Napa Valley Regions

Towns to Visit Around Napa Valley

There is always something to do around Napa Valley. With all the wineries, there is never a dull moment. But there is also more than just Napa in Napa Valley. Why not visit some of the surrounding towns that make the region so famous? From Sonoma to Calistoga to St. Helena, there is something for everyone!

Yountville

From the Yountville Market to the eclectic shopping options, Yountville is a fun town everyone should see. Some people believe, incorrectly, that Yountville has the most Michelin stars per capita. It is true, however, that there are several truly excellent dining options in Yountville. Aside from being home to Domaine Chandon California, site to the first gourmet restaurant in 1977, Yountville is also home to Thomas Keller's French Laundry, Ad Hoc and Bouchon. As well, you'll find Philippe Jeanty's Bistro Jeanty and Redd Wood in Yountville. If you're looking for something to go, try the Yountville Market.

Location
Straight up route 29, it's a short trip away.

Distance From Hotel
Yountville is not quite 9 miles from River Terrace Inn. It should only take about 15 minutes to get there by car.

Tips From The Concierge

  • Any of Thomas Keller's restaurants
  • A trip to Domaine Chandon
  • Any of truly exceptional dining options available
  • Yountville Deli

St. Helena

A forgotten town that really should be visited more, St. Helena is a smaller town with a big heart. While Yountville is home to many excellent restaurants, restaurateurs are getting experience in St. Helena at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. The Culinary Institute, one of the finest culinary schools in the world, is also home to several restaurants. Other notable St. Helena features include the Carnegie Library, Beringer Vineyards and the Charles Krug Winery. And when it comes to places to just drive down streets for their calming aspect, St. Helena is the perfect choice.

Location
North of the Napa, on route 128.

Distance From Hotel
St. Helena is only 20 miles from the River Terrace Inn. It typically takes about 1/2 an hour to drive there.

Tips From The Concierge

  • The Culinary Institute of American at Greystone
  • Visit the wineries, especially Beringer and Krug
  • Take a walk in downtown St. Helena for the small town feel

Calistoga

No visit to Napa is complete without a visit to Calistoga Springs for the mud and natural spring baths. The first spa was opened in 1862, with the intent of making it the Saratoga Springs, New York of California. If you like to buy Calistoga Sparkling Mineral Water, you can visit the place it was first tapped - in a candy store in town! Calistoga is also home to California's Old Faithful, a truly faithful geyser that has been erupting here since the late 19th century when someone drilling for water accidentally reopened a dead geyser.

Location
Calistoga is north of Napa, straight down route 128.

Distance From Hotel
Calistoga is 28 miles from River Terrace Inn. It typically takes about 40 minutes to drive there.

Tips From The Concierge

  • Little Old Faithful
  • Calistoga Spa Hot Springs
  • Take a mud bath at one of the spas
  • Hike Mount Saint Helena

Sonoma

Sonoma, the "other" primary wine region in California, was home to five Native American tribes before the first Europeans arrived. The town was originally created in 1823 as a Mexican Mission which then evolved into the Pueblo of Sonoma. The town still retains some of the colonial charm from this period. The first vines were planted by the Mission, and evolved over time. The town of Sonoma is considered the birthplace of California wine making as well being credited with the introduction of the Zinfandel/ Primitivo grape varietal.

Location
Located due west of Napa, the town of Sonoma is just south of Boyes Hot Springs.

Distance From Hotel
The town of Sonoma is 16 miles from the River Terrace Inn. It typically takes about 1/2 an hour to drive there.

Tips From The Concierge

  • Mission San Francisco Solano
  • Lachryma Montis, home of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo
  • Bear Flag Monument
  • The Presidio of Sonoma
  • Blue Wing Inn
  • Sonoma Plaza
  • The Sonoma Overlook Trail

Napa Valley Restaurants

When you want a night on the town, there are many choices to make! Do you want to head over to Yountville for something fun or maybe to St. Helena for something elegant? There are many options to choose from! Let us help you make the perfect choice. Please feel free to ask us to help with reservations, as well.

Here is a sampling of what we recommend:

  • French Laundry
  • Bouchon
  • Market
  • Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
  • Redd/ Redd Wood
  • Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
  • Solbar – Solage Calistoga
  • Auberge de Soleil
  • LaSalette Restaurant
  • Valette
  • Brix
  • Bistro Jeanty
  • Evangeline
  • El Dorado Kitchen
  • Risibisi
  • The Restaurant at Meadowood
  • Goose and Gander

Napa Nightlife

• Silo’s jazz club
• Bilcos Billiards and Darts
• Uptown Theater
• City Winery at the Napa Valley Opera House
• Napa Bowling Center
• Capp Heritage