Experience Holiday Magic

Napa Valley is a magical place to visit during the holiday season. Yountville’s Festival of Lights, held annually the day after Thanksgiving, features gourmet food and wine tastings, Yuletide carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, and photos with Santa all leading up to the dramatic tree and town lighting after dusk. And Calistoga’s Lighted Tractor Parade is a family-friendly tradition that’s been going on more than 20 years. We dare you to

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Go Cow Spotting

Just outside the posh and polished town of Yountville, you’ll come upon a handsome herd of local residents who couldn’t care less about the fine wines and dining just down the road. This band of Texas Longhorns usually hangs out along Yount Mill Road about a mile outside of town.   Learn More: The longhorns are close enough to town that you can easily “hoof it” there; or, rent bikes

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Follow the Footsteps of Miners

At the northern end of Napa Valley, Calistoga’s Oat Hill Mine Trail follows 8.3 miles of an old stage couch route that originally served as a transportation route for mercury and cinnabar miners. Today, hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians can enjoy sweeping views of Napa Valley along the lower Oat Hill Mine Trail; the middle and upper sections of the trail cross striking volcanic formations.   Learn More: Oat Hill

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