Napa Valley

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Napa Valley

Balloon Rides

See the rolling vineyards of Napa Valley from atmospheric heights in a hot air balloon. Begin in the early morning, soar over the beautiful countryside, and finish with a champagne brunch.

603 California Blvd., CA, 800-464-6824, www.balloonrides.com
Tags: family | smart splurge | views | things to do | adventure

Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts

Ground zero for foodies and oenophiles alike, this remarkable institution offers a daily lineup of culinary exhibits and festivals, cooking classes, and innovative menu items at Julia’s Kitchen (named after Julia Child, of course).

500 First St., CA, 707-259-1600, www.copia.org
Tags: family | expensive | things to do | culture | culinary

Dean & DeLuca

The gourmet market’s only west coast location features produce from local farms, cheeses from local artisans, and 1,400 California wines. Grab a fresh sandwich, salad, and dessert for picnicking, or purchase plates, cookware, and more as gifts.

607 South St. Helena Hwy., CA, 707-967-9980, www.deandeluca.com
Tags: shopping | expensive | things to do | culinary | wine | wine bar

Napa General Store

The café here is a wonderful crowd pleaser, but you’ll also find a variety of wine-country souvenirs (T-shirts, maps, trinkets, wine, snacks, and unique Napa food items) for friends back home.

540 Main St., CA, 707-259-0762, www.napageneralstore.com
Tags: budget | shopping | things to do | souvenirs | culinary | eclectic | wine

Napa Valley Museum

This well-designed museum highlights Napa Valley’s unique heritage through innovative exhibits and presentations. Don’t miss the interactive wine exhibit, which traces the complete winemaking process with glowing three-dimensional panels.

55 Presidents Circle, CA, 707-944-0500, www.napavalleymuseum.org
Tags: family | things to do | culture | history | museum

Napa Valley Opera House

After the vineyards close, head to this 1879-built music, comedy, theater, and dance venue. Newly renovated, they also offer children’s programming and activities, which are sometimes hard to find in this wine-focused region.

1030 Main St., CA, 707-226-7372, www.nvoh.org
Tags: family | things to do | culture | performing arts

Napa Valley Wine Train

Though some locals and winery owners scowl at the turn-of-the-century train moving through town, it does offer a scenic tour while serving dinner and fine local wines. Visitors love the brunch, wine tastings, and special events.

1275 McKinstry St., CA, 707-253-2111, www.winetrain.com
Tags: things to do | tour | culinary | wine | train

Oakville Grocery

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 1881-built country store features extensive California wine selections, specialty cheeses, charcuterie meats and smoked fish, select local produce, locally roasted espresso drinks, fresh morning pastries, rustic hearth breads, and more. Perfect for picnicking.

7856 St. Helena Hwy., CA, 707-944-8802, www.oakvillegrocery.com
Tags: shopping | moderate | editor pick | things to do | culinary | eclectic | wine

Old Faithful Geyser of California

One of three “Old Faithful Geysers” in the world, this one blasts up to 75 feet into the air every 20-30 minutes. On site you’ll also find a petting zoo, snack bar, gift shop, and picnic area.

1299 Tubbs Ln., CA, 707-942-6463, www.oldfaithfulgeyser.com
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors

Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum

This museum contains over 9,000 artifacts related to the 19th-century Scottish author who penned Treasure Island, including the author’s first editions, manuscripts, and photographs.

1490 Library Ln., CA, 707-963-3757, www.silveradomuseum.org
Tags: family | things to do | culture | history | museum

Vintage 1870

This former winery now houses boutiques, restaurants, galleries, and high-end food stores. It’s great for exploring, with dining options that will please the kids (and your wallet).

6525 Washington St., CA, 707-944-2451, www.vmarketplace.com
Tags: family | shopping | moderate | boutique | things to do | eclectic | wine

Woodhouse Chocolate

What’s better with wine: cheese or chocolate? After visiting Woodhouse Chocolate, you’ll know it’s the latter. Pick up European sweets like champagne truffles and mocha cream, or exotic treats like Thai ginger chocolate and “Diva,” a spiced pecan in rich caramel with a milk chocolate shell.

1367 Main St., CA, 800-966-3468, www.woodhousechocolate.com
Tags: family | shopping | smart splurge | things to do | candy

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