Explore Napa Valley’s Wineries and Beyond

Known for wine, food, relaxation, and even adventure, Napa Valley can cater to all of life’s indulgences. Experiencing the top wineries, gourmet dining opportunities, and serene spas Napa has to offer is only the beginning. With an activity for every kind of thrill-seeker, why not make Napa Valley the perfect extended weekend getaway?

Quality Accommodations

Before you plan the itinerary for your most satisfying weekend getaway yet, snag amazing lodging to make sure every moment of your outing is exactly how you imagined it. Search your dates, edit your price range, and select your desired amenities to find your most compatible option. Award-winning franchise hotels, bed and breakfasts right outside downtown Napa, and luxury hotels start with rates as low as $88.00 per night.

Adventurous Souls Looks No Further

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For adventurous souls that need some relaxation, Napa Valley is a dream. Several tour companies provide five-star hot air balloon rides. Join Napa Valley Balloons Inc. on an exhilarating sunrise balloon flight over beautiful Napa Valley, followed by a champagne breakfast. If being closer to the ground is more your style, join Off the Hook Fly Fishing to learn a relaxing new skill out on the water. Or opt for a more upbeat variety of water sports with Napa Valley Paddle. No matter your choice, you’re bound to enjoy the rolling hills, flora, and fauna of Northern California.

Take a cultural adventure via one of Napa’s many culinary, art, or music festivals. Get the best of all worlds at the Blues, Brews, and BBQ festival. Opt for one of the wine and dine events to make your very own mozzarella, pesto, or pizza. Learn the secrets of pairing wine with food, or tour and taste at small family olive oil farms.

A Little Rest and Relaxation

Unwind after a morning of thrills at one of Napa’s 400 hillside vineyards. Sonoma Magazine lists some of the best wineries for first-time visitors. Schramsberg, for instance, is one of the oldest sparkling wine producers in California, where you can sip more than just the bubbly after an educational tour of the historic property and caves. If you’re trying to hit more than one winery in a few hours, hop on the Napa Valley Wine Train. This 36-mile round-trip expedition stops at celebrated wineries among lush landscapes and includes a four-course meal.

If you’re looking for a different way to relax, the Napa Valley area is home to many spas. Greenhaus Day Spa is a full-service spa in downtown Napa just a short walk from several restaurants, hotels, and shopping. Being 5 miles out of downtown Napa, the Meritage Resort and Spa boasts pure tranquility due to its unique spa setting inside an underground estate cave. With more than 20 experiences to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect spa treatment.

There’s much more to Napa Valley than wine and tasting rooms. Enjoy a weekend exploring beyond the region’s signature grapes, and leave feeling renewed and ready to take on the week.


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Hi there, I'm Kati! I'm an outdoor recreation loving public school teacher who plans epic adventures on her school breaks. If you like to explore and experience beautiful new places on a budget, then let me help you plan your next trip!

20 thoughts on “Explore Napa Valley’s Wineries and Beyond

  1. I would love to go here one day. It’s such a pretty area. I don’t even like wine, but I’d go for the scenery.

  2. I’ve always though riding a hot air ballon would be adventurous…never would have put that together with Napa Valley! Great post on providing other options to explore in this iconic place.

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    bestiesnotepad says:

    I have heard a great deal about napa valley. It tops my vacation list goals. Great post, thanks for sharing!

  4. I have always wanted to visit Napa. I have visited Southern California three times, but never up north. I tis definitely on my bucket list, and this just makes me want to go even more.

  5. I don’t like wine but I have always wanted to visit the Napa valley.

  6. StephJ – Canada – My name is Steph, I am a curious twenty-something year old from the eastern coast of Canada, an island called Newfoundland. Through practicing Buddhism a passion for creating a loving and authentic life was born. My blog is where I explore the concepts of self-love, the meaning of happiness and natural and simple living for the modern normal wishful thinker. Living a true, positive, adventurous life is something we all want and deserve and I want to help you get there!
    StephJ says:

    napa valley seems like a little piece of italy in america. So stunning!

  7. I’ve only been in a hot air balloon once, but it was just up and then back down. This looks amazing though and with the gorgeous landscape, it would be quite the ride!

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