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Tour Guide: The New Napa Valley You Need to Know

29 September 2017

Home to hundreds of wineries, the Napa Valley attracts about 3.5 million visitors a year. With that many wine lovers coming and going, it’s a given there’s always going to be something new and now to experience in this sun-soaked region of world-renowned viticulture. A (preferably long-) weekend trip to wine country is a time-honored tradition around here, so we’re sharing our guide to just some of our favorite new places in the Napa Valley—and a few not-to-be-missed classics—to see and experience right now. Cheers!

STAY

Base yourself in the heart of the wine region, and its namesake, Napa in the newly renovated Parker Mansion at the Senza Hotel. Or opt for one of the small, charming towns that dot Highway 29 (Napa’s main drag), each one brimming with restaurants and tasting rooms.

Step into a modern rethinking of retro design at Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa, or check-in to the perfectly Californian UpValley Inn. Take in the vineyard views at the comfortably contemporary Las Alcobas or reserve a beautiful home-away-from-home suite at Hotel Yountville.

Calistoga Motor Lodge. Our Napa Valley guide to the best new wineries, restaurants, and hotels in California wine country.
Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa. Our Napa Valley guide to the best new wineries, restaurants, and hotels in California wine country.

Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa, Calistoga (photo: Aubrie Pick)

Las Alcobas, St Helena. Our Napa Valley guide to the best new wineries, restaurants, and hotels in California wine country.

Las Alcobas, St. Helena

Hotel Yountville, Yountville. Our Napa Valley guide to the best new wineries, restaurants, and hotels in California wine country.

Hotel Yountville, Yountville

Charlie Palmer Steak. Our Napa Valley guide to the best new wineries, restaurants, and hotels in California wine country.

EAT

Napa’s culinary scene has become as much of an attraction as the wineries that feed it. We love the fresh aesthetic and always-seasonal approach at these new restaurants that span the valley (okay, Bouchon Bistro isn’t new, but we’re throwing it in as a must visit, if you haven’t been).

The Charter Oak, St Helena. Our Napa Valley guide to the best new wineries, restaurants, and hotels in California wine country.

The Charter Oak, St Helena

Acacia House, St Helena. Our Napa Valley guide to the best new wineries, restaurants, and hotels in California wine country.

Acacia House, St Helena

Bouchon Bistro, Yountville. Our Napa Valley guide to the best new wineries, restaurants, and hotels in California wine country.

Bouchon Bistro, Yountville

Ottimo, Napa Valley. Our Napa Valley guide to the best new wineries, restaurants, and hotels in California wine country.

Ottimo Napa Valley, Yountville

SIP

But you’re here for the wine, right? There’s no shortage of that in the valley. Book yourself a private, customizable tour with transport and an expert driver slash guide at Active Wine Adventures, or discover the new Oakville Trek at B Cellars, which includes a cave tour and custom food and wine pairing.

Dine al fresco with a picnic at Liana Estates, and reserve a private tasting in the Swarovski crystal-drenched Chandelier Room at Hall Rutherford. Of course, our mini-guide wouldn’t be complete without a special shout-out to two Napa staples, the ivy-covered Signorello Estate and iconic Castello di Amorosa, inspired by 13th-century Tuscany.

Castello Di Amorosa. Our Napa Valley guide to the best new wineries, restaurants, and hotels in California wine country. Photo by Jim Sullivan.

Castello Di Amorosa, Calistoga

Hall Rutherford. Our Napa Valley guide to the best new wineries, restaurants, and hotels in California wine country.

Hall Rutherford, St Helena

 

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