Exciting Napa Valley Adventures
"My favorite night to hit Oxbow Market is on Tuesday, which is their official locals' night. The shops have great promotions and often there are special events going on. If you hit the market any other time of day, take the ultimate taste test for yourself to see if Model Bakery has the best English Muffins ever. Cat Cora and I think they do!"
Guest Services and Spa Manager, Milliken Creek Inn & Spa
"Wineries aren't the only things you can tour in the valley! If you're an olive oil fan, you should visit Round Pond. It's appointment only, but you can take a guided tour of the mill and then do a tasting of their olive oils, red wine vinegars and citrus syrups. My favorite is the Blood Orange Olive Oil."
Guest Services, Milliken Creek Inn & Spa
"The acoustics at the Uptown Theatre are pretty amazing and they have some great talent perform throughout the year. I definitely suggest checking the schedule and either plan your Napa trip around a show, or just see if you can get tickets last minute."
Guest Services, Milliken Creek Inn & Spa
"One of my favorite ways to take in a few wineries is via a guided bicycle tour. Napa Valley Bike Tours offers some of the best packages and they take you to some amazing wineries. The best part is they have a bus that follows you so you can still purchase wine to take home. Of course the fact you can bike off some calories along the way is great too."
Guest Services, Milliken Creek Inn & Spa
"Sure, it has been done before, but that's because it's truly breathtaking. A hot air balloon ride with Balloons of the Valley during sunrise, complete with a champagne brunch afterwards is one adventure you have to experience while in the valley."
General Manager, Milliken Creek Inn & Spa
THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (20.5 MILES)
2555 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94559 | 707-967-1100
Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the only residential college in the world devoted entirely to culinary education. Currently there are two campuses, one in New York and the other here in Napa Valley. The California campus (Greystone) offers a variety of educational culinary courses for foodservice professionals, certificates, and career discovery programs for aspiring chefs. Visit the campus, its restaurants, and the beautiful surroundings, all while enjoying the passions of chefs, farmers and winemakers.
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DI ROSA PRESERVE (3.2 MILES)
5200 Carneros Highway, Napa, CA 94558 | 707-226-5991
The Di Rosa Preserve is Wine Country's ultimate art experience, and features three art galleries, an indoor sculpture meadow, and a 35-acre lake. The collection hosts beautiful works of art in picturesque surroundings with vineyards and olive trees.
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ROUND POND OLIVE MILL (16 MILES)
875 Rutherford Road, Rutherford, CA 94573 | 888-302-3575
The Estate Olive Mill is open daily by appointment only. Guided tours and tastings as well as an al fresco lunch are available. Each tasting includes a tour of the olive mill followed by a sit down tasting of the olive oils, red wine vinegars and citrus syrups.
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OXBOW MARKET (1 MILE)
610 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559 | 707-226-6529
In the heart of downtown Napa's up-and-coming Oxbow District, Oxbow Public Market is a one-of-a-kind place, not to be missed. Whether you are in search of a tasty picnic, great 'take-out', fabulous meal provisions, or if you are looking for a bottle of wine, riverfront patio dining or simply a unique shopping experience, Oxbow will answer all your needs under one roof.
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NAPA VALLEY BIKE TOURS (10 MILES)
6795 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94559 | 707-944-2953
Napa Valley Bike Tours is a full-service bike tour company located in the heart of the Napa Valley. Options include single-day guided winery tours by bike, self-guided winery tours by bike and bike rentals, as well as custom Napa Valley vacation packages.
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NAPA VALLEY OPERA HOUSE (1.3 MILES)
1030 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559 | 707-226-7372
The café theatre at the Napa Valley Opera House is the pride of Napa Valley. Restored in 2003, this landmark hosts everything from top quality jazz, blues, Latin music, and traditional music, in addition to opera and family programming. Their year-round calendar of events showcases excellence in the performing arts for all audiences.
