Truly Napa Valley : The Experience Guide : The Best Things to Do in Napa Valley

The Experience Guide

Visit Napa Valley with this guide to world-class Napa Valley wineries and restaurants, scenic back roads, charming downtowns, trails, and non-wine diversions. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy trails geared toward dog-walking, biking, hiking and horseback riding. Wine neophytes will appreciate detailed wine tasting tips and a concise Napa Valley primer. A comprehensive listing of non-wine diversions offers a balance of culture and entertainment. Dog-friendly too!

What not to do in Napa valley

HISTORIC GRAND ESTATE
Instead of internationally-owned Beringer, try locally-owned Inglenook (bonus that it's the Coppolas who own it).

SPECTACLE
Instead of fighting the crowds and traffic at the Castello di Amorosa, try the Bale Grist Mill and marvel at the 36-foot overshot water wheel as it turns and powers the mill stones.

GETTING AROUND
Instead of sitting in traffic on Route 29, try taking a crossroad over to The Silverado Trail.

HOTELS
Instead of an expensive hotel, try the yurts or cabins at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park.

SUSHI
Instead of pricey Morimoto's in Napa, try Sushi Mambo in Calistoga.

SANDWICHES
Instead of pricey (and crowded!) Oakville Grocer or Dean & DeLuca, try Giugni's in St. Helena.

PICNICS
Instead of crowded V. Sattui, try any of the local parks in Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville, and Napa.

BICYCLING
Instead of cycling on the speedy Silverado Trail or Route 29, try the quiet back roads of Calistoga.

TOURIST TRAP
Instead of the Old Faithful Geyser in Calistoga, try the Petrified Forest in Calistoga. 

WINE TASTING
Instead of wine tasting, try a visit to DiRosa.

 

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