Overnight Couples Itinerary: Downtown Napa

Ready for a getaway for just the two of you? Here’s a sampling of ideas for making the most of your overnight stay in the City of Napa.

Day One:

Plan your visit so that you arrive into town around late morning. What better way to kick off your trip than sitting down to brunch? Napa is a bruncher’s dream spot, with plenty of great restaurants to choose from. Try one of the unique brunch dishes at Grace’s Table, or stop by the Napa General Store to share a plate of chocolate-filled beignets while enjoying views of the Napa River.

Spend the early afternoon taking a romantic stroll through Downtown Napaa delightful shopping destination with just the right selection of antiques, apparel, exquisite jewelry, home furnishings and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts. Be sure to take a look at the unique art lining the streets of Napa. The Napa ARTwalk is a biannual, rotating exhibition of juried sculpture created by artists from the Western US. All of the art is outside and on the sidewalks of Downtown Napa making it easy to view and discover as you stroll along.  

As you continue walking, find your way to the Napa Valley Welcome Center located at 600 Main Street. There you can pick up a map for a self-guided tour of the charming neighborhoods and historic sites of Napa, which boasts more pre-1906 structures than any other Bay Area city. While at the Welcome Center, you can also pick up a Downtown Napa Wine Tasting Card for $15, which gives you half-price tastings at 12 local tasting rooms.

With your tasting card in hand, you can now embrace an afternoon of wine tasting. Sip on classic red varietals at Trahan Winery, explore the boutique wines of Capp Heritage Vineyards, or discover new favorites from three labels served at Uncorked at Oxbow. With a dozen tasting rooms to choose from, you’re certain to find a few wines that please each of your palates. Be sure to take a bottle or two home as a souvenir of your romantic getaway. Don’t have room in your bag to take wine home? No problem! Wineries in Napa will gladly ship your bottles home to you.

Next up, it’s time for dinner and a night on the town. Enjoy some tasty appetizers, dinner and dessert while watching a live performance at Blue Note Napa, a vibrant blues and jazz club located in the historic Napa Valley Opera House building.

If you want to dine elsewhere, Downtown Napa’s many dining spots have everything from fine dining to casual street eats. Celadon, which started Downtown Napa’s foodie renaissance a decade ago, boasts the region’s finest (and best-kept secret) California cuisine and will be a meal you won’t forget. You can check out a complete list of restaurants here.

Day Two:

Whether the two of you are early risers or prefer lounging late during your overnight getaway, start the morning off with a grab ‘n go breakfast so you can make the most of your day. Follow the scent of homemade goodies to Sweetie Pie’s or Alexis Baking Company for a decadent selection of buttery croissants, sweet pastries and fresh-baked breakfast treats. Coffee and pastry in hand, stroll along Napa’s River Walk or perhaps take some time to check out Oxbow Public Market.

Afterward, treat yourself to some pre-wine tasting indulgence with a spa treatment. Many lodgings, including the Napa River Inn and The Meritage Resort and Spa, have spas on site – so be sure to book in advance! If you are staying somewhere without a spa, we highly recommend Greenhaus Day Spa, which gets rave reviews from locals and visitors and includes facials, nail care and romantic couples massage packages.

Glowing from your spa treatment, you’re surely ready for lunch. We suggest the French Country fare (with a glass of bubbles!) at Angèle, or for something more casual, try Heritage Eats, where you can dig into delicious dishes like a Cowboy Steak Wrap or a Bhan Mi.

If time allows, check out the Rail Arts District before dinner or departing for the day. The new arts district, near the Napa Valley Wine Train tracks, covers almost two miles of the Napa Valley Vine Trail and is a blossoming area for public art.

It would be a shame to leave on an empty stomach, so before leaving town (unless you decide to stay another night!), sit down to one more leisurely, romantic meal. Explore the cuisine of Southern Italy at Oenotri, with handmade pasta and wood-fired pizzas, and cap off your meal with a few irresistible, decadent truffles from Annette’s Chocolates.

Cheers to romance, relaxation and exploring the best of Napa just the two of you!

 

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