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Outdoor activities take center stage in Napa. Here, the region is ideal for hiking and biking. Many people combine both activities for an adventure weekend that is fueled by good wine and food along the way.
Biking in particular is a great way to see the Napa Valley. There are several bike shops but the best way to see beyong the tourist places is on a guided bike tour, such as is offered by Getaway Adventures, among others. These all day tours take in 4 to 5 wineries and usually offer a lunch. Look for the less crowded spots like Calistoga or Carneros.
Hiking can be done on your own. Popular places are Bothe Park and Skyline Park. Westwood Hills has some beautiful views.
Napa now offers Segway tours. Historical Downtown or the River Trail. Or, you can rent a segway and make your own tour.
But there are other activities in Napa for those less inclined to outdoor activities. St. Helena is just a few minutes outside Napa and is a popular destination for those seeking some shopping. Here you can shop for clothes, antiques and gifts.
Residents are proud of their Napa Valley Opera House, which has a year round calendar of performances. With an eclectic calendar ranging from family programming to opera and including jazz and blues, there’s sure to be something on the calendar to entice you.
Finally, for a true taste of California, there should be some naturally grown produce to sample. Head for Marshall’s Farm Honey, just a few miles from Napa in American Canyon. Here, some of the finest natural and organic honeys are produced. The company offers tours so you can see how the honey is processed. Then, in true Napa spirit, you can head for the tasting room to try a variety of honeys and buy some yummy items to take home.