Whether you’re looking to plan a romantic weekend away or are considering a destination wedding, Napa Valley offers something for everyone. From upscale dining and spa treatments to hot air balloon rides and picnics in the vineyards, you’ll have a blast with your special someone.
The Wine Country of Napa is one of the most romantic destinations in the country. With 400 wineries, it’s easy to find a winery or two to suit your tastes. Many of the more expensive wineries offer tours and tastings. These experiences may not be for everyone.
The best time to go to Napa Valley is during the months of March through May. The temperatures tend to be cooler, making it a great time to enjoy the ambiance. Even though it’s not a tropical destination, you may want to bring a warm jacket to keep you comfortable. If you’re lucky, you’ll see some autumn foliage while you’re here. However, if you’re hoping for a picture perfect view, you’ll have to plan ahead.
The setting wine is also a good way to see the valley, although you’ll probably want to book your visit months in advance. One of the most romantic wineries in the valley is Castello di Amorosa, a 13th century castle. At this winery, you can indulge in an enchanting tour of the wine cave and have a tasting in the same room as the winemaker.
If you’re looking for something a bit more low key, consider a mud bath or mineral springs pool at Calistoga Ranch. This 157-acre luxury resort is a great choice if you’re looking to relax and recharge. The property also offers a number of Napa experiences, including cooking classes, a vineyard tour, and gardening. There are even a few spa treatments on site.
If you’re looking for a wacky experience, check out the Balloons Above the Valley. You can also take a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train. This train takes you on a scenic journey through the valley and offers plenty of dining and other experiences along the way.
The Culinary Institute of America offers classes that will teach you about wine and cheese pairings. While you’re there, check out the famously named “Melon” or “Melon de merde” (a fancy smancy bottle of wine). Aside from the wine, you’ll also get to taste some of the most tasty cheeses in the world.
Another Napa Valley surprise is a winery that makes the best chocolates. The Bouchon Bakery in Napa is a local favorite and is a great place to go for dessert. However, you may be disappointed to learn that they only make small batches of their wares, so it’s best to make reservations ahead of time.
The Napa Valley also hosts the world’s most romantic restaurant, La Toque. This Michelin star restaurant was named one of the best restaurants in America by Wine Spectator, and has earned its place as a must-visit destination in the Napa Valley. The menu, which is a nod to French cuisine, features a hefty array of dishes.