Tranquillity meets luxury when you choose a holiday in Napa Valley. Meander through the fruitful wine country aboard the restored historic Napa Valley Wine Train and sample some of the most delectable wines you’ve ever tasted.
Treat yourself to a lavish spa experience in the quaint town of Calistoga, or head to Lake Berryessa for a spot of fishing. Perhaps set up camp for the night and grill your catch of the day over an open fire? When it comes to a holiday designed to replenish both body and mind, you can’t go wrong with Napa Valley.
The Napa Valley Wine Train is undoubtedly one of the most amazing experiences during your holiday in Napa. Not only does it take you through the refreshing, untouched scenery of the wine country, it also offers premium on-board cuisine and access to discounts on various winery tours. The train also plays host to numerous special occasions and themes, including Murder Mystery events and the ‘Santa Train’, which takes place over the festive period. While in the Napa Valley wine country, be sure to dine at one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants generously dotted throughout the region, such as The French Laundry (three Michelin stars) and Japanese favourite, Miminashi.
Napa Valley holidays: more than just wine
An absolute must during your holidays in Napa is a stop in Calistoga. This tiny town is celebrated for its mud baths, hot springs and unrivalled spa experiences. Lie back and let your stress melt away as the warmth and comfort of the mud or water completely envelops your body. From here, you will feel relaxed enough to head to Lake Berryessa and sit quietly beneath a shaded tree by the lake, or take part in the various water activities on offer. The lake boasts two marinas and three separate recreation areas, allowing you to enjoy an array of paddle sports such as canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding.
Fishing is also popular at Lake Berryessa, perfect for overnight camping trips. Start a fire, cuddle up with your loved ones and indulge in fresh, succulent fish. The subtle surrounding crickets’ song will be the only noise to interrupt you as you unwind. Pair this with a city break in California and experience the best of the state. Our experts will help you plan a multi-centre holiday in Napa Valley, combined with Los Angeles or San Francisco.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Napa Valley holidays. Napa Valley holidays should offer a balance between exploring the stunning natural scenery and savouring every second of your quiet, hard earned ‘me time’.
Our favorite hotels
When you aren’t out camping, you’ll need a comfortable luxury hotel for your Napa Valley holiday. Browse our favourite places to stay in Napa Valley - we are here to help you find the perfect hotel.
Auberge Du Soleil
Meadowood Napa Valley
The Meritage Resort & Spa
Explore Napa Valley
Wine, and people's passion for it is what attracts so many to this region of California. What brings people back to Napa Valley time and time again are the ways in which wine can be explored and appreciated. There are over 400 vineyards to choose from, ranging from small family-run estates to renowned establishments, each with their own story to tell. Enjoy strolling through the vineyards with a topped-up glass, board a wine train for dinner or hire a bicycle and pedal through the rolling hills of this region.
Napa Valley Wine Train
The Napa Valley Wine Train is an antique dinner train that journeys through 18 miles of lush vineyards and rolling hills, stopping to tour vineyards along the way. Choose from three different dining packages, served within the refurbished vintage cars, or choose a themed meal, such as the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater.
Paddle the Napa River by kayak or boat, cycle through the rolling hills and stunning landscape, walk local trails and state parks or play a round of golf. It's not all about wine in this region with a range of sports and activities available.
Natural hot springs and spas
At the northern end of the Napa Valley is the town of Calistoga, famous for its natural hot springs and volcanic mud baths. For a spectacular show, see California's 'Old Faithful' Geyser shooting up to 13 metres in the air every 15 to 30 minutes and reaching temperatures of 177°C or seek the curative properties of the hot springs through a wide variety of spas in the area. We love the Baths at Roman Spa for their warm mineral pools, mud baths and divine massages.
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“Visit during Cabernet season during the months of November to April when there is good weather and a slower pace in Napa Valley. If you can, visit mid-week when there is less traffic and lower rates for hotels.”
“For a spectacular show, head to Calistoga and see California's 'Old Faithful' Geyser, which can shoot up to 13 metres in the air - and takes place roughly every 15 to 30 minutes.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Napa Valley holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
Bottlerock Napa Valley Fest
Bottlerock Napa Valley Fest is an annual music festival that draws in crowds from far and wide. The very first Bottlerock Napa Valley Fest took place in 2013 and the event has continued to get bigger and better ever since. It welcomes some of the most popular artists and bands yet it is also celebrated for its rich foodie scene with wine and craft beer on tap.
Festival Napa Valley
Festival Napa Valley is a lifestyle festival that strives to serve up the best of the best when it comes to music, wine and food. It is hosted by the Napa Valley Festival Association, a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to enriching and uplifting the role of arts and culture in the community.
Napa Truffle Festival
The infamous Napa Truffle Festival takes place in January each year and celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2020. Merging five-star cuisine with advanced science and technology, world-class chefs from around the globe come together to display their very best truffle culinary creations.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Napa Valley holiday. Here are a few of our favourite foodie hotspots.
The Culinary Institute of America
Learn how to whip up various delectable dishes with hands-on cooking classes at the Napa-based campus of The Culinary Institute of America. Family friendly classes and wine pairing classes are also available. No previous cooking experience is necessary.
Olive Oil Tasting
While your main objective will surely be to sample as much wine as possible, don’t forget that Napa Valley is also famous for its olive oil. The smooth consistency and distinctive flavours are sure to have you reaching for more. Make the most of various olive oil tasting tours and experiences at Napa Valley olive oil companies and wineries, such as Long Meadow Ranch and Round Pond Estate.
Oxbow Public Market
Do you fancy yourself a premium home cook? The Oxbow Public Market is where you want to be. Here, you will have the chance to source local artisanal ingredients in order to create a meal to remember.
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