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Here's How You Can Plan the Best Trip to the Napa Valley Vineyards

Renuka Savant Sep 26, 2019
With its picture perfect landscape and balmy Mediterranean weather, no one really needs a reason to visit the Napa Valley. If you haven't been there yet, you definitely are missing out on something spectacular. This post to help you plan a cozy getaway to the Napa Valley.
A blind wine-tasting competition in France in 1976 saw two Napa Valley entries beat a prized collection of French Bordeaux. This paved the way for the Napa Valley to be recognized as a premier wine-producing region in the world.
An endless expanse of carefully paved vineyards over a mountainous terrain greets you on arrival. The air smells tangerine, thanks to the numerous fruit orchards in the area. Here, in the heart of sunny California lies the Napa Valley, home to more than 300 wineries, and blessed with the most mesmerizing landscape you'll ever see.

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It doesn't matter what brings you to the Napa Valley for the first time, rest assured that you'll keep coming back for more. For now, let's get to planning a trip of a lifetime.

Planning an Affordable Trip to the Napa Valley

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⦿ The timing of your trip can have quite an impact on your budget. September to November is harvest season, so expect a lot of people here at this time.
Summertime is also when it gets really crowded, so if you want to miss the hustle and bustle, your best bet would be spring. Expect your trip to cost a lot less when you visit during off season. If you don't mind the wet weather, and are looking for a budget holiday, visit the Napa Valley around Christmas.
⦿ Decide how you wish to get there according to your budget. Closest airports are San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento, all of which are an hour's drive from the Napa Valley.

⦿ What is the purpose of your trip? Is it a weekend getaway, a honeymoon, or a family holiday? Avail specialized itineraries that cater to your purpose, and make it more memorable.

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There are so many things to do and as many places to visit in the Napa Valley, that a single visit certainly won't do justice to it. There are, however, a few trademark things that have to be done while you're here, and we will tell you how to do them right.

Stay in a B&B

Staying in a hotel is something we always do, so why not try something else? B&Bs are cozy, intimate, and offer much more than the stiff and crisp hospitality at a hotel. There are a lot of family-run B&Bs that are housed in Victorian structures.
They have a charmingly vintage appeal about them, which many of you may find irresistible. Where you ultimately stay is completely up to you, but choosing the right area in the Napa Valley is of prime importance.
Doing this ensures that you are in the thick of action all the time, and don't have to spend money on driving miles to reach the hotspots. Pick a hotel (or a B&B!) in Yountville, Calistoga, St. Helena, or Downtown Napa.

Visit a Vineyard

Most wineries are open all yearlong, and do not require bookings in advance. But if you're looking to visit any specific ones, make sure you inform about your arrival in advance. Smaller wineries, are run by families, so it would give them more time to prepare for your arrival.
With a plethora of options, you're spoiled for choice while picking the wineries you want to visit. Places of international repute include Castello di Amorosa, Beringer Vineyards, Domaine Chandon, and Robert Mondavi Winery. If you wish to visit some that aren't crowded, try Cakebread Cellars or Frog's Leap Winery, both of which require prior appointments.

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Go Wine Tasting

Yes, you will be doing a lot of wine tasting while you're at a winery, but you also have to bear a few things in mind while you're doing this in Napa.
To begin with, expect to shell out a little fee for wine tasting in most of the wineries. This charge is what keeps the drink-happy souls at bay so that you get to enjoy a fantastic experience. Tasting can get expensive, so ensure that you keep records of what you like. Doing so will help you make an informed choice while you make your purchase.
Guided tours of wineries are also available, which take you on a visit to around 5 to 7 wineries. Taking a guided tour lets you enjoy your wine tasting thoroughly without having to worry about being too wasted to drive.

Take a Picnic Lunch

The food in Napa promises to be as awesome as their wines. To get a taste of authentic Napa Valley delights, head to any grocery store where you'll find a fresh array of various cheeses, fruits, veggies, and meats.
Take these along to the countryside to enjoy a fabulous picnic under the Californian sunshine. If you happen to be here during fall, the views of the Valley are sure to leave you spellbound.
On a different note, the Napa Valley has several delightful options for mealtimes. Choose from exclusive fine dining to chain restaurants; it's easy to find delicious food for any budget.

Enjoy a Balloon Ride

The Napa Valley has so much more to offer in terms of attractions, that you'd rather not cram everything into one trip. Having said that, it would be a folly to make it all about wine, wine, and more wine.
A hot air balloon ride is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Take the aerial route in the azure skies as you watch the vineyards stretch for miles below you. This is a mesmerizing experience that you absolutely can't miss.
Among other things, you may also wish to get aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train, go golfing or camping, or rejuvenate yourself at one of the many world-class spas.
The Napa Valley is truly a slice of paradise, and there is no reason why your next vacation should not be here. So, without further thought, start planning and packing.