Towns of Napa Valley
While only 30 miles long and 5 miles wide, Napa Valley is home to numerous towns that each bring their own unique flair to the region. In Napa, you’ll find a thriving downtown situated along the Napa River, where boutique hotels, urban tasting rooms, wine bars, restaurants, theaters, and shops await. First-time visitors to Napa will especially enjoy the always bustling Oxbow Public Market.
Further north sits the town of Yountville, known as the culinary capital of Napa Valley, where visitors come from all over the map to experience the best of the region’s dining scene, including Bouchon Bakery and the Michelin-starred The French Laundry, in addition to the many luxury resorts and hotels, like the eco-conscious Bardessono and the French-inspired Lavender, A Four Sisters Inn. Heading up valley, Oakville and Rutherford are situated in what is known as “Cabernet Country,” where longstanding wineries such as Grgich Hills and Robert Mondavi Winery draw visitors for world-renowned wine.
Keep heading north and you’ll reach the charming town of St. Helena, where tasting rooms, stylish shops, galleries, and restaurants abound. Surrounded by beautiful vineyards, St. Helena is also home to many famous names in wine, such as Beringer Vineyards, Louis M. Martini Winery, and Charles Krug. If it’s relaxation you’re after, Napa Valley’s northernmost town of Calistoga has you covered, offering soothing mineral pools, mud baths, and restorative spas with a healthy dose of laid-back luxury.