Imagine spending Valentine’s Day with your loved one surrounded by majestic scenery and savoring great wine. Now imagine sipping that wine in Napa Valley, California, celebrating the holiday of love together. Such a dream can easily become reality this Valentine’s Day, which just so happens to land on a weekend this year! We’ve got some great ideas for making the weekend a romantic getaway to remember.
Napa Valley is comprised of several towns that all boast of scenic views of lush vineyards and access to many wineries. Get your taste buds ready because wine tastings will be an activity available in abundance. Choosing a town to visit won’t be hard and below are some of the major ones. Each have unique characteristics that may suite your fancy.
Calistoga, also known as spa heaven, is famous for its hot springs and mud baths. Any spa or resort within a one-mile radius can treat you with massage therapy, body treatments, mud baths and more. We recommend Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, a tranquil destination with beautifully renovated rooms and contemporary décor. It offers rejuvenating geothermal mineral pools and a spa with volcanic ash mud baths. The hotel is minutes from incredible wineries where you can reserve private or group wine tasting tours. Be sure to visit the iconic Castle Winery, a popular visitor favorite offering food and wine pairing tours in a unique Tuscan castle setting.
The foodies out there will fall in love with Yountville as it boasts of more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than anywhere else in North America! This culinary utopia is packed with world-class restaurants like the French Laundry, which features fine French cuisine by the renowned Chef Thomas Keller. The menu, which changes daily, includes a nine-course tasting menu and a nine-course vegetable tasting menu. Both menus highlight French technique and an intense focus on quality ingredients. For an incredible wine tasting experience, be sure to visit JCB Tasting Salon where you can expect exclusive Napa Valley wines as well as rare ones. Yountville is also known for its culture scene with its museums, art walk, and a performing arts theater featuring international performers year-round. Great food, wine and culture. What more can you ask for?
This picturesque town is known as the soul of Napa Valley. It’s home to world-class wineries, Michelin-starred restaurants, contemporary art galleries, and chic boutiques. The foodie in you will love the selection of restaurants with menus that are inspired, progressive, and scrumptious. Worthy of note is the Restaurant at Meadowood, a Michelin three-starred establishment serving exceptional modern American cuisine enhanced by locally sourced ingredients. For exceptional wine, visit Freemark Abbey, Napa Valley’s oldest and most respected winery. It has one of the largest wine libraries in the US!
Napa is the valley’s largest town offering a great blend of urban activity, wineries, and a vibrant nightlife. Stroll through the Oxbow Public Market where locals and visitors meet for live music, cooking demos, wine and beer tastings as well as a farmers market. Book a tour on Napa Valley’s famous Wine Train. Lunch and dinner are prepared on the train and it takes you on a 36-mile round trip tour through wine country, stopping at wineries along the way. Choose outdoor activities like bike riding, balloon rides, kayaking, and scenic hikes. While the other towns get sleepy at night, Napa’s nightlife is hopping with a variety of lounges and clubs to choose from—all within walking distance. Be sure to visit Blue Note Napa for live jazz music, great food and drinks!
There’s plenty to do together for Valentine’s Day weekend in Napa Valley as you can see. An unforgettable trip deserves a reliable travel protection plan. Visit us at travelinsured.com to view our plans and resources like our handy help center to answer many of your questions. Have a happy Valentine’s Day!