The city of Napa sits at the southern end of the Napa 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 further up the valley. Culinary star power abounds in Napa. Restaurants include Michelin-starred La Toque and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's acclaimed Morimoto. Neighborhood eateries such as Norman Rose please locals and visitors alike, while the Oxbow Public Market offers the height of artisanal everything.
Craving nature? Hike the Bay Area Ridge Trail from the river to Skyline Park. Art lovers will find heaven among the sculpture gardens and galleries of 200-acre Di Rosa or along the city's downtown.
At day's end, relax at the Napa River Inn in the century-old Historic Mill, unwind at The Meritage Resort and Spa or revel in wine country hospitality at one of the many other Napa hotels, resorts and bed and breakfasts.