A honeymoon in Napa Valley is the honeymoon that every newly married (or engaged) couple dreams of having. It is not so surprising: the dreamy, vineyards-tinged landscape, the mild climate, and the clear skies. It’s also conveniently near to San Francisco.
Napa is also home to five-star hotels and Michelin-awarded restaurants that have also made this region a dream destination for foodies. And they’re not just all — you’ll also find lots of hidden gems there that will definitely set off the adventure and romantic spark for you and your new spouse.
Of course, you can’t mention Napa Valley without its world-class wines. What’s a better way to start celebrating the new phase of romance with a toast of Napa’s sparkling wines or Cabernet Sauvignon?
You may get stuck inside the best romantic hotel suites with king-sized beds, decks offering great views of the fields, and hot tubs. But there are a lot of other things in Napa Valley that every newly married couple would surely love to do. Here are some suggestions
1. Have a romantic dinner inside the Napa Valley Wine Train
The Napa Valley Wine Train consists of a three-to-six-hour railway excursion from downtown Napa to St. Helena. Journey back in time aboard the fantastically-restored 19th-century Pullman railcars and you’ll be amazed by its exquisitely ornate interiors. The train makes stops at the famous wineries such as Robert Mondavi, Charles Krug, and Castello di Amorosa, depending on the winery tour packages you’ve chosen.
The train is also a moving fine-dining restaurant where you can feast on the finest gourmet meals while having awesome scenic rides.
If you want your stay at the Napa Valley Wine Train to be extra-special, choose Romance on the Rails. You and your new spouse will enjoy an unforgettable private evening dinner inside the glass-encased, two-story Vista Dome railcar. Reserve a table if you’re all for romantic dinners on the rails!
2. Have a romantic picnic
Picnics are one of the ways to appreciate the breathtaking natural beauty of the Napa Valley. It’s also a fine idea to enjoy each other’s company over snacks and delicious wine. A lot of wineries offer picnics to their guests, with areas provided with outdoor seats and tables. Enjoy secluded and intimate picnics at Bell Wine Cellars, join the festive “Tastings on the Lawn” picnic event at Charles Krug Winery every harvest season, or savor yourselves in comfortable under-the-shade picnics at Andretti’s.
Some tips: do not bring wine or any alcohol from another winery. Some wineries allow outside food, some do not. If you plan to bring packed lunches, look for the wineries that allow you to bring your own food.
3. Pamper yourselves
After a day filled with wine tours, eating out and shopping, what could be a better way to spend the next order of activity than to relax, unplug and recharge? Needless to say, a day at the spa or a wellness center is the perfect way to release the stress. Calistoga is famous for its hot springs, mineral waters, and mud baths. For the ultimate experience, get the Calistoga Spa’s “couples massage” for its rejuvenating spa treatments, mud baths, and healing hydrotherapy baths. Napa Valley Massage & Wellness Spa is one of the highly-rated spas in the downtown Napa offering rejuvenating massages, and facial treatments and foot spas. Go for it — after all, you deserve to be pampered!
4. Go on a hot air balloon ride
A hot air balloon ride is a must for every couple who wants to have a honeymoon in Napa Valley, and you’ll know why…
As your basket lifts off and goes up the sky, be prepared for what’s next: uninterrupted panoramic views of the valley dominated by the manicured beds of grapevine rows, lush trees and ponds that dot the fields, and long stretches of roads and highways lying between the vast greenery. As the glow of the rising sun touches the vast Napa landscape, it makes for a perfect romantic backdrop.
Balloons Above the Valley (BATV) provides amazing sunrise hot air balloon flights over the Napa Valley. You can choose any of our packages, some of which comes complete with a pre-flight breakfast, an experienced and knowledgeable pilot/guide, and a Michelin-starred brunch with a sparkling wine that greets you upon your return from that wonderful flight.
If you want to follow it with a wine tour, BATV offers a couple of good options when this situation arises. We offer the “Flight Brunch & Wine Tour” package which consists of a wine tour that’s part of the itinerary, and “Flight Only” package if you want to visit wineries (or other places) of your own choice, right after the flight.
A hot air balloon flight should easily be the highlight of your dream honeymoon in Napa Valley. It brings loads of fun and adventure, takes the definition of romance to a higher level, and will provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.