Enjoy Your Time in Napa Valley
You don't need to travel abroad for a taste of the Mediterranean. Napa Valley, California has the rolling hills, vineyards and abundant sunshine that most people associate with Italy. Orbitz.com can streamline all your travel arrangements and help you discover Napa Valley.
Beautiful vineyards and wineries are what draw most people to Napa Valley. Most wineries are open daily for tasting. Napa Cellars, Sutter Home and Robert Mondavi are among the more popular wineries. However, you don't have to be a wine connoisseur to appreciate Napa Valley. Excellent golf resorts, such as Silverado, dot the region. If you prefer the solitude of nature, biking and hiking trails abound on the hills surrounding the valley.
Best time to take a vacation to Napa
Best Time to Go
While there isn't really a bad time to visit the California wine country, Napa and Sonoma do have some congested times of the year. Summer is the big vacation time in the United States, and many people travel to California for summer vacation, raising rates and causing congestion. In winter, the weather is very wet and cooler, between 37 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and you can avoid crowds and enjoy cozy fireplaces, more tables at restaurants, and light traffic. September and October is one of the most expensive times to travel to these areas, because everyone wants to see the grape harvest and take tours of wineries in full production mode.
Napa Valley enjoys pleasant, some would say perfect, weather nearly all year. In late summer, temperatures can approach 100 degrees Fahrenheit, especially in the northwestern part of the valley. Winters are pleasantly mild. Most of the year's rain falls in the winter, but that's only about 24 inches. High temperatures in December and January are usually in the 60s or low 70s. In terms of weather, there's no bad time to visit Napa Valley. Great events happen all year long, but especially in summer and fall. The Music in the Vineyards Festival in August pairs some of the world's elite classical musicians with the stunning scenery of the Napa Valley wineries.
Insider tips for Napa travel
When (if) you get tired of wine, take a few hours to visit the Sharpsteen Museum in Calistoga, which houses a great collection of Disney animation and California history.
Napa Sonoma Wine Tours
Take a private limousine tour of the wine country with Napa Sonoma Wine Tours.
Annette's Chocolate Factory
Pick up a chocolate and wine sauce for your ice cream at Annette's Chocolate Factory on 1st Street in Downtown Napa.
Spend three or four hours shopping in the Sonoma Plaza and visit the side-streets to see the older historic homes.
Visit the Sonoma Valley and travel back oads such as Carriger Road to get a feel for the rustic winemaking life.
Enjoy locally inspired cuisine at Celadon restaurant. It's one of the best-kept secrets in Napa Valley, but maybe not for long.
This historic inn, restaurant and brewpub has something for everyone. Relax with live jazz music on the outdoor patio, or step out on the dance floor on the weekend.
Napa Valley Conservatory Theater
Located in the city of Napa, the conservatory produces great theatrical entertainment. Both classic and contemporary shows are on the schedule.
Spice Islands Marketplace
The Culinary Institute of America operates this eclectic market on St. Helena. You can do lunch with friends, or sign up for cooking or wine tasting classes.
Savor the flavors of the ocean at Fish Story, a restaurant specializing in sustainable seafood served in gorgeous surroundings.
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Napa Vacation Packages
Walk to downtown Napa and river from luxury boutique hotelRiver Terrace Inn is a boutique hotel on the Napa River in an ideal downtown location. Guests participate in refined relaxation at the on-site restaurant and pool with tranquil views of the river and wildlife... More
Central Napa hotel located minutes from the Napa Valley Wine Train Best Western Plus Inn at the Vines offers visitors to California wine country a moderately priced overnight stay with the necessary amenities for a hassle-free vacation or business trip. A convenient... More
Located close to everything that makes Napa Valley so special, Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is the ideal choice for business travelers and pleasure seekers alike. Featuring business friendly amenities and a charming boutique feel. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is simply... More
RiverPointe Napa Valley is a luxury 5 star resort that will suit any type of vacation. We offer studio, one-, and two-bedroom cottages. Guests enjoy room amenities such as an outdoor deck, fully-equipped kitchen, king/queen sized bed, sofa sleeper, and deluxe bathrooms.... More
Charming pet-friendly hotel at riverfront restaurant plazaNapa River Inn has the distinction of being the only historic inn in downtown Napa, California. This Historic Landmark was a 19th century mill and wine warehouse. Now it is a riverfront restaurant and shopping... More
Affordable gem for wine country trips in central NapaBest Western Elm House Inn is a small hotel in the heart of California wine country where a relaxing trip to wineries can easily begin. This quaint cottage-style accommodation has won numerous awards within the Best... More
For your next trip to wine country, let this Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Napa Valley hotel take care of the details. Wireless Internet and a hot breakfast buffet are complimentary at this completely non-smoking lodging, just off Route 121, minutes from historic downtown... More
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Savvy and sophisticated hotel style in downtown NapaAVIA Napa is a modern hotel in the middle of California wine country. This five-story hotel offers a chic styled terrace to enjoy warm California days and nights. What it lacks in traditional hotel gardens and pools it... More
Professional services for a convenient trip to wine countryEmbassy Suites Napa Valley is a large centrally located hotel in Napa serving business, family and individual travelers with an array of amenities. There are Mediterranean influences in the cuisine, architecture... More
Enjoy the Napa Valley experience at affordable rates. Located just one mile south of downtown Napa, and only minutes away from over 200 premier wineries and restaurants, the Wine Valley Lodge offers both comfort and conveinence to our guests. Each of our gracefully... More
The atmosphere at Napa Cellars is laid back and inviting, and you can pick up a souvenir too.
Castello Di Amorosa
Experience a winery like few others in the Tuscan-inspired medieval castle of Castello Di Amorosa.
Meadowood Napa Valley
Meadowood is the premier golf, tennis and wine resort in Napa Valley.
The Meritage Resort and Spa
Experience wine tasting in a massive cave at Meritage. This luxurious resort in the southern Napa Valley also features a spa, private wedding chapel and entertainment space for 200 people.
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
Get away from civilization in Robert Louis Stevenson Park, located on 5,000 sprawling acres around Mount St. Helena.
Napa Valley Opera House
The historic Napa Valley Opera House was constructed in 1879 and features performances ranging from theater, comedy, modern dance, blues and world music.
The gallery at Di Rosa showcases the artistic creations of Bay Area artists. The exquisite scenery of the nearby vineyards is a big part of the experience.
Thomas Kinkade of Napa Valley
Purchase a one-of-a-kind Thomas Kinkade painting complete with elegant frame at this Napa Valley gallery.
Bilco's Billiards and Darts
Take a break from wine tasting with a relaxing game of billiards. Enjoy live music while you toss some darts with friends.
Carolyn Parr Nature Center
Learn about the indigenous flora and fauna of Napa Valley at the Carolyn Parr Nature Center. It's great for both children and grownups.