Printfresh Travel Guide: Napa Valley, California

If you are looking for a getaway with nature, delicious food and beverage and great shopping, Napa Valley, California might be just the place for you. We asked Paulina, a Napa Valley based blogger and the author of the Shenska blog for some of her best tips for planning your visit and her favorite hotspots.
By Printfresh Staff
June 2021
Printfresh Travel Guide: Napa Valley, California
Printfresh Travel Guide: Napa Valley, California

There is never a bad time to visit Napa Valley. There is always something to do or see and plenty of wineries to visit. If you want to avoid too many other tourists and big crowds, Paulina recommends planning your visit from December to February. Whenever you go, here are some of Paulina’s best recommendations to make the most of your time.

Things to do in Napa Valley

Eleven West: To see the sights, Paulina recommends setting up a picnic with a view. Eleven West is responsible for hosting the most gorgeous intimate gatherings and there’s no special event they can’t dream up for you – indoor or outdoor. From a boho picnic to a breathtaking proposal, if you dream it they can do it. 

Hiking at Skyline or Wilderness park: Hiking is a popular way to see the sites in Napa. Paulina recommends the trails at Skyline Wilderness Park for great views.

Book a hot air balloon ride: Another popular way to see Napa is in a hot air balloon. The balloons fly at sunrise, as that is when the winds are quietest so this is probably best for the early risers. Balloons Above the Valley can book everything from a private tour to balloons for groups of up to 22 people.

On the left, Gran Electrica and on the Right Olive + Hay
On the left, Gran Electrica and on the Right Olive + Hay

Where to Eat

Grace’s Table: For breakfast, Paulina recommends Grace’s Table. The menu features popular breakfast and brunch favorites like pancakes, steak and eggs, and shrimp and grits. 

Napa General Store: If you’re on the riverfront in the heart of downtown Napa, you can enjoy breakfast at the Napa General Store. The no-frills menu has a few choices of scrambles and other popular breakfast items to suit any taste.

Olive + Hay: Located in the Meritage Resort and Spa, Olive + Hay serves Italian food made with farm-fresh ingredients.

Allegria: Billed as “Italian influenced with California cuisine” Allegria is another one of Paulina’s favorite restaurants in downtown Napa. The restaurant features classic Italian dishes, a full bar, and an extensive wine list.

Gran Electrica: If you want some traditional Mexican food, tequila, and mezcal (at some point - you will want a break from all the wine), try Gran Electrica.

Drinking in the Napa Valley

Honig Vineyard and Winery: If you’re up for a short drive up the valley, make sure to stop by Honig Vineyard and Winery in Rutherford. Their Sauvignon Blanc is a staple all over the world and it holds a special place in Paulina’s heart since the winery is owned and operated by her family.

Vinoce Vineyards: While there are tons of wineries to tour in the Napa Valley, one of Paulina’s recommendations is a visit to Vinoce Vineyards. She says “Located on the Napa River, Vinoce is a family-owned winery that will make you feel right at home.”

St. Clair Brown Wine & Beer: For more of an urban vibe, go to St. Clair Brown Wine & Beer and enjoy sips in their dreamy culinary garden.

Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar: Perched six stories above downtown Napa atop the Archer Hotel, Sky & Vine is Napa Valley’s only rooftop bar. Get there early if you want to visit at peak time as the bar is first come, first served.

Cadet Wine & Beer Bar: Paulina calls Cadet Beer & Wine Bar a true local hotspot, so if you want to drink like a local stop by for the beverage of your choice.

Photo credit: <u><a href="" target="_blank">Riza Plants</a></u>
Photo credit: Riza Plants

Great places to shop

Downtown Napa is filled with amazing shopping. Some of Paulina’s favorite places to shop include:

Riza Plants: Napa’s first botanical boutique, Riza Plants is a must-visit for anyone who is into greenery. If becoming a “plant parent” feels overwhelming, the team at Riza will help you pick the perfect plant and teach you how to care for it.

Boho Lifestyle: Boho Lifestyle is Paulina’s go-to pick for travel inspired clothing and accessories. They offer personal styling and online offer suggestions for every body shape. They have a commitment to prominently feature women artisans, eco-friendly products, and products that are made in the USA. They also prominently feature California-based designers.

Milo and Friends Pet Boutique: If you’re missing four-legged family members while you travel, stop into Milo and Friends Pet Boutique to pick them up a present. From the Foggy Dog collars and accessories to favorite flavors of Bocce’s Bakery treats there is a gift for every pet!

Whether you’re most excited about seeing the sites, trying new wine and sampling the local cuisine, or shopping till you drop, the Napa Valley has something for everyone. Remember to pack your favorite Printfresh pajamas so you can rest and recharge between outings. We suggest treating yourself to our new Stamped Leopard collection for your travels. If you’ve ever been to Napa Valley, add your must-visit spots or experiences to the comments! 

Paulina is wearing the Bagheera Shorts in Cloud. To keep up with Paulina and her adventures, follow her on Instagram.

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