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Adventures In Napa Valley, California


A Simple Drive Through the Napa Valley

Many people come to the Napa Valley for the wine and fine cuisine. Others come for the myriad of recreational activities from hot air ballooning to visiting the hot springs. There is another experience that many people overlook… a simple drive through the vineyards and hills that surround the Napa Valley.

Shop Local at These Napa Valley Farmers Markets

Farmers market during the day

French Chef Alain Ducasse said it best when he declared farmers markets are “photographs of that destination and the local culture.” Going ‘local’ when you travel is a way to immerse yourself in the culture, and the key to any culture is the food, of course. And as the agricultural hub of the United States, California is brimming with fresh seasonal produce, prime cut meats, seafood, artisanal cheeses, and more. On your next wine country vacation, check out the local farmer’s markets for the best the fertile soils of the Napa Valley have to offer.

Fun Places to Take a Swim in Napa Valley

Friends Splashing In Water At Lake Together

It’s time to shed some layers and get your feet wet in one of Napa Valley’s local pools, lakes, or secret swimming holes. Whether you are soaking in mineral pools or enjoying the quiet serenity of the Napa River, there are plenty of places to cool off this summer in wine country. Soak up the summer heat and go for a dip at one of these Napa Valley swimming destinations.

Ways to Explore the Napa Valley on Wheels

Bike and wine tour

From cruising alongside the Napa River on a Segway to traveling to some of the most historic wineries via the Wine Train, there are numerous opportunities to explore the Napa Valley. We’ve gathered a list of some of the best ways to see wine country on wheels, all of which are sure to be informative, fun, and provide you with insights for a memorable Napa Valley vacation.

Get on Board the Napa Valley Wine Trolley

Napa Valley Wine Trolley

Immerse yourself in the world of wine on your wine country vacation with a day aboard the Napa Valley Wine Trolley. Board a hand-built replica California Street Cable Car for your wine country adventure. Built off of the original blueprints of the popular San Francisco cable cars, the open-air vehicle will whisk you to the Napa Valley’s grand vineyard estates, subterranean wine caves, and quaint, cozy cellars. Tours include transportation to 3-4 wineries, a friendly tour guide who will provide information about the Napa Valley, and a wine country picnic lunch.

Culinary Institute of America at Copia

chef teaches culinary course

Founded in 1946, the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has emerged as the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the CIA has expanded internationally, opening up locations in New York, Texas, Singapore, St. Helena, and downtown Napa at the Copia building. Adjacent to the beloved downtown staple that is the Oxbow Public Market, the CIA at Copia is the ultimate Napa Valley destination for all things food, wine, art, and community. From courses for food enthusiasts to dining on seasonal fare prepared by top wine country chefs, fuel your passion for food and wine at the CIA at Copia.

Napa Parks to Explore With Your Dog

Couple playing with dogs in the park

We at the Napa Winery Inn understand that a dog is an honorary family member. That’s why we invite you to bring along your four-legged friend on your wine country vacation. There are tons of wineries and downtown eateries to experience with your pup, but if you’re craving some fresh air and open space we recommend visiting one of Napa’s beautiful parks. From riverside wildlife watching to heavy incline hikes, the town of Napa has plenty of beautiful parks to explore with your dog.

The Napa Valley Wine Train

Napa Valley Wine Train

If you’re anywhere in the Napa Valley, it’s likely you’ve spotted the beautiful burgundy and gold vintage railroad cars sweeping happy wine-drinking riders along. And you may be wondering, what is it? Can you join in on the fun? Where to begin? We’ve got you covered. Here is your ultimate guide to the Napa Valley Wine Train.

Harvest Season in the Napa Valley

Freshly Cut Grapes after being harvested

The Napa Valley grape growing season is coming to a close. The labor and love put into the vineyards is meant to be celebrated, and the Napa Valley knows how to do just that. Here’s everything you need to know about the Napa Valley harvest season.

Napa Valley Hop Train

Beer and making a toast

The Napa Valley Wine Train has a new excursion, and it has nothing to do with wine. Beer lovers unite for a craft brew cruise aboard the Hop Train. Hop on the mobile bar for an evening of local brews, small bites, and a hassle-free journey through the beautiful Napa Valley. Here’s your guide to the Napa Valley Wine Train’s latest boozy offering.