The city of Napa sits at the southern end of its namesake valley. Once a jumping-off point for wine country excursions, Napa has undergone a renaissance, becoming a world-class destination in its own right. Tasting bars, including Carpe Diem and Back Room Wines, let you check out small and large producers before heading up valley. And just a stone's throw from town, wineries in Napa include Michael Mondavi Family Estate and the grand terraces and gardens of Domaine Carneros.

Downtown Napa and the surrounding areas offer some of the best dining, nightlife, shopping and wine tasting in the valley. Start your trip by visiting www.DoNapa.com to plan your itinerary and discover lodging offers.

Downtown Napa also features numerous events from Blues, Brews and BBQ to Culinary Crawls to the biggest names in entertainment at the historic Napa Valley Opera House or the Uptown Theater.

While downtown, stop by the Napa Valley Welcome Center at 600 Main Street for information on visiting the whole Napa Valley, or plan your trip online at  VisitNapaValley.com