Donapa Itineraries

A Corporate Guide to Downtown Napa

There is nothing like a retreat into paradise to get creativity and inspiration flowing. Take your team to the heart of wine country and reinvigorate the spirit of collaboration with unique team-building activities. With easy access to four major airports — SFO, OAK, SMF and SJC — an outing to the Wine Tasting Room Capital of the World is well within your reach. Downtown Napa offers a host of dynamic meeting spaces and group experiences sure to make your next team outing stand above the rest.

Where To Stay

Your Home Away From Home

Downtown Napa has everything you need to become your home away from home

No matter what corner of the world you and your team are traveling from, Downtown Napa has everything you need to become your home away from home. There is no shortage of comfortable, luxurious lodging options suitable for any kind of group, with many offering exclusive room rates. Andaz Napa, for instance, offers four distinct event spaces, perfect for anything from a board meeting to a terrace cocktail hour. Andaz also offers world-class catering for any event, so you can take your meeting to the next level with a taste of California cuisine. If you are taking a larger group, consider the Embassy Suites Hotel — this luxury hotel has space for groups of up to 250 people and meeting rooms suitable for groups of up to 35 people, making it the ideal spot for larger conferences or events. For smaller groups, why not go the boutique hotel route? Senza Hotel features 900 square feet worth of meeting space, perfect for groups as small as ten people. Choose from three unique meeting packages and customize your experience to suit your team’s needs exactly.

Rise And Vine

Make the most of your morning

Explore various wine country activities to kickstart your energy and team spirit

As your team rises to a crisp Downtown Napa morning, there are plenty of wine country activities available to kickstart your energy and team spirit. Before you face the day, make sure your team is properly fueled. Swing by one of Downtown Napa’s best artisan bakeries for coffee and pastries. Model Bakery is a spot favored by locals and visitors alike — their english muffins have even been noted on Oprah’s favorites list. Get your blood and your creative juices flowing while you explore the picturesque landscape of Downtown on a bike tour, or drift along the Napa River on a kayak tour. Just outside of Downtown are several hiking trails, great for hikers of all levels. The Mt. George Waterfall Hike, for example, boasts a trail lined with wildflowers and, of course, stunning waterfall views once you make it to the top.

Work Hard, Wine Hard

No visit to Downtown Napa is complete without a wine tasting or two

You've worked hard, now it's time to enjoy

Once you’ve worked up a sweat and an appetite, keep the team building going by taking a cooking class at CIA at Copia. There, chefs from the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America will teach your group how to grill, sautè, fillet, slice and garnish with the best of them. Learn a new skill working as a team, and get rewarded with a fabulous meal at the end of it. For a taste of local history, the Ackerman Heritage House also offers private cooking lessons, as well as a variety of tasting and touring experiences.

No visit to Downtown Napa is complete without a wine tasting or two. After all, Downtown is known as the Wine Tasting Room Capital of the orld — meaning there is a wine tasting experience sure to suit every palate on your team. Not sure where to start? Before you set out on a wine tasting excursion, your team can take our wine tasting quiz to discover which tasting rooms match their tastes. Or, you can plan to hit a few tried and true wine tasting rooms great for groups, such as Grape Culture, which produces unique wines showcasing the growing capabilities of the Napa region. Brendel is another local favorite offering wine tasting and weekly events — such as open mic nights or movie matinees — to make your tasting experience one-of-a-kind. Or, head to Mia Carta, a collective tasting room representing eight Napa Valley small-production wineries. Their collection, while vast, is quintessentially Napa, making this the perfect place to experience the full picture of Napa’s wine culture.

Finish with a bite

Unwind with some dinner and drinks

Noteworthy meals

Although Downtown Napa might be best known for its wine offerings, the culinary landscape here is noteworthy in its own right. End an activity-packed day with a cocktail hour at stylish cocktail lounges such as the Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar at the Archer Hotel, or the Haven Cocktail Lounge at Copia. Or, for a fun way to bond while you enjoy a drink, consider booking with the Napa Pedal Crusher. This sixteen-person party bike takes you through the streets of Downtown on a tour of all Downtown Napa’s best bars and is a great way to get some exercise in before you settle down for dinner.

Then, as the evening continues, sit down with your team for a world-class meal at one of Downtown’s gourmet eateries. Since these places tend to be popular dinner options for both locals and visitors, we recommend booking a reservation ahead of time, to ensure you and your group won’t have to wait. TORC, a seasonally-driven, intimate restaurant, can accommodate up to eight people in their standard dining room, provided you reserve ahead of time. They also offer a private dining room on their second floor for larger groups, where your team will be treated to a coursed family-style meal and customized wine pairings. Or, head to La Toque, a Michelin-recommended restaurant and longtime recipient of Wine Spectator’s Grand Award. La Toque has a variety of ways to accommodate groups of any size: groups of ten or less are welcome to dine in their main dining room, while groups larger than that can relax in the comfort of their heated terrace and enjoy a prix-fixe menu featuring the very best of the menu.

Where to Stay

There is truly nowhere else like Downtown Napa, and that is evident in the town’s unique culinary scene. Here, you can experience global flavors prepared with Michelin-level expertise, menus focused on seasonal harvests and exquisite wine pairings, all under one roof. Consider extending your stay to explore the full scope of gourmet offerings provided by Downtown Napa. We’ll be waiting, ready to toast to your culinary adventure.