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Top 5 things to do in Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the ultimate wine country and over 500 wineries pepper the beautiful landscape. We asked our North America specialist Jenny to select the top five ways to explore this stunning region.
Enjoy a private tailor-made wine tour
Explore the rolling hills of the winelands in an SUV, complete with your own guide who will tailor-make the experience perfectly to you. All guests will be treated to a cheese and cracker tray, but those wanting something a little more indulgent can add on a gourmet picnic lunch at one of the vineyards. Ask to be taken to Flora Springs Winery, where you can try the 2013 award-winning Trilogy. A wine enthusiast will love this one – it is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc!
Take a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train
Tour the vineyards and enjoy a gourmet meal on board the vintage Napa Valley Wine Train, in an iconic Pullman carriage. The vintage carriages date back up to one hundred years and have all been lovingly restored. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a three-hour ride which takes you along 25 miles of track through the heart of Napa Valley. A gourmet meal and a cold glass of sparkling wine add the perfect finishing touches whilst gazing out onto the vineyards through the large domed glass windows.
Visit the Napa Farmer’s Market
One of our favourite things to do in Napa is to spend the morning strolling through the farmers’ market purchasing fresh fruits, bakery items, cheese and other local products, as well as meeting the local farmers. From there, head to a vineyard to enjoy a picnic amongst the vines with all your lovely local produce. There’s no better way to finish off this wonderful picnic than with a bottle of wine from the vineyard itself. A lovely low-key way to spend a day and we think you can’t beat it!
Head out on a Sip ‘n’ Cycle tour
Head off with a knowledgeable local guide and cycle along the backroads of the quaint towns of Napa to visit a number of unique wineries. You will sample a number of different wines and learn how to distinguish between them. After your first two wineries you will find a spot to bask under the sunshine among lush vineyards and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch. From there you’ll cycle on to Calistoga to visit two more wineries and smell, swirl and sip some local wines.
Dine at The French Laundry in Yountville
Enjoy a trip to the quaint village of Yountville to dine at The French Laundry, a three-starred Michelin restaurant set in a stone farmhouse. Recently voted as one of the top fifty restaurants worldwide, The French Laundry is headed up by chef Thomas Keller, who is world-famous for his exceptional culinary skills. Be sure to plan ahead if you’re hoping to dine in this exclusive restaurant, as reservations must be made around two months in advance to secure a table.