Visiting Napa was unforgettable and one my favourite places that I’ve been to in the US so far! We weren’t able to spend as much time as we would have liked there, so we’ve already planned a trip back for much longer to experience it without time constraint.
The drive to Napa from San Francisco’s main airport is only 2-3 hours and from the Bay Area, even less, so it’s easily accessible. Hiring bikes is the most popular way to see the vineyards, however we didn’t have time during this visit. We decided to take a tour of the Newton Vineyard in St. Helena as I’d seen great reviews online and it had been described as the most picturesque in the area. When we arrived it felt like we had been transported to Europe and were pleasantly surprised that it was a quiet time so only 4 other people were on our tour.
A friend of mine was very quick to mention Healdsburg when I told her I was headed to Napa and I’m so glad she did. The small town is situated in Sonoma County and is filled with amazing cuisine, scenic landscapes and naturally, endless wineries. If you’re only passing through Healdsburg and have time to stop and eat, The SHED is a great place for brunch, you also cannot leave without trying a slice of pie from Noble Folk! Check out all the other great places we ate at during our time in Napa on my Dining Guides page.
I loved Napa so much and cannot wait to get back there next year for a much longer stay. You really do not have to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy the area, it has great food, scenic routes and you’ll enjoy learning a little about the process from grape to glass! Apologies Carrie Bradshaw but you definitely can’t just take a nap-a, you’re going to want to move to Napa!