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1. Relax River Side

Wake up on the riverfront at Milliken Creek Inn. This rambling house of a boutique hotel sits a few miles out of town, along the Napa River. The luxury accommodations overflow with Wine Country comfy. In the morning, throw open the French doors and stroll the gardens, or order room service and enjoy it on your patio, overlooking the water.1815 Silverado Trail, (707) 255-1197,

2. Sip in a Greenhouse

Taste fine wine and nibble from small plates while in a greenhouse tasting room at the St. Clair Brown Winery restaurant.

Executive chef Norma Whitt pulls inspiration for her menu from the accompanying garden, planted by Peter Jacobsen, a garden consultant for The French Laundry. A recent harvest featured Asian pear, kale, chicory, and purslane, all used in the farro and Rancho Gordo bean red quinoa salad (with rosé- pickled pomegranate seeds).

On tap are nine St. Clair Brown wines, all grown in Napa Valley. Sip them by the flight, half-bottle, or glass—or go for the beer brewed on the premises.850 Vallejo St., (707) 255-5591,

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3. Try Sweet and Savory Sandwiches

Waffle sandwiches are the thing at Melted, where pastrami, melted blue cheese, and sauerkraut—or vegan cheese and seasonal market veggies—are served between “slices” of golden waffles. Consider pairing one with a bowl of tomato soup.

Or go for a dessert waffle sandwich with mascarpone cheese, honey, and dark chocolate.966 Pearl St.,

4. Seek out Sculptures

Download a map of the Napa Artwalk to discover downtown by foot. The route takes you to 15 alfresco sculptures throughout the city, each of which reflects the theme of metamorphosis. Apropos for the ever-evolving downtown Napa

5. Renew Yourself

Book time at The Spa at Napa River Inn, a tiny but charming new day spa run by one of Wine Country’s top spa professionals, Jeanette O’Gallagher. We love the antioxidant facial, Lavender Glow, and the sweet honey rose wrap. While you’re there, pick up a bottle of Grape Seed Crush Body Scrub, one of O'Gallagher’s luxurious body butters from her line, NV Organics. She owns her own mill, and developed an exclusive method to mill grape seeds to preserve the oil and;500 Main St. (707) 265-7537,

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