There are fun things to do in Bay Area. Besides being fun, many of the activities can also be quite an enriching experience.

If you plan to spend a week or two (or more) vacation in the Bay Area, you might as well take in some side trips to the California wine country. You may also want to take advantage of the fun and educational activities during your stay there.

If you’re passionate about wines and want to know more than you can learn with mere visiting wineries and wine-tasting, you might want to take a class or two at the Napa Valley Wine Academy. This institution was built by wine experts who wanted to share their knowledge as well as their passion for wines and winemaking. It doesn’t only include the process of winemaking but also making other spirits, even sake. There are also online courses for distance learning, which you may also want to have done before signing up for an actual live course.

Other classes at the Napa Valley Wine Academy include tasting and service classes, wine studies, and days-long intensive courses to become a certified wine specialist.

Culinary classes have never been more popular in Napa Valley. Among the sought-after cooking classes include “Cooking with Julie” where you can learn hands-on cooking and preparing food. And of course, the recipes featured there are a reflection of the Napa’s profound appreciation of nature by using only the freshest and seasonal ingredients. Apart from the cooking classes, there are also culinary tours in one of the food capitals of the world.

Love photography and want to boost your skills on this department? You may want to sign up for one (or more) of the classes such as the Art & Clarity Adventure which holds photography workshops. In no time at all you’ll be shooting your camera like a pro!

Have you thought about impressing your friends by taking pictures from an entirely different perspective — in this case, from a hot air balloon flight? You can take pictures of the neat rows of grapevines at the vineyards, rolling hills, deep valleys, and occasional fog that hover over the fields. The lush scenery is what makes Napa Valley an impossibly picture-perfect place. Napa Valley is so beautiful, that’s why no matter where you look it is worth every snap from your DSLR.

Balloons Above the Valley (BATV) will make photographing the vast Napa Valley landscape a reality. It offers safe and exhilarating sunrise balloon flights. The hour-long ride will allow you to take beautiful pictures of the scenic Napa Valley and further practice your photography skills. Our pilots may even point you to the more outstanding areas of the region so that you can take gorgeous shots!

Not only will you get to enjoy the hot air balloon flight, you will also enjoy our pre-flight breakfast and post-flight champagne brunch. If you’re also intent on visiting wineries, you can also choose our packages such as the Sunrise Balloon Flight/Champagne Brunch/Wine Tour (for two passengers) and the San Francisco Balloon and Wine Tour Package (also for two passengers). BATV is open all-year round and ready to accommodate your questions or interest in flying with us.

Explore and learn with these things to do in Bay Area and at the same time have fun in doing them, whether your interest is in wine, food and cooking, or art and photography.

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