What to Do in Napa Valley
Collected by Tommy Alexander, AFAR Staff
6795 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
While the image of riding bicycles through a sun-drenched vineyard is romantic, the reality of biking in wine country can be a rigorous, athletic endeavor. But very few places offer as good a reward for your efforts. The best way to see the lay of...
1492 Library Ln, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Founded by the famous American food writer M.F.K Fisher and James Beard in the ‘60s, the Napa Valley Wine Library, nested in the St. Helena Public Library, boasts one of the largest collections of wine literature in the country. From details on...
Mt St Helena, California 95448, USA
Up a beautiful, but nauseatingly winding road from Calistoga is Mount St. Helena — enter through the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park (where Stevenson lived in a cabin and wrote Silverado Squatters in 1883) and trek five miles to the top....
1400 Clay St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Each November, just as harvest and the peak tourist season is winding down, the focus shifts from grapes and wine to the cinema as the Napa Valley Film Festival brings hundreds of filmmakers, actors, directors and documentarians to the valley....
1340 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Cameo Cinema, a one-screen theater on St. Helena’s Main Street, has been showing movies almost continuously since 1913. Today, the meticulously maintained theater (complete with red velvet chairs and house-made popcorn) screens everything from...
Most people come to Napa for the wine, but the Napa Valley is also an amazing place for people who love nature and the outdoors. Napa Valley Adventure Tours offers hiking, biking, and kayaking trips around the Valley. And of course, in addition to...
2555 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
No, not that CIA. This lunch feels a lot more pleasant and delicious, I'm sure. Make a reservation at the Greystone Restaurant and taste local, seasonal menus while looking out over Napa Valley vineyards.
8815 Conn Creek Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573, USA
Before there can be quality wine, or even quality grapes, there needs to be quality dirt. Frog’s Leap Winery is located in one of the most coveted patches of dirt in the Napa Valley — Rutherford. Which is why, when you visit, owner John Williams...
500 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Have you always wondered what all that swirling and sniffing and slurping and spitting is about? Why doesn't everyone just drink the damn wine? Can one person really identify the zest of a yuzu? Are 'horsehair,' 'used band-aid' and 'crushed...
Lake Hennessey, California 94574, USA
“Moore Creek Park is probably our favorite trail by Lake Hennessey, as the swimming hole at the end provides the perfect reward after a long arduous hike through the woods,” says Ryan MacDonnell, co-owner of Round Pond Estate. “If you want...
5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Yes, Napa Valley is known for its wine, but the Di Rosa Preserve highlights the art of Northern California. Rene and Veronica di Rosa had a personal passion for art and artists. Their home, the Di Rosa Preserve, became the focal point not only for...
575 3rd St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Music and wine seem like the perfect pairing to me. That's why I was so excited when I heard about a new festival coming to Napa this May called BottleRock. The four-day event is being held at the Napa Fairgrounds and combines some of the...
4411 Redwood Rd, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Wealthy vintners in Napa Valley love to wax on about their love of and appreciation for wine and art: as if one serves as a vessel for the other. While it often feels that the connection is fabricated — its main intention to sell either the former...
604 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Every time I'm in Napa, I make time to stop in the Liken Gallery. This lively space showcases the eclectic work of Michael Holmes, including his gorgeous floral designs. The space is meant for walking around--in every inch is a detail that must be...
1275 McKinstry St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
If you guess this to be an explosion of delicious sweetness in the form of tiramisu cloaked in milk chocolate, then you're right. No, it didn't come from a countryside baker in Italy, but rather aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Touristy as it...
1350 3rd St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Originally built as a movie theater in 1937, the Uptown Theater in Downtown Napa is a relic of the Golden Era of Hollywood—once attracting stars like Clark Gable and Marion Davies both on the screen and in the seats. Today, it sis arguably the...
Silverado Trail, Napa, CA, USA
The rolling hills of Napa Valley make for great hiking--they're not too tall, so it's not too strenuous, but the views of the vineyards and surrounding nature are priceless. If you have the good fortune to visit more than once, in different...
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