Are you planning a honeymoon in Napa Valley? First of all, you have made the perfect choice! Napa Valley’s breathtakingly gorgeous landscape already makes for a perfect romantic getaway. And if the two of you should make a romantic toast, you might as well do it at any one of Napa’s 400 wineries, and many of them offer stunning sights of the vineyards and the valleys. Driving down to Napa can also be a great road trip.
Napa Valley has lots of great hotels and other lodgings, and couples may definitely have a hard time deciding which one to choose! But couples know what they want in a place they will stay — quiet, romantic, of course, and stunning views as well as having all the services they need. Recommended stays include Calistoga Ranch, a wooded retreat where couples can rent one of the 48 freestanding shingled cabins with all the conveniences they need and desire. Auberge du Soleil stands at the heart of the Napa and thus offers stunning views of the vineyards; you and your spouse will definitely enjoy its famous spa. Another beautiful place to stay for honeymooners is the 27-acre resort Carneros Inn, located in the lovely Carneros wine region. Although the resort is technically located in Napa, this is a great place to stay if you want to go around both Napa and Sonoma — choose one of the 86 adorable cottages where you will absolutely feel like home and enjoy the comforts of a hotel.
You can go at any of the wineries in Napa as long as you have set an appointment beforehand, as most wineries require them. Best wineries for honeymooners include the Domaine Chandon, which offers stunning views of the vineyards while you enjoy its famous bubbly wines. Sterling Vineyards offers an aerial tramway that makes panoramic sightseeing of the valleys more unique.
If you want to inject active outdoor exploration during your honeymoon in Napa Valley, try some activities like renting a bike to explore the vineyards and the wineries. Some of the lodgings do provide bike rentals. Or go hiking — recommended hiking spots include the Skyline Wilderness, Alston Park, Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, all of which offer accessible trails, tremendous views, and some amenities.
Of course, you want to celebrate yourselves as a newly-married couple with a nice dinner. It doesn’t have to always be fancy, but it should always come with a nice bottle of wine to make the usual dinner extra special. If you and your spouse both love gastronomic tours, a day is not enough to explore the great eats in Napa. Favorites include Ad Hoc by world-famous chef Thomas Keller — romantic and relaxed setting, infectious music, excellent service and, of course, great food. Another signature restaurant by Keller, The French Laundry, is a charming place that serves simple dinners using fresh, seasonal ingredients. It also boasts excellent service and offers vegetarian dishes so if you don’t eat meat, don’t shy away. The Oxbow Public Market is a favorite go-to place for the best-quality artisanal food.
Want to cap off your honeymoon with a hot air balloon ride? Balloons Above the Valley, the pioneer of hot air balloon rides in the area, will give you that ultimate romantic experience!
See the beauty of the Napa Valley like you’ve never seen before by viewing it from the best vista point — at an altitude of about 2,000 feet! You will get to see neat rows of grapevines, the rolling hills, and the deep valleys like you’ve never seen them before. The picturesque views will make for a romantic setting.
If you want the ride that brings you closer together, pick our Exclusive Flights package where you can have the hot air balloon virtually to yourself, as well as a private table at the post-flight champagne brunch celebration.
From dinner dates to hot air balloon rides, there are many things to do and places to visit while on honeymoon in Napa Valley. Everything in the Wine Country is guaranteed to make your honeymoon experience extra special.