5 Ways to Uncork Fun in Napa Valley

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Wine tasting, incredible food and breathtaking scenery . . . what more can you ask for when you head to Napa Valley? From girlfriend getaways and guy-only vacays to weekend escapes and family retreats, Napa has something for everyone. Read five ways to live it up and enjoy Napa Valley: 

Meghan-Lamb-Napa-Valley-Oakville-DSC_0044.jpgPhotographer Credit: Meghan Lamb
(1) Walk this Way
Whether Napa is a weekend excursion or a vacation you planned six months ago, wine tasting is at the top of everyone's list. To avoid needing a "DD" or renting a party bus for the day, grab a $25 Taste Napa Downtown card to explore 12 different tasting rooms and wine bars within walking distance of each other. Park your car, take your time, and enjoy the vino without worrying about the next stop on your tour.

ladies_iStock_000004513478XSmall.jpg(2) Ladies Night! (and Daytime too)
Napa Valley is one destination that beckons girlfriends who love to gather, celebrate their sisterhood and sample the grape without the shame and guilt of a Vegas girls getaway. By day, indulge in a soothing spa treatment at many of the spas and wellness centers nearby. Spa Terra located at the Meritage Resort is a perfect choice with their 22,000 square foot Estate Cave spa sanctuary. By night, head to Bistro Sabor for Salsa Saturdays co-hosted by Ceja Vineyards where you can shake what your mama gave you--no cover charge and no partner needed. Just show up!

(3) Just for the Bro's
Trust us, it's not always about MMA Fighting or Nascar when the fellas get together for a guys-only vacay. With more men channeling their inner Anthony Bourdain, food has become the focus for "man-scapes" near and far. Napa Valley is home to more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere in the world and the culinary talents of superstars such as Thomas Keller (French Laundry ring a bell, anyone?). To work off the decadent meals and wine-induced calories, head to Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park for a few rounds of golf. Or paddle your way through the valley by kayaking on the Napa River.
(4) We are Family
No need to leave the little ones (or seniors!) back home. Napa Valley is a family-friendly destination with something to enjoy for every generation. Head to Castello di Amorosa where the whole fam can get a tour of a 107-room castle built in the style of 13th-century Tuscany. The little ones can hang out in a dedicated Family Room where Muscat of Alexandria grape juice (a nonalcoholic beverage made at the winery) is served while the other adults in your party can go wine tasting.

castelloDiAmorosa_Pic2.jpgFor some fresh air, take a short drive to Calistoga and watch the kids and adults gawk at the Old Faithful Geyser.  With a large picnic area to enjoy your lunch (bring your own or grab from the snack bar), the kids can also check out the famous Tennessee Fainting Goats in an endearing petting-zoo environment.

(5) Weekend Excursion
Napa Valley is one of the most romantic destinations in the U.S. - and that's not just the wine talking! To enjoy some of the best views in the valley, head to Chappellet, which many locals claim has the best view in the Valley. And what romantic getaway would not be complete without cupcakes? Make your way to Kara's Cupcakes, located at the indoor Oxbow Public Market. The outfit relies on ingredients sourced from local producers and features artisan treats such as banana with cream cheese frosting and vanilla cupcake with a passion fruit filling and vanilla buttercream frosting.

Where to Stay
With so many lodging options in Napa Valley, where do you start? From bed and breakfasts and home rentals to luxury resorts and even railway cars converted into suites, the list of choices is long. One of the best Napa Valley resorts that can easily accommodate couples, families, groups and more is The Vino Bello Resort.

vinoBelloResort_PropertyResortView.jpg Located only 10 minutes from downtown Napa, Vino Bello features studios, one and two bedrooms and a new host of upscale amenities including access to full-service Spa Terra at The Meritage Resort next door and The Estate Wine Cave and The Meritage Wine Tasting Bar. There are also two heated swimming pools, two fitness centers, and water spray playground for children.

Old World Tuscan design accents the surrounding vine-covered landscape and welcomes you back from a day of grand exploring. All rooms offer fully equipped and custom designed kitchens with an upscale appliance package and granite counters. The living area features a custom designed wood fireplace hearth, a 37" LCD Wall Mounted TV and a DVD and CD player. When you're ready to retire, your luxurious bedroom suite awaits that includes a in-room Jacuzzi! See more pictures in our photo gallery.

Make your lodging reservations with Vino Bello Resort and discover wine country at it's best. Currently, in partnership with WineCountry.com, we are offering a Best of the Web! 20% off All Condo Suites Special. Click here for more details. For more information on the resort, visit us online.

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