There are many parts of the world renowned for their wine and scenery, often designated as “wine tourism” destinations. However, while the regions that come to mind first and foremost tend to be in places like France and Italy, or even South Africa and Australia, one of the world’s best destinations for wine tourism happens to be in California. The Napa Valley region of this state is home to gorgeous locations, world-class wineries, and a number of relaxing and enjoyable vacation activities. So what should you have on your schedule if you’re considering a trip to the Napa Valley in California? Here are a few ideas.
• To begin with, you’ll want to pick a place of lodging, and you’ll have no shortage of options. This choice will depend entirely on what type of vacation you are looking for, as well as what your budget looks like. You can stay at a simple inn, a comfortable hotel, go camping outside, or if you prefer, enjoy a truly luxurious resort and spa. In fact, if you plan on visiting for a long time you may even want to split your vacation up between various lodgings. Again, the options are almost limitless in this popular tourism destination.
• Of course, you’ll also want to make sure that you visit some of the finest wineries in the region, as this is the main attraction for most tourists. Really, the choices are almost endless, and the best way to see a nice variety of wineries may be to book a tour that takes you for multiple visits and tastings. Some popular vineyards to try, however, include the Pine Ridge Winery, the Robert Mondavi Winery, and the Joseph Phelps Vineyards – although, again, it is important not to limit yourself due to the impressive number of quality vineyards in the area. Many of the best wines in the area are bottled worldwide, and can be purchased at the nearest Marks & Spencer or at a local wine shop – but it’s always best to try a fine wine at its source!
• Another thing to keep in mind if you are preparing for a trip to the Napa Valley region is its close proximity to San Francisco. While the city will offer quite a different sort of vacation than the Napa Valley, it can also be wonderful to experience. Often thought of as one of the most unique large cities in the United States, San Francisco is home to a beautiful city setting, renowned architecture, and an engaging culture. Furthermore, due to its status as a popular destination and thriving city, San Francisco is now home to a number of enjoyable vacation attractions, from fine dining restaurants to a busy arts and music scene. This city can greatly compliment your Napa Valley vacation experience.