American Canyon at the southern tip of the Napa Valley offers a great home base for exploring the Carneros wine-growing region, known for fog and a cool Bay breeze that create ideal conditions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Sip bubbly on the grand terrace of Domaine Carneros, visit Madonna Estate to experience an impressive range of red and white wines, all made from organic grapes.
The rolling hills offer wonderful opportunities for outdoor adventures. Stroll the Napa River and Bay Trail, a flat 1.4-mile path that winds through groves and wetlands to the river's edge – with fantastic bird watching along the way. In nearby Jameson Canyon, the Chardonnay Golf Club offers 18 holes set among vineyards, lakes and wildlife preserves. For adventurous players, check out the Paintball Jungle or ride horses at SpirtHorse Riding Center.
American Canyon hotels, resorts and bed and breakfasts are geared to the wine country traveler. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites features family-friendly accommodations along with a swimming pool (a welcome cool-down after a day in the vineyards). The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley is a "green" hotel with a world-class day spa for post-wine-tour or pre-dinner pampering.