What not to do in Napa valley
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Instead of internationally-owned Beringer, try locally-owned Inglenook (bonus that it's the Coppolas who own it).
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.
Instead of sitting in traffic on Route 29, try taking a crossroad over to The Silverado Trail.
Instead of an expensive hotel, try the yurts or cabins at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park.
Instead of pricey Morimoto's in Napa, try Sushi Mambo in Calistoga.
Instead of pricey (and crowded!) Oakville Grocer or Dean & DeLuca, try Giugni's in St. Helena.
Instead of crowded V. Sattui, try any of the local parks in Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville, and Napa.
Instead of cycling on the speedy Silverado Trail or Route 29, try the quiet back roads of Calistoga.
Instead of the Old Faithful Geyser in Calistoga, try the Petrified Forest in Calistoga.
Instead of wine tasting, try a visit to DiRosa.