While a comprehensive list of fun and exciting things to do in California’s incredible Wine Country in the autumn is almost endless, narrowing the possibilities requires some serious pruning.
But, given the spectacular weather and the natural beauty of the Napa Valley and Sonoma wine regions, enjoying the region’s bounty and environment while outside should rank high on your list of things to do.
Gather friends, loved ones, or just that special person in your life and head to Wine Country in California for a long weekend of adventure while creating some fresh new, forever memories.
Prepare to have a fabulous time.
Here are seven of the must-do options:
Wine Country Tour with Platypus Wine Tours
Platypus Wine Tours offers join-in and private Wine Tours throughout Napa Valley and Sonoma County, led by knowledgeable and personable guides who will provide insight into much of the “magic” and history of winemaking.
Private Wine Tours Napa Valley and Sonoma County can be prearranged to fit your group’s preferences. Book ahead and enjoy an enjoyable tour and winetasting experience.
Hot Air Balloons Ride
Napa Valley is also famous for hot air ballooning in addition to its global reputation for the highest quality wines, food, art, and music. Great weather, glorious landscape, and mountainous backdrop offer jaw-dropping vistas, particularly while floating gently and safely among the clouds above the wineries and vineyards.
Walk the Towns
Each of the five principal towns in Napa Valley scores high in walkability, so exploring the local sights and sounds is a great way to spend an afternoon. Visit some of the art museums, shops, and parks during your stroll.
The Napa Vine Trail, currently spanning the 12.5-mile distance from Yountville to Kennedy Park in Napa, offers a terrific opportunity to stroll much of Napa Valley’s heartland.
Hike or Bike Tour of Napa Valley
You can join a fully guided bike tour or just rent a bike and set out to explore the regional beat at your own pace. Or you can hike the many scenic trails of the area. Pack a lunch and enjoy the scenery.
Ride, Wine, and Dine on the Napa Valley Wine Train
A fun and memorable experience, set your course on the Napa Valley Wine Train, complete with dining and wine while enjoying the expansive scenery of beautiful Napa Valley. First and foremost, the Wine Train is a fantastic restaurant offering superb seafood, prime beef, and many locally sourced side dishes that you will enjoy while gliding comfortably through the countryside in a 19th Century, beautifully restored train car.
Picnic in Napa Valley
The weather and numerous ideal settings make picnicking a natural pastime. Many of the wineries offer scenic picnic sites, often a great complement to a Napa wine tasting. Relax and enjoy the views amid the vineyard rows and fresh air while sipping your wine and savoring your lunch. Some wineries even offer pre-prepped picnic lunches for their winetasting guests.
Reserve a Spa Visit
At some point during your whirlwind of activity, slow it down and relax. Reserve a session at one of the region’s many world-class spas to recharge and rejuvenate and prepare yourself for your next great adventure.
Reserve your Private or Join-In Winery Tour with Platypus Wine Tours
Platypus Wine Tours is Napa Valley and Sonoma County’s leading wine tour company. As you rally your loved ones, friends, or associates for a trip to the region, a private wine tour Napa Valley or Sonoma County is a memorable and educational outing filled with laughs and incomparable photo ops.
Learn more about private wine tours in Napa Valley and Sonoma County at the Platypus Wine Tours website.
While visiting the website, learn about tailoring your private group wine visit options, safety and health protocols, and a bit about the professional, experienced guides at Platypus.