Napa Valley

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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Napa Valley

Peak Season: May to October

The warm weather contributes to a long high season, with more outdoor events, but it also packs Route 29 with tourists, tour buses, and bikers; and hotel rates soar. Visit the smaller, more distant wineries for fewer crowds. The grape harvest in September and October is a popular time.

Off Season: December to March

Bad storms can close the roads, which also means fewer crowds and discounted hotel rates. Some winery visiting rooms are closed or have limited hours, but the attention you’ll receive is phenomenal.

Sweet Spot: April; November

Fewer tourists and occasional warm weather make this an ideal time for visiting, though some businesses operate with shorter hours. Go in April when the mustard flowers are in bloom. Go in November and catch the end of the grape harvest and the beginning of winemaking season.

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