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Things to do in Napa

If you’ve come to this part of the state, odds are that wine tasting tops your list of what to do in Napa. To break up the trips to tasting rooms, there are plenty other classic things to do in Napa: The castle-like Beringer winery, in Helena, is the oldest operating winery in Napa, having been founded in 1876, and which produced sacramental wine during Prohibition. The winery still has its hand-chiseled rock tunnels for cellaring, and its Rhine house, which is filled with Belgian art-nouveau furniture made from oak and walnut trees. Hot air ballooning is one of the most thrilling (but non-wine-related) things to do in Napa. You can get an astonishing and scenic view over the city and the Lake Barryessa.

The town of Calistoga has been famous since the 1800s for its toasty mud baths, made from volcanic ash and fabulous natural hot springs. The town’s name was born when a wine-lover tried to call the area the “Saratoga of California” and got slurry.

If you stick to the side roads, biking can be a wonderful way to explore the beauty of wine country. Calistoga Bike Shop is a good place to start, as they can arrange packages that include rentals, maps, wine-tasting appointments, lunch reservations, and (if you need it) roadside assistance, for around $80 per person.

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  • Acacia Winery

    Founded by Diageo Chateau & Estates—also the owner of notable Napa wineries BV and Provenance—Acacia is a relatively secluded facility specializing... More
  • Alla Prima Studio

    Inspired by her international art education, Napa native Gretchen Kimball founded Alla Prima Studio as a way to bring both novice and experienced a... More
  • Andrew Lane Wines

    Four miles northeast of downtown St. Helena, Andrew Lane winery doubles as the personal residence of owner Andrew Dickson. Established in 1978 by A... More
  • Anette's Chocolate Factory

    Established by siblings Anette and Brent Madsen, this downtown sweet shop is housed in a yellow-walled, wood-floored space that was formerly Patric... More
  • Artesa Vineyards & Winery

    With its strikingly modern landscaping and architecture, this property at first looks more like a museum (or perhaps a James Bond film location) th... More
  • Bourassa Vineyards

    Despite an exterior that resembles a nondescript storage facility, this winery’s tasting room has a surprisingly romantic interior with dim lightin... More
  • Ceja Vineyards

    Salsa and Latin funk play in the background at this downtown wine tasting room, which serves award-winning wines from the family-owned Ceja Vineyar... More
  • Clos Du Val

    Situated in the valley of the Stags Leap district, Clos du Val winery earned international acclaim after producing one of the six Californian Caber... More
  • Di Rosa Preserve

    After 22 years of harvesting grapes in Carneros, Rene and Veronica di Rosa transformed their winery into a 250-acre, indoor-outdoor museum dedicate... More
  • Heibel Ranch Vineyards

    Surrounded by two lakes and mountains blanketed with sequoia trees, this organic vineyard is situated on a 1.9-acre parcel of land that was once pa... More
  • Jarvis Winery

    Being that William Jarvis studied physics and electronics at UC Berkeley, it seems appropriate that his winery is not only one of the most technolo... More
  • Judd’s Hill

    You can blend three varietals into a barrel—that’s the equivalent of 288 bottles, which can be shipped home after a year of aging. (lessons from $1... More
  • Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

    The Green Spa Network property has a worm-bin composting program that literally eats trash. More
  • Oxbow Public Market

    The 40,000-square-foot Oxbow Public Market, has everything from heirloom apples to wines made on-site at Folio Enoteca & Winery. The $11 million go... More

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