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.
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.
Take a private limousine tour of the wine country with Napa Sonoma Wine Tours.
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.
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.
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.
Located in the city of Napa, the conservatory produces great theatrical entertainment. Both classic and contemporary shows are on the schedule.
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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