Known for its state of the art wineries, farm to table food culture, and perfect mix of luxurious yet laid back communities, the Napa Valley is a long time prized destination for foodies, wine connoisseurs, and generally anyone that likes to have a good time in a beautiful place. With a landscape reminiscent of the European wine regions, and a culture just as sophisticated in its knowledge of and appreciation for wine and food, don’t miss a chance to explore the best of Napa Valley.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor or an annual visiting veteran, be sure to keep abreast of all the new places popping up in the area, from restaurants and tasting rooms, to music venues and festivals. If you are out to experience the best of Napa Valley, stick to these key favorites and you won’t be disappointed.
The Churchill Manor bed and breakfast is located in downtown Napa and is one of the area’s most historic inns. Built in 1889 by one Edward Churchill, an aristocrat and wine lover, this beautiful mansion was constructed with the vision of creating a historical legacy for what was then a remote getaway from San Francisco. With visitors traveling to the area by riverboat, the Churchill Manor has long hosted some of Napa Valley’s most extravagant parties and is currently an outstanding choice for lodging in the area. If modern luxuries in a historic setting and gourmet breakfasts to start the day sound like the perfect accommodation to you, the Churchill Manor is your spot!
Whether you’re wanting to visit some of the area’s most renowned wineries, are looking more for a small family-owned vineyard where you can really get a feel for the culture of winemaking, or would rather hang out at a downtown tasting room, you’ll find every option at your fingertips. The Robert Mondavi Winery, one of the oldest in Napa Valley, is a must see, as well as Castello di Amorosa, known for its Tuscan-style castle surrounded by vineyards. St. Clair Brown Winery has a wonderful tasting room in downtown Napa where you can get a feel for their small batch wines.
Thomas Keller is the renowned Napa Valley chef whose famous restaurant, French Laundry is located in Yountville. This is absolutely the place to go if you are looking for an elegant tasting menu served fresh from their nearby garden. For something a little more laid back try the Napa General Store, a charming place for lunch, or a new favorite, The Thomas, known for its gorgeous views of the Valley and farm-to-table menu.
With its plethora of locally grown produce and wines, there are few things that you’ll do in the area that aren’t the best of Napa Valley. If you’re a first-time visitor you’ll quickly learn that the local standards for food and drink, aren’t typical for the rest of the country – they are truly exceptional. For more ideas of things to do while in the area, check out this free Napa Valley vacation guide.