From hot springs to hot air balloons, Napa Valley is home to more than just wine

Ever since the 1976 Judgment of Paris blind wine taste test put Napa Valley varietals on the map, the Northern California destination has been a hot spot for wine lovers from all over the world. And while some of the top wineries and vineyards are now based in Napa, the area has so much more to offer than just great wine. With spring in full bloom, here are some of the top activities you can do in Napa.

Hiking and Biking

From its endless vineyards to its panoramic mountains, Napa Valley is a nature enthusiast’s dream come true. The warm, sunny days of spring (with average temperatures in the 60s and 70s) are the perfect time to explore the area on foot or by bike. From Alston Park to Skyline Wilderness Park, there’s a wide-ranging variety of both popular and off-the-beaten-path trails to explore.

Riding in a Hot Air Balloon

Spring is the perfect time to take to the skies and see Napa Valley from above. There are plenty of hot air balloon ride tours that offer unforgettable experiences. It’s a one-of-a-kind outing that gives you a new perspective on the region, and it’s definitely worth doing at least once. Plus, it’s a great family activity if you have kids with you.

Soaking in Natural Hot Springs

Calistoga, a small town nestled into Napa Valley, sprung up in the 1800s around the natural mineral hot springs that were found there. Today, the region is well-known for its natural hot springs and mineral baths. Take a mud bath, soak in a pool, and enjoy the warmer weather in the process. 

BottleRock Napa Valley

If you’re looking for the hottest event of the spring season, you won’t want to miss out on this three-day festival, which is made up of music, wine, food, and craft beers. Taking place in the city of Napa at the Napa Valley Expo on May 24th through 26th, the festival will be headlined by Neil Young, Mumford & Sons, and Imagine Dragons.

Wine Tasting

Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t at least mention Napa’s most famous pastime. Whether you book a wine tasting version of the aforementioned hot air balloon ride or opt for a more traditional sampling tour, there’s a unique experience that’s sure to satisfy every cabernet craving.

If spending some quality time in Napa Valley this spring leaves you wanting to live here on a more permanent basis, I can help you find the right home. As a licensed Napa Valley real estate agent, I’m happy to work with you to find Napa Valley real estate that matches your style and needs. Contact me today to learn more.