Planning a Family Trip to Napa

Planning a family trip to Napa Valley can be a wonderful experience, offering a mix of activities for both adults and children. Here are some tips to ensure a memorable and enjoyable family trip to Napa:

Planning family trip to napa
Golden Haven in Calistoga

Planning a Family Trip to Napa

Breakfast paring at clif family winery
Clif Family Winery
  1. Choose Family-Friendly Accommodations:
    • Look for family-friendly hotels or vacation rentals that offer amenities for children, such as pools or recreation areas. A few of our favorites are: Four Seasons, Carneros resort, and Grand Reserve
  2. Consider Timing when Planning a Family Trip to Napa:
    • Visit during the off-season or mid-week to avoid crowds and potentially get better rates on accommodations. Off season is just as beautiful in Napa and can be the best time for planning a family trip to Napa.
  3. Create a Flexible Itinerary:
    • Plan a mix of activities that cater to both adults and children. Consider a variety of wineries, outdoor activities, and family-friendly attractions. Our Private Concierge can create the most unique and fun family day for your group based on your preferences and style.
  4. Visit Family-Friendly Wineries:
    • Some wineries are more family-friendly than others. Look for wineries with outdoor spaces, gardens, or picnic areas where children can play while adults enjoy tastings. Some of our favorite family friendly wineries are: Ashes + Diamonds, Hoopes Vineyard, and Beringer Vineyards
  5. Outdoor Adventures:
    • Explore outdoor activities such as hiking or biking in the vineyard areas. Some wineries also offer scenic walking tours. Check out the grounds at Chateau Montelena, V. Sattui, downtown Napa and Yountville.
  6. Picnic in the Vineyards:
    • Pack a picnic and enjoy it in one of the vineyard picnic areas. Many wineries have beautiful landscapes perfect for a family meal. V. Sattui Winery has the best grounds and a market to enjoy a family friendly picnic and wine.
  7. Winery Tours with Family-Friendly Experiences:
    • Choose wineries that offer family-friendly tours or activities, such as grape-stomping, vineyard tours, petting zoos or educational tours suitable for children.
  8. Culinary Exploration:
    • Napa Valley is known for its culinary scene. Consider family-friendly restaurants where both adults and children can find something they enjoy.
  9. Hot Air Balloon Ride:
    • Older children may enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the valley. Check for age restrictions and safety guidelines. Napa Valley Aloft is a great options for public or semi-private hot air ballon rides with children.
  10. Visit Calistoga’s Hot Springs:
    • Calistoga offers hot springs and family-friendly spas. It can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience for everyone. Our favorite spa and mud bath experiences is Golden Haven spa, they provide excellent massages, and mud baths enriched with Calistoga’s natural mineral water.
  11. Educational Activities:
  12. Chocolate and Ice Cream Tasting:
    • Explore sweet treats with visits to local chocolate shops or ice cream parlors. Some wineries also pair wine with chocolate. Kollar Chocolates is known for amazing chocolate and gelato and located in downtown Yountville. Bouchon Bakery is another great stop for a quick treat for both adults and kids.
  13. Art and Culture:
    • Visit art galleries or attend cultural events happening in the area. Some wineries also feature art installations.
  14. Stay Hydrated and Snack:
    • Keep water and snacks on hand, especially if you’re touring wineries. This is important for both adults and children to stay energized. Most wineries provide water but if you need another beverages for the children, we recommend to bring your own.
  15. Capture Memories:
    • Bring a camera or smartphone to capture family moments. Napa Valley offers stunning scenery, and you’ll want to document your experiences.
Planning a family trip to napa
Ashes + Diamonds

Remember to balance the adult-focused activities with options that cater to the interests and needs of the children in your family. With thoughtful planning, Napa Valley can be a destination that offers enjoyment for every member of the family.

Private Napa Valley Wine Tour

If you’re planning a family trip to Napa, one of the best ways to enjoy the valley is with a private Napa Valley wine tour. North Bay Wine Tours is the premier provider of Napa wine tours. Give the family one of the best gifts of all and book today!

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