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NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAIN (1.3 MILES)
1275 McKinstry Street, Napa, CA 94559 | 800-427-4124 | 707-253-2111
The Napa Valley Wine Train is a unique and memorable combination of wine tasting, delicious culinary experience, and a relaxing journey through California's historic and scenic Wine Country. The Napa Valley Wine Train began as the Napa Valley Railroad Company in 1864, and became the Napa Valley Wine Train in 1987. The Wine Train typically offers three-hour, 36-mile wine tours starting in historic Napa and traveling to St. Helena and back.
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UPTOWN THEATRE (2 MILES)
1350 Third Street, Napa, CA 94559 | 707-259-0123
The Uptown Theatre is downtown's ultimate destination for live entertainment. Nestled in the famed West End district, this stunningly restored art deco masterpiece showcases only the finest acts, featuring music, comedy and more. A historic landmark, the Uptown offers a phenomenal, intimate live show experience, with excellent site lines and world-class sound and lighting. Every seat is a great seat! The Uptown has played host to some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Boz Scaggs, Merle Haggard, Cyndi Lauper, BB King, Lewis Black, George Thorogood, Lyle Lovett, Ron White and many more.
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BALLOONS ABOVE THE VALLEY (2.6 MILES)
603 California Boulevard, Napa, CA 94559 | 707-253-2222
Let your spirit soar on this one-of-a-kind wine country tour that you'll never forget. With the company's experienced, friendly pilots, you'll float above the vineyards, exploring the majestic Napa Valley with an incredible birds' eye view. Each ride includes pre-flight café and pastry service, and a post-landing champagne brunch to celebrate your latest adventure.
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ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON STATE PARK (35 MILES)
Hwy 29, 7 miles north of Calistoga, Calistoga, CA 94515 | 707-942-4575
In 1880, Robert Louis Stevenson, author of "Treasure Island" and "Kidnapped," spent his honeymoon here. Nothing remains of his cabin, although the site is identified on the trail to the summit of Mount St. Helena. Those that make the five-mile hike to the summit can enjoy a view of much of the Bay Area. On clear days, Mount Shasta can be glimpsed, 192 miles away.
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COOK AND BOOKS AND CORKS
Angwin, CA | 707-965-9409
Cooks and Books and Corks is a labor of love, providing private, hands-on cooking events for groups of 2-14 people. The full experience is $250 per person, all inclusive. This includes a hands-on class with your chefs in the preparation of your meal after which, you will enjoy the fruits of your labor. All of this, plus the key ingredient of fun led by Chef DJ and Chef Kent, in a great kitchen.
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Rafael Horseback Riding at Chalk Hill Winery
10300 Chalk Hill Road, Healdsburg, CA | 707-494-0499
Wine Country Trail Rides was founded in 1998 by Rafael Hernandez, a professional polo player who has been around horses since his childhood in Santa Barbara County. Along with his work as an instructor and world-class trainer, Rafael is the pioneer of vineyard horseback riding in Northern California. Experience the serenity of nature and the stunning scenery of Sonoma County as Rafael Hernandez guides you through 1,300+ acres of vineyards, ridge tops and ecological sanctuaries at the beautiful Chalk Hill Estate. At the end of your riding adventure you will be invited to a special tasting of Chalk Hill's award-winning wines.
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SILVERADO TRAIL (6 MILES)
Established in 1852, the Silverado Trail stretches along the valley's east side. With frequent rewarding views, the Silverado Trail skirts most of the towns, passing by more than 35 wineries. Along the way visitors can stop at small wineries for tours and tastings.
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ST. HELENA (19 MILES)
St. Helena is a charming, vibrant town in the heart of Napa Valley, offering visitors access to world-famous wineries and an amazing array of restaurants. St. Helena's shops offer a wonderful collection of clothes, gifts and antiques as well.
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CALISTOGA (27 MILES)
Located at the foot of Mount St. Helena, Calistoga is the spa capital of Napa Valley, and the only town in the area with an appreciable nightlife. Best known for its geothermal hot springs, mineral water and California's Old Faithful Geyser, Calistoga has maintained its small town atmosphere despite the many tourists that visit every year.
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