Each town in Napa Valley has its own unique charm. In southern Napa County, American Canyon is an affordable base for your wine country excursions that offers beautiful hiking in the American Canyon Wetlands. Just 15 minutes north lies Napa, the largest and most diverse of Napa Valley’s towns. While in Napa, take a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train for a culinary experience with a view. For breathtaking panoramas of the whole Napa Valley, catch a balloon ride with Napa Valley Balloons.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, it doesn’t get more convenient or luxurious than Hotel Yountville. Located in Yountville’s quaint downtown in the heart of Napa Valley, the hotel is within five blocks of a dozen award-winning restaurants, and if you don’t want to leave the comfort of the hotel, a restaurant, spa, and pool are available to hotel guests. Heading further north into Oakville and Rutherford gets you to the heart of Cabernet country, where the legendary Robert Mondavi Winery presides. It’s hard to overstate this winery and its founder’s importance to the history of Napa Valley, so take a tour of the famous To Kalon Vineyard and try the wines for yourself. Chateau Montelena in Calistoga is another Napa Valley legend worth a visit. This beautiful winery’s Chardonnay took first place in the (in)famous 1976 Judgment of Paris, helping to catapult Napa Valley to international wine fame. Just south of Calistoga you’ll find even more spectacular wineries, including Trinchero Napa Valley in St. Helena, where you can taste their single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons side-by-side in the welcoming tasting room.
Napa Valley offers more than wine tasting. Stroll Napa Valley’s Main Street in St. Helena and shop the stylish and unique clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, art galleries, bakeries, and chocolate shops. Wydown Hotel is located in the heart of this intimate shopping district, a perfect home base for your St. Helena explorations. If it’s relaxation you’re looking for, head to the spas in Calistoga to experience the soothing mineral pools and healing mud baths that people have been flocking to for over 100 years.