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A Weekend Guide to Napa: 3 Day Itinerary

Napa, California, is one of our favorite weekend getaways to unwind, explore, and indulge in incredible food. Napa is a haven for wine lovers and foodies, boasting amazing local restaurants, charming bakeries, endless vineyards, and wineries.

This year, we celebrated our first wedding anniversary in this special destination and can't wait to return in the future. If you're looking to visit this romantic getaway, check out all of our recommendations and tips in this perfect weekend guide to Napa Valley!

A weekend guide to Napa Valley in California

How to Get to Napa

Napa Valley is located near multiple airports with San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Sacramento International Airport (SMF) as convenient options. Our top recommendation is to fly into SFO and rent a car for your visit. Alternatively, you can reserve private transportation or ride share options. Traveling from San Francisco to Napa Valley by car typically takes around 1-2 hours, depending on traffic.

Getting Around Napa

We highly recommend renting a car to explore Napa Valley. Napa is a large scenic area that extends beyond the vineyards, with picturesque countryside and charming towns. With a rental car, visitors have the freedom and flexibility to venture off the beaten bath and explore wineries, tasting rooms, and attractions tailored to their preferences.

How Many Days to Spend in Napa

We believe that a long weekend is a perfect amount of time to explore Napa Valley. In this time, you can explore charming towns, try delicious restaurants, and sample a wide variety of wines all at a comfortable pace. We have never stayed longer than three days in Napa and have never felt rushed during our visits.

What to Wear in Napa

Napa is casual when it comes to winery tasting and tours. Comfortable shoes are a must for the extensive walking you will do. You can dress up for nicer dinners but many restaurants are also casual. Don't forget to pack a jacket or sweater as evenings can get chilly.

Where to Stay in Napa

During our recent anniversary weekend, we stayed at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa. This hotel is located near Robert Mondavi Winery, Castello Di Amorosa, and downtown Napa. The pool and outdoor spaces are a great place to relax after a full day of wine tastings. They also offer activities including Yoga, E-bike rentals, Wine Hour, and S'mores!

Experience resort-style luxury at The Westin Verasa, located in Napa's riverbank district. Here you will find a fitness studio, outdoor pool, and French restaurant. The Westin Verasa is conveniently located across the street from the Napa Wine train and just down the street from the Oxbow Public Market making it a perfect home base in Napa!

Located in the quaint town of Yountville, this resort is just steps away from the famous Bouchon Bakery and Bistro, French Laundry, and so much more. The Hotel Yountville is a vineyard inspired luxury retreat with a pool courtyard and spa.

Where to Eat in Napa