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Please enjoy this McCool Travel look at some cool things to do in Napa California.
Downtown Napa recently hosted me (and other travel writers) in order to discover and explore things to do in Napa and share my findings with the McCool Travel network.
Cool Things To Do in Napa California
Getting to Napa California
Downtown Napa is about 90 minutes driving time from San Francisco airport (SFO) and a little closer to Sacramento. Tideline will soon operate water shuttles between downtown Napa and San Francisco. That will be fun. Because everything is so close in downtown Napa, a car is not needed once you are there.
Public Art in Downtown Napa
Whenever a Napa downtown commercial building project exceeds $250,000, 1% of the total cost goes toward public art. This cool initiative results in many clever and attractive public art pieces around Napa.
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Napa Art Walk supports and promotes public art in downtown Napa. Their main initiative is temporary art displays, changing every two years, with the favorites (voted by public) becoming permanent. Discover your own favorite art pieces by walking and exploring downtown Napa.
Gordon Huether Art
For more art, head a little outside of Napa to Gordon Huether Studio + Gallery. My group rode bicycles from Oxbow Public Market to the studio, guided by Justin from Enjoy Napa Valley. Along the way to the studio, we rode along the Napa River and a few vineyards along Monticello Road.
As for the art studio, learn how Gordon Huether creates large scale art installations. His creations adorn airports, courthouses, hospitals, universities, and many buildings around the world.
Touring a master artist’s studio in Napa. He does large scale installations all over the world. You have probably seen…
Visit Anette’s in downtown Napa for a sweet treat or several. At Anette’s Chocolate, Anette and Brent (her brother) combine exquisite chocolate creations with Napa’s amazing wines. During a chocolate tasting (YES!), Anette showed our group the proper way to taste chocolate. Check out the scrumptious homemade ice cream if you make it past the dizzying array of chocolate products.
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CIA – Culinary Institute of America
Distinctive dining at The Restaurant at CIA Copia pairs simple, seasonally-inspired dishes with curated beverages (wines, handcrafted cocktails, and beers). Interact with chefs in the beautiful open kitchen and experience true hospitality from the staff.
OK, several things here.Remember yesterday I visited Gordon Huether Studio? He also made this fork, composed of 7,000…
Wine Hall of Fame
Also in the CIA building is the Wine Hall of Fame.
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Where to Eat in Napa California (and Drink)
Napa General Store
Experience super fresh local fare in an pleasant outdoor riverfront setting at Napa General Store. Located in historic Napa Mill, Napa General Store also supports local artisans by displaying and selling their products.
Lunch time with the Napa mayor and wine tasting 🍷 at lovely Napa General Store in Do Napa.California Through My…
Eight Noodle Shop
Magnificent in-house made noodles and super fresh local ingredients rule the tasty Asian fare at Eight Noodle Shop. Owner David Lu, an area restaurant veteran, patiently answered questions from our group while offering suggestions. I selected the daily special.
Salmon ramen with super fresh local sweet corn is happening right now. Amazing. Al fresco dining rocks.Eight Noodle…
Consider Celadon for a special anniversary or romantic meal in downtown Napa. Choose from their lovely courtyard setting or the elegant dining room. In either spot, select from the freshest seafood and highest quality natural ingredients influenced by Mediterranean, Asian, and American flavors.
Local favorite Bounty Hunter offers amazing BBQ (recently named one of USA’s best), a dizzying selection of wines from around the world, and dozens of whiskeys and spirits. They receive high praise for their beer can chicken but I encourage you to try their ribs.
C Casa (Oxbow Public Market)
Located in the vibrant Oxbow Public Market, C CASA results from Catherine Bergen’s (founder of Made in Napa Valley brand) vision and passion to serve good, clean food served in a fast-paced and fun environment.
Capp Heritage Tasting Room
Plan to visit one or more of the many wine tasting salons in downtown Napa. Capp Heritage has deep roots (back to Napa’s first vineyard), a lot of Victorian charm, and art deco magnificence.
Also in Oxbow Public Market, Fieldwork Brewing focuses on exceptional, honest beer making.
Where to Stay in Napa California
River Terrace Inn is a luxury hotel located along the Napa River and vibrant downtown Napa is within a 15 minute walk. McCool Travel tip: the Huevos Rancheros here are fantastic.
Good morning from River Terrace Inn in lovely downtown Napa. I do love al fresco dining and chilling in California. Napa is open for business and the weather is absolutely magnificent.Do NapaVisit California
Like other Embassy Suites properties, Embassy Suites Napa Valley offers more space (two separate rooms), a cooked to order breakfast, and complimentary evening reception. Unlike other Embassy Suites properties, Embassy Suites Napa Valley feels like a resort, complete with their own residents swans.
I love a hotel with their own swans. So much better than bringing your own. 🤣Embassy Suites by Hilton Napa ValleyDo NapaVisit California
Opening very soon, Archer Hotel Napa provides an elegant boutique hotel option in the heart of downtown Napa.
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