Gateway to Wine Paradise
Napa used to be just the launch pad to the rest of Napa Valley, but this small city is now a destination in its own right. Napa is the largest of Napa Valley’s five towns, and is conveniently located at the south end of Napa Valley, just an hour north of San Francisco and an hour south of Sacramento. Downtown Napa – centered around First Street and Main Street – is a hub of diverse restaurants, bars, concert halls, boutiques, and art galleries, all waiting to be explored.
After decades of lagging behind the other towns in this region, Napa has now caught up in every arena. The city is known for its affordability and an impressive diversity of food and activities. Napa offers an unexpected blend of urban activity—interactive street art, food trucks, and vibrant night life – combined with quaint Napa Valley character – a quiet river walk, hidden tasting rooms, and a lively farmers’ market.
Where you sleep in Napa goes above and beyond finding a place to rest your head. Two of the best hotels here are the Carneros Inn, which takes wine country-luxe to a whole new level, and SENZA, which seamlessly blends lodging, art, and vineyard views. Once you do manage to leave your hotel, book a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train, a perfectly restored vintage train that carries you in luxurious comfort past Napa Valley’s most stunning vineyards, all while serving a gourmet multi-course meal. End your day at Cadet Wine and Beer Bar, one of the most popular spots in Napa due to its diverse wine list and impressive record collection—buy a bottle of wine and you can select an album to play.
Plan your trip
Ready for your adventure? Start by exploring the lodging, restaurants, and activities in Napa.