Almost anyone who thinks of Napa, California automatically thinks of wine. Rightfully so since it is wine country! However there are other things to do in Napa, besides drinking wine. Being a person who rarely ever drinks alcohol, I really wanted to see all that I could get into in a couple of days in Napa sans wine.
I stayed at the beautiful Meritage Resort & Spa which was an event in itself. The property is absolutely gorgeous with plenty to do. Everything from taking a dip in the pool, relaxing in the jacuzzi, a spa, bowling, and playing bocce ball is just some of the many things this property had to offer.
My room came with a complimentary bottle of wine, but I did not partake as this was a wine free trip. I did however enjoy my room a lot. My favorite part was sitting out on the large balcony overlooking the pool and vineyard. It was so peaceful and relaxing. I took a nice walk through the vineyards they have on the property. I enjoyed it a lot. I even found a tree that provided shade by a picnic table.
After grabbing some food at the Meritage, my friend and I headed over to the Spa at Napa River Inn. It was just what I needed and perfect for relaxing on this trip. Funny enough my friend drives though Napa often, but never stops because he doesn’t drink and didn’t know what there was to do there. He came along with me to the Spa to get some massages.
The products they use at the Spa at Napa River Inn were amazing. I didn’t even want to shower, the products they used off when I got back to my room. I felt so relaxed and amazing afterwards. I believe my friend may have fallen asleep during his. If he didn’t he looked extra relaxed afterwards to do so at any moment. I definitely felt extra soft and on Cloud 9 for the rest of the evening.
After the Spa we decided to head over to the movie theater. My friend and I are big into movies so we decided to take in a movie for the evening. Just adding on to the relaxing day. Afterwards, back in my room I just relaxed. I loved every moment of it.
The next day I woke up early to get ready for a food tour around Napa with Foodies on Foot. Napa is known for having many types of delicious cuisines. There are even 7 Michelin-Starred restaurants located in Napa. It is definitely a foodie paradise. I met up with my group at the Oxbow Public Market.
It was a very hot day, but the food was too good and the portions were great. I ate so much good food that I wasn’t even hungry for the rest of the day when the tour was over. It was really hard to choose what was my favorite meals. However, I did try many things I have never had before and have a new-found like for certain things. There are definitely places I would head back to on my own next time I visit there!
It was great exploring the beautiful city on foot. I loved seeing some historic buildings, beautiful churches, and art all around the street. There is an art walk that one can take and spot certain pieces. The great thing about this is, the pieces change every year so you would always find something new to see.
Afterwards I was very tired between the heat and food so I headed back to my hotel to unwind. Afterwards I continued taking in and exploring the large property. I really enjoyed my stayed there. It was nice to take it slow and not run around every moment of the day like I typically do.
There are plenty of other things to do in Napa besides the wine that I didn’t do. This includes taking a hot air balloon ride, olive oil tasting, picnic in the vineyards, go shopping, cooking classes, hiking, visit other vineyards and properties, and so much more! I would happily go back to do some of these things and the same stuff I did while there. I had an amazing time unwinding and just relaxing. It felt amazing and I would happily go back!
Have you ever been to Napa? Did you realize there was more to do besides drinking wine?