DAY TRIP DREAM IN DOWNTOWN NAPA

Here’s a sampling of Ideas for making the most of a day in Napa.

Start the day with a yummy breakfast or brunch. Many of Downtown Napa’s 30-plus restaurants are all set to serve the early bird. Pick up a flavor-filled fruit muffin or warm croissant from the Alexis Baking Company whose fresh baked goods are known throughout the Valley. Or stop by the Napa General Store and try their signature homemade granola and chocolate-filled beignets while enjoying the view of the Napa River or their cozy fireplace. While at the General Store you can also shop for hand-crafted products — oils, soaps, stemware and decanters — from area artisans.

Ready for a bit of shopping? Downtown Napa is a delightful place to browse, with a just-right selection of antiques, apparel, exquisite jewelry, home furnishings and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts.

It’s time for lunch at one of Downtown Napa’s many dining options, fine dining to picnic fare. There’s California cuisine that is among the region’s finest (and its best-kept secret) at Celadon which started the downtown district’s foodie renaissance a decade ago as well as world-class ribs and beef, zesty Italian, tasty Cajun and elegant French food.  For a complete list of restaurants.

Walk off your lunch with a self-guided walking tour of the charming neighborhoods and historic sites of Napa. In fact, Napa boasts more pre-1906 structures than any other Bay Area city.   They add character and charm through their Italianate, Victorian Gothic, Spanish Colonial, Classical Revival, and Art Deco styles. Pick up a walking tour map at the Napa Valley Welcome Center at located at 600 Main Street, along the Riverfront in Downtown Napa. Also, make sure to stop by the Napa Valley Historical Society in the Goodman Library at 1219 First Street to leam more about the region’s robust past.

Take a break and have a seat at one of Downtown Napa’s wine tasting bars.  Here, you can sample rare and boutique wines from Napa Valley and around the world.  Purchase a Taste of Napa Wine Card for $30 and you can taste wines at participating establishments for as little as 10 cents.

Dinner and a show will wrap up your very full day.  Enjoy a fine meal, a light snack or dessert in one of Napa’s 40 restaurants, followed by a performance at the Napa Valley Opera House.  Built in 1879, the beautifully restored Italianate Victorian theatre offers an intimate 500-seat setting for a range of performances, including musicals, original plays and concerts.

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