Napa Valley is a vision of beauty, rich in culture and filled with charm. An area with a long history and plenty to see and do, planning a trip to Napa can be more than just a bit overwhelming. From which vineyards to visit to how to get around, there is much to plan before you go. In order to make the most of your trip to Napa, you need to know what you have to choose from, what your options are, as well as a budget to operate around. If you are considering a trip to Napa, Pristine Agency is here to help. Take a look at our top tips to help you make the most of your trip to Napa before you go.
Much of the recent history of Napa Valley is intertwined with the winemaking in the region. For more than 150 years, fine wines have been a part of the area in fact, the first vineyard in Napa Valley was planted in 1838 by George Yount. Just over 20 years later, there were over 200,000 grapevines in Napa Valley and before 1900, more than 150 vintners. Despite some setbacks during these early years, Napa Valley became the premier wine growing region in the U.S. thanks to the ideal weather, the steep slopes and the rich and fertile soil.
Obviously for most, Napa Valley is about the wines however, there is more than just visiting the vineyards when it comes to traveling in Napa. From accommodations to getting around, planning is key when it comes to making the most of your trip. Consider first, how to travel.
You will likely be imbibing in a bit of alcohol during your wine tour. Tastings in the region run from $15 to $20 on average. The question is, how to get from tasting to tasting without driving. The answer, is that it depends on what you are looking for. From cars for hire to bikes, the region has no shortage of options. One of the most popular and iconic ways to get around is via a tour. From limos to buses to trains, these tours may be exactly what you are looking for. For the budget conscious or those who prefer to do it alone, a bike rental or a designated driver may be a better option.
While a day or two of visiting wineries is a great way to spend your time, for those who are planning on being in the area a bit longer, there is much more to Napa than just the wine. The beautiful outdoors, the luxury spas and the quaint small towns, offer a multitude of other options in the region. Hiking trails, bike trails and mud baths are all a great way to enjoy an afternoon or longer.
As for accommodations, they can be pricey in the area however, with a little research, you can easily find accommodations both comfortable as well as affordable.
Napa Valley is an area that many choose to come back and explore over and over. With other a hundred wineries to choose from and a host of other opportunities, it is easy to understand why. Our best tip when it comes to planning your trip to Napa is to remember, there is always another day. Trying to put too many activities into one day can lead to you enjoying your trip less. Making the most of your trip is all about planning enough without planning too much. Start planning early, do your research and you too, can have an amazing vacation in Napa Valley.