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We get it—you're in town for the best Napa Valley wineries. Of course! But after a few days of swirl, sip, spit, repeat, your tastebuds will get a little weary. Put down your wine glass (trust us) and swich things up by checking out some great Napa restaurants and setting aside a day or two to explore the best things to do in Napa that don't come in a glass, from a game of bocce ball to a sunrise ride in a hot air balloon, or—if your belly is ready—a walk through one of the cutest farmers' markets in the state. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
It may be possible to subsist on wine alone during a wine tasting trip to Napa Valley, bouncing from one winery in Napa to the next, but you'd be missing out on an incredible culinary experience. It's not just the Michelin star restaurants that should have you excited at these Napa restaurants, though: Downtown Napa is rife with great burger joints, steakhouses and tapas spots, along with craft cocktail bars and beer bars that offer a momentary respite from all that wine. For a truly savory visit to Napa, check out our guide to the best Napa restaurants. Eaten something you love on this list? Share it under the hashtag #TimeOutEatList to show your appreciation. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Napa
Fall is our favorite time to visit Napa Valley wineries. The air is crisp, the leaves are colorful, the wine is freshly bottled and the buzzy tourist season of crowded wine tours is blessedly over. Whether you take a quick day trip or plant to stay a couple days (try one of the best Napa hotels or Airbnbs) these Napa Valley wineries offer the quintessential Wine Country experience, from the historic Clos du Val to the modern Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. When you're done exploring Napa, feel free to check out the best Sonoma wineries next. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Napa
Gone are the days when Napa wine tastings were free and easy. Now the most popular places book up weeks in advance. But there are still plenty of places where you can taste without making an appointment. Whether you're headed to one of the top wineries in Napa, or a satellite tasting room, you’ll be warmly welcomed at these cozy spots which often offer warm patios, stellar gardens, colorful art collections and historic buildings. While at a tasting room you may also be able to book a reservation for a Napa Valley wine tour or a table at one of the best restaurants in Napa. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Napa
One of the easiest ways to experience Napa Valley is on a fun tour. If you're planning to drive through Wine Country, consider booking an informative tour and tasting at one of the best wineries in Napa. If you'd rather leave the car behind, you can board a train, zip around on a Segway, peddle through the vineyards on a bicycle or take in the view of the valley from a hot air balloon. A standard Napa Valley wine tour will cover the history of the winery and explain how wine is made, but may also include venturing into the cellars, vineyards, and even a museum or art gallery before ending with a wine tasting. Afterwards, sit down at one of the best restaurants in Napa before you head home. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Napa
There’s plenty to do in San Francisco over the holiday season, but an escape to Wine Country offers some festivities you just can’t find in the city. Revel in a wine-fueled celebration at Napa or Sonoma vineyards and restaurants or sign-up for a quaint family tradition like the Santa Train or Christmas Bird Count for Kids. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Napa
There are dozens of impressive farm-to-table restaurants in Wine Country that pay homage to the region’s agricultural bounty but only a handful of wineries, farms and ranches turn farm-to-table into a regular celebration. Some of these events, like Kendall-Jackson’s farm-to-table dinner experience, are dripping with rustic elegance while others, like Full Belly Farm’s monthly outdoor pizza nights, cultivate a laid-back, family-friendly vibe. A range of prices make these unforgettable feasts under the setting summer sun accessible to everyone. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best Napa restaurants
A trip to Napa Valley is not to be rushed; Wine Country is meant to be savored. Thankfully, there's no shortage of standout Napa hotels for relaxing, swimming, and wining and dining in style. You'll find historic vineyard estates, stylish boutique newcomers, scene-y rooftop decks, and truly luxurious digs. (Soaking tub with a view, anyone?) Here are the best places to stay in Napa Valley.
When you’re dying for a good California cabernet, pack your bags and check into a Napa Airbnb for a relaxing wine weekend. There’s no shortage of fabulous things to do in Napa, from dining at the best Napa restaurants to sipping world-class vintages at Napa Valley wineries. And when your trip itinerary is this glamorous, not just any old hotel room will do: You want accommodations that match your luxe weekend aesthetic. Like the coolest Airbnb San Francisco homes, these Napa Airbnbs have style for miles. Stay in a converted Airstream trailer, beautifully restored farmhouse or hilltop estate with sweeping views of Napa Valley. Now that’s an experience you won’t get at a hotel. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best Napa hotels