If you are looking for a getaway to California wine country, then you should consider staying at a Napa bed and breakfast. Without a doubt, there is something more personal about staying at a bed and breakfast in Napa.
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You’ll enjoy a scrumptious breakfast each morning and you can then retire to a well-appointed room filled with luxurious amenities. After enjoying a rest, you’ll be ready to explore the wine region.
Napa Valley boasts beautiful countryside that is home to 400 unique wineries that offer wine tasting and other entertainment. Downtown Napa is home to world-class dining, a thriving art scene, entertainment options, and shopping experiences.
Many believe Napa Valley was created by Mother Nature for the sole purpose of growing exceptional grapes. Undoubtedly, the unique geologic history of the region does appear to promote such an endeavor. The unique landscape was created over 150 million years ago when the tectonic plates started to rub and grind which created volcanic activity. The location beside the chilly Pacific Ocean and the excessively warm Central Valley also creates remarkably interesting climatic conditions which makes it exceptionally mild and temperate.
Napa Valley boasts two mountain ranges: the Vaca Range and the Maycamas Mountains which all occurred because of the San Andreas fault. They have a dramatic impact on the region’s weather. The Napa River also runs through the area
Napa Valley has held appeal to wine connoisseurs for almost 200 years. In 1838, an early settler named George Yount is rumored to have planted the first grapes in the area. The grapevines flourished and in 1861 the first commercial winery was established. It was followed by other wineries (many of which remain open today such as Inglenook, Schramsberg Vineyards, and Beringer Vineyards). The wine boom came to a screeching halt when the root louse phylloxera killed over 80 percent of the area’s grapevines in 1890. It would take a hundred years for the industry to recover but luckily, vineyards are again thriving in the area.
As you can see, Napa Valley is filled with exciting things to do. The main attractions are without a doubt the wine tours and tastings. However, craft breweries have also started to spring up and become exceedingly popular. If you are seeking something out of the ordinary to do then why not take a hot air balloon tour? You can also make reservations on the Napa Valley Wine Train for a relaxing, three-hour ride that tours the area by rail. Another interesting option is a Wine Caves Tour where you will explore the various wine caves which are wonderfully cool. On the tour, you also get to taste various wines. At the Castello di Amorosa, you can take a guided tour of the 13th-century winery and explore the unique Tuscan castle.
Napa Valley features weather that is terribly like that found in the Mediterranean. In the spring, the mornings and evenings feel crisp, but the day warms up to around 72 degrees Fahrenheit and boasts plenty of cheerful sunshine. The summertime daytime weather is usually in the 90s with temperate evenings and nights. In the autumn, when the leaves start to change, the weather starts to cool off. Winter has daytime temperatures in the 70s and the nights rarely dip below freezing. There is rain in the winter months, but it doesn’t usually last long and the sunshine quickly returns.
You know about the vineyards and the perfect weather of Napa Valley, but there is more to the region. It is brimming with exciting activities. Wine enthusiasts are already in love with the area, foodies also swear by the area cuisine, aged cheese, and smoked charcuterie. Film and art buffs will also find a wealth of attractions that are sure to please.
Napa River: The Napa River runs for 50 miles from Mt. St. Helena to San Pablo Bay. It is a favorite for kayaking and paddleboarding. You can find several companies and tours. Boating the river’s expanse is another option. Many enjoy wildlife watching along its shoreline and hiking the trail system. You can even enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the local parks along the river.
Calistoga: Calistoga is well-known as a tourist hub that is home to a bevy of interesting attractions such as the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park (which is home to a water-powered grist mill), the Castello di Amorosa Winery which is a Tuscan style castle winery, Old Faithful Geyster of California, the Petrified Forest, and the Safari West.
Yountville: As you set out to explore Yountville, grab a tasty pastry at the world-famous Bouchon Bakery. Head for the local Napa Valley Museum. Yountville is also home to the area’s largest Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater which where you can enjoy the Symphony Napa Valley. Every spring, the area comes alive with the annual Yountville Live and Taste of Yountville festival.
Sonoma: Sonoma has the reputation of being one of the most historic towns in the state of California. If you are a history buff then you’ll want to explore the Sonoma State Historic Park. You might also want to take a dip in authentic thermal springs at the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa.
Yes, Napa Valley is known for its wine and vineyard but in recent years it has emerged as a culinary hub with excellent dining choices, micro/craft breweries, and more. One of the best things about dining in Napa Valley is that you get the opportunity to pair local wines with all the mouth-watering dining choices. Try the Charter Oak to enjoy local ingredients. At the Archetype, you can share a meal in a neighborhood hotspot. They always use foods from local farmers and ranchers when creating their cuisine. If you are in the mood for a tapas bar check out La Taberna.
When booking a room at a local Napa b&b, always consider important amenities such as free wifi or free parking. If you are staying during the fall or winter, then a room with a gas fireplace is a nice touch. Also, free parking is a consideration in many locations.
At a bed and breakfast in Napa, you can expect a gourmet breakfast and afternoon wine tasting where you will have the opportunity to sip a local cabernet or some other wine of your choice. Most feature wine tasting and even an evening wine reception.
Whether you are planning a romantic getaway or a family trip, you should consider making reservations at a bed and breakfast inn or boutique hotel for a personalized, world-class experience. Whether you choose a Victorian beauty or something more modern, from the minute you check-in and are greeted by the innkeeper you will feel that you are in good hands. The onsite concierge services are always world-class and will help you during your stay at the luxury inn. Every Napa b&b has its unique guest rooms that are sure to appeal to whatever your dream is of the perfect lodging choice. Each inn has its characteristics, you’ll even find some with their wine tasting rooms.
Many bed and breakfast offer free airport transfers. However, you might want to rent a car to genuinely enjoy the area. Many of the local b&bs are walking distance to a bevy of attractions. Some even rent bicycles so you can tour the area pedaling. Why not try one of the local trains or trolleys? You can also opt to take a private tour via car, limo, or bus. Public transportation or Uber are other options.
If you are seeking the best bed and breakfast in Napa Valley, then you are going to probably have an awfully hard time deciding because there are so many upscale and luxurious places to choose between. If you want centrally located lodging, then pick a downtown Napa bed and breakfast. However, if you have your wheels or a drive then you can choose a Napa Valley winery bed and breakfast that puts you in the heart of the vineyards.
For a downtown bed and breakfast that is within walking district to everything history check out the Hennessey House. The Inn on First, Blackbird Inn, the Beazley House, Churchill Manor, the Napa Inn, and the Arbor Guest House are also downtown gems
The Milliken Creek Inn is well known for its level of tranquility.
Many people seek to stay in a historic location where they can soak up the ambiance of a bygone era. History comes alive at the Hennessey House.