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Napa Valley's Silverado Trail
Jill Richards

Napa Valley's Silverado Trail

A drive north from downtown Napa to Calistoga showcases the many delights of wine country—great food, luxury lodging, and endless vineyards

Start:Napa
End:Calistoga
1 - 3Days,10Stops,47Miles
Napa
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Oxbow Public Market
Rachid Dahnoun
Ritual Coffee Roasters
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Stags Leap Winery
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Silver Oak Winery
Rachid Dahnoun
Auberge du Soleil’s Bistro & Bar
Jill Richards
Cade Estate Winery
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Calistoga Motor Lodge
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Calistoga
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Stop 1

Napa

1290 Napa Town Center, Napa

The bustling city of Napa, on the banks of the Napa River, features chef-driven restaurants, upscale lodgings, manicured parks and river walks, and multiple tasting rooms. The downtown dining scene is a delight, ranging from the ultra-authentic pastas and pies at Oenotri to Kenzo, a Japanese restaurant that boasts a Michelin star and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. After dinner, take in a show down the street at the outpost of New York City’s famed Blue Note, inside one of the region’s social and cultural hubs, the Napa Valley Opera House. For overnight stays, R&R abounds at options such as the big-city-chic Andaz Napa hotel and the impossibly romantic 1889 Churchill Manor B&B mansion.

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SPOTLIGHT

Oxbow Public Market

610 1st St, Napa

This riverside food hall, located in Napa, is home to a number of local restaurants and producers, all gathered under one roof.

SPOTLIGHT

Ritual Coffee Roasters

610 1st St, Napa

Bring a pour-over coffee from downtown Napa’s Ritual Coffee Roasters to Trancas Crossing Park near the base of the 167-year-old trail, and marvel at the kayakers launching into the current—a nice way to ease into the morning and simply observe.

Stop 4

Trancas Crossing Park

610 Trancas St, Napa

This 33-acre park on the north side of Napa is ideal for kayakers, dog walkers, and anybody interested in experiencing the flora and fauna of the Napa River wetlands. Restoration of natural settings is a key focus of this park, which features a variety of trails and interpretive signs. Hall of Fame golfer Johnny Miller, a Napa resident, donated the property to the Land Trust of Napa County, enabling locals and visitors to explore before or after a wine-tasting excursion.

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Stop 5

Stags Leap Winery

6150 Silverado Trail, Napa

Who knew the placement of an apostrophe could prove so pivotal? In the Stags Leap district (no apostrophe) of the Napa Valley you’ll find a collection of wineries that all seem to specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon. These include Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (apostrophe before the “s”), an esteemed institution that won big at the 1976 Judgment of Paris and helped put California on the world viticulture map. And don’t miss Stags’ Leap Winery (apostrophe after the “s”), a lovely and historic estate that dates back to 1893.

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Stop 6

Silver Oak Winery

915 Oakville Cross Rd, Oakville

Raymond Twomey Duncan and Justin Meyer formed Silver Oak in 1972 with a firm commitment to one varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon, aged exclusively in American oak. This single-mindedness has paid dividends over the decades, establishing Silver Oak as one of the most consistent and food-friendly wineries in the Napa Valley. Visit the Oakville property, located just off the Silverado Trail, or the group’s Alexander Valley tasting room in Healdsburg.

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Stop 8

Cade Estate Winery

360 Howell Mountain Rd S, Angwin

This 54-acre property, located on Howell Mountain to the east of the Silverado Trail, is a reminder that there are some terrific wines being made in the hills above the valley floor. If you like to mix politics with your pours, note that Cade Estate Winery lists California Governor Gavin Newsom as a co-founder. (Newsom is also a partner in nearby Plumpjack Winery and Odette Estate Winery.) Tastings here aren’t cheap—expect to drop $80 to $125 per person for a tour of the property—but you’ll be rewarded with epic views and some award-winning juice.

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Stop 10

Calistoga

1020 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga

Located at the northern tip of Napa Valley at the base of Mount Saint Helena, Calistoga is the less traveled, laid-back sister to the bustling downtown Napa. Calistoga’s local wine scene has attention-grabbing appeal—in part thanks to Castello di Amorosa, the medieval-style, multi-turreted castle on a hill built by Italian-style winemaker Dario Sattui. For a less traditional approach to grape juice, stop by the hipster-friendly Tank Garage Winery. It’s open seven days a week and specializes in blends with names like Yacht Rock, Backstage Pass, and Eddie. Wine is not the only elixir that people love here, certainly. Calistoga is the valley’s spa and hot springs capital, and visitors have flocked here seeking rejuvenation in mineral-rich volcanic waters since the 1800s. Spas and resorts range from casual to upscale, and most offer hot soaks, saunas, and massages. Calistoga is also a key spot to enjoy another Napa Valley signature experience: a hot-air balloon ride. Floating above the morning mist, looking out across the still valley as the sun peeks over the surrounding hills—can you imagine anywhere you’d rather be?

 

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Stop 1Napa
1290 Napa Town Center, Napa
SPOTLIGHTOxbow Public Market
610 1st St, Napa
    SPOTLIGHTRitual Coffee Roasters
    610 1st St, Napa
      Stop 4Trancas Crossing Park
      610 Trancas St, Napa
      Stop 5Stags Leap Winery
      6150 Silverado Trail, Napa
      • Stags Leaphttps://www.stagsleapdistrict.com/index.php
      Stop 6Silver Oak Winery
      915 Oakville Cross Rd, Oakville
      Stop 8Cade Estate Winery
      360 Howell Mountain Rd S, Angwin
      Stop 10Calistoga
      1020 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga

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