Combining the beauty of the outdoors with an epicurean food culture and some of the best wine in the world, the Napa Valley in California has long been a prime destination for travelers from all over the world. Wine country is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of normal life, allowing you to sit back, relax, and enjoy a taste of slow living in nearly perfect weather! There’s so much to do and experience in Napa Valley that it can be hard to plan out everything that you want to do for your vacation! Here are some ideas to help you as you set out to explore California’s Napa Valley for yourself.
Learning All About Wine
As the premier wine destination in all of North America, and arguably the world, Napa Valley is the place to be if you want to learn anything and everything about wine – from production and winery management to sommelier training and learning food pairings. Winery tours are very popular with tourists and should be your first point of contact with the wine industry here in Napa Valley. You’ll learn all about production from the vine to your table and be introduced to some key concepts that will be expanded on as you learn more. From here, a culinary experience could be fascinating, helping you understand the role that our tastebuds play in how wine and food pair together.
Hot Air Balloons
Of course, Napa Valley has the old-world charm to rival any destination on Earth, and you’ll find plenty to do that will get you out and exploring the great outdoors. There are several hiking trails in the area and biking trails are very popular as well. However, one unique way to experience the beauty of the Napa Valley is up in the air in a hot air balloon! You’ll get great views of the vineyards and the California coastline (and the sunrise if you go early enough!) and many people agree this is one of the best ways to see the natural beauty of the Napa Valley.
Take a Spa Day
To fully get into the slowed-down atmosphere of the Napa Valley, consider taking a day off to pamper yourself in one of their world-renowned spas. The northern side of the valley – the town of Calistoga, in particular – is known for geothermal hot springs and mud baths which provide the skin with a host of therapeutic benefits. It’s a great way to take a step back and recharge, whether for a whole day or just a few hours.
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