The Fawn Travel Guide to Napa Valley

Nestled just north of San Francisco, lies the charming region of Napa Valley. The area is home to hundreds of vineyards and beautiful rollings hills, and is best known for it's world-class wines (aka mom juice) and gourmet restaurants. But if you're not much of a foodie or wine isn't really your thing, don't worry—Napa has more to offer than just Chardonnay and charcuterie. From hot springs to hot air balloon rides, Napa Valley is home to a number of fun, family-friendly activities too.

Whether you're heading to Napa for a weekend of wine tasting with your besties, a romantic getaway with your spouse, or a family road trip from San Francisco, check out our guide to traveling in Napa Valley including where to stay, things to do, and what to eat + drink! 

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Calistoga Ranch: Book a stay in the fall when you can participate in the harvesting and crushing of grapes from the on-site vineyard. All of the guest lodges offer fireplaces and private decks, so it's the perfect spot to spend a romantic weekend getaway. 

Carneros Resort & Spa: This beautiful family-friendly resort features a big pool and pint-sized lounge chairs for the kids, plus a newly renovated spa for the parents. 

Calistoga Motor Lodge: Inspired by vintage camper vans, this retro roadside lodge features playful decor like hula hoops, pet-friendly lodging, games for grown-ups and kiddos, and three mineral pools fed by local hot springs where you can cool off. 

Auberge du Soleil: For a serious splurge, spend a weekend away at this iconic Napa resort. Inspired by the South of France, the luxe cottage-like guest rooms offer private terraces and panoramic views of the valley. The property also boasts a Michelin-Starred restaurant and a private spa. 

Fawn Design Travel Guide to Napa Valley


Fawn Design Travel Guide to Napa Valley


Gott's Roadside: Order a juicy hamburger or ahi poke tacos. There's typically a line of hungry folks waiting outside, so order a glass of wine or beer to quench your thirst while you wait. 

Bouchon Bakery: Treat yo'self to decadent brownies, buttery croissants, or their version of an Oreo cookie, the TKO (Thomas Keller Oreo), a nod to Bouchon's chef/owner. 

The French Laundry: For a serious date-night splurge, book a table at Thomas Keller's other eatery, The French Laundry, widely considered Napa's foremost restaurant. Two tasting menus are offered daily—the Chef's Tasting Menu and a Tasting of Vegetables—which feature dishes made from local farmers and foragers. 

Mustards Grill: Order the baby back ribs, served with golden raisin slaw and warm honey cornbread, at this casual eatery—loved by locals and tourists alike.   

Tacos Garcia: This popular local taco truck serves up delicious fish tacos and tacos al pastor that offer major flavor but will only put a minor dent in your wallet.  

Fawn Design Travel Guide to Napa Valley

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