Thinking of visiting Napa and Sonoma Wine Country this year and want to avoid peak season crowds? Consider a visit during the Spring or early Summer. Although both areas are popular year-round tourist destinations, wine country tends to be especially busy from late summer to mid-October during harvest “crush” season.
Take a fun Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour from San Francisco and enjoy a leisurely day of wine-tasting in California’s historic wine country. No need to worry about drinking and driving. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views as you travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach across the Golden Gate Bridge to scenic Napa and Sonoma Valley. And yes… there’s free Wi-Fi onboard, as well as an expert friendly narrated tour guide to answer any questions and keep you entertained as you wind your way through picturesque wine country. Continue reading →
If you’re lucky enough to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, then you know that you’re just a hop, skip and a jump away from Napa Valley Wine Country. Or should I say “shake, rattle and roll” after the 6.0 earthquake at 3:20am on August 24, 2014. One of our favorite getaways is the quaint town of Yountville. We decided to drive up for the day to celebrate a special anniversary. Yountville is a great walking town – park your car and spend the day hanging out and exploring the area. A popular foodie and wine destination, Yountville is known for its eclectic gourmet restaurants (including the world-famous French Laundry), fun bars, luxurious spas, boutique wineries and tasting rooms, upscale art galleries and trendy shopping.
It’s harvest season in Napa Valley – what better time of year to visit California’s beautiful wine country. The “crush” (when the grapes are picked) typically runs from late-August to October. As Bay Area locals, this is one of our our favorite times to play tourist for the day and drive up to Napa from San Francisco – it’s only about an hour north of the city, so it makes a great day trip.
With so many wineries and restaurants to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming which ones to visit, especially if you only have one day to see everything. Here are a few of our recommendations for a fun day of wine-tasting, touring, and eating your way through Napa Valley 🙂
If you’re visiting San Francisco from out-of-town, plan a quickie one-day getaway to Napa Wine Country. We love playing tourist for the day and driving up to Napa Valley (located about an hour north of SF). It’s one of our favorite getaways, especially now during the Harvest Season or “Crush” (when the grapes are picked) – late Summer into Fall (August-October).
We’ve put together a few tips for a Quickie One-Day Napa Getaway, including some of our favorite restaurants and wineries.
Napa Valley is one of our favorite getaways – we love playing tourist there! We’re lucky to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, so it’s only a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the city (about one hour north of SF) to the scenic wine country – it makes a great day trip, romantic weekend or vacation. If you’re visiting San Francisco from out-of-town, Napa Valley is a “must-see” destination.
Napa Valley Wine Country is beautiful year-round. However, the most interesting time to visit the area is during the Harvest Season, or “Crush” (when the grapes are picked) – late Summer into Fall (August-October).Note: The Harvest Seasoncan vary due to climate. This year’s fairly cool summer in Napa means that the harvest will be later than usual, most likely not starting until after Labor Day (September 6 — for our international readers).
Napa Valley Wine Country is one of Northern California’s (if not one of the world’s) Top Culinary Destinations – and Yountville has become known as the “Culinary Capital of the Valley.” And for good reason. For its size, there’s no other place in the world that competes with its fabulous gourmet restaurants, including Thomas Keller’s world-famous French Laundry and celebrity chef Michael Chiarello’s Bottega… to name a few! Don’t miss a visit to this fun foodie haven next time you’re planning a visit to Napa Valley. Located just off Hwy 29 (about an hour north of San Francisco), Yountville is one of our favorite Napa Valley destinations. We love staying there because everything is within easy walking distance – no need to drive anywhere unless you want to:)
There’s much to do and see in Napa Valley Wine Country, especially if it’s your first visit. We get calls from around the world asking for our recommendations – where to eat, where to stay, best spas, fun wineries, tours and tastings… so we’ve put together a list (by town) and a brief description (in no particular order) of some of Our Top 20+ Favorite and Fun Things To Do in Napa Valley.