Three Days in Napa Valley: A First Timer’s Itinerary

Located only a two-hour drive from San Francisco in California, Napa Valley is a nature lover’s paradise. Famous for its rolling hills, mountain trails, and luscious vineyards, there’s so much for holidaymakers looking for a short break to see and do. If you’re new to Napa Valley and need some inspiration on what Napa Valley events are available to you, then discover our first timer’s itinerary for a three-day trip to get you started.

Three Days in Napa Valley: A First Timer's Itinerary

Napa Valley Itinerary

Day 1: Sample the local cuisine 

If you’re into fine dining or want to enjoy some delicious local cuisine during your stay, then be sure to give one of Napa Valley’s many restaurants a try. Each one is completely unique, including Auberge de Soleil in Rutherford, which offers stunning views of the picture-perfect valley it overlooks. Head there on a clear day to really make the most of the breathtaking surroundings. For a romantic dinner setting, make sure carefully time your reservation to catch the sunset dip below the hills.

There’s also the three Michelin starred The French Laundry in Yountville, producing an outstanding chef’s dining menu using only the finest quality ingredients, including fresh oysters, Nova Scotia lobster, and dover sole. It’s a seafood-lover’s dream and is situated in a charming French-style cottage that only adds to the authentic dining experience.

Day 2: Take a trip to one of the local towns

Downtown Napa lies on the banks of the Napa River and is well worth a visit. From the bustling food hall offering a range of culinary delights to taste, to the boutique wineries, there’s no shortage of things to do while you’re there. The town’s buildings are simply delightful and offers a postcard-perfect snapshot of one of California’s most cosmopolitan towns.

There are three other towns you can visit in Napa Valley including Yountville, St Helena, and Calistoga. Yountville is known as one of the most chic towns in the Valley, with plenty of lovely independent shops to explore. One of the best Napa Valley events to check out is the Yountville Art Walk, where you can walk along nearly 65 unique outdoor sculptures.

Day 3: Enjoy a visit to one of Napa Valley’s many wineries

You can’t head to Napa Valley without a trip to one of its wineries. Known as one of the best places in the world for producing fine wines, there are over 400 wineries in total. All Napa Valley wine tours offer a unique experience in a countryside beautiful setting. Whether you’re looking for traditional wine tasting, a behind-the-scenes tour, or a fine dining experience to complete your day out, there really is something for everyone. Fantesca Estate and Winery, for example, offers a private tour and tasting through their vineyards, estate, and cave, which is said to originally have been a silver mine.

During a trip to one of Napa Valley’s wineries, discover tips for wine tasting, learn about the best grapes for making wine or take the opportunity to purchase your favorites at the end of your experience. Most wineries will ship to your home to make life easier for you, allowing you to enjoy the rest of your stay in this amazing part of the world.

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