On The Road

The notorious Napa Valley, home to a number of Michelin Star restaurants, luxury spa hotels, and of course some of the most breathtaking vineyards in the country. Best kept an adult trip, Napa offers historic wine tasting experience and rolling hills perfect for bike rides. We suggest visiting during the fall, around the month of October during harvest, for the perfect bike ride accompanied by the irresistible smell of freshly crushed grapes. Here we’ll be reviewing my top picks for an authentic and lavish trip to the valley. 

Best Food Best Food

  • Napa is home to a plethora of food options, and with the Oxbow Market you don’t have to choose just one. Diners can get a little bit of everything from fresh water oysters to organic ice cream just minutes away from downtown. Napa has also earned a reputation for its authentic Mexican cuisine, check out Rancho Grande located on Silverado Trail for an “off the beaten track” delicious experience. If you are looking for a more upscale dining experience there are countless options to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with an authentic French meal from Bistro Jeanty located in the heart of Yachtville (be sure to try the bone marrow). 

where to stay Where to Stay

While Napa has its fair share of commercial chain hotels, if you book early enough you can land yourself a room at one of their more luxury accommodations. Andaz is a hip boutique style hotel located in the center of downtown Napa and boasts a chic rooftop bar. Those looking for a larger, “golf club” experience will enjoy staying at Silverado with its classic décor and impressive pool area. Finally, if you’re looking to stay closer to the higher end vineyards in Napa, the Villagio is a fine choice for ending a day of winetasting. 

Napa running map trail

Best Hikes and Runs Best Hikes and Runs

  • Napa roads don’t have very much designated space for runners or bikers, and with high traffic zones and one of the highest DUI rates in the country we wouldn’t recommend it. Fortunately, there are some worthwhile backroads that work well for the athletic traveler. Runners can take their car down about 10 minutes to the back roads of Carneros where they’ll find a smooth 3-4 mile run from town back toward Sonoma. There is also a protected park near Cutting Wharf Road with miles and miles of country road. 

Road Biking  Biking

  • For those looking for a solid biking experience take in an impressive climb of about 7 miles at Atlas Peak with parking available in the Silverado resort lot. If Atlas isn’t enough for you, then hit Silverado and take Harman Road to Silverado Trail, and then another right on Soda Canyon RD for an even steeper trail about the same length as Atlas. Silverado Trail also holds some decent flat trails with a long ride from Napa down to Calistoga and back again (a total of 56 miles), that’s perfect for triathlon training. If you forgot your gear stop off downtown at Napa Valley Velo for all of your biking needs. 

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