Napa Valley Attractions
With so much to do in Napa, wine tours are just the start.A bountiful selection of activities and tours are at your fingertips at River Terrace Inn. While downtown Napa is home to more than 20 wine tasting rooms, the area has attractions like the Oxbow Public Market, the Di Rosa Preserve and the Napa Valley Opera House. Downtown Napa features great shopping with unique clothing boutiques, artisanal food outlets, antique shops and restaurants that cater to every budget and taste.The Napa Valley also has a strong calendar of year-round events, activities and entertainment. Watch cooking demonstrations, partake in food tastings or take in musical performances in this vibrant, yet laid back community. And of course, with more than 250 wineries in the surrounding area, you can explore the valley’s lush vineyards and their tasty output.
Wineries to Visit
Napa Valley, the soul of wine making in America, is a wine lover’s heaven. Home to more than 250 vineyards and wineries that produce award-winning wines, Napa, California is blessed with hundreds of thousands of acres of gorgeous vineyards. Whether you taste your way through downtown tasting rooms or wind your way through the countryside, you’ll discover the perfect pour around every turn. Join a wine tasting tour, sample pours at a tasting salon and create an amazing experience.
Napa Valley Wine Train
The Napa Valley Wine Train provides a relaxing three-hour, thirty-six mile round-trip journey from the historic town of Napa through one of the world’s most well-known wine valleys to the quaint village of St. Helena and back. Guests aboard the Wine Train enjoy a freshly prepared lunch or dinner inside a fully restored 1915-1917 Pullman Dining Car or our 1952 Vista Dome car as we pass the vineyards and wineries of Napa Valley.
Napa Valley Vine Trail
In 2008, the Napa Valley Vintners, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and the Land Trust founded the Vine Trail Coalition. The Napa Valley Vine Trail, when complete, will be a 47-mile walking & biking trail system to physically, artistically and culturally connect the entire Napa Valley from Calistoga to the Vallejo Ferry and the greater Bay Area.
Oxbow Public Market
Just a short walk from our hotel in downtown Napa is Oxbow Public Market, a 40,000 square foot marketplace of local food vendors, artisan cafes, wine merchants and more. This vibrant local gathering place features both indoor and outdoor seating and supports the local harvest. The Market, situated along the Napa River, is open seven days a week and is a must-see for any visitor to Napa!
Segway Napa’s a unique fun way to glide through the history and vineyards of Napa Valley with a tour sure to suit you – Beyond Wine (Napa history), Yountville (taste wine and glide by a vineyard), or Napa Wetlands (river trail). They also rent Segway’s by the hour. Reasonable rates – check thei website for special pricing and tours.
Experience Napa Valley like you never have before – on a motorized, authentic replica of a late 1890’s San Francisco cable car! The Napa Valley Wine Trolley allows you to take in the gorgeous scenery, aromas, and tastes of world class vineyards from a fun and unique perspective.
Napa GC is an 18-hole full service championship daily-fee golf course with practice facilities. Consisting of an 8,500 sq ft putting green, modest chipping green, and a 22 stall driving range outfitted with synthetic mats, as well as a clubhouse equipped with a full complement of merchandise from golf balls to clubs. Napa GC offers golf lessons from PGA Class A Professionals on staff, with year round adult and youth lesson programs for players of all skill.
Di Rosa Preserve
Located on 217 beautiful acres, the di Rosa Preserve is a natural oasis featuring one of the largest and most significant art collections in the world. Encompassing beautiful vineyards, olive trees, a 35 acre lake, and a natural wildlife preserve, di Rosa Preserve features over 2,000 works of art by more than 800 artists displayed in magnificent outdoor arenas, a 130-year old winery-turned-residence, an ancient olive grove and on the lake.
Opened in 1995, Jarvis Conservatory provides training and workshops for artists. A magnificent theater, and an acoustic marvel, the Conservatory is dedicated to teaching and performing a variety of art forms, including dance, film, music and puppetry.
Located in downtown Napa, the beautifully restored Napa Valley Opera House is an historic treasure showcasing world-renowned artists, performers and musicians. Since 1879 this magnificent theater has entertained and inspired the people of Napa Valley with exciting opera performances, concerts of all genres, comedy and family shows.
Old Faithful Geyser of California
Located in Calistoga, with Mount St. Helena in the background, one of the most famous Faithful Geysers in the world, this natural extravaganza of erupting boiling hot water takes place about every 30 to 40 minutes, shooting thousands of gallons of water 60 feet into the air. Old Faithful appears as a shallow pool of water until the main attraction.
Also in Calistoga, go back in time as you wander through the majestic petrified redwood trees in the Napa Valley wine country. The Petrified Forest was created 3.5 million years ago when Mount St. Helena erupted and buried the giant trees in volcanic ash. Take a ½-mile walking tour of the spectacular upper meadow and learn about the volcanic activity and forest petrification. A 100 foot-high Ash Fall contains deposits of volcanic material.
Napa River Adventures
Cruise along the calm Napa River on 10-passenger luxury electric riverboats and experience the Napa Valley from a new perspective. The Napa River tour sights include views of Downtown Napa, Copia, the wetlands and the Valley. Tours offer information on current river developments, local history and ecology. Canoes or kayaks are also available for rent. Napa River Adventures tours leave from the Main Street Dock in Downtown Napa.
Let Napa Valley Fly Guides take you fly-fishing on Putah Creek. With half-day and full-day trips, including all necessary gear, your guide has put in thousands of hours fishing Putah Creek, and knows the best spots and techniques for catching wild rainbow trout.
Experiencing the vineyards from the seat of a bicycle will change your perspective of the Napa Valley. As you pedal past rows of vineyards, you’ll enjoy a unique experience that most will never have.
Balloons Above the Valley Napa
Greet the sunrise as you gently sail with the winds. Enjoy the sights below at 500 to 2,000 feet above the Napa Valley in a hot air balloon, with information about the area courtesy of your pilot. After floating above the vineyards and farms for about one hour, you will return to the ground. Celebrate your adventure with a festive champagne brunch in a wine country setting at the Vineyard Garden. Balloon Aviation of Napa Valley Yountville.
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Romance on the Rails
Step back in time to a bygone era of luxury as you climb aboard a 100-year old rail car on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Watch scenic Napa Valley roll by as you enjoy a freshly prepared, multi-course gourmet lunch.