Wine lovers around the world know that Napa Valley, located in the northern portion of California, is one of the best places to eat and drink. The strange climate where days are hot and nights are cool make for the perfect extremes in temperatures to stress the grapes just enough to give them that extra burst of flavor so necessary for wines. However, Napa isn’t all about wines as the cuisine is also among the most delectable in the world. Next time you visit California, plan on wining and dining your way through the Napa Valley by footing it through markets or relaxing in luxury on a sightseeing tour. It’s a journey you won’t soon forget.
Mingle with the Locals at the Legendary Oxbow Public Market
Located in the downtown area of Napa, this is one Public Market that is so much more than a meeting place for vegetable vendors. This is where you will find all the locals who are there to gather their produce for the week, but also will stop at the outdoor deck for a quick bite to eat and an amazingly lovely glass of wine. What would Napa be without the wine?
At the Oxbow Public Market you will also get a taste of local musicians who play live during hours of operations and see where all the local restaurants get their fresh meats and fish from that they feature on their menus. Bring back a souvenir from the market when stopping in one of the novelty or collectible shops and you might even want to order some custom designed fabricated furniture to have shipped back home. You won’t soon forget a day at the market, but you just might need to walk it off after all the delicacies you tasted along the way!
Traveling Back through Time on the Vintage Napa Valley Wine Train
There was a time when traveling by train was an everyday experience but with the need for speed, air travel has all but forced most railways out of the passenger business. Not so in Napa Valley, with a twist that is. Here you can enjoy a luxury ride in restored rail cars of a bygone era, winding your way through the heart of Napa. Imagine dining on an award winning full-course gourmet meal, sampling some of the Valley’s most exquisite vintages and watching the scenery as it passes by out the window?
The train itself is a certified antique with amazingly authentic accents in brass and gleaming mahogany from Honduras. With an amazing three kitchens on board the train, each meal is cooked to order so this is a must see, must do, must taste adventure the next time you visit Cali (as the natives so lovingly call their state).
Visit Some of The Best Restaurants On Earth
Napa Valley is home to world famous chefs that run some of the finest eating establishments around the globe. After a long day of wine tasting, it is important to get a full meal, and the food in Napa definitely lives up to the wine. If you are looking to spend a pretty penny, then Thomas Keller’s French Laundry is a must, otherwise there are so many other fantastic spots like Gott’s roadside for a burger or Tra Vigne restaurant in St. Helena. Wherever you decide to sit down for a meal, the people in the Valley and friendly, and the food top notch.
Get Out the Nikes for Foodies on Foot
Ready to do a bit of walking? Foodies on Foot is the perfect way to take a walking tour through downtown Napa . And, as the name implies, you will get to sample no less than five different menus but often as many as seven. And yes, you will be on foot so make sure to wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes as the guided tour takes you through some of the most historic locations downtown while taking those foodaholic breathers to taste a bit of California gourmet the Napa way.
So while Napa really isn’t all about wine, what would a good meal be without it? Here you have a sampling of things to do, things to see and certainly won’t leave without a sampling of all the Napa Valley has to taste. From tours on foot to tours in luxury antique trains, this is Napa at its very best – enjoy!