliss!
Aside from what’s listed above, summer in Napa also brings about festivals, music in the parks and other special events. It’s no wonder why so many people choose this quaint city to be on their summer bucket list. Be sure to book a room with Napa Valley Hotel & Suites as we put you in the middle of downtown Napa where everything is accessible and the fun never stops.