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Napa Valley Like a Local: 5 Recommendations from Pam Starr

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Winemaker Pam Starr puts in long hours overseeing the production of Cabernet Franc and other varieties at Crocker & Starr. But she also makes time to soak up her surroundings. “Napa Valley is more diverse than eating and drinking your way through 31 miles of happiness,” she says. Sure, Pam enjoys visiting wineries, but she also likes to go hiking and mountain biking and seeing artists at work. “Napa’s unique, we just have a really creative, wonderful lifestyle.” Here’s how to follow her lead.
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610 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
“If you go to our own local market in Napa called the Oxbow, there’s a spice company there, and you get to open up all the lids and smell the spices,” says Pam Starr. “I like to go and be inspired by different smells. They...
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1700 Soscol Ave #20, Napa, CA 94559, USA
“You can go on a nature walk with the Land Trust, and a guide will tell you about all the plants that we have here—they’re all really important to the Napa Valley life,” says Pam Starr. “It’s worth the...
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5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa, CA 94559, USA
“There are a lot of artists here in the Napa Valley, and you can go into their shops and watch them weld or paint; they’re really interesting people,” says Pam Starr. “We also have one of the best preserves ever—di Rosa, with art inside and out....
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Lake County Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
“There’s a really great trail that lets you hike the ridgeline of the eastern hills,” says Pam Starr. It begins with the Table Rock Trail, which meanders for about three miles through forests to a lookout point with rewarding views. Along the way,...
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2201 Imola Ave, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Skyline Wilderness Park is known for its mountain-bike racing, which can be very challenging; I don’t do all of the challenging trails, I just do the ones where I won’t fall off my bike and skid my knee anymore,” says Pam Starr. “It’s a great...