Donapa Itineraries

A Romantic’s Guide to Downtown Napa

There are few places as charming and romantic as Napa Valley. Sprawling scenic views, luxurious lodging, gorgeous gourmet and of course, wonderful wine offerings all blend together to create the perfect romantic getaway destination. So, the next time you want to surprise your honey with a heartfelt trip to paradise, use this itinerary to guide you to the most romantic places Downtown Napa has to offer.

Know Before You Go

Home Away from Home

Exclusive packages, perfect for couples

For a truly special getaway, you want every detail to be perfect, and that includes where you two will be staying. Many Downtown Napa lodgings have exclusive packages, perfect for couples looking to get away from the rush of daily life for a bit. The Napa River Inn Romance Package, for instance, provides you with a complimentary bottle of champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries waiting for you upon arrival. The perks don’t end there — you will also receive fresh pastries, courtesy of Sweetie Pies Bakery, delivered to your door every morning of your stay. The River Terrace Inn features year-round deals for couples, both local and those visiting from afar. Golden State residents are invited to book their California Love package, which comes with exclusive discounted rates and complimentary Napa wine. Not from California? No problem! Any couple can take advantage of their Love, Napa deal, which gives you a $50 hotel credit.


The Best Way To Start The Day

Start Your Morning Right With Brunch And A View

The first morning of your trip, once you rise from your cozy cocoon of romantic luxury, you have a few options. Downtown Napa’s wide array of gourmet cuisines means that a delicious brunch awaits within walking distance of your downtown stay. Try one of the unique brunch dishes at Grace’s Table, or stop by the Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar for a Sunday brunch overlooking gorgeous valley vistas. Then, take advantage of the morning weather and head out for a walk along the riverfront or an e-bike ride through the town.

If you’re up for an early morning and want a truly spectacular Napa experience to kick off your trip, you can experience the sunrise while floating above the valley in a hot air balloon. Napa Valley Drifters, Napa Valley Balloons and Balloons Above the Valley all offer hot air balloon packages, with varying upgrades and prices to best suit your trip needs — and of course, wine! Nothing says “I love you” like a private flight for two. Napa Valley Balloons offers private flight reservations for couples that want to experience wine country just the two of them, and Balloons Above the Valley even offers a proposal package, if you’re looking for an unforgettable way to pop the question on your Napa getaway.


Wine Train, Shopping and More

Unique experiences depending on what kind of day you are looking for

A must-do romantic activity while you’re in wine country is the Napa Valley Wine Train. One of the most memorable and distinctive Napa Valley experiences, the Wine Train allows visitors to soak in gorgeous Napa Valley views aboard a perfectly preserved vintage train while enjoying fine wine and dining service.

The Wine Train offers a variety of unique experiences depending on what kind of day you are looking for. Spend a few hours sampling artisanal Napa Valley wines onboard the train itself, paired with small bites, or enjoy a multi-course gourmet meal onboard, with stops at a few classic must-see Napa wineries. To really immerse yourself in the essence of Napa, you can even book their grape stomping experience and stomp grapes at Grgich Hills Estate, just as the best of the Napa winemakers did.

Or maybe your significant other prefers a more casual afternoon spent walking through Downtown Napa, hand-in-hand. A delightful shopping destination with just the right selection of antiques, apparel, exquisite jewelry, home furnishings and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, Downtown is sure to provide hours of entertainment. First Street Napa, in particular, provides a wide variety of boutique stores, activities and experiences. As you walk, you might be tempted to stop in at a tasting room or two. Many tasting rooms, such as The Wine Thief in Oxbow Public Market, Krupp Brother’s Tasting Room, Brendel or Mayacamas Downtown welcome walk-in visitors, making any of these a great place to take a mid-afternoon sip break.


You’ve worked up an appetite, It's time to eat

Peruse all the culinary offerings that Napa has to offer

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s time to peruse the culinary offerings of one of California’s most gourmet cities. Blue Note Napa, a vibrant blues and jazz club located in the historic Napa Valley Opera House, is the perfect venue for an intimate dinner while you soak in the sounds of a jazz show. Or, head further into Downtown for a meal at Celadon, which boasts the region’s finest (and best-kept secret) California cuisine and will be a truly romantic meal you won’t forget. 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.

Where to Stay

No matter the time of year, love is in the air in Downtown Napa. There’s no better place to woo your partner. Pamper yourselves with a luxury stay in the heart of California’s wine country and experience falling in love all over again — with each other and with Downtown Napa!