5 Favorite Things to Do in Napa Valley
I’m often asked about my list of favorite things to do in Napa Valley. Along with incredible scenery, world-class wines and dining, there are a few things that always land on my itinerary. These are my 5 favorite things to do in Napa Valley this time of year.
Go wine tasting with a view!
Many wineries in Napa Valley have sunny terraces or patios with views. The infinity pool at Signorello, and Domaine Carneros (like a french château), are two of my favorite spots. I want to try the modern vistas at Cade on our next visit. For sips and bites, you simply can’t beat the deck at the luxurious Auberge Du Soleil (you won’t want to leave–EVER!).
Enjoy a concert in the vineyard or in a wine cave.
Napa Valley has a vibrant music scene and experiencing music, while sampling fine food and wines, creates a unique multi-sensory experience. One of the most exciting events of the season is the upcoming Brian Culbertson’s 5th Annual Jazz Getaway from June 8-12. There are still tickets available for this gold-standard jazz event. Scott and I will be attending on Sunday. The lineup includes: Michael McDonald, Fourplay, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Mint Condition, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Eric Darius, Average White Band, Stanley Jordan, Michael Lington, Althea René, Marqueal Jordan, Vincent Ingala, Morgan James, Cecil Ramirez, comedian Jammin’ Jay Lamont, DJ’s Rick & Russ w/CJ Flash, plus The Temptations featuring the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway Horn Section. I am so excited to be attending this fantastic event.
Enjoy a spa experience at your wine country resort.
After a day of tasting and meandering around the valley, it is wonderful to come back to your resort for a swim and time by the pool. A massage or facial is even better to get you in the relaxed vacation mode. These resorts, with spas, are highly recommended and I have visited each of them over the years.
Pick up a picnic lunch.
Stop by Oxbow Market in Napa, or Oakville Grocery in Yountville, and pick up delicious bites and wines to create the perfect picnic among the vines. Be sure to pack a picnic blanket (I always have one in the trunk), or pick up a beautiful blanket as a souvenir at one of the many shopping spots in the valley, like St. Helena, Calistoga or Yountville.
Drive the Loop!
From Napa head north on the iconic Silverado Trail towards Calistoga. You spot beautiful vistas and quintessential wineries at every turn. Stop in Calistoga or head south through St. Helena, Rutherford, Yountville on Highway 29. The perfect scenic loop!
For more recommendations on where to stay during your travels see my Travel Recommendations (click on A Sunny Escape Travel Concierge link) at the top of the page. I have a frequently updated list of my favorites places to stay around the world.
What are your favorite things to do this time of year?