Oh, are you in for a treat! A Napa vacation, of any length, can refresh the body and the spirit in deep and authentic ways not offered anywhere else, with the possible exception of Tuscany.
Virtually every suggestion in our Wine Country Vacation Ideas article applies to a Napa vacation, especially the wonderfully unique places to stay, the exquisite cuisine, the palpable sense of relaxation you can enjoy and, of course, the world-class, working vineyards and wineries.
Most visitors to Napa Valley come as part of a family vacation (including weddings and family reunions), a romantic getaway, a corporate retreat or a solo adventure. Regardless of why you come, Napa Valley is exquisitely well-suited to serve you.
In fact, part of the charm of visiting Napa is the diversity of visitors – the couple from Seattle celebrating their 25th anniversary sharing a B&B breakfast with a California family on holiday and a European student touring on his bicycle. Even the range of “tourist attractions” and possible activities is unique. Instead of bouncy castles or petting zoos, here you can experience an antique train with Pullman dining cars or a kayak trip down the Russian River!
First, remember that Napa Valley is a confined area of about 30 miles by 5 miles. (See the Wine Country maps for further reference.) So, regardless of where you stay, you are close to most things. Then, look at the wonderful array of unique, attractive Napa Valley hotels, inns and other accommodations options. There are Victorian houses near village centers, bungalows on working ranches, vacation rentals, resort spas and traditional hotels — allowing you to find a home base that suits your unique preferences. The choices range from budget-sensitive lodging alternatives to 5-star resorts.
Of course, wineries are the backbone of the area’s economy, with over 300 wineries in the valley. You should definitely book one of the Napa Valley Tours to visit the wineries or just to enjoy the wonderful landscape and scenery, and you can do so on foot or by car, bike, antique train, hot air balloon or kayak. If you plan to sample the wines, having a driver (and a guide!) is an especially smart decision.
The Napa Valley Wineries themselves require closer consideration. They are not all just “tasting rooms and gift shops.” Many are active, working vineyards with a dormant period over the winter and super-active periods during harvest, crush and bottling. (Spring and summer are busy, too, with visitors, of course.) If you want to dive deep into viticulture, this is the place to come for study and research, but most people will enjoy simply learning more about wine-making, the different kinds of wines and the lifestyle inherent to this agricultural yet artistic endeavor.
And, if that’s not enough to keep you busy, you may want to review the other Napa Valley tourist attractions available for your enjoyment.
- a family vacation in a semi-rural area where everyone is relaxed
- a couple’s getaway in the lap of luxury
- a golf vacation with college friends
- a girls’ weekend filled with fun and laughter
- a private time for contemplation and healing surrounded by beauty
- an exploration of wines, fine foods, healthy living and the great outdoors
- a landscape unique in all the world, complete with geothermal geysers
- a place where a good time can had by all!
That is what awaits you on your Napa vacation!
Photo of Napa vacation scenery by derekskey via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo of Napa vacation balloon tour by leduardo via flickr (Creative Commons); and Photo of Napa red wine and sun by OmarG! via flickr (Creative Commons).
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