Things to do in Napa Valley

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Wine may be its focus, but this scenic valley has no shortage of other activities. Start your trip with a hot-air-balloon ride, watching the sun rise... Read More

Wine may be its focus, but this scenic valley has no shortage of other activities. Start your trip with a hot-air-balloon ride, watching the sun rise over miles of rows of Cabernet vines. Between sips of wine at Napa’s sleek tasting rooms (Odette, Hall St. Helena, and Opus One are not to be missed), take a vintage train ride 36 miles through the valley, gazing out from the opulent Vista Dome car. In the evening (after more wine, of course), wind down at one of Napa’s esteemed theaters and showrooms, like the new Blue Note Napa jazz hall.  

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  • Blue Note Napa

    This new 150-seat jazz club is on the first floor of the historic Napa Valley Opera House. Riffing off the original Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City... Read More

  • Brasswood

    This winery and restaurant diverges from Napa’s ubiquitous pastoral sentiments, bringing a touch of stark, industrial-sleek design to wine country,... Read More

  • Calistoga Bikeshop

    Friendly staffers can arrange packages that include bike rentals, maps, wine-tasting appointments, lunch reservations, and (if you need it) roadside... Read More

  • Ceja Vineyards

    Salsa and Latin funk play in the background at this upbeat downtown wine tasting room, which serves award-winning wines from the family-owned, third... Read More

  • Cliff Lede Vineyards

    As a connoisseur of Bordeaux, Canadian-born businessman Cliff Lede injected himself into the professional wine trade in 2002, purchasing 60 acres of... Read More

  • Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

    Serious seekers of culinary and wine knowledge have flocked to this Napa Valley campus since 1995. The roster of food and wine courses here is... Read More

  • Hall St. Helena

    This St. Helena staple boasts a wide variety of tasting experiences: the Hallmark Tour lasts 45 minutes and includes a stroll through the scenic grounds... Read More

  • Liana Estates

    Hidden down a small lane in the rustic Carneros region, this Napa newcomer offers leisurely tastings in a scenic country setting. The tasting room is a... Read More

  • Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides

    Drifting above undulating acres of vineyards in a hot air balloon is one of the most singular experiences you can have in wine country. Since 1995, this... Read More

  • Napa Valley Wine Train

    Following a 36-mile route between Napa and St. Helena, this unforgettable tour provides optimal views of the Napa Valley from an old-fashioned train of... Read More

  • Odette Estate Winery

    In the scenic Stag’s Leap district, this refreshingly modern winery hosts wine tastings in an intimate midcentury room. A small flagstone patio shaded... Read More

  • Opus One Winery

    Opus One could be called a winemaker’s winery. Its limestone colonnades pay homage to old-world architecture, but the eclectic modern interior of this... Read More

  • The Hess Collection

    Getting to this mountaintop winery entails a scenic drive up winding, wooded country roads. By the time you pull up to the ivy-covered, historic stone... Read More

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