The Legendary Napa Valley
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Just over an hour north of the city of San Francisco*, the Napa Valley is a fabled legacy of international renown, yet is also one of the smallest winegrowing regions in the world. Only 30 miles long and a few miles wide, the valley’s 150 restaurants, 125 lodging properties, outdoor activities, events and art galleries ensure that there is no one way to experience the valley. You may just have to come back for more.
Begin Your Napa Valley Experience
At the southern tip of the Napa Valley you’ll find the town of American Canyon. Golf courses, wetlands and open space nature preserves appeal to the active traveler. It’s also a great home base for exploring the Carneros wine-growing region.
Located right on the Napa River, the city of Napa is perfect for a night on the town. You’ll find art walks, delicious food, tasting rooms, lively events and nightlife all within close proximity to any adventure you seek. With its variety of enchanting lodging options from quaint bed & breakfasts to luxurious hotels, it’s fantastic for both romantic escapes or getaways with friends.
Yountville considers itself the culinary capital of the Napa Valley. Famous restaurateurs and Michelin star chefs reside here, but even the casual dining will tantalize your taste buds. And don’t forget to look up in the early morning hours for the hot air balloon filled skies.
A Different Way to Wine
The stretch between Oakville and Rutherford is dotted with more than 60 wineries that vary from intimate boutiques to the biggest names in the industry. Sip while wandering through a sculpture garden, get a taste straight from the barrel or take a break from grapes and try olive-oil blends instead.
In the charming town of St. Helena, the main streets are lined with elegant shops filled with unique clothes, jewelry and décor. Spend an afternoon perusing some of the many art galleries or make your own artistic interpretation by blending a personal bottle of wine.
Indulge Your Indulgent Side
Laid-back Calistoga is famous for its authentic spas, geothermal springs and volcanic ash mud baths. Whether you’re unwinding with a massage, taking the family on a stunning hike or riding a gondola, this serene atmosphere is where one comes to get away from it all.
Visit During Cabernet Season
From November to April, a slower, more intimate atmosphere emerges, allowing for personal experiences with winemakers and artists, lingering meals and luxurious spa days. Temperatures are perfectly mild, creating a haven for cozy getaways, hearty fare and spectacular wine. It’s the best time of year to stumble upon unexpected, memorable moments.
For more information on planning your next trip to the Napa Valley, go to VisitNapaValley.com.
*Approximate distance and drive time to downtown Napa from popular locations include:
San Francisco International Airport: 57 mi / 95 km, 1.5 - 2 hours
Oakland International Airport: 50 mi / 81 km, 1.5 hours
Sacramento Metro Airport: 64 mi / 103 km, one hour
San Jose International Airport: 82 mi / 129 km, 1.5 - 2 hours
Lake Tahoe: 178 mi / 286 km, 3 hours
Yosemite Valley: 190 mi / 306 km, 4 - 4.5 hours
Los Angeles International Airport: 408 mi / 657 km, 6 - 7 hours
Las Vegas: 590 mi / 949 km, 8.5 - 9.5 hours