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Downtown Napa – Stay, Sip and Eat

Downtown Napa – Stay, Sip and Eat

The Napa Valley is a relatively small place. The valley at 30 miles north to south and 2 miles wide is much smaller than Bordeaux, and dwarfed by it’s neighbor Sonoma. But despite this limited area, the concentration of wine tasting and other activities is pretty high. Wine tours and tastings have never been more convenient to arrange. Downtown Napa has turned a new leaf in recent years, and can require an entire weekend or more to see it all. New restaurants, wineries, art galleries, wine bars, shopping centers and hotels are springing up everyday… but some have been there for a very long time, and others have more of a history than others.

elegant tasting room vintners collectiveVintner’s Collective
1245 Main Street
Napa CA 94559
(707) 255-7150

Vintner’s Collective is a reinvigorated space that is also Napa’s oldest commercial building and has offered wine tasting from more than 20 wineries! The fresh rotation of wine tastings blend perfectly with the historic stone building as winemakers and visitors alike are brought together in a rustic and elegant setting. Downtown Napa has exploded with new world-class restaurants and other heavy investments in the downtown Riverfront area, just steps away from the Vintner’s Collective.

They offer wine tasting experiences from some of our favorites like Azur Wines, Roy Estate Vineyards, Melka Wines, and Tournesol Wines. These wines can be tasted in many ways, but we suggest the “Collector Tasting” which includes artisanal cheeses and charcuteries. It is hard to taste and wine tour at all 400+ wineries in Napa, but you can get a few done in one place here!

coles chophouse doing what they do bestCole’s Chophouse
1122 Main Street
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 224-6328

There is an ever-growing rotation of new restaurants in Napa, and then there are the tried and true institutions of the region. Cole’s Chophouse proprietors Eric and Heather Keffer and Greg Cole, like Vintner’s Collective, have revitalized another of downtown Napa’s historic landmarks. The old Williams-Kyser building now features 21-day dry aged prime steaks and classic martinis from their handsome Honduran mahogany bar. The elegant dining room is designed to speak a “classic American steak house”. In additions to Martinis and premium Whiskey flights, the wine program goes deep on the reason you are visiting Napa in the first place, local Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine list has numerous selections from the rarest producers and vintages in the Napa Valley. Occasionally offering a ‘surf and turf’ special, the lobster is decadent and buttery, while the filet mignon was amongst the finest in all of wine country. This time of year the patio is open and should not be missed.

charming beazley house bed breakfastBeazley House
1910 1st Street
Napa, California, 94559, United States
(707) 257-1649

There are many places  to stay in Napa, but few offer as much history and service as the Beazley House. Another piece of Napa history has been turned into something new at this charming bed and breakfast. After extensive renovations, the historic Victorian opened in 1981 just a short, and lovely, walk from the downtown and waterfront in Napa. They offer a wine and cheese hour every night and have the local connections to recommend the right wine tasting for you. In addition to the gracious concierge services and hospitality, they are dog friendly and make delicious breakfast! It is a wonderful starting place for your wine tour weekend adventure in Downtown Napa.

Napa is a unique blend of modern wine tasting and classic charm. There is always something new and exciting going on, but we enjoy seeing the seamless marriage of new and old. A wine tour should include some history on the region, and at places like these you can experience the best of both. Contact us today and let us show you the future of Napa through it’s amazing history!

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