Spring time may be the best time to have fun things to do in Napa Valley. Springtime generally begins in March on your calendar, but spring in the Napa Valley begins in February and lasts through May.
Although you may experience some rain showers in the spring as the weather changes, you may need not to worry as you can still enjoy your vacation in the Wine Country. Since wine tasting is done indoors, you may want to spend the rest of a rainy day inside a winery — the Castelo di Amorosa is a fine place to visit. A modern building designed in an authentic 13th-century Tuscan architecture, this massive castle/winery has real moats, a drawbridge, buttresses, keeps, defensive towers, and patios. It’s such a fun place to visit — being inside Castelo di Amorosa makes you feel like a king (or a queen) surveying the property. Visit their barrel cellars and tasting rooms where you can sample some of their wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and a couple of types of Pinot.
On a clear spring day, however, you can visit one winery then go to another (visits to two to three wineries a day are preferable). To take advantage of the spring, choose wineries that also offer the best vistas of the vineyards such as the Domaine Carneros, Sterling, Kuleto Estate, and Signorello Estate.
You may also want to wander among the brilliant yellow wild mustard blooms that overtake the seemingly barren vineyards. Take pictures of your surroundings or stylish selfies, if you prefer. If you take a closer look, you may also notice the new shoots — even miniature grape clusters — sprouting out of the dormant vines.
In order to get around the wineries and the vineyards, the best way to do it on the ground is cycling. It’s less tiring than exploring the Napa Valley on foot but also promotes exercise; plus, it’s environmentally friendly. Lease a bike from any bicycle rental location and you may go on guided tours or choose your own route to explore the roads less traveled. Several lodgings also offer bike rentals.
The chill from the winter has dissipated, which calls for more outdoor activity. Campers are going to have their field day again and they will find plenty of camping destinations in the Napa Valley. For families, the Bothe Napa Valley State Park offers lots of trails, yurts, swimming and grounds specifically meant for camping. Other excellent camping site options include the Skyline Wilderness Park, Enchanted Hills Retreat, and Napa Valley Expo RV Park.
Lake Berryessa is the biggest lake in Napa County. It also serves as a reservoir. Visitors can enjoy plenty of springtime activities on and beside the lake including swimming, fly-fishing, kayaking, and jet-skiing. Lakeside lodgings and cabins are also available.
Flying in a hot air balloon is also one of the fun things to do in Napa Valley this spring. It is absolutely spectacular and will enable you to see the beauty of Napa Valley like never before. The wild mustard blooms will now look like a vivid yellow blanket covering the dormant vineyards, against the emerald-green hills. These uniquely wonderful sights won’t be replicated by any other means but by riding a hot air balloon. View the lovely, picturesque springtime scenery and catch the sunrise at the same time while the hot air balloon floats thousands of feet off the ground.
Get this exhilarating airborne experience with Balloons Above the Valley (BATV), who has been providing hot air balloon rides to tourists for 40 years. We also have delicious, hot pre-flight breakfasts, a post-flight brunch with sparkling wine, optional shopping following the post-flight brunch, wine tours, picnic-style lunches, limousine service from downtown San Francisco to the Wine Country, and lots more!
BATV has won recognitions and recommendations such as the 2015 Certificate of Excellence and Hall of Fame awards from TripAdvisor. This is a testimony to how Balloons Above the Valley has given satisfaction for its clients since the day it started. Safe and fun flights have been the company’s utmost priority.
There are lots of fun things to do in Napa Valley while taking advantage of its warmer weather and uniquely beautiful landscape this springtime. Remember to include flying on a hot air balloon and choose Balloons Above the Valley for safe, enjoyable, and breathtaking flights over the Napa Valley.