Napa Valley

Napa Valley is home to over 400 wineries, each unique. From the famous wine cellars to fantastic family-owned wineries. First timers coming to Napa need to see the big iconic wineries, the ones that made Napa famous.

There are also plenty of friendly boutique wineries that should also make your list. Whatever you do, have a plan before you go. Pick 3 to 4 wineries you want to visit each day, and allow time for one tour.

Vineyard with hills in the background. Blue sky. Napa Valley. California. USA. http://suitcasesandsunsets.com/napa-valley.html

Don’t worry if wine isn’t your cup of tea – everyone can enjoy the wine country’s world class restaurants and breathtaking views. Napa is known for their great food almost as much as their wines. Local tourism agencies offer private wine tours, group tours, and transportation, making it easy for travelers to make the most of Napa Valley’s wine routes.

Lush, Ripe Wine Grapes with Mist Drops on the Vine Ready for Harvest.
Lush, Ripe Wine Grapes with Mist Drops on the Vine Ready for Harvest. http://suitcasesandsunsets.com/napa-valley.html

The best time to visit Napa is Fall, meaning Sept to October. This is “crush” time when they harvest the grapes. November is also nice because the weather is still good but the crowds and rates have dropped. The second best time is Spring when the mustard plants are all in bloom, mostly everywhere you look you’ll see brilliant bright mustard plants with eyepopping color.

Visit galleries and museums and see the region’s rich history and artistry. Or take a ride on the iconic wine train. Castello di Amorosa is a 13th century Tuscan Castle and Winery featuring amazing award winning wines, food and wine pairings, unique events and more.

Napa Valley Cabernet Grapes ~ http://suitcasesandsunsets.com/napa-valley.html

Skyline Park is an 850-acre wilderness area at the southeast corner of Napa. Skyline has over 25 miles of trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use. Skyline also offers picnic and barbecue areas, an RV park, and tent camping. The Vaca and Mayacama mountain ranges offer beautiful views, great hikes.

Both Napa Valley State Park, up the valley in Calistoga, is nearly 2,000 acres and has trails that run along creeks, through redwoods and has plenty of campsites and other available activities. There are lots of other family based activities nearby and other trails for hiking. Robert Louis Stevenson State Park is a 5000-acre park hosts Mt. St. Helena as well as a statue of the famous author for which the park was named.