While it is true that Napa, California, may be one of the best places to go for a glass of pinot noir, many people don’t realize that there is so much more to Napa than wine. Offering a plethora of breathtaking scenery, a large number of quality hotels close-by, and tons of activities that are fun for the whole family, you’ll definitely want to put Napa on your list of destinations.
Bike Ride Along the River
The best way to explore all of the beauty Napa has to offer is by bike. Either rent bikes and take to the riverside yourself, or register for one of the many available Napa bike tours. Several of the bike tours offer stops for shopping, lunch, and wine tastings, so you may want to make your biking outing a full-day adventure. If you’d rather relax than pedal, there are options for electric bikes as well, so you can still enjoy yourself without having to miss out on any of the biking fun.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
If you’re an early riser, consider getting to bed early the night before so you can head to the skies to watch the sunrise in a hot air balloon over Napa Valley. The 5 a.m. wakeup call may seem early, but it is well-worth the gorgeous views of the sun rising over the mountains and vineyards below. If you fly with a company such as Napa Valley Aloft, you also have the option to add on a luxurious sit-down brunch in which you can share stories of the spectacular sights while sipping coffee or a mimosa.
Explore Oxbow Public Market
A trip to Napa wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Oxbow Public Market. The name “Oxbow” comes from the name of a unique bend in the Napa River, and this market is the perfect representation of a unique, exciting shopping experience. The over 40,000 sq/ft of space showcases only the best food vendors, beverages, and local artisan gift shops. The market also overlooks the Napa River, making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy a nice meal. In addition to gift shopping, explore the rows of locally grown organic produce or partake in some sweet treats from the numerous chocolate and sweet shops.
Theatre, Performance, and Art Shows
Napa is known for its local art installations, as the city is very supportive of local artists. Explore Napa’s sculptures and art walks, or attend a performance at the historic Napa Valley Opera House. The Opera house hosts plays, dance performances, and operas year-round, and is highly praised for its quality performances. There is also the Uptown Theatre, which hosts a variety of live performances. If art and theatre aren’t your first choices for entertainment, Napa hosts public concerts, outdoor film showings, and festivals year-round.
Whether you are visiting Napa for the wine tastings, the local culture, or the breathtaking views, it is a destination that everyone can enjoy. Cross this gorgeous location off of your bucket list, book a hotel near Napa, and start planning your trip today!