Build the Perfect Day Trip to Napa Valley

By Jenna, This Is My Happiness Blog

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I love going to Napa Valley. It’s not just the wine; it’s also the mountains, architecture, gardens, and restaurants that draw me there. But for a day trip, Napa Valley is deceptively big. There are more than 400 wineries with tasting rooms, and the valley is not small–it’s about 30 miles long, and, especially in high season, there can be traffic, which can eat up precious time on a day trip.

Therefore, my usual preference for a Napa day trip is a leisurely day just in Downtown Napa, one that might include wine tasting in the city’s tasting rooms, an easy lunch and shopping in the Oxbow Public Market, a stroll along the riverfront, and perhaps biking on nearby trails or a drive to nearby wineries on the Silverado Trail. But when introducing someone to Napa Valley, a day trip of greater reach is certainly in order.

On a recent hot summer day, the six of us–us four plus two visiting in-laws–headed off in our borrowed Toyota Highlander for a full day in Napa Valley (find out why this is a perfect day trip vehicle below). Based on this day and many previous visits, I’ve compiled my suggestions for the perfect day trip in Napa Valley. And fortunately, with planning, it doesn’t have to be expensive.

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