10Best Spots for Your Napa Valley Sightseeing List – Wine Not Required

With more than 400 wineries, there’s no denying it is wine that makes Napa Valley famous. Most visitors’ itineraries are packed tight with sipping and swirling, but forget to save time for traditional sightseeing. It’s understandable - most wineries are attractions in their own right. But wine country is also home to a number of spots worth checking out that, surprise, don’t involve wine. Warm summers and mild winters make being outside part of day to day life here. Whether it’s hiking at Skyline Wilderness Park or enjoying a picnic in front of a working water wheel at Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, winter days can involve sunny skies. Park the car and take in some of Napa Valley’s famed scenery aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Take a cooking class at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, or see a fainting goat in action at Old Faithful Geyser of California. You won’t miss the wine. It’ll be waiting at dinner. Maybe even lunch too.



Located on Main Street in St. Helena, Greystone is the original CIA campus in Napa Valley. For anyone who likes to cook, or eat, Greystone is a must visit. Cooking classes cover everything from Spanish and Italian food to grilling and healthy...  Read More



Whether you're looking for a place to hike, have a picnic, or even camp, Skyline Wilderness Park delivers. 850 acres strong, the park is popular with locals in the know, but with so many trails, you could spend hours wandering without seeing...  Read More

Old Faithful Geyser of California
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The Old Faithful Geyser erupts approximately every 30 to 40-minutes. Eruptions vary and can last two to six minutes, with heights averaging about 60 feet. Hundreds of gallons of water are released during an eruption. Estimates from Old Faithful...  Read More



Calistoga's Petrified Forest is home to the world's largest petrified redwood trees, known as Sequoia langsdorfii. It's estimated the trees were petrified in a volcanic eruption that occurred 3.4 million years ago. (It's believed the crater of...  Read More

Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park
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This out of ordinary state park is home to partially restored 36-foot water wheel and grist mill that was built in 1846. Back in the day it was where Napa Valley settlers came to have their corn and wheat ground into meal or flour. Owned by Dr....  Read More

Napa Valley Wine Train Excursions


Choo, choo! It's hard not to feel pampered when riding the rails in wine country. Roll through Napa Valley and take in the scenery aboard restored Pullman rail cars from the early 1900s. While onboard you'll enjoy lunch or dinner. Thanks to...  Read More

Napa Art Walk
Photo courtesy of Israel Valencia - Infinity Visuals


See some smile-inducing sculptures without ever walking through the door of a museum on the Napa Art Walk. The first Napa Art Walk exhibition debuted in 2009; the biannual, rotating sculpture exhibition is created using the work of artists from...  Read More

Gordon Huether Studio and Gallery
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Get your first taste of Gordon Huether's work at the Culinary Institute of America at Copia. Along with a tribute to Margrit and Robert Mondavi, his eye-catching 18-foot Fork, covered with roughly 8,000 forks is on display. Afterward, make time...  Read More

The Culinary Institute of America at Copia
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The well-known culinary college isn't just for those hoping to become professional chefs. CIA at Copia offers a wide range of options for the public including hands-on cooking classes, baking classes, chef demonstrations, and wine tasting...  Read More



A non-profit public trust, di Rosa features three galleries, home to what's considered the foremost collection of Bay Area art in the world. Set on 217 acres, surrounded by vineyards, di Rosa boasts nearly 2,000 pieces created by 800 artists....  Read More


Meet Dana Rebmann

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

A former television producer for NBC News, Dana is a regular...  More About Dana