How much do travelers love California wine country? After Disneyland, the state’s prime wine country region pulls in the most visitors, and with good reason: The picturesque, rolling countryside, hundreds of wineries—producing mostly Chardonnay, Pinot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot varietals— as well as world-class restaurants that put those wines to good use. Even though California has other great wine regions (say, Sonoma, and the Russian River Valley), Napa Valley —anchored by the town of Napa—has come to signify the best of California wine, and it’s just an hour’s drive from San Francisco. And while you could visit Napa and easily spend a whole week just taking sips in the tasting rooms, you shouldn’t miss out on its other great delights, such as the spas, parks and hiking and cycling trails. Read this Napa travel guide to plan your trip.
Things Not to Miss in Napa
• Getting out among the vines by renting a bicycle or taking a farm tour
• Savoring the region’s culinary hot spots—supported by locally grown, organic, and sustainable produce
• Immerse yourself at a wine-country spa, featuring swanky vinotherapy sanctuaries or bubbling tubs of volcanic mud.
When to Go to Napa
The weather in Napa valley is pretty pleasant year round, with mild winters, colorful falls and cool spring seasons. As you plan your travel to Napa, know that the height of the Napa travel season is summer, when it can get a little hot (say, the 90s). Otherwise, March through October is the best time to visit Napa. Winters can get a little rainy, but prices dip and you’ll find fewer crowds.