For newlyweds who are looking something a little bit out of the ordinary, a honeymoon in Napa Valley sounds a great idea! The wine region’s picturesque scenery is just the tip of the iceberg, because there are so many wonderful things for you to see and do there.

If you want to arrive in Napa with style, experience this by riding Napa Valley Wine Train! It will take you from Napa to St. Helena and make stops to other wine towns. It is also a moving restaurant, so you don’t only step back in time inside this fantastically-restored 19th-century train; you also have a fancy dinner while the train moves through the picturesque vineyards. Make that your first honeymoon dinner which you will surely never forget.

Obviously, Napa Valley is a place to explore and learn about wine! If you have a full week there, it is best to explore two wineries a day so that you will learn thoroughly the process of winemaking and of course, taste various wines from Merlot to Pinot Noir. If you’re on a weekend getaway, you should visit one or two wineries. All wineries offer wine tasting, while many also offer food and wine pairing. You and your spouse may want to attend seminars on the site, or a handful of classes at the Napa Wine Academy. Whether you want a simple wine tasting or dig deeper into the techniques of winemaking, the wineries in the valley offer a variety of experiences to suit your different tastes.

For couples who want to see not-so-ordinary wineries, there many which offer great landscape, breathtaking views of the valley and striking architecture. Some of the wineries also serve as a gallery or a small museum. Examples are Cliff Lede Vineyards, The Hess Collection, Hall St. Helena, Del Dotto Vineyards, Castelo di Amorosa, Clos Pegase Winery, and Domaine Carneros. There is also Sterling Vineyards which has the only aerial tram in the region, offering visitors stunning views of the valley.

When you and your new spouse need to relax and rejuvenate, don’t go to just some massage spa. Check out Napa’s more unique spas such as the Spa at Bardessono in Yountville (whose treatments use only local ingredients and change with the seasons), the romantic Wine Country Inn (outdoor spa cabanas and olive groves), Harvest Inn (tented cabanas which offer fantastic views of the valley), or Spa Solage (mud bath and masks as well as luxurious tubs and vibration chairs).

If newly married couples want to take their love to a higher level, so to speak, they may want to declare their love for each other — as well as love for Mother Nature — by riding a hot air balloon! For your first hot air balloon ride as a married couple, don’t settle for anything less than Balloons Above the Valley (BATV) who has been floating above the competition for the past four decades.

BATV’s spacious baskets will let you move freely as your hot air balloon gently glides in the air. From thousands of feet in the air, enjoy viewing neat rows of grapevines which become like a quilt on the rolling hills. Depending on the season, the surroundings change from brilliant shades of green in the summer to vibrant fall colors to vivid emerald greens and yellows in the winter and spring. Couples will wake up to BATV’s pre-flight breakfast and end their flight with a fabulous post-flight brunch with a sparkling wine!

Some of BATV’s sunrise hot air balloon packages include wine tours in Napa and Sonoma. But for couples who want a bit more intimate hot air balloon ride, you can choose our Exclusive Flights package where you can have the hot air balloon virtually to yourself. Enjoy a private table at the post-flight champagne brunch celebration, as well. Prices for the Exclusive Flights package may change so if you want to know the rates call us at 707-253-2222 or send an email to info@balloonrides.com.

Celebrating the first few days as a married couple doesn’t consist of only fancy dinners or retreating to hotel rooms when you’re in Napa Valley. Visiting wineries, tasting wines, going to unexpected but delightful corners, and having a hot air balloon ride will make your honeymoon in Napa Valley an utterly memorable experience.