Most people think of wine, food, vines and highway 29 when they think of Napa Valley, but there are plenty of other activities, like hiking, that won’t lead to a hangover or require much time in the car. The Vaca and Mayacama mountain ranges offer beautiful views, great hikes (although most of Napa is private land) and an opportunity to work off all that food and wine or appease your non-drinking companions. Here are 4 great hikes on either side of the valley and some resources to help you find hikes more suitable to your schedule, taste, or pace.
Coombsville has long been known as one of the best and most diverse grape growing regions in Napa Valley by winemakers and insiders, and it’s about to become the next hotspot for visitors in the know. The closest point in Napa Valley to San Francisco (bordering downtown Napa and only 14 miles from the bay), Coombsville is made up of vine-covered hills called “rolling benchlands," and is on the cusp of officially being deemed its own AVA (American Viticultural Area).
Tickets for Auction Napa Valley, the Valley’s biggest fundraiser and party of the year, go on sale tomorrow, March 31st at 8am and will likely sell out within the hour. The auction, which attracts the who's who of the wine industry as well as sprinklings of Hollywood celebs and Silicon Valley moguls, is a four-day wine bidding and partying extravaganza that takes place June 2-5 this year.
When hunger strikes during a wine tasting jaunt to Napa, the area's delis are often your most low-maintenance option. Here are our picks for the best delis in the valley to grab a satisfying bite to stay or to go.
When you put 10 food trucks together in a square in Napa, along with a BYOW (bring-your-own-wine) vibe, it's no surprise that a party ensues. Which is what goes down the first Friday of every month at Oxbow Public Market. Locals and visitors alike bring chairs, large, expensive Ridel wine glasses and get to eatin.' Here's a list of the 10 trucks that grace this lively gathering. (6 pm till midnight the first Friday of every month).
Everyone's always on the lookout for solid wines under $15. The next time you're snagging a last-minute bottle for a dinner party, try one of Toolbox's tasty varietals, which are all only $14 and benefit Habitat for Humanity. The Toolbox team donates $1 a case to Habitat's building projects.
Although tourism slows this time of year in Napa, the mustard is blooming and you’ll find great deals, winemakers in tasting rooms, and more easily-made reservations all over the valley. So use the upcoming long weekend to freely revisit your favorite spots and try some new ones. Here's a list of our recommendations for fully enjoying Presidents' Day weekend in the valley.
Thinking about a trip up to Napa with your sweetie? To help you wade through the offerings, here's a list of the top 7 most romantic things to do in Napa.
Skip the cologne, roses and lingerie, and get your sweetie something more creative this V-Day. Here are seven ideas.
Instead of Cologne:
Turn your man into the suave, debonair type you’ve always loved by gifting him with an old-fashioned shaving kit. The straight razor is back in style, but unless he’s a pro, he’ll appreciate this compact shaving set with a pure badger brush, stand, and five-blade, nickel-plated razor. $195 at The Art of Shaving, 287 Geary St., 415-677-0871.
While Poem Cellars keeps things exciting by frequently changing names and blends, you can always count on their wines being big, red, and in short supply. And now the men behind these tasty wines are spicing things up yet again with a challenge for their enthusiasts (it involves a prize)...