Planning a Napa County getaway? Okay. But where do you start.
In February, Napa Valley kicks off its tourist season by hosting their annual Mustard Festival.
Six weeks of fun and indulgence.
Starting with formal gourmet gala at CIA - Culinary Institute of America - featuring local restaurants... to wineries, artists, a wine auction, and golf benefit.
Then how about a recipe and photography competition? There’s always plenty of food and wine celebrations to enjoy.
You see... there’s so many things to choose from, like...
And gals... don’t forget... SHOPPING!
Just imagine... romantic restaurants, trails to walk - if you want to embrace nature - live theater, wineries with amazing views, quaint little shops to go bargain hunting, and places to go just to relax and be pampered and more.
You say you’re thinking more of a family vacation with the kids? Then Napa County has some awesome places for the whole family.
Where else can you visit a geyser... ride a tram hundreds of feet up to a hilltop winery... take a tour riding on Segways... or float above the valley in a hot air balloon?
In September, the annual Napa Valley Harvest Festival and Art Exhibition takes place in the garden setting at the Charles Krug Winery.
Hundreds of Napa residents and visitors come to check out art.
Sample wines from more than 20 wineries.
Savor cuisine from more than 15 restaurants. And enjoy a variety of live music.
American Canyon - the "new kid on the block", is just beginning to reach full stride with new restaurants and hotels to serve both locals and guests.
City of Napa - Founded in 1847, this beautiful town - nestled along the Napa River - was a staging site for the Gold Rush of the late 1850’s.
Reinventing itself from a hardworking town into a stylish, food-centric city... Napa serves as THE GATEWAY to one of California’s most renowned locales - Napa Valley.
The Historic Napa Mill - anchored by the luxurious Napa River Inn. The Mill is home to some of the most unique shopping, dining, and relaxation in the Napa Valley. Hot spots like... Silo’s Nightclub, Celadon Restaurant, Angéle, and La Pelle Skin Spa & Boutique.
The Mill also, provides an exciting backdrop for art, theater, wine, food, and music festivals on the Riverbend Performance Plaza.
Meritage Resort and Spa - Enjoy their heated pool set against the rolling vineyards of California Wine Country.
Immerse yourself in warm, Tuscan-like Napa Valley lodging... a luxurious romantic getaway.
Forty feet underground, experience Napa's only underground spa, tasting room, and dining area.
Experience on-site wine-tasting in the resort's tasting room.
Enjoy their plush sports-themed entertainment bar with some specialty cocktails, a game of billiards, big screen TV, bowling, and more at Crush Ultra Lounge.
Yountville - In mid-March, Yountville holds its "Taste of Yountville".
Then every June they celebrate The Annual Father’s Day Invitational Auto Show. It’s the "art-of-the-driving machine", from the national champions to local favorites, to one-of-a-kind collector curiosities.
In December, Napa County's V Marketplace in Yountville... captures the holiday spirit with the Annual Festival of Lights... with visits from Santa Claus, carolers and horse-drawn carriage rides.
Rutherford sprung up in the 1860s as a water stop for the steam train owned by the Napa Valley Railroad Company.
Today Rutherford lays claim to one of the most luxurious resorts in the area, Auberge du Soleil. Meaning "Inn of the Sun", this plush haven offers a perfect balance of tranquility, indulgence, style, and romance.
Enjoy the breathtaking views of Napa Valley, while pampering yourself in their lush spas.
Their outdoor pool and living room offers the perfect place for you and your honey to spend hours lounging poolside on over-sized chaises or underneath gauze-draped canopies on day beds for two.
Choose from their fine dining options, like...
The tiny town of Oakville gained its name from the dense groves of dark green valley oaks that grew in the area.
Oakville is home to the Robert Mondavi Winery. One of the first wineries to offer tours, tastings, culinary and art programs.
And then there’s Oakville Grocery. Founded in 1881 - it’s the oldest continually operating grocery store in California.
Recently, re-renovated, this little store reconnected to their California roots... offering the best selection of products from local farmers, artisans and purveyors in and around Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
Definitely worth stopping by when you’re in the area.
St. Helena - home to the CIA - Culinary Institute of America - at Greystone, is one of the world’s most unique and inspiring campuses for culinary education.
Calistoga - a gem of a town that crowns the top of Napa Valley... at the far northern edge of the Napa County wine country.
A unique place... adventurous... indulgent... the perfect place to soothe your soul.
There’s almost too much to do in Calistoga - all of it fun. World-famous geothermal hot springs dramatically visible at the Old Faithful Geyser north of town. Spectacular wines... intimate bed & breakfasts, cozy hotels, and luxury lodgings.
Explore the downtown shops and art galleries. Go biking, hiking or soaring in a hot air balloon ride.
For the past 150 years visitors have flocked to its famous mud baths.
Choose from many of the natural baths in the area... filled with local volcanic ash, imported peat, and natural, boiling hot water... all mixing together to create a warm mud bath.
Then after bathing in the mud, rinse yourself off with a mineral shower.
Then follow-up with a whirlpool bath, a few moments in the steam room, and finishing up with a wrap-around blanket.
Napa Valley is filled with magical places to go and sights to see.
And you’ll have the time of your life exploring them all.
So what are you waiting for... let’s get going!