Are you planning to indulge yourself in the extravagant wine, food and a relaxed tour to get rid of the daily stress? Napa Valley is calling you, you must answer. An extravagant stay at Napa vacation homes, wine from the boutique winery, and walk through the woods, train around the winery, here’s what Napa Valley offered me on my visit to the top wine country destination in the World.
The Napa Valley is a piece of heaven which is about 30 miles long with a width of about 5 miles. More than 400 wineries are scattered across the towns – Napa, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena, and Calistoga. The towns have the beauty and speciality of their own and you cannot afford to miss that.
Best Time to visit
Napa Valley doesn’t have a bad time of the year. Its pleasant weather suits everyone. However, September and October remain the busiest months. They are the warmest months as well and lets you experience the annual grape harvest which takes place during this time. However, winter months have their own appeal. The not-so-crowded months are quieter and also not very chilly. Not to forget the best deals that the hoteliers give away during winter.
Experiencing the history of wines
Napa Valley has a history of producing best wines and you cannot plan a trip to Napa without keeping a thorough wine schedule to follow. The best part is the Napa Wine train that takes you through the wineries. Quattro Vino Legacy Tour, the six-hour long journey that takes you through the old wineries like Robert Mondavi and Charles Krug. The trip features scenic views from a refurbished, antique railcar. We cannot miss the four-course gourmet meal and the thrilling experience.
Food at Napa Valley
If you have planned your trip to Napa Valley, one thing you don’t need to worry about is excellent food. Not just wine, the luxurious stays and gourmet meals are something you can be assured of. Napa’s urban wine trail to Yountville’s renowned fine dining, the valley offers a luxurious stay. You must visit Bouchon Bakery in Yountville for pastries and espresso. Also, at least one lunch must be at original Gott’s Roadside. Gott’s is situated in the doorway of St. Helena’s fascinating Main Street.
Napa Valley has a legacy of fine dining and you must plan one either at Michael Chiarello’s Bottega or Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry or Ad Hoc in Yountville but not to forget, pre-booking is a must. St. Helena has Christopher Kostow’s The Restaurant at Meadowood and The Charter Oak, Chris Cosentino’s Acacia House, and Charlie Palmer’s Harvest Table. Choose from any of these and you won’t be disappointed.
Take the road of Adventure
Napa Valley is famous for a relaxing trip but it has more to offer. The adventurous hot air balloon trip is the most sought after. You need to wake up early morning but the view is to die for. You go for river rafting, stand up paddles and other water sports which are quite famous in the Napa Valley region. Cycling across the winery is also availed by many. Activities at Napa Valley will surely excite you to the fullest.
A tip to remember
Don’t forget to pre-book and pre-plan the activities that you have thought of doing. It is always safer to book the stays as well.