Guy’s Trip

Some might be under the impression that a trip to the City of Napa is more of a couple’s retreat or for a girlfriends’ getaway, but that’s just the wine talking! There’s plenty to discover for a good old fashioned guys’ trip. Stay the night (or two) so you can all get a good taste of what the area has to offer.

Day 1
Morning/Early Afternoon

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Start your day off with a leisurely kayak tour, either guided or self-guided. If you’re new to the area, opt for the first option so you can enjoy some interesting tidbits and info about the area’s history. Or, if your group prefers more of a core workout, rent a stand up paddle board and put your balance, strength and endurance to the test.

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Now that you’ve worked up an appetite and a thirst, mosey on over across the bridge to Stone Brewing Napa a brewery/restaurant featuring two stories of indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the Napa River. With an onsite 10-barrel brewing system and hearty fare like their Arrogant Bastard BBQ Platter, no one will leave hungry.

Downtown Napa has a thriving craft brew scene. We encourage you to check out the Downtown Napa Beer Tasting Card which includes six participating downtown breweries that offer half the tasting price. It’s only $10, so it’s well worth the investment!


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With some food and beer in your bellies, now’s a great time to check out a tasting room or two. First stop, John Anthony’s Tasting Lounge where your group can enjoy a glass of wine, a flight or share a bottle of one of their current releases. Next up is The Studio by Feast it Forward – a creative mix of live studio, experiential showroom meets wine tasting room and retail shop.


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Dealers choice. Go more casual at CADET – from rare Champagne and California wines, to beer in a can and grilled cheeses. The menu and the atmosphere at CADET is neighborly and inviting. Or head over to Oenotri, which serves southern-Italian cuisine and offers a daily-changing menu of rustic dishes with fresh, local ingredients. Local tip: their wood-fired pizzas are ahhh-mazing.


Day 2

Time to do something a little more adrenaline-pumping today! Head over to Skyline Wilderness Park for hiking or mountain biking on their main gravel road and multi-use single track trials. Napa River Velo offers full-service bicycle sales, rentals and repair if needed. Of course, don’t forget to get some grub beforehand so everyone is properly fueled. Downtown Napa has amazing breakfast options from cozy bakeries to ample brunches.

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Don’t leave town before exploring Oxbow Market. Great bets are Fieldwork Brewing Company in the main market hall, where you’ll find ten or more beers on tap. Or check out Hog Island Oyster Bar for fresh oysters and shellfish, along with savory seafood entrees, organic salads and small plates. If you’re looking for more wine, head outside to WALT – the brand new tasting room is open till 6pm and is known for their incredible Pinot Noirs.

Local Tip: Check out the Oxbow Riverstage to see if any live music is on the agenda. The 60-foot square outdoor stage features free and paid concerts and events throughout the summer.

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If you’re not yet ready to call it a night, look into Blue Note Napa – a jazz club/gourmet restaurant in the first floor of the historic Napa Valley Opera House. The stage is so close it doesn’t get any more intimate than this venue. Enjoy world-class live music, gourmet farm to table cuisine, local wines and exciting art.

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