A Bit of Something for Everyone in California Wine Country
One of the best things about Napa Valley is that it's possible to make it a day trip, or even just a lovely, leisurely afternoon away from the city. However, there's so much to do that travelers might consider staying a while, checking into one of the quietly luxurious hotels and giving themselves some time to just relax, hang out, drink wine, eat, enjoy a massage or facial or play some Bocce ball. For those who have a hard time sitting still, start your day at Vino Velo to pick up some snacks, maps and gear before biking the valley's winding roads. Looking for a place to hike? Skyline Wilderness Park has trails for all levels... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "If you come hungry, there's a little outdoor patio area where they serve passable burgers, fries and drinks."
Local Expert Tip: "The CIA's store, The Spice Islands Marketplace, has an unbelievable selection of cookware, gadgets and recipe-packed volumes. Pick up a gift for a food-loving friend or family member, or a souvenir for yourself."
Local Expert Tip: "The Gatehouse Gallery is the only space open to drop-ins. Make a reservation in advance for any of the different tours offered. The grounds are more widely accessible between May and October and on Saturdays in the summer they offer a guided nature hike to the top of Milliken Peak. "
In a valley of culinary and oenological treats, the Wine Train may be one of the area's more unique... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "The main tasting room can get crowded. Book a vineyard tour and you can get a bit more specialized tasting experience."
- Type: Wineries and Vineyards
- Neighborhood: Napa Valley
Spreading some 200 acres, Schramsburg was founded by Jacob Schram, a German immigrant who came from a... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Bring plenty of water with you if it's a hot day, there aren't many places to replenish once you get up into the trails."
Local Expert Tip: "This is a great choice for families--the trail is easygoing and relatively short, it's a good spot for a picnic and there's a built in science lesson. "
- Type: Adventure, Attractions, Outdoor Activities, Sightseeing, Tours and Excursions
- Neighborhood: Napa
Local Expert Tip: "Wear layers as the temperature changes dramatically along with the altitude."
Local Expert Tip: "Regulars rave about the snacks--not just energy bars, but also the smoked paprika almonds and the dried golden cherries and strawberries. "
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