When it comes to planning a visit to the Napa Valley, the first item on the agenda is most often wine tasting. While there are hundreds of gorgeous wineries throughout the region, the majestic Napa Valley has a lot more to offer than just wine. Believe it or not, it is entirely possible to spend a lovely weekend doing things other than sipping wine and taking buzzy selfies. Read on to learn all about some must-see attractions to take part in while you sober up from all that delicious wine.
1. WANDER AROUND DOWNTOWN NAPA
With so many wineries littered throughout the county, it is easy to dismiss the beauty of Downtown Napa. Filled with super chic stores, bars, and cute little eateries, Downtown Napa is definitely a must-see. Here are a few things we recommend to try:
- Eat! -Be sure to check out Gotts, Rutherford Grill, Ad-Hoc, and Buchon
- Bike ride around the valley
- Visit a spa
- Check out the Oxbow Public Market
2. CALISTOGA MUD BATHS
The whole purpose of a vacation is to relax, right? Well, there is nothing more relaxing than the Calistoga Mud Baths. One of the most unique experiences on this list, the Calistoga Mud Baths is guaranteed to be a life-changing experience for all involved.
3. HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE ABOVE THE VINEYARDS
While taking a tour of each winery can give you access to some gorgeous photo ops, nothing compares to seeing the entire valley from above. Take in the majestic views of the Napa Valley in an early morning hot air balloon ride. It’s downright magical, and the early wake-up call is worth it.
4. OLIVE OIL TASTING
While it is true that Napa is known most famously for its wine, the area also produces some of the best olive oil and balsamic vinegar in the country. Downtown Napa is full of little shops that offer ” free” olive oil tastings. Yummy!
5. EAT A MILLION DOLLAR MEAL AT FRENCH LAUNDRY
Hungry? Good. Napa is home to some of the finest restaurants in the nation, including the incredibly famous French Laundry. While this famous establishment will set you back a few hundred dollars, it is an experience that can not be missed. However, demand for this restaurant is high, and you will have to book reservations months in advance to get a table. So plan months in ahead if superstar chef Thomas Keller is calling your name.