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Napa with teens

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Napa with teens

My family will visit in Mid August--Which wineries would you tour? Whete to eat? Would you do hot air balloon? Would you make reservations?

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1. Re: Napa with teens

There have been similar questions posted regarding Napa with youger children. After just returning, we saw a few teen and they honestly looked very bored at the wineries. Some say there's a lot for kids to do in Napa, but in my opinion, there are many other better places to go as a whole family. For adults, the options are endless, but it's a strech to make it optimal with kids.

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2. Re: Napa with teens

From a personal point of view......I like NAPA for the unique wineries they offer....(we normally stop at 3 for wine tasting -our favorites - and tour the rest for interest sake.....)...

From ain "interest sake" perspective, I like:

Niebaum Coppola - Hollywood stuff that all will enjoy here.

(such as the desk from the Godfather and more recent movies as well) http://www.niebaum-coppola.com/site.php

Sterling - Good views, tram ride, etc. make it fun...a tad expensive so look for 2-1 coupons...


Beringer - Interesting gardens, tour, and estate house....


V. Sattui - Buy some goods from the deli and enjoy the outside picnic area for lunch. http://www.vsattui.com/

Domaine Chandon - Nice grounds, interesting exhibits


CIA (Culinary Institute of America) - Not a winery; but a cooking school. It has an interesting collection of wine bottle openers and excellent cook store if interested in food.


Benzinger in Sonoma - Hitches up the wagon to a tractor and takes you out to the vineyards. http://www.benziger.com/

(Also close to Jack London State Park)


Viansa - Nice views; good barbecue; excellent food tasting store; and interesting wine tasting http://www.viansa.com/

If you want to do barrel to bottle tasting, Pine Ridge Winery does it. http://www.pineridgewinery.com/

and if there on a Sunday, St. Supery does grape stomp

http://www.stsupery.com/ (sign up in advance under events).

Others will have their favorities - I've listed what I enjoy....

For hot air balloon - NAPA is a great place to do it...-so if

you want to...do go. This is one of the best places for it.

Also as a side mention, Safari West in NAPA (wild animal safari tour) is quite fun too in case you want to do something else.


For eating there are 25-30 excellent restaurants in the valley; equal number if not more good ones....Price range, type of food? Lunches are less expensive than dinners if you want to go to some of the better ones. For an overview, go to

www.opentable.com (San Francisco then choose Wine Country) will give you some but not all the choices to look over.

Have fun!

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3. Re: Napa with teens

Just back from napa/sonoma with two kids six and eight. Teens I imagine are harder to please, but who says they can't indulge their parents for awhile? That said, Coppola should be an interesting stop. We liked Benziger's tour as well. Hot air balloons seem like a good bet, but I'd ask them beforehand because it is not cheap. If they like the outdoors, Jack London State Park has a horseback riding concession, Triple Creek Horse Outfit, that I thought was first rate. Whatever their interests, give them half your time and spend the other half on wine.

Our best meal was dinner on the deck at Angele in downtown Napa on the river.

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4. Re: Napa with teens

I am a upper Napa valley native and work in a winery. Here is the lowdown on travelling with minors in the wine country. It is not easy to find wineries that accomodate but it can be done. Mondavi offers one tour a day at noon that accepts "young adults" 13 and over ($20 dollars adults, $10 for kids). Beringer offers 2 tours a day that allow minors (at 10 and 2 last I heard). It is reccommended that you call both ahead to make reservations as these tours fill up quickly. Sterling has a great self guided tour and and a tram ride with a great view. The kids get grape juice while you taste a flight of 5 wines ($15 adults, $10 kids best deal in the valley for families). If you stay in Calistoga, most of the hotels have natural hot springs and pools. They could hang out at the pool while you see wineries. Other things to see are the Old Bale Mill (interesting historical site), Copia and the Petrefied Forest near Calistoga. If your teens are old enough though (late teens) the best bet would be to drop them off at Marine World (20 minutes south of Napa) with a cell phone and let them ride roller coasters and watch the animal shows all day while you enjoy the Napa Valley as adults. If you have younger teens, consider Marine World as a trade day - one day there for them, one day in Napa Valley for you. Marine World tickets can be picked up at a discount at the Longs Drug store on the opposite side of HWY 80 opposite the amusement park. Or get a Coke can with a 2 for one offer on it. As I work in one of the busiest wineries in guest relations, I see every working day how bored kids get in the Napa Valley. It was good of you to think ahead and ask. The prices and times listed are up to date as of today when I got off work, but policies have been know to change at a moment's notice.

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5. Re: Napa with teens

Update (and bump to the top) for Canterbury Traveler:

Niebaum Coppola is no longer; it's now called "Rubicon Estates", has no more Hollywood memorabilia, and costs $25 per person just to set foot on the property.

Word was that the memorabilia would be moved to Coppola's new winery in Sonoma, but we haven't been able to confirm that it is there yet!

-The Innkeepers

Napa Old World Inn