If you want wine made out of your choice of grapes in small quantities—like maybe just a barrel, then Judd's Hill is the place you need to visit. The winery is owned and managed by Finkelstein family on the principle of 'small is beautiful.' They are quite happy to make wines on a made-to-order basis and according to customer specifications. They have a wine club where members have additional benefits and are invited to Judd's Hill events in Napa Valley. A combination of art, heritage, finest grapes and hand crafted wines is what Judd's Hill is all about. Picturesque and sunny, a visit to this winery is a great way to spend a lovely afternoon.
A picnic ground and trailhead at the base of the hill lead to steep trails up to the boulder-strewn valley rim. Hikers and horse riders to the Skyline Wilderness Park are greeted with pretty views of the valley and a respite from the wine-soaked tourist crush of the valley floor. Some moderate degree of cardiovascular fitness is advisable before setting off.
This restored grist mill, originally built in 1846, is still functional and visitors can see its massive millstones in action, where millers grind flour out of local wheat. Guided tours of the mill are highly recommended, and flour produced here can also be purchased as a souvenir. The verdant surroundings are a great addition to the historic charm of this site, with winding trails adding to the outdoorsy appeal of this park.
The Trione-Annadel State Park has more than one reason which makes it worthy of a visit. Spread across an area of 5,092-acre (2,061 hectares), the park is steeped in Native American history and is known for its volcanic rocks. Ecologically blessed with a diverse flora, the park is home to oak woodlands, maples, fir forests. Come spring, the park is blanketed in fully blossomed wildflowers.
The Castello di Amorosa, located in Calistoga, is truly one of the most unique wineries in Napa Valley. This genuine castle took 14 years to build and opened in 2007. The castle has many features that make it truly unique, including a moat, a drawbridge, a chapel and even a torture chamber, complete with authentic instruments of inflicting pain like the iron maiden. Other than the exquisite craftsmanship, the castle offers several different wine tasting packages, although they do not have a winery on site. Visitors can also take horse-drawn carriage tours of the estate and attend church services in the castle.
The Schramsberg winery was established way back in the year 1862 by German immigrants, and a century later it became the first winery in America to attempt the production of sparkling wines. Today, it produces eight varietals of sparkling wine—they are made primarily from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes and all of them are bottle-fermented. For a taste, you can visit this historic winery by appointment.
Kennedy Park is a verdant park situated right next to the Napa River. Apart from the scenic views, the park offers visitors the opportunity to indulge themselves in a variety of recreational sports. Hiking, boating, softball and soccer are just few of the activities possible here. The park is also home to the 18 hole Napa Golf Course. The various picnic spots and children’s playground also make this park a great destination for spending quality time with the family. A meeting space inside the park can also be used to host private parties, meeting and corporate events.
Located along the shops and restaurants in Napa, this pleasant walking path is a gem. Take a leisurely stroll as you explore the city or use it to go for a morning run.
Just beyond the outskirts of Napa, a pocket of land unfolds to reveal scenic marshes and undulating grasslands. Owing to its natural elements and habitats, Fagan Marsh State Marine Park is recognized as a significant ecological site. Home to species such as the Western Fence Lizard, the park also delights avid birdwatchers with the opportunity to sight birdlife ranging from the Morning Dove and Song Sparrow to the American White Pelican and White-tailed Kite. Additionally, visitors can enjoy activities such as fishing, boating, and wildlife watching here.