(The following article is presented by guest blogger Megan Strausberg from Solage Calistoga!)
Mention your plans for an upcoming trip to Napa Valley and suddenly, everyone you know has an opinion on where to go, what to eat, where to stay and what to do. These 10 quick tips will help you plan the best Napa Valley vacation possible.
1. LOUNGE IN COMFORT
Napa Valley is famous for high-quality hospitality standards. From luxurious hotels to quaint B&B’s, finding a soft spot to rest your head after a day of wine tasting is effortless. Consider the cozy Inn at Randolph or one of these hospitable hideouts from the Top 10 Napa/Sonoma Romantic Hotels list.
2. PLEASE YOUR PALATE
Dining in Napa Valley is a life-long experience in itself. With fresh ingredients surrounding the area and world-class chefs running nearly every kitchen, you’re palate is guaranteed to have a vacation of it’s own.
3. EXPLORATION WITH EASE
Though Napa Valley is geographically diverse, it’s easy to navigate and fun to explore. Adventure with friends to wineries in style and discover one of the best aspects of Napa Valley: though the area is relatively compact, each winery feels exquisitely secluded.
4. LOVE THE LANDSCAPE
Napa Valley offers a unique landscape that’s hard to find anywhere else. Within miles, you’ll travel through various microclimates, over diverse terrain and be rewarded with breathtaking views.
5. LISTEN TO THE LEGENDS
Nearby Sonoma County has presented an annual concert series for the past 25 years. This legendary series, held at Rodney Strong Vineyards, offers succulent wine tasting and legendary, remarkable live music. If your vacation times don’t match up with this series, don’t fret. Wine country offers endless amounts of musical summer fun.
6. BETTER YOUR BODY
As if wine, music and food aren’t enough to do your soul some good, Napa Valley offers beneficial health and wellness opportunities at spectacular destinations. Exercise at modern gyms, stretch out with yoga class, and soothe your muscles at world-class spas.
7. SPOIL WITH OIL
Almost as popular as wine, Sonoma County is famous for some of the world’s best olive oil. Be sure not to miss this gem near Napa Valley. Check out some of the most stylish places, like Lucero, in Napa Valley, and relish in exotic, infused oils.
8. ENJOY THE EVENTS
From fundraisers, to celebrations, to festivals and beyond, Napa Valley (and nearby Sonoma County) offers endless amounts of incredible, year-round events for everyone to enjoy. Treat yourself to delicious treats, fresh wine and fabulous entertainment.
9. RIDE ON THE RIVER
Napa River provides an array of adventurous actives like kayaking, history tours, stand-up paddle boarding, and much more. If you need a break from the wine tasting and vineyard viewing, roll to the river for a different relaxing setting.
10. WINE, WINE, WINE
Obviously, you cannot go to Napa Valley and not indulge in some of the nation’s (and the world’s) finest wines. With world-class winemaking talent, and incomparable technical and financial resources, you’ll test wines that will linger on your tongue long after your vacation.