Napa Valley Travel Guide
Napa Valley Local History
The first explorer of the Napa Valley was Padre Jose Altamira in 1823, which then discovered that the main population of the Valley was between three and six thousand Indians. During the 1830's, the Napa Valley became one of the first places in California to be settled by American Farmers, and in 1850 the Valley became one of the 27 counties of California with Napa City as the county seat. By 1870 the majority of the population was white men, and smallpox and other white man diseases had all but wiped out the Native Americans, who once roamed the area so freely.
The gold rush during the 1850 caused Napa City to grow, after the first severe winter in the gold mines, the miners sought warmer refuge in the young city. They worked on cattle ranches and in the lumber industry. The Napa Valley is predominantly known for its premier wines, which were started by such humble beginnings. The white settlers planted vineyards with cuttings supplied by Catholic priests from Sonoma and San Rafael, and in 1861 Riesling cuttings were introduced. The Valley has become one of the premier wine making regions in the world.
Napa Valley Attractions
Napa Valley Shopping
Napa Premium Outlets Located just off Highway 29 at Napa's First Street. There are great discount shops such as Barneys New York, Tse, where you can get cashmere at rock bottom prices, there are also a few kitchenware shops and restaurants. The shops are open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm and on Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Red Hen's Located at 5091 St Helena Highway. Red Hen's is a great place to spend some time looking at antiques. They have everything from baseball cards to living room sets. The prices are remarkably affordable. The Red Hen is open daily from 10am to 5:30pm.
Napa Valley Parks & Gardens
Alston Park Located at Dry Creek Road, Napa, Napa Valley. Napa's majestic beauty has been virtually untouched by development and offers 157 acres of open space with absolutely breathtaking views. Alston Park is ideal for nature walks, hiking, jogging, horseback riding and picnics. The views of the sunrise and sunset are a must.
Bothe Napa Valley State Park Located at 3801 N. St Helena Highway, Calistoga, Napa Valley. Bothe Napa Valley State Park is situated in the heart of the Napa valley and is an excellent place to camp, swim and hike through the forests of redwood trees.
John F. Kennedy Park Located at Streblow Road, Napa, Napa Valley. The John F. Kennedy Park is one of the most diverse parks in the valley. There are various activities which one can participate in when visiting the park such as softball, soccer, volleyball, picnicking, hiking, golfing, boat launching and there is also a children's playground.
Napa Valley Restaurants and Bars
Napa Valley Restaurants
All Seasons Café Located at 1400 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, Napa Valley. The All Seasons Café has knowledgeable staff and an extensive wine list to choose from. You can buy a bottle of wine at the Cafés wine shop and bring it to your table. You pay a corkage fee of around $10 to do this, but it is better than paying double the price for the bottle. The chef matches wines to his dishes, therefore you know exactly what to drink with which dish. The restaurant is open Monday and Tuesday and Thursday and Friday from 11am to 3pm and daily from 5:30pm to 9pm. The wine shop is open Thursday to Tuesday from 11am to 7pm.
Market Located at 1347 Main Street, St Helena, Napa Valley. This restaurant has a great atmosphere and a nice meal at low prices. This is a much-needed niche in St. Helena. The décor is something of a contradiction there is a fancy stonewall and Brunswick bar, which is surrounded by clunky steak knives and simple white plate presentations. The service is quick and efficient. The restaurant is open from Wednesday to Monday for lunch from 11:30am to 2pm and for dinner from 5:30pm to 9pm.
Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant Located at 2555 Main Street, St Helena. The Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant is housed in an enormous room that was a former winery, but the festive décor and heavenly aromas warm the space up. There is a cooking island, complete with scurrying chefs, steaming pots and the works that you would expect to go on in a very busy kitchen adds to the entertainment. The food is great, but the portions are small and affordable. The dress code is casual, so you will feel comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt. The restaurant is open daily from 11:30am to 10pm.
Napa Valley Bars & Clubs
Andretti Winery Located at 4162 Big Ranch Road, Napa, Napa Valley. The Andretti Winery was established by racing legend Mario Andretti and is located on the southern end of the Napa Valley. The Andretti Winery is situated on 53 acres of vineyard and produces world-class wines such as chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and merlot to name just a few. The Andretti Winery offers recipes from Mario's kitchen to complement the wine that is produced at the Andretti Winery. The Winery is open daily from 10am to 4:30pm.
Calistoga Inn Restaurant and Brewery Located on the banks of the Napa River. The Patio of the Calistoga Inn Restaurant and Brewery overlooks the Napa River and in the warmer months the kitchen staff can bee see cooking outdoors on the wood fired grills. The Brewery serves award winning micro brews and on the weekends there is live acoustic music, which plays for hours.
Napa Valley Grille Located at 6795 Washington Street, Youtville, Napa Valley. The restaurant has an award winning wine list that features the best wines in the county including many rare and older vintages. The food is great too, and the ambiance is perfect for a romantic evening with someone special. The Napa Valley Grile is open daily from 11:30am to 9pm.
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