Indoor Things To Do in Downtown Napa

Sometimes, travel is about excitement and adventure — and while a trip to Downtown Napa is always cause for excitement, sometimes travel can also be more focused on slowing down and restoring your energy. However you usually cozy up at home — warm beverages by the fire, or maybe a blanket and a good book — why not elevate a cozy afternoon by taking it to Downtown Napa?


Comfort starts with where you’re staying during your wine country getaway. Downtown Napa has a wide array of luxurious options that will suit your every need while you’re here.


The George Inn

This gorgeous historic home has been converted into a 9-room luxury inn, seamlessly blending modern convenience and style with the effortless elegance of 19th-century architecture. Nestled among several other beautiful properties lining the Napa River, The George Inn is the perfect place for an indulgently comfortable staycation. Enjoy amenities such as heated bathroom floors, in-room fireplaces, and more, all just steps away from the breathtaking river and garden views.

Milliken Creek

For a truly personalized experience, spend your getaway at this stunning luxury B&B overlooking the Napa River. Each morning of your stay, you’ll enjoy custom, made-to-order breakfast in bed — or anywhere else you choose to enjoy it. Guests are also invited to enjoy a complimentary wine hour every afternoon. Sip lush glasses of Napa Valley wine and snack on gourmet light bites as you unwind in the afternoon.

Napa River Inn & Spa

This luxury hotel, which has been named one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, offers guests a distinctive experience in one of Napa’s most historic areas. Opt for a room that includes a fireplace or balcony to elevate your in-room experience and soak in gorgeous riverfront views. A visit to The Spa is also a must during your stay — experience total relaxation Napa-style, with the help of all-natural, grape-based body products.

Stanly Ranch

Designed to mimic all the comforts of home, Stanly Ranch is the ideal spot to plan your next Downtown staycation. Whether you choose to stay in one of their spacious guest rooms, a private suite or take the whole family to a private villa, your every need will be provided for. Enjoy complete privacy surrounded by farm-inspired elegance. To round out the experience, the ranch’s onsite restaurant, Bear, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, all served up in an intimately cozy space and showcasing some of the best of Napa Valley’s distinctive culinary scene. 


There’s possibly nothing cozier than an engaging new read — best enjoyed snuggled on the couch, or perhaps with a warm treat on the side.

Copperfield’s Books

Located a convenient distance from the Archer Hotel Napa, Copperfield’s is the true book lover’s bookstore. Here, you can browse popular titles and carefully curated displays put together by their knowledgeable, friendly staff. In addition to every genre you could imagine, you can also find books and gifts perfect for a Napa-inspired afternoon, such as cookbooks, books on wine education, books on the region and much more.

Napa Bookmine & Napa Bookmine at Oxbow

Napa Valley’s independent, family-owned bookstore, Napa Bookmine is a longtime favorite of locals and returning visitors alike. Their Pearl Street location includes a grab-and-go pastry case and handcrafted coffee beverages for you to enjoy as you browse all the books, gifts, records and more that they have to offer. The Oxbow location is a short stroll away from Ritual Coffee and Anette’s Chocolates, both great places to grab a sweet pairing for your new read. If you aren’t sure what you want to read, ask one of the staff for a recommendation — as bookworms through and through, they’re sure to be able to point you in the right direction.


Once you’ve got something new to read, add to the cozy vibes with something to warm you up on the inside. Whether you’re after a sugar rush or a caffeine boost, you’ll find plenty of cozy treats Downtown.

Vintage Sweet Shoppe

Pop into this classic, vintage-style shop for a wine and chocolate tasting sure to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. Before you leave, be sure to grab a chocolate-covered wine bottle to enjoy back at your hotel.

Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company

A well-made cup of coffee is the best remedy for chilly afternoons. Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company is the quintessential local coffee shop here in Downtown Napa. Grab your handcrafted espresso beverage and a pastry or two and find a table by the window to sip and relax for a while.

Tea Time at Ackerman Heritage House

History buffs, tea drinkers or anyone who appreciates a little opulence will love spending an afternoon at Ackerman Heritage House for a traditional, historically authentic tea ceremony. Step into the past and enjoy organic, locally sourced teas paired with exquisite light bites. You can also add on Ackerman wines by the glass or bottle for an additional charge, in case you’d like something a little stronger to go with your tea.

Anette’s Chocolate & Ice Cream Factory

Napa’s favorite chocolate shop for over 25 years, Anette’s is the perfect place to take a break from strolling through Downtown and indulge in something sweet. Pick up as many of their decadent, handcrafted chocolates as you like, and maybe grab a taste of ice cream while you’re at it, too.

Sweetie Pies Bakery

Located right at the Historica Napa Mill, Sweetie Pies offers a great venue for relaxing with a satisfying sweet treat. Their famous morning buns pair perfectly with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, and their Whoopie Pies are to die for, too.


The best way to end a cozy afternoon? Enjoying some of Downtown Napa’s best culinary offerings next to a roaring fireplace.


Boasting an award-winning menu and wine list, Celadon offers guests a unique culinary journey like no other. Their rotating, seasonally-focused menu features global flavors, all expertly paired with some of the best wines available in the valley. Snag a table in their indoor dining room near the fireplace and end the day right.

Barnhouse Napa Brews

Barnhouse is a combination English pub and coffeehouse, resulting in a one-of-a-kind spot whose welcoming vibes are unmatched. Nowhere else can you get handcrafted espresso beverages, proper English tea, locally produced beer and wine and traditional English food, all in one spot. If you’re up for a little friendly competition, you can also hit the “Shack in the Back,” which has darts and shuffleboard.

C Casa

No matter how chilly it might be, you’ll warm right up on C Casa’s patio, where each table has a toasty blaze to keep you feeling comfortable. This longtime favorite Mexican spot in Oxbow Public Market has all the ingredients for a cozy evening — fresh margaritas, mouthwateringly good food and good vibes all night.


Of course, you can’t visit Downtown Napa without making time to stop at a tasting room — or a few. Rain or shine, Downtown offers a wide variety of warm, inviting tasting rooms that are easily accessible from anywhere you’re staying. To plan your unique wine tasting journey, start with our wine tasting quiz and discover your tasting palate. From there, we’ll give you a list of tasting rooms perfectly suited to your tastes.


Need a break? Downtown Napa is the place to escape for a cozy staycation, any time of the year. Book your stay todayand start planning your trip to the heart of wine country.