10Best Romantic Things to Do in Napa Valley

Napa Valley knows how to turn on the charm. Its more than 400 wineries provide the ideal setting for romance. Scenarios of sipping wine and dining on gourmet food are easy to come by among its acres of vines and award winning restaurants. Savor the view and dinner from vintage Pullman rail cars as you roll through Napa Valley on the Wine Train, or soak the day away in thermal hot springs. The options for wine country date nights are endless.

But there’s more for lovebirds in Napa Valley than just drinking and eating. Feel invigorated after a mud bath and couples massage at Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort, or a hike through Skyline Wilderness Park. If you don't mind getting up early, you can soar sky high with Napa Valley Balloons. If you like to stay up late, get tickets for a live show at Uptown Theatre in downtown Napa. Whatever your heart desires, you don’t have to look hard to discover romantic things to do in Napa Valley.

Downtown Napa Wine Tasting Card
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Wine tasting and Downtown Napa go hand in hand. With tasting rooms scattered throughout town, you can park the car and wander from one sipping spot to the next. Think of all the exercise you can get. Old favorites, hard-to-find varietals and new...  Read More

Napa Art Walk
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Get to know the nooks and crannies of Napa's downtown area, and stretch your legs, on the self-guided Napa Art Walk. The program began in 2009 and the fifth exhibition,'Shifting Perspective,' is currently on display. It features 10 artists from...  Read More



Skyline Wilderness Park is popular with local hikers and visitors, but it isn't uncommon to go for stretches without seeing another person. (But keep your eyes open for critters like deer, geese and wild turkeys.) The park has almost a dozen...  Read More



The Uptown Theatre is a downtown Napa landmark. Ask any local and they'll have a story to share about an outing to the theatre. Opened in the summer of 1937, it has seen everything from vaudeville to movie screens. Clark Gable and Carol Lombard...  Read More

Blue Note Napa
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Blue Note Napa is located in the heart of downtown Napa, on the first floor of the historic 19th century Napa Valley Opera House. Seating less than 150 folks, there isn't a bad seat in the house. There's live entertainment numerous nights a...  Read More

Napa Valley Wine Train Excursions


Getting a meal on the go is a romantic experience when you are dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. When you first board, it's the restored Pullman rail cars that will wow you. The train looks and feels like something out of an old movie....  Read More

Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort
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A visit to Calistoga isn't complete without getting dirty. The mud bath is a tradition of sorts at Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort. It's a secret family recipe, mixed with Calistoga's famous warm mineral water. Don't worry - when you're...  Read More



Book a couples massage, and maybe even a mud bath, but don't forget your swimsuit. Indian Springs Calistoga has two swimming pools. More for soaking than swimming, the Main Pool is an Olympic-sized mineral pool. The newer pool is smaller,...  Read More



Bubbles and romance go hand in hand at Schramsberg Vineyards. The second oldest winery in Napa Valley, tastings and tours of the historic caves are by appointment only and are limited to groups of eight. The cave tunnels are dimly lit with...  Read More

Napa Valley Balloons
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You have to get up long before the crack of dawn, but watching wine country wake up from the basket of a hot air balloon is worth getting out of bed early. Coffee and pastries are waiting when you check in for your flight at Domaine Chandon...  Read More


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Dana Rebmann moved from San Francisco to Wine Country in search of sunshine. Amazing wine and food was a delightful bonus.

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