Napa County in California is known for its hillside vineyards and wineries, grand estates, expansive tasting rooms, quaint towns, and elegant lodgings. While Gourmet food and wine have stolen the show, Napa Valley is one of the most desired travel destinations for its scenic beauty. There’s no shortage of luxurious places to stay in Napa Valley with many Napa vacation homes to stay in with stunning countryside views, scrumptious food and great wine. There are many places to visit and a lot of things to do in the Napa Valley region. Due to its rich cultural background and its ever-growing fame of producing world-class wine, travellers have often kept Napa Valley trip on the top of the bucket list. Here are five activities which you cannot afford to miss when you visit Napa Valley.
1. Napa Valley Wine train
The Napa Valley wine train is not just a means of transport at Napa Valley; it’s an experience that all travellers love. The three-hour long ride includes a gourmet lunch or dinner which is generally prepared on-board. The trains big windows lead to fantastic view of wineries in Napa, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena.
2. Experiencing the wineries
Just a ride along the wineries will not fulfil your thirst. If you’re a wine lover, you’ll love exploring and sampling the wine at the numerous wineries across Napa Valley. Every winery in Napa Valley carries the legacy and characteristic of its own and every winery has something unique to offer. So before planning a winery visit and booking an appointment, think about the experience you want to have. There are plenty of guides and information online before booking such as this Napa Valley wine guide by winemag.com
3. Walk inside the Tuscan Castle
Castello di Armosa or the Tuscan Castle is a great piece of medieval architecture at Napa Valley region. The castle was made from the inspiration that the builder drew from Italian Medieval architecture. The eight-level castle spread over 171 acres of land with 107 rooms, ramparts, towers, a drawbridge and moat which are all chiselled out of about 8000 tons of stone is definitely worth a visit.
4. Bike tour around Napa Valley
Fancy riding a bike along the vineyards? Napa Valley bike tours give you a range of experiences to suit your pocket as well as to feed you wandering soul. You can start the ride from St Helena or Napa and take the road to different vineyards. Local guides will accompany you or you can also collect a route map if you don’t want to be accompanied by the guides.
5. Napa river tour
The smooth flowing Napa River is a soothing experience for the guests and a river tour is just a cherry on the top. Guests can opt for Napa river tour where they will be provided with life-saving jackets and paddles – families especially love the river tours. The historical commentary of the tour guide is the added advantage and the tour is about two hours long.
Have you got your travel plans sorted yet? From adventure to serenity, Napa Valley is surely a major travel goal to accomplish.