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Stroll Along Napa’s Riverfront

Without a doubt, the crown jewel marking Downtown Napa’s recent renaissance is the Napa Riverfront. The inviting design and the waterfront promenade easily lend themselves for a late afternoon or post-dinner stroll. The beautiful building has attracted an eclectic mix of boutique shops and restaurants just waiting to be explored.   Highlights: Riverhouse by Bespoke Collection, Napa General Store, Helen Lyall

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Find a Free Tasting (yes, really!)

With tasting fees at most Napa Valley wineries trending between $30-50, the days of free tastings may seem like a bygone era. However, there is a handful of wineries that still offers free tastings. It is the wineries’ prerogative to change their tasting fee policies, so double-check with individual wineries before you visit. Also note that some of these wineries require an appointment. Lastly, it may go without saying, but

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Hike Like a Local

For a short ‘n’ sweet hike, take to the trails at Napa’s smaller local parks. Alston Park in northwest Napa has three miles of trails bordered by vineyards. In Browns Valley, Westwood Hills Park has three miles of trails through heavily wooded tree groves and grassy meadows. Skyline Park in east Napa has a network of 25 miles of trails, but the 2.5 mile trail to Lake Marie is perfect

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Explore Yountville on Foot

The main thrust of Yountville’s Washington Street stretches about one mile and is chock-full of top-rated restaurants, boutique shopping, wine tasting rooms and more than a dozen art sculptures to discover along the way. Veteran’s Memorial Park at the south end of town and Yountville Park at the north end both offer shaded picnic tables and grassy areas perfect for relaxing with a baguette and some cheese. Yountville Park also

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Survey Unique Architecture

In Napa Valley there are possibly more unique architectural styles than there are are wine varietals. From traditional French, Spanish and Italian influences to modernist marvels and even subterranean structures that will defy your imagination. It’s hard to find a Napa Valley winery that doesn’t have interesting architecture of some kind, but listed here are some of the most compelling standouts.   Learn More: Odette Estate, Quixote, Darioush, Chateau Montelena,

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Meander St. Helena’s Main St.

There’s a reason St. Helena has earned a reputation as Napa Valley’s Main Street. From the charming electrolier street lamps to the beautiful historic downtown buildings dating back to the 19th and early 20th century, it’s easy to fall hard for this small town in the heart of Napa Valley. Of course, modern boutiques and restaurants keep today’s visitors entertained as they stroll down Main Street.   Highlights: Model Bakery,

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Engage With Art + Landscape

Cornerstone Gardens are an ever-changing series of gardens showcasing innovative designs from international and local landscape architects and designers. The gardens celebrate the connection between art, architecture and nature. Additionally, the adjacent Sunset Magazine test gardens highlight food production, the Sunset plant line, bee habitat, cut flowers and composting.   Learn More: Cornerstone Gardens

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Cruise Calistoga’s Main Drag

Visitors appreciate Calistoga for its distinctly laid-back, bohemian vibe. While the natural mineral springs and volcanic mud bath treatments are a primary draw to this historic town, you should definitely plan some time after your spa treatment to take a stroll along Lincoln Ave. to peruse the eclectic shops, art galleries, coffee shops and tasting rooms here.   Highlights: Calistoga Pottery, Yo el Rey, Roam Antiques, Calistoga Olive Oil, Ca’Toga

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Summit Napa’s Highest Peak

Set your sights on the summit of Mt. St. Helena, Napa Valley’s tallest peak at 4,342 feet. Thankfully, nearly half of the climbing is be done by car as the trail head at Robert Louis Stevenson State Park is midway up the mountain. The 5-mile, 2000+’ climb to the summit is mostly 80% fire road and offers up stunning panoramic views of the valley below.   Learn More: Mt. St.

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Tour Our Farmers’ Markets

Farm-to-table dining enthusiasts can take a step closer to the farm by visiting our local farmers markets. Meet the farmers, bakers and artisan vendors who produce the highest quality produce and food products here in the Napa Valley. It’s a great way to stray off the well-worn tourist path, hang with the locals and find locally made gifts.   Learn More: Napa Farmers Market (Tuesdays & Saturdays), St. Helena Farmers

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