The New Napa
Explore a rejuvenated wine country town, with top restaurants, urban tasting rooms, and a pretty river promenade.
If there was ever a double take, this is it. The city of Napa has reinvented itself, turning from a hardworking town that regularly flooded into a classy, food-centric city that rightfully serves as the spectacular gateway to one of California’s signature locales, the Napa Valley. In 1998, city visionaries decided to completely overhaul the town, creating innovative solutions to manage floodwaters. Concurrently, they designed new outdoor spaces, plus a walkable downtown district crammed full of wine-tasting rooms, galleries, boutiques, elegant lodgings, and extraordinary restaurants.
Take me to the river
1. Rent bikes on the river at Napa River Velo and take a spin around town.
2. Ride the Napa Valley Wine Train , to wine, dine, and watch vineyards roll by.
3. Sample wines at over 20 tasting rooms and wine bars around town.
4. Taste and shop at Oxbow Public Market , featuring artisanal and local foods.
5. Dress up to dine along the riverfront at Morimoto Napa , Fish Story , and The Pear .
6. Walk downtown to other top dining options—outstanding Italian fare at Oenotri , exquisite vegetarian at Ubuntu , and French-inspired at La Toque . Finish with a Caipirinha cocktail at open-late Eiko’s .
7. Catch a free concert (Friday nights in summer) along the outdoor amphitheater next to Riverwalk Promenade.
Top hotels abound, but also consider one of Napa’s perfectly restored B&Bs, like the ultra-luxurious Churchill Manor or nearby Cedar Gables Inn , featuring hands-on cooking-class events with top local chefs.
For more information, check out visitnapavalley.com .