For a scenic California getaway, nothing beats Napa Valley. Relax with fine wine, quality dining, and the beauty of nature as you indulge in the ultimate weekend retreat. The scenic hills, vast valleys, and, of course, the wine, are calling! Here is what you need to know before you indulge in a weekend getaway to the Napa Valley.
Places to Stay
Napa Valley offers a vast selection of wonderful places to stay at, in a variety of settings and price points. Here are the top three places to consider staying at, according to the Travel Channel:
- Calistoga Ranch. The ranch is tucked away in a private canyon on a 157 acre site. The lodges offer privacy along to match the quiet of the beautiful landscape which boasts of ancient oaks, sprawling hills, and a private lake.
- Maison Fleurie. The “flowering house” inn evokes the feeling of being in southern France. Guests can borrow bicycles to enjoy a ride through the valley, after fueling up with a bountiful breakfast.
- Wine Country Inn. The inn offers 20 rooms, four suites, and five luxury cottages. The location is very close to St. Helena’s wineries, making it perfect for enjoying wine tastings before returning to enjoy the inn’s amenities.
Places to Eat
Between the wine tastings you will need to fuel up on something a tad more substantial. You will be delighted at the variety of dining options available in Napa Valley. From brunch to picnic fare to fine dining, there is something for everyone.
The website Napa Valley offers insider tips regarding the many restaurants and dining options in the area. Their helpful restaurant guide breaks food options down by category. For example, there are presently 46 listings on their site in the brunch category. If you want to sample the best and freshest local cuisine, check out their 42 listings for farm to table restaurants. In addition to the restaurant type, you can search for categories such as “gluten free” and “Michelin rated”. Several restaurants require reservations, so if there is a place you have your heart set on trying out, check to see if you can reserve a table.
Things to See and Do
Of course, vineyards and wine tastings are a big part of the allure of the Napa Valley. You can choose from an incredible variety of vineyard tours and tastings. But there is so much more to do after you have had your fill of wine tasting. Culinary experiences abound, and you can participate in a variety of culinary classes. Gourmet Retreats is one of many venues where you can learn how to cook like a pro.
Other fun activities to partake in while staying at Napa Valley include an exotic safari, a soaring balloon ride, golf, shopping, theater shows, perusing farmer’s markets, and so much more! Some come to Napa to relax and get away from it all, but if you are the type who wants to see and do as much as possible while on vacation, you will not be disappointed with all of the entertainment options available.
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