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You’ve been longing to visit the rolling hills of Napa Valley, soaking up the sun while sampling some of the best wines in the U.S. Did you know that Napa Valley has family-friendly vineyards? No, really!
The area vineyards provide activities for children and grape juice tastings while moms and dads sip the real stuff, and when you aren’t bopping around the vineyards.
The perfect weather is ripe for bike rides along a rail trail, train rides, and nearby attractions, such as the fun museum dedicated to Charles Schultz, creator of the Peanuts cartoon.
You and the kids can soak in plenty of fresh air with activities that range from picnics to gondola rides to strolling through Redwoods.
You can sample some of the best wines in the country—need we say more?
Obviously, wine is top of mind to parents visiting Napa, and, luckily, many of the wineries are family friendly so the kids can join too.
Off the vineyards there’s plenty for families to enjoy too.
There are some truly luxurious resorts to be found through the valley and nearby Sonoma County, many of which offer an array of activities to entertain families who just want to relax at the resort. (Most include special local wine events and tastings, as well!) In the heart of downtown Napa awaits the Westin Versa Napa with family suites with dining rooms and kitchenettes to provide a home away from home. The 1,200-acre Silverado Resort and Spa features hiking and biking trails, a kids’ camp program, picnic lunches, tennis and golf. From boutique properties to hidden ranches, you’ll find a place to rest your heads after a day’s explorations, not to mention beautiful resort spas to pamper you.
Napa Valley is just a short car ride from San Francisco, and you may want a car to explore Napa, Calistoga, Sonoma and even the coastline. Borrow or rent bikes from your resort and enjoy the flat valley roads and trails. If you’re planning on having more than a few sips of wine, you may also want to look into hiring a car to take your family from vineyard to vineyard, a very common method of enjoying the valley.