9 Things to do Other Than Wine Tasting in Napa Valley

Tasting Olive Oil at Round Pond Estate Rutherford Napa and The Taste SF

You may have gone to Napa Valley for a wine tasting vacation, but did you know that there are things to do other than wine tasting experiences in Napa Valley?

It can be fun to mix up your experience in wine country. You can taste olive oil, ride on the Napa Valley wine train, take a cooking class, or even just relax by a roaring fireplace and read a good book. Escape from your average day. Turn off the phone and enjoy the stunning beauty of Napa Valley on your vacation.

Olive oil and vinegar tastings at Round Pond Estate are one of our favorite recommendations for non-wine experiences . They offer beautiful Napa Valley wines, but they also have delicious and educational olive oil tastings. You can also book a luxurious lunch before or after your tasting.

Shop at the Oxbow Market. You’ll find local restaurants, like our favorite oyster bar, Hog Island, and numerous shops offering specialty food products and housewares. You can find Napa spices, oils, bitters, produce, cheese, wine, and more.

Have cocktails with friends at one of the Valley’s many bars and restaurants or take a distillery tour to learn more abou Napa Valley’s craft spirits.

Start your morning off with a view from high above the Valley in a hot air balloon. Float over the vineyards in style.

Relax by booking a spa day at one of the many luxury spas in Napa Valley.

Pack a picnic and enjoy the redwood trees in Bothe Napa Valley State Park. You can even rent a cabin or yurt here instead of a hotel for a more rustic Napa Valley experience.

Napa Valley has many opportunities for outdoor activities like biking, kayaking, and running.

Go grape stomping in Napa Valley. There’s one historic Napa winery that offers stomping every day in the fall. Find out more here.

Sharpen your cooking skills with a culinary class or bootcamp. From knife skills to pizza making, you’ll find many fun professional culinary courses for a girls trip to Napa or a romantic weekend.

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