Discover Napa Valley
We invite you to explore Napa Valley’s spectacular wineries, resorts, and world-famous dining! The breathtaking views and genuine hospitality will beckon you to stay in this premier travel destination.
The Napa Valley is home to an incredible range of diverse climates, elevations, and soils…making it ideal for growing many varieties of grapes and producing wines that are among the best in the world. Your travels through this scenic area are sure to awaken all the senses. With vine-covered mountain ranges and meadows filled with wildflowers, the valley transports you to another moment in time.
The Napa Valley has developed a reputation for pricey, limited edition wines that are held in high esteem by wine collectors. The most popular of these exquisite wines are Cabernet Sauvignon and various Bordeaux style blends. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc also have strong followers. Napa Valley is also known for its vibrancy and its hospitable vintners and growers who are more than happy to share their wisdom and wine with you. Whether you are seeking trendy, old-world, or collector wines, Napa Valley has a varietal for just about every palate.
To see the varying terrains and visit the area’s best-known wineries, you can travel through the main road (Highway 29) or through its parallel route, the Silverado Trail. Most of Napa Valley’s larger commercial wineries and restaurants can be found off Highway 29, a scenic drive with many attractions. The Silverado Trail, in contrast, runs outside of town and is less traveled, yet offers many wineries and gorgeous views. Take caution however, as locals and visitors alike tend to drive very fast along this backcountry road.
To see Napa Valley’s very best views, and more distinguished boutique winery estates, you’ll need to get off the beaten path. Even better, hire a private tour service with an expert local guide to help you find exclusive mountainside estates, valley crossroad connections, and truly hidden gems.
Napa Valley Activities
In addition to its outstanding wineries and scenic views, the Napa Valley is home to many famous chefs and culinary artists, creating spectacular dishes prepared with local ingredients. Napa business owners are passionate about sustaining their region, sharing its abundance, and supporting local growers. These shared passions have resulted in the world famous farm-to-table epicurean dining experiences unique to the region.
Visitors can also choose from several other activities, including: hot air ballooning, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, bicycle tours, luxury day spas, an “Old Faithful” geyser, and even a petrified forest.
Be sure to fully experience the lifestyle of the Napa Valley!
Every season offers an exceptional visit when you are in the wine country. In the spring, the valley comes alive with vibrant yellow mustard flowers. During the fall, the grape leaves turn startling hues of red, yellow, orange, and brown. Fall (the harvest season) brings a flurry of activity as the entire region unites in excitement! In the winter, brisk evenings beckon you inside to the cozy hearths and serene atmosphere of the tasting rooms. Year round, Napa is sunny and mild, providing the perfect setting for an outdoor picnic or an evening of wine tasting overlooking the area’s majestic landscape.
We hope you enjoy your special visit to this fabulous valley…take a private wine tour and experience wine blending, wine aroma sensory, and complex flavors unlike any other!
Napa Valley Towns
Downtown Napa has gone through a renaissance of cutting edge restaurants, including the addition of Morimoto Napa, a Japanese restaurant opened in 2010 by Chef Masaharu Morimoto, star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. Oenotri restaurant celebrates authentic Italian food using fresh, local ingredients and offering a farm-to-table experience unlike any other. If you are looking for some down-home cooking with a flare, the Bounty Hunter Wine Bar and Smokin’ BBQ is worth a trip. They offer a sophisticated take on BBQ, have 40 wines available by the glass, and over 400 wines available by the bottle! Cole’s Chop House is a “classic American steak house” offering prime cuts of beef, veal, New Zealand lamb, and fresh seafood—not to mention an extensive wine list.
Napa Valley offers a wide array of hotel accommodations, from the sophisticated Andaz Hotel and the Meritage Resort at Napa to the charming vineyard cottages of The Carneros Inn. You will find the highest level of customer service at any of Napa’s superb luxury resorts and hotels and will be spellbound with the range of amenities…outdoor fire pits luring you to a cozy conversation with guests, decadent spa treatments that rejuvenate, private sanctuaries, and on-site and in-room fine dining.
