Everyone has a bucket list, but do you have one for Napa Valley? Perhaps you’ve never ventured to our slice of wine country or need a refresher on must do’s in the Valley, we’ve got your 2017 bucket list ready to go!
Indulge in a Bed & Breakfast:
Almost a forgotten luxury of relaxation from a bygone day, this charming concept still exists but with a decidedly modern twist. Live like a local, in a bed and breakfast tucked amongst the vines. Most of us locals don’t have gourmet breakfasts waiting for us, so indulge in a B&B in the Napa Valley. Forget online home swapping sites and get outstanding personal touches in a gorgeous home.
Make your reservations ASAP at
Wine Country Inn
. Nestled among the vineyards of St. Helena, you will have a magical bed & breakfast experience… with a five star brunch to greet you every morning.
to take advantage of 15% off best available room rate, artisan cheese plate with chilled split of Schramsberg sparkling wine and a noon check-out (based on availability).
Savor a Michelin Star Meal:
Fresh ingredients and local produce means that Napa Valley lures some of the most talented chefs in the business. You can easily find up-and-coming chefs or a tenured genius in the kitchen all over wine country. Being awarded a Michelin Star is a hallmark of elegant dining and superior food. It’s an experience not to miss and a meal your tastebuds will forever remember.
Some shining diamonds in the Napa Valley culinary crown include La Toque
, both of which unsurprisingly have the honor of Michelin Star status. With evolving seasonal menus and refined taste, you can’t miss with these Napa Valley landmarks.
Coast Through Northern California on Bike:
Thanks to softly rolling hills and vineyard spotted straight-aways, Napa Valley is a lush area of bike riding. Opt for a guided affair through Getaway Adventures
or let them recommend trails for you depending on your comfort and time restraints. Seeing the scenery on two wheels is exhilarating exercise and perfect way to soak up the terrain.
Enjoy the wine country by pedal and paddle with their Bike and Kayak Tour
. Explore the wineries of the Carneros district. Then kayak the Napa River, paddling among lots of bird life including blue heron, snowy egrets and cormorants.
Soak in a Natural Hot Spring:
Take a moment to bathe in the natural mineral water that flows under the Earth through the geothermal aquifers that run throughout Calistoga. According to Eastern medicine, hot springs are a crucial element of your health care regime. Helping to increase blood flow, improve metabolism, circulation and cleansing the skin, hot spring bathing is a soothing and natural way to relax your entire body.
Book a weekend at Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort
for luxurious lodging. Be sure to make an appointment for a couples mud bath, which uses volcanic ash from local sources and is a romantic session including a jacuzzi and blanket wrap.
Soar Through The Air in a Hot Balloon:
Could there be anything that beats seeing the Napa Valley from above? With the most tranquil views and a truly thrilling mode of transportation, hot air balloons provide for a flight you’ll never forget. Definite bucket list experience, for sure.
Book your flight through Napa Valley Aloft Balloons
for expert pilots who are consummate professionals and have plenty of stories about the land below.
Pamper Your Body With a Custom Massage:
Day spas and wellness centers are first class in Napa Valley. There is rarely a beautiful hotel without some kind of top-notch spa services. Guests of Carneros Resort and Spa’s
are invited to indulge in a 105-minute full body massage, which utilizes your preferred custom organic aromatherapy oil and extracts. After you’re relaxed and perfectly loose, you can even purchase your custom blend to transport you to this indulgent experience at home.
Stick around after (or show up early before) to get the most out of the exquisite views from their Hillside pool.
Drink The Big Reds:
Cabernet is king in Napa Valley. The valley is famous for long-lived red wines that offer wave after wave of drinking pleasure. From the giants like Silver Oak and Mondavi to the lesser known smaller producers, there are places for everyone to enjoy the best of Napa Valley in the glass.
Don’t let the 400 tasting rooms overwhelm you. We’ve a game plan to maximize the most excellent Napa Cabs for your drinking pleasure. Here are some of the most famous places to stop
Bio: Tiffany Bukowski
is a Northern California native and specializes in brand marketing in San Francisco. She enjoys red blends, fancy cheese boards, and talking with her hands.