Napa Travel Guide

The Napa Valley's wineries, rolling countryside, and gourmet fine dining scene create the ideal recipe for romance. Read SmarterTravel.com's Napa Valley travel guide to start planning your trip, or visit the Napa Valley CVB for a listing of romantic B&Bs, inns, and hotels.About Napa Valley

The Napa Valley may be known first and foremost for its annual contribution to wine, but with its variety of cultural programs, outdoor and historical attractions, and distinguished cuisine, it has plenty to offer that won't fit in a glass. read more

When to visit the Napa Valley

Throughout the year, the Napa Valley is one of California's most beautiful destinations. In spring, the hills surrounding the valley are still lush from the winter rains and the mustard flowers are in full bloom; while in summer, the grape vines are green and sprawling. Around harvest-time in the fall, the leaves on the vines offer spectacular shows of color. In winter, the vines are bare, though the green grass returns and the wine tastings continue. Spring, summer, and fall draw crowds, while winter is a quieter visitor season. read more

Travel to the Napa Valley

Visitors to the Napa Valley are spoiled by choices when it comes to nearby airports. San Francisco International, Oakland International, and Sacramento International are all about an hour away. San Jose International is about a one-and-a-half hour drive away. read more

Napa Valley hotels

Most people staying in Napa are looking for some variation on the romantic, elegant, or unique theme. Accommodations oblige, and those willing to pay will find resorts and hotels that offer exceptional amenities and superior service. read more

Napa Valley transportation

Most people drive in the Napa Valley, as there are so many wineries tucked back on otherwise inaccessible roads. Driving poses a problem for wine tasters (although most wineries have spit buckets that allow designated drivers to taste but not drink), but luckily there are many shuttle and private car options. read more

Napa Valley attractions

Eating, drinking, and tasting are the most popular Napa Valley activities, but there's plenty to do beyond the glass and plate. read more

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