NAPA, CA - The city of Napa sits at the southern end of the Napa valley. Once a jumping-off point for wine country excursions, Napa has undergone a renaissance, becoming a world-class destination in its own right. Tasting bars, including Carpe Diem and Back Room Wines, let you check out small and large producers before heading up further up the valley. And just a stone's throw from town, wineries in Napa include Michael Mondavi Family Estate and the grand terraces and gardens of the Domaine Carneros winery.
Culinary star power abounds in Napa. Restaurants include Michelin-starred La Toque and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's acclaimed Morimoto. Neighborhood eateries such as Pizza Azzuro and Norman Rose please locals and visitors alike, while the Oxbow Public Market offers the height of artisanal everything, from picnic-ready bread, cheese and charcuterie to tacos at C Casa and pizza at Ca'Momi. Dine al fresco beside the Napa River at Angele or Fish Story, or enjoy the Mediterranean flavors of Tarla or Oenotri in the city's West End.
Between amazing meals and wine tastings, there are endless things to do in Napa. The city's vibrant downtown offers opportunities to stroll, nosh and shop, from the West End to the scenic River Walk. The Opera House built in 1879 hosts jazz, blues, theater, dance and contemporary greats. Craving nature? Don't miss Napa in the spring when the mustard is blooming. Hike the Bay Area Ridge Trail from the river to Skyline Park or rent a bike at Velo and pedal along the River Trail. Art lovers will find heaven among the sculpture gardens and galleries of 200-acre Di Rosa or along the city's downtown Art Walk.