Napa

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Napa is in the state of California. Napa is located 50 miles north of San Francisco in the southern end of scenic Napa Valley.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

By car[edit]

From San Francisco:

Highway 101 North over the Golden Gate Bridge (toll), to Highway 37;
Highway 37 East towards Vallejo/Napa, to Highway 121;
Highway 121 North towards Napa to Highway 29 North to Napa.

From San Francisco or East Bay:

Interstate 80 East Over Carquinez Bridge (toll), to Highway 37;
Highway 37 East towards Vallejo/Napa, to Highway 121;
Highway 121 North towards Napa to Highway 29 North to Napa.

From Sacramento and points East:

Interstate 80 West to Highway 12 West;
Highway 12 West / Jamison Canyon Road toward Napa to Highway 29 North to Napa.

By bus[edit]

By boat[edit]

The Vallejo Baylink Ferry ($13 each way, 60 minutes) operates between San Francisco and Vallejo. From the Vallejo ferry terminal, you can take VINE Bus #10 to Napa [1].

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

  • The Vine Public bus service with several routes in Napa County

By trolley[edit]

  • Downtown Trolley, Phone: +1 707 255-7631, [2]. Daily except Tu 11AM-7PM (F,Sa until 10PM). Stops at 14 locations, including the downtown Napa plaza, Napa Town Center, Napa Premium Outlets, Napa Valley Expo, Wine Train, Fuller Park in Old Town and the public library.

By chauffeur[edit]

  • Elegant Wine Tours offers a $299 10-passenger limousine Special 6-hr Wine Tour plus tax, fuel, gratuity and license. Elegant Wine Tours specializes in providing boutique Napa and Sonoma limousine winery visits, custom Napa and Sonoma itineraries and off-the-beaten path wine tour destinations.
  • Allure Wine Tours based out of Napa, Ca provides personalized, chauffeured limo excursions throughout wine country. Every guest has the option to design their own trip or have Allure Wine Tour's staff create an itinerary to suit their specific tastes.
  • Perata Luxury Tours is probably the best private tour service. The owner knows most of the owners of the local wineries personally and can arrange for tours where others can't. $65–75/hour, plus taxes and gratuity. 5-6 hour minimum.
  • Platypus Wine Tours offers daily 6-hour tours of 4 wineries. 8-12 people per tour. $99 per person. Local pick up included.

See[edit]

  • Napa Firefighters Museum1201 Main St +1 707 259-0609. W-Su 11AM-4PM (Call first). Free.
  • Labyrinth at the Methodist Church625 Randolph St (at Fifth Street),  +1 707 253-1411. M-F 11AM-2PM. Cool replica of the labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral. Walking the labyrinth is considered a sacred act. Donation.

Do[edit]

  • Napa Valley Wine Train1275 McKinstry St +1 707 253-2111, toll-free: +1-800-427-4124. Various types of train rides offered for the 36 mile round trip to St. Helena, with or without gourmet dinner. Buy the "flight" of wines at the tasting car. Make this institution part of your trip.
  • Napa Valley Symphony860 Kaiser Rd +1 707 226-6872. Performs classical and pops repertoire (recent guests include Neil Sedaka, Wynona, Glenn Campbell and Johnny Mathis). Performances are at the Lincoln Theater of Yountville.

Hiking[edit]

  • Westwood Hills Park, Browns Valley Road and Laurel St., Phone: +1 707 257- 9529. Nice views of the valley from this park's trails. Children's nature library.

Horseback Riding[edit]

Bike Tours[edit]

  • Napa Valley Bike Tours6795 Washington St., Bldg. B (Inside Washington Square Plaza), toll-free: +1-800-707-2453. Open daily from 8:30AM to 5PM daily. Offering guided bike tours visiting local wineries, bike rentals and multi-day bicycling vacation packages. Also offering kayaking tours.
  •    Change of Greenery Electric Bikes and More3425 Solano Ave +1 707-596-0499. 9AM - 7PM. Offers electric bike rentals that can last up to 30 miles depending on whether you want to pedal or use the throttle mode (aka no pedaling). They have 35 different Napa Valley partners who will give you complimentary wine tastings, 10% off spa treatments and freebies just for stopping by on a green bike. 5 different bike routes for you to take. The top speed is 18 mph and no special license is required. $49 all day.

Balloon & Helicopter Rides[edit]

Golf[edit]

