Napa Town was a sleepy agricultural center where farmers and ranchers gathered to swap news at the diner. Vineyards and orchards were the center of conversation in this laid-back, working town. Farming is still the talk of the town, and Napa is still friendly to the max, but it’s becoming a destination in itself.
Napa was spared the effects of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. This means there are more Victorian-era buildings and homes in Napa than in any other city in the San Francisco Bay area. They are a visual pleasure and make Napa a good walking town.
The Napa River is sweet, and it flows lazily through the downtown area. There are several cozy places to kick back, eat, drink, and watch soft light skim off the water.
Downtown Napa’s newest food, music and wine experiences are ever-changing. In fact, experimentation is the buzz that juices up the streets and through the valley. There’s a feeling in Napa that things about to emerge in other parts of the country are already on Napa’s radar.
But there’s more here than wine and amazing meals. Example: Love chocolate? Be sure to stop at the Dever Family’s Vintage Sweet Shoppe. Their wine-filled truffles have been featured on the Food Network. That’s no surprise to those of us who love the passionate pleasure of chocolate.
When’s the best time to visit? Napa is busiest, and most exciting, during the summer and harvest seasons. Want to kick back? Try Napa mid-week. Her mellow side will be yours to explore. Some of the most interesting wine, brews and foodie bliss are percolating here, and they’re waiting for you to discover them.
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Written by Authentic Wine Country’s Featured Travel Writer, Allie Lynch