Activities and Events
Napa offers an endless array of activities and is home to the up and coming Oxbow District, the center of which is a public market with specialty merchants, fresh, local produce, and special events. The Napa Valley Opera House, one of Napa’s most important icons dating back to 1880, received a $13 million renovation and was reopened in 2003. Restored to its original magnificence, the Opera House remains a significant cultural cornerstone, celebrating artistic excellence and highlighting some of the world’s finest artists. For the biggest names in live entertainment, include a visit to the historic Uptown Theater…another impeccably restored venue offering exceptional and intimate live shows featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment.
Yountville lays claim to the most Michelin Star-rated restaurants per square mile, making it a culinary dynamo. For an exquisite palette-pleasing dining experience, visit the French Laundry where you will be presented with nine-course tasting menus. Redd offers creative, regionally inspired menu items they refer to as “wine country cuisine.” For bold Italian flavors with a refined twist, acclaimed chef Michael Chiarello’s restaurant, Bottega, is an outstanding choice. It is located in Vintage Estates, one of the oldest wineries in the Napa Valley. Hurley’s offers a lively bar, a cozy dining room, and a large outdoor patio. Visitors love this restaurant’s Mediterranean cuisine. Other Michelin Start-rated restaurants to experience are Bouchon and Étoile at Domaine Chandon.
Yountville is a relaxing and picturesque town with activities centered around the V-Marketplace and its assortment of specialty shops and restaurants. Its exceptional hotel accommodations include Hotel Yountville, an elegant and romantic retreat nestled between vineyards; the Bardessono, a sustainable LEED Platinum Certified luxury hotel; and the AAA Four Diamond Award hotel, Villagio Inn and Spa.
Activities and Events
Yountville’s Lincoln Theater is a multi-disciplinary performing arts center, highlighting community-based performing artists and incorporating national and international entertainment. A visit to V Marketplace is an event in itself. The market is located in a historic winery and is home to many specialty shops, galleries and restaurants. V Marketplace hosts year-round festivals, celebrations, and events ranging from boutique trunk shows to food and wine pairing events.
Oakville is home to the historic Oakville Grocery Co., offering the highest selection of products from Napa and Sonoma County farmers and artisans. Their seasonal menu includes the best ingredients and all items are made-to-order. Complementing the market’s offerings are the fresh, homemade beverages and just-picked fruits and vegetables from the Farm Stand just outside the market.
Oakville lies at the center of the Napa Valley and it’s where you will find The Napa Wine Co., a family-owned winery specializing in custom crush and offering notable cult wines in the tasting room. The elegant architecture of Opus One reflects their wines, expertly marrying old and new world in a way that reveals the area’s special character. Opus One’s Bordeaux style blend comprises of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Miner Wines are not only recognized for their full bodies and savory textures—they have also been used in collaboration with Miner Benedetto to create a series of wine-stained guitars! Bonded Winery Number 9 is another family-owned winery and is the ninth largest planted acreage in Napa County. All of their wines are certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers, indicating their commitment to growing without chemicals. This winery produces three brands: Ghost Block, Elizabeth Rose, and Oakville Winery.
Rutherford is home to a variety of restaurants, from the upscale dining of Alex Italian Restaurant to the comfort food of Rutherford Grill. Alex Italian Restaurant offers classic Italian cooking from the regions of Liguria and Romagna. The popular Auberge du Soleil restaurant, located at the inn with the same name, features a Mediterranean menu rich in regional produce and, of course, a wine selection to complement any meal selection. Rutherford Grill, in contrast, serves fantastic all American food that has locals and visitors raving.