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Asia Cafe825 Main St +1 707 224-0840. It looks like a hole in the wall, but the food is fantastic. Two people can eat for roughly $7. Tip nice though because they are trying to put their girls through college.
  • Andie's1042 Freeway Dr +1 707 259-1107. Near the Outlet Mall. Little hamburger stand that shares its location with a detail car wash. Appearances can be deceiving, though. It has the well-deserved reputation of having the best hamburgers in the Napa Valley. It can be very busy around lunchtime though, so it is recommended that you call in your order.
  • Centre Cafe388 Devlin Rd +1 707-603-3260. 8AM to 6PM. Centre Cafe features soups, calamari, sandwiches, pizza, rotisserie chicken, New York steak, fish and pasta. The breakfast menu consists of torta wedges, eggs benedict, freshly baked goods. Centre Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and happy hour.
  • Vallergas, a local supermarket. There is one on the corner of Silverado Trail and 1st Street (now JV liquors), and one near Highway 29, in the Redwood Shopping plaza, located at the Redwood and Solano intersection. It has a very fine deli. It is a good place to pick up things for a picnic.
  • Keva Juice, 3816 Bel Aire Plaza in the same shopping center as Whole Foods. +1 (707) 265-6900. Owned by Napa natives, a relaxed, fun vibe. It's where all the locals go for smoothies. Yummy smoothies of all kinds, with vegan friendly options as well. Be sure to try the Red Bull smoothie, it's a local favorite. With nothing over $6, its the perfect budget snack. (Side note: if the owners are there, they're the perfect people to ask about local food and wine.) Open year-round, Mon-Sat 9AM-8PM, Sun 10AM-7PM.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Angele540 Main St +1-707-252-8115. Enjoy the fabulous French Country cuisine on their riverside patio in the heart of the Historic Hatt Mill & Market.
  • Zuzu829 Main St +1 707 224-8555. M-Th 11:30AM-10PM; Fri 11:30AM-12AM; Sat 4PM-12AM; Sun 4PM-9PM. Popular place serves terribly tasty tapas. $10–$30.
  • Taqueria Las Palmas1730 Yajome St +1 707 257-1514. Good all around Mexican food restaurant with a pleasant outdoor dining area. $5 to $15 dollars per person..
  • Mary's Pizza Shack3085 Jefferson St +1 707 257-3300. Pizza and Italian food.
  • Downtown Joes Restaurant & Microbrewery902 Main St +1 707 258-2337. Downtown, over looking the river. Lively atmosphere, good beer, excellent food, a bit pricy. The menu is very limited. Entrees tend to be $15 – $20 dollars.

Splurge[edit]

  • Bistro Don Giovanni
  • FARM at The Carneros Inn4048 Sonoma Highway +1 707 299-4890. A relaxing and elegant location, FARM offers both indoor seating, and an outdoor lounge, complete with fire pits and heaters. Extensive wine list with varying prices, currently open for dinner only. Reservations recommended for weekends.

Desserts[edit]

Drink[edit]

Wineries[edit]

  • The Hess Collection4411 Redwood Rd +1 707 255-1144. Daily 10AM-5PM.. Enhanced by the art gallery and self-guided tour. Cabernet Sauvignon and chardonnays shine.

Sleep[edit]

Napa includes many bed and breakfasts, which include breakfast and more home-like, romantic atmospheres than regular hotels, but these establishments have strict cancellation policies and most require non-refundable deposits of 50%-100% of the room cost at the time of booking and multiple-night stays on the weekends.

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget $200
Mid-range $200-$400
Splurge $400+


Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

  • Arbor Guest House1436 G St (Downtown). Jacuzzis and fireplaces in every room. $270.
  • Carneros Inn4048 Sonoma Highway, toll-free: +1-888-400-9000. Carneros has 86 individual cottages, including 10 suites and three restaurants.
  • Candlelight Inn1045 Easum Dr (on the bank of the Napa Creek),  +1 707-257-3717. 1.8 miles walk to downtown, away from the noise. This was the home of the Napa postmaster. Jacuzzis and fireplaces in every room. $310.
  • Churchill Manor Bed and Breakfast485 Brown St, toll-free: +1-800-799-7733. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Victorian Bed and Breakfast Mansion set on a 1 acre estate a short walk from the river, shopping, dining & wine tasting in downtown Napa. Breakfast, Wi-Fi & afternoon wine social included. $165 - $345.
  • Embassy Suites Napa Valley1075 California Blvd +1 707-253-9540. Three story Mediterranean-style full service hotel featuring a millpond and park-like atmosphere. Complimentary cooked to order breakfast and evening beverage reception. One indoor and outdoor swimming pool, complimentary passes to nearby health club, on-site spa services and sundeck. Meeting space for 10-200 people. Restaurant, Lounge and Business Center. $170–250.
  • Inn on First1938 First St, toll-free: +1-866-253-1331. Bed and Breakfast in downtown Napa. It has elegant rooms, a long list of amenities, food, scenery and hospitality. Jacuzzis and fireplaces in every room. No TVs in the house. $220–330.
  • Meritage Resort and Spa875 Bordeaux Way (7 miles south of downtown, just off Highway 29 and Soscal Ferry Road),  +1 707-251-1900. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. Has spa in a wine cave, a private wedding chapel and meeting space. $185-465, Cheaper rates are for non-refundable advanced purchases.
  • Vino Bello Resort865 Bordeaux Way (7 miles south of downtown),  +1 707-251-1900. Has 64 studio, one bedroom or two bedroom condominium-style suites. $178–410.
  • White House Inn and Spa443 Brown St (On the river, at the edge of the downtown area),  +1 707-254-9301. A luxury hotel with spacious suites, a private cottage, spa service, pool, hot tub, gourmet breakfast and wine tasting packages. Weddings, parties and reunions are available at the property. $340.

Splurge[edit]

  • Poetry Inn6380 Silverado Trl. Only 3 rooms available. $775–1400.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Napa
Santa RosaSonoma  W California 12.svg E  FairfieldLodi
LakeportYountville  N California 29.svg S  American CanyonVallejo


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