Looking for things to do in Napa Valley? Whether you enjoy high-brow orchestras or down-home harvest festivals, you don't have to look far in Napa Valley. Things to do here go beyond ballooning and riding the rails...although those are unforgettable adventures.
Each town in this region has so much to explore, the only challenge is in choosing what to do next. Here are a few of my top picks:
55 Presidents Circle, Yountville * 707-944-0500 * napavalleymuseum.org
The Napa Valley Museum opened its doors in 1997 and is a wonderful addition to the region. It's a must-see for anyone wanting to learn about the valley's history, culture and the art and science of making wine.
3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa, CA * 707-527-4465 * safariwest.com
You'll think you're crossing the Serengeti on this 3-hour riding/walking journey. Get up-close with hundreds of exotic animals, including giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, monkeys, cheetahs and many more. The park includes an open-air aviary with stunningly colorful birds. Safari West is in Santa Rosa, just west of Calistoga -- and as close to a real African safari as you'll get without flying half-way around the world.
1030 Main Street, Napa * 707-226-7372 * nvoh.org
Located in the heart of downtown Napa, this historic landmark has been attracting audiences since its debut in 1880.
The Napa Valley Opera House has seen a variety of talent--and owners--over the years. Since March 2016, The Blue Note jazz club now hosts live performances in its beautiful, intimate 500-seat theater.
1490 Library Lane, St. Helena * 707-963-3757 * stevensonmuseum.org
This one-room museum next to the library houses an impressive collection of Robert Louis Stevenson works. The author wrote such classics as Treasure Island, Kidnapped and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Why is this collection here in Napa Valley? Stevenson spent his honeymoon in an abandoned Silverado mine bunkhouse near Mount St. Helena, which inspired another novel, The Silverado Squatters. Open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4pm, except some holidays.
2555 Main Street, St. Helena * 707-967-1100 * ciachef.edu
Indulge your passion for food and wine with a weekend class at the renowned Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley.
This West Coast campus of the famed CIA in New York started out with a sense of entitlement. It's housed in the former Christian Brothers Greystone winery -- a century-old stone château.
Whether you're a budding wine connoisseur or want to make your culinary dream come true, you'll want to sign up for the one-day, hands-on wine or cooking classes. Or take the CIA Boot Camp -- a must-do for foodies! You know who you are.
It should come as no surprise that Napa Valley takes its olive oil seriously. Olive groves abound in the region and the fruit is harvested, pressed, bottled and sold at specialty markets, wineries and farms in the valley. Many offer tastings and tours. Explore your Napa Valley olive oil options here.
4411 Redwood Road, Napa * 707-255-1144 * hesscollection.com
Okay, it's a winery. But this vine-draped stone cottage also houses one of the most impressive modern art collections in Northern California. It was built on the site where the first Napa wine was produced in the 1860s, making it a historic landmark. Owner Donald Hess generously makes his private collection available for free tours. His cabernets are impressive, too.
Looking for more art to ogle? Get the list of Napa Valley art galleries here.
1350 Third Street, Napa * 707-259-0123 * uptowntheatrenapa.com
Head to the historic West End district of downtown Napa for live entertainment at the Uptown Theatre. This lovingly restored Art Deco masterpiece features a wide variety of top entertainers, including Boz Scaggs, Peter Frampton, Jonny Lang, The Beach Boys, Dana Carvey, Lyle Lovett and many more.
530 Main Street, Napa * silosnapa.com
Looking for things to do in Napa after dark? Head to Silo's. Tucked away behind the Historic Napa Mill, this hot spot dubs itself "Napa's Premiere Music Room." Stop in on Friday and Saturday nights and hear live performances of jazz, blues, rock or motown from Bay area musicians. It's a small venue that puts you up close to the stage.
707-258-5559 * musicinthevineyards.org
Enjoy magnificent talent from America's award-winning orchestra musicians. Every August, Napa Valley wineries provide the beautiful backdrop...and the wine, of course. Imagine the great works of Mozart, Strauss and Tchaikovsky while sipping the splendid wines of Napa Valley. The 23rd season concert series begins August 4, 2017.
Highway 29, Oakville * 1-888-766-6328 * Robert Mondavi Concert Series
This music festival has been a tradition at Mondavi's winery in Oakville for more than five decades. The summer season kicks off in July 2017 and features popular talent for their music concerts under the stars. General admission starts around $55.
Want more things to do in Napa Valley? Check out these Napa Valley Events for month-by-month concert dates, hometown festivals and more.