For a Mediterranean-inspired getaway, book your stay at Auberge du Soleil. This spectacular resort offers exquisite hillside or garden views with a host of amenities, including an Asian-inspired pavilion and an outdoor sculpture garden. Rancho Caymus, with its Spanish-style, rustic suites, provides a private sanctuary of escape, yet is only minutes from several award-winning wineries.
Beaulieu Vineyards has been crafting wine for more than a century in the vineyard named for its beauty. It is the only Napa Valley winery that was open during prohibition, something accomplished by selling wine to the Catholic Church. Beaulieu’s main varietals are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Dating back to 1879, Inglenook also has an incredible history. The founder of the winery, Gustave Niebaum, died in 1908. Following prohibition, his widow, Suzanne, reopened the estate. It was operated by their great nephew from 1939-1975, when Francisco Ford Coppola purchased more than 1,500 acres of the land with the profits of his film, The Godfather.
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch offers a community dining experience with a farm-to-table philosophy. With a central, open kitchen and local, organic ingredients, visitors get to witness every stage of food production and taste the difference freshness makes. Every Monday is family night with a specially priced two-course menu. The Farmstead also has an attractive wine list to complement the menu. Press restaurant serves the highest quality meat, seafood, and poultry prepared on a wood-fired grill and rotisserie. For simple yet elegant Northern Italian cuisine, plan a stop at Cook St. Helena. Like most local restaurants, they use local and seasonal ingredients, prepared simply to enhance the food’s natural flavors. Market restaurant focuses on American classics with a seasonal approach. Their comfortably elegant restaurant features everything from sandwiches to oysters. For rich American classics, as well as vegetarian and vegan-free options, the Goose and Gander is a top choice. Other notable restaurants are Terra, Tra Vigne, Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, and Meadowood Napa Valley.
In addition to its fine dining, Meadowood Napa Valley provides a luxury resort in a forested setting. Its large selection of rooms, studios, suites, and family suites are sure to accommodate the preferences of any guest. For comfortable, apartment-style accommodations, the Adagio Inn is worth a stay. Its magnificent vineyard views combined with the comfortable amenities of the Inn will give you the right amount of rejuvenation…you will need it for the shopping!
Activities and Events
St. Helena has a host of attractions and activities and is home to the Culinary Institute of America. In addition to its world class shopping, St. Helena has several art galleries and gift shops, and is host to unique events such as Music in the Vineyards, where artists perform in vineyard settings.
Calistoga’s restaurants have been recognized for their star chefs and diner’s choice winners. JoLe Farm To Table serves Contemporary American food following the farm-to-table principles so prevalent in Napa. Dishes range from crispy tofu to flat iron steak, or diners can create their own four, five, or six-course tasting menus. Michelin-starred Solbar is a dining favorite nearby Napa Valley residents and visitors. The cooks use fresh, local ingredients and offer inventive menu items with daily updates. Daily specials range from southern-fried chicken to oysters shucked to order, and even include a BYOB day—the corkage fee is waived if you bring your own wine. Other notable restaurants worth a visit are Barolo and Brannan’s Grill.
Looking for cosmopolitan luxury? Solage Calistoga has spacious studios and suites designed with wine country décor. It’s a hip, green, and trendy resort with spa amenities and fabulous on-site dining at Solbar. For a more cozy and private getaway, visitors can choose from several cottage-style or bed and breakfast accommodations like Aurora Park Cottages or Brannan Cottage Inn.
Activities and Events
Calistoga, blessed with natural hot springs and surrounded by vineyards, is the perfect place to relax and savor the local culture. It is a walking-friendly town with a warm, leisurely atmosphere, authentic Victorian architecture, and historic roots. Explore Calistoga’s artisan shops, have an outdoor adventure on scenic hiking trails, or experience its vibrant art scene. Calistoga’s museums, art galleries, and open studios feature permanent and seasonal exhibits, and several wineries feature revolving art exhibits. Summer is a special time for film and theater buffs, when the Sterling Silver Screen Series features movies under the stars.