Explore the Town of Napa
Less than an hour’s drive north of San Francisco is the famous American wine region of Napa Valley, and within that valley lies charming Napa town. Flanked by a winding river, this urban oasis boasts first-class restaurants, wineries and a burgeoning arts scene. There’s much to see and do in Napa, you can spend leisurely days cycling to vineyards, drifting over patchwork landscapes in a hot air balloon or hiking hillside paths reveling in clean valley air. But most people come to Napa for its foodie scene. You can procure fresh local produce at Oxbow Public Market which sells everything from live fire pizza and oysters to ridiculously decadent cupcakes. Alternatively, dine at elegant, celebrity chef run restaurant Morimoto Napa. Chef Masaharu Morimoto expertly crafts innovative plates of seafood, Wagyu beef and sushi, all washed down with Japanese sake and whisky. No visit to Napa would be complete without experiencing the scenic Napa Valley Wine Train. Relax in a restored 20th century Pullman carriage with plush velvet armchairs and glass partitions as you roll through the countryside, feasting on gourmet cuisine as you travel to some of the state’s most celebrated wineries.
Where to Stay: Luxury Andaz Napa Hotel in Downtown Napa has 141 loft style rooms and all the comforts of a boutique-style hotel. It’s within a short walk of restaurants, shops and tasting rooms in Napa. If you seek a more personalised valley stay, you can’t go wrong at Napa River Inn with its wellness spa and free delivery of scrumptious pastries to your room each morning.