Napa California's roots go back to the Gold Rush era of the mid 1800's.
Over 200 buildings are listed on the National Historic Registry. Several architectural styles are represented, including Victorian, Spanish Colonial, Art Deco and Classic Revival.
Shops Near The Riverfront
Since the devastating flood of 97, this little town has been undergoing revitalization and transformation from being merely a gateway to wine country to becoming a destination in itself, thanks to new restaurants and the riverfront project.
The area's current notoriety as a world-class wine region began when Franciscan priests began planting wine grapes for the local missions in Sonoma and San Rafael.
is the major draw to the area, there are other attractions as well.
Copia, the Center for Wine, Food and the Arts
had lots to experience and was well worth a visit, but unfortunately closed down.
Another popular attraction is the
Napa Valley Wine Train,
which begins here and travels leisurely up the scenic valley, serving a gourmet lunch along the way.
If you fancy taking to the skies for a bird's eye view of the vineyards and wine country, there are several companies who will oblige with a
hot air balloon ride.
Not too far from town is the di Rosa Art and Nature Preserve, located at 5200 Carneros Highway (Highway 121). It is a fairly rural experience, on 217 acres and surrounded by vineyards. There is also a lake and a sculpture meadow. Three art galleries feature the work of hundreds of artists. It is a good idea to take the tour. Call 707-256-5991.
You can tour the river on an electric boat. Bird watchers will enjoy cruising through the wetlands. NapaRiver Adventures offers 2-hour guided river tours. They leave from the Kennedy Park Dock. Kayaks and canoes are also available to rent. Call 707-224-9080 for more information.
If you want to base your wine country tour from here, see this list of local
Some of the most popular local dining choices include Pearl, High Tech Burrito, Fazerrati's, Celadon and Zuzu, to name just a few.
Stags Leap District
Napa Bed And Breakfast
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