At 30 miles long, Napa Valley is relatively small but mighty. The Northern California region that’s about 50 miles from San Francisco is, of course, synonymous with wine. Most renowned for its bold Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s also home to beautiful examples of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. In fact, there are 16 designated appellations (or AVAs), over 45,000 acres of vines, and some 400 wineries to choose from, making it a must-visit wine region in California.
Perfectly aligned with quality wine is gourmet cuisine, which Napa’s restaurant scene excels at. There’s Michelin-star venues, fine Italian dining, and casual eateries to ensure you’re never hungry here. There’s also an impeccable wellness scene that dates back 500 years ago, when natural volcanic hot springs were discovered at the base of Mount St. Helena and recognized for their healing powers. Today, many spas throughout Napa Valley, particularly in Calistoga, incorporate the natural minerals and healing waters into their spa treatments.
Want to visit Napa Valley for a few days of epicurean immersion—wine tastings, restaurant hopping, and a cooking class—culminating in a healing soak before heading home? Here’s the perfect Napa Valley itinerary for your first visit to this world-class wine region.