Nestled between northern California’s coastal mountains, this world famous wine-growing region is a sumptuous feast of natural splendor. It has rolling hills, fields awash with wildflowers, gourmet restaurants, bed-and-breakfast inns and spas among 45,000 acres (18,000 hectares) of vineyards. With ample sunshine during the day and cool nights, the climate is perfect for wine production as well as touring vineyards by bike, convertible or limo.
There are hundreds of wineries here, ranging from intimate, family-owned farms to large enterprises with cavernous grottos. The Napa soil is perfect for growing an extensive variety of grapes. These are well-suited for a broad range of wines from champagne, to chardonnay, to zinfandel. There’s something sure to satisfy almost any palette.
Many of the vineyards welcome visitors for wine tastings and a guided tour of their grounds. Learn how wines are produced and how to pair different varieties with food. Some of the big wineries have spectacular gardens and caves. There are even a few castles! When it’s time for a rest, indulge in one of Napa’s simple pleasures: sitting on a vineyard patio with a view of the grounds, enjoying a bottle of wine under the warm Californian sunshine.
Napa’s wine-producing history can be traced back to 1836 when early settler George Calvert Yount planted the first vineyard in the valley. The trendy town of Yountville, where you’ll find upscale shops and restaurants, as well as lovely inns, is named in his honor.
This is the place to splurge on Michelin-starred restaurants, spas that offer herbal facials and wine-inspired treatments. Consider a limo tour of the many wineries so that you can indulge without getting behind the wheel.
Napa Valley is just over an hour north of San Francisco by car.
Situated in Napa, this resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Oxbow Public Market, Napa Valley Wine Train, and Di Rosa. Domaine Carneros and Napa Premium Outlets are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Napa, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Alston Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Andretti Winery and Scientopia Discovery Center. Napa Valley Wine Train and Oxbow Commons are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Overlooking the Napa River in downtown Napa, this Napa Valley hotel is only 2 blocks from the Napa Valley Wine Train, and 0.5 miles from COPIA, the American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts.
This 1,200-acre full-service resort, the largest in Napa Valley, is 4 miles from downtown Napa, and 11 miles from the Artesa Winery and Domaine Carneros.
Located in the center of Napa, this family-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Uptown Theater, Napa Opera House, and Downtown Napa Association. Oxbow Public Market and Riverbend Plaza are also within 10 minutes.
The Tuscan-inspired Meritage Resort and Spa is a 10-minute drive from downtown Napa, where guests can hop on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Just north of town, the Silverado Cooking School offers hands-on classes in a state-of-the-art kitchen. For golfers, there are 2 courses close to the hotel.
Located in Downtown Napa, this luxury hotel is steps from Downtown Napa Association and JaM Cellars. Napa Opera House and Uptown Theater are also within 5 minutes.
Embassy Suites Hotel® Napa Valley-Wine Country is 2 miles (3.2 km) west of the city center, and a 15-minute drive from well-known wineries like Silver Oak Cellars. Guests can shop for artisanal produce at nearby Oxbow Public Market, and book a romantic rail tour on the Napa Valley Wine Train.