Only an hour north of San Francisco you can find four things we love – wine, food, relaxation, and adventure — bundled up in a perfect weekend escape to Napa Valley, one of the top Wine Country destinations in the world.

Stay to the end of the post for an amazing giveaway!!

How To Get To Napa Valley

The best way to get to Napa Valley is to fly into San Francisco and from there it is a scenic 1.5 hour drive, we would recommend you look at hiring a car and enjoy the scenic drive up.

Where To Stay

If you are looking for a place to stay the River Terrace Inn is a beautiful hotel right in the heart of Napa Valley. It is the perfect home base for all Napa Valley exploration. If you are flying into Napa, the hotel is only a short drive from the airport. It is located in the southern part of Napa and is a wonderful gateway to all the local wineries.

You can simply enjoy your days driving to different wineries and have the River Terrace Inn welcoming you home. There are many restaurants in walking distance, and they also have some amazing food within the hotel too!

Things To Do

Ride the Napa Valley Wine Train: The Napa Valley Wine Train takes you on a 36-mile round-trip discovery to St. Helena and back, stopping at celebrated wineries along the way. The train ride also includes a delicious four-course meal.

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride: The scenery of the Napa Valley is best seen by air, soaring over the rolling hills and green wineries is simple breathtaking.

Go Horseback Riding: Horseback riding is another unique and relaxing way to see the Napa Valley and there are a variety of stables that offer horseback riding routes. You can take a romantic sunset ride or take a wine tour ride!

Join a Bike Tour: Experiencing the vineyards all on the seat of a bike is our favourite way to explore Napa. You can choose between renting a bike and use a route map or would enjoy a guided tour.

Where To Eat

Boon Fly Cafe: Casual Californian dining option with a lively vibe & modern roadhouse feel.

Gott’s Roadside: If you are looking for some simply, delicious fast food this is the spot for you.

Mustard’s Grill: Serving farm to table, fresh meals. The perfect lunch spot.

The Luxury Napa Giveaway

We have some exciting news…. Hesperian Wines is giving away a luxurious Napa Valley weekend. The winner of the giveaway will receive travel vouchers provided by Alaskan Airlines that include luxury lodging, an exotic Ferrari driving experience, hot air ballooning, Bentley limo ground transports, a Napa chef cooking experience and an exclusive dinner with French winemaker Philippe Langer!

You will be picked up from the airport on Friday by the Napa Valley Tours & Transportation in a luxury vehicle, brought to Napa where you will check into the River Terrace Inn and then have dinner. Saturday morning you will wake up and experience the hot air balloon ride provided by Napa Valley Drifters  (if weather permits; it may be delayed for Sunday morning). In the afternoon, you will meet at Kitchen Collective where you will taste through the Hesperian collection and in the evening you will have a dinner at Kitchen Collective with our winemaker Philippe Langner. The winner needs to be able to travel during the month of January and on a weekend.

On Sunday, there will be a tour of the Hesperian property, and then you will be driven back to the airport.

Full Prize List:

  • $500 travel credit, courtesy of Alaska Airlines

  • 2-night stay at River Terrace Inn

  • Hot air balloon ride

  • Dining experience with Hesperian winemaker Philippe Langner

  • Luxe ground transportation

  • Leisurely wine tasting

Enter the giveaway here.

Good luck xo

Thank to Hesperian Wines for partnering with Flying the Nest on this post!