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Beat the Heat this Summer

Posted on June 29, 2018

Summer is one of our favorite seasons. Why? Other than getting that sun-kissed glow, summer brings pure joy to everyone in the Valley. Visitors flood Napa with their excitement to learn about the region, explore nature, and experience world-class wine tours at Napa wineries and Sonoma wineries. However, the Napa heat can get pretty intense. Here are a few ways to beat the heat this summer!

Hikes

Finding refuge among the shaded forests isn’t entirely uncommon. Whether you’re a pro trying to climb high or  a beginner interested in a scenic stroll, Napa’s trails are endless. Some popular regions include Lake Berryessa with trails along the water as well as rigid mountain hikes. Skyline Wilderness park is also a common destination. This 850 acre wilderness area boasts beautiful views of the Valley and wonderful recreational activities. Guided hikes are available through various companies. Our favorite guided hike? Through Napa wineries and Sonoma wineries during an intensive wine tour hike (or stroll)! Just imagine walking through picturesque wineries holding a heavy glass of delicious wine… oh my!

Dives

When the sun is beating extra hard, a dip in a pool or lake is perfect. As mentioned Lake Berryessa offers countless boating activities, kayaking, and swimming. The Napa River is also a popular kayak spot. When it comes to summer accommodations, nothing beats a gorgeous pool at your hotel to cool off. Not a bad amenity to have after a wine country tour through Napa wineries and Sonoma wineries.

Wine Country Tour with Platypus

Maybe we’re biased but a refreshing glass of wine seems to be the best option for cooling down, no? At Platypus, we believe wine tours should be fun, memorable, and special. There are many Napa wineries and Sonoma wineries throughout the region, so we understand how hard it can be to plan the perfect summer vacation. With our join in tours, you don’t have to think twice. Just choose your region – Napa wineries or Sonoma wineries? Choose your day, and let us pick you up for a world-class wine tour!

Wine Caves

Another way to beat the heat is to go down under.  No not to the southern hemisphere but down into a cool and refreshing wine cave.  When the heat spikes in Napa and Sonoma Valley, many folks can enjoy a wine tour and escape the heat in a wine cave deep below the wineries and vineyards.  Platypus offer private tours and can be sure to include wine cave in your itinerary.  Here are some great picks for Napa Valley are Flora Springs, Paoletti, Caves at Soda Canyon, and Viader.  Looking to visit Sonoma?  Here are some great wineries with caves you don’t want to miss: Petroni, Nicholson Ranch, BCellars Estate, and Kunde.

No matter what option you pick to beat the heat from taking a dip in the lake to finding great Napa wineries or Sonoma wineries with a cool cave tour, be sure to plan your trip ahead.  Pack sunscreen, hats and clothes good for layering.  Enjoy and stay cool!