Are you a resident or a visitor of the Fresno area? If so, Fresno to Napa Valley is only a 3 ½ hour drive or 207 miles so you should certainly visit the beautiful wine country. Especially if you want to escape for a while, you will benefit from an excursion into this lush and tranquil paradise. Let us take a look at some of the reasons why you should make the journey.
FRESNO TO NAPA VALLEY WINERIES
When making the journey from Fresno to Napa Valley, there will likely be one thing at the forefront of your mind: Wine!
Napa Valley is known as the ‘wine country’ after all, and it is at the heart of California’s wine-growing industry. Nothing can beat a sip of wine while standing in the midst of the Napa Valley countryside, so you owe it to yourself to visit one or more of the region’s wineries.
But where do you start? There are over 400 wineries that are open for tasting and there are around 90 tasting rooms too. Well, you will certainly be spoiled for choice but we definitely recommend Castello di Amorosa. This 13th century inspired castle is the perfect setting for a spot of wine tasting and has some breathtaking views from the top of its turrets.
We recommend the Chateau Montelena Winery too. Founded in 1882, it has the look and feel of an Old World French winery and may be familiar to you if have seen the 2008 movie ‘Bottle Shock.’For these and other must-visit places around the region, check out our guide to Napa Valley wineries. You probably won’t have time to visit them all but handpick those that tickle your taste palate and your fancy!
FRESNO TO NAPA VALLEY RESTAURANTS
A trip from Fresno to Napa Valley offers so much more than a glass (or two) of wine! There are some truly fabulous places to eat too, from small specialist locations to some popular, highly-awarded brands. Of course, because these restaurants are located in the heart of the wine country, you will be able to sample many home-grown wines when eating your meal.
For a high-end dining experience, consider Auberge du Soleil. This award-winning restaurant is known for its spas, decor, and some truly great cuisine. Duck, veal, and Wagyu beef are all on the menu and you have a choice of over many wines to go with your meal.
If you want something a little different, try La Taberna. Made to look and feel like a Spanish tavern, you can enjoy a range of Spanish foods, including a delicious fresh-octopus dish. Other restaurants include Ad-Hoc which is known for its family-style meals, and Sam’s Social Club if you’re in the
mood for a pizza.
There are plenty of wonderful places to eat so it all depends on your personal tastes and requirements. To learn more, check out our guide to Napa Valley restaurants and mark them on your itinerary.
VISIT NAPA VALLEY THE GREAT OUTDOORS
After getting your fill of world-class wines and delicious foods, why not do something else with your time? There is much to do after you have taken the journey from Fresno to Napa Valley, so do something that interests you. You could take one of the Wine Country bike tours, or take a trek through the redwood forests.
If you would rather see Napa Valley without exerting your body, you could also take a balloon ride over the lush vineyards beneath. There are plenty of places to play golf, including the Meadowood Golf Course. And you could go fly fishing, take a cave tour, or get messy at the American Canyon Paintball Jungle.
At the heart of Napa Valley is St. Helena, a fabulous place to go shopping. From fashion outlets to jewelry stores, there are plenty of places to spend your money. And yes, there are wine stores too, as you would expect, so take home something that suits your personal tastes.
RELAX AT A SPA
Another reason to journey from Fresno to Napa Valley is the opportunity to rest and unwind. You can do this when relaxing in the region’s beautiful countryside with a glass of wine. And you can also do this by visiting one of Napa Valley’s spas. Whether you’re looking to soothe your aches after a trek around the wine country or simply looking to pamper yourself, take the time to do so.
You can book a full-day package of spa treatment at some of Napa Valley’s spa venues. Or you could simply opt for a short session with an expertly trained massage therapist. Take a look at our guide to Napa Valley’s spas and treat yourself to a truly transformative experience.
GET THE VIP TREATMENT AT A NAPA VALLEY HOTEL
It might only be a relatively short journey from Fresno to Napa Valley, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t find accommodation. As we said, there is much to do here, not least take a trek around the many different wineries.
If you want to get closer to nature, we recommend the Indian Springs Resort. With 17 acres of hilly grassland and lush gardens to explore, you can truly find tranquility here. You can get a spa at this resort too, and you can do the same at some of the other hotels in Napa Valley, including the Carneros Resort and Spa. The Carneros is also positioned perfectly for any explorers of the wine country, so is well worth considering.
There are plenty of other places to stay, as you can see in our guide to Napa Valley hotels. Choose accommodation that suits your needs and budget and enjoy your extended trip to Napa Valley.
FROM FRESNO TO NAPA VALLEY
Be you a visitor to the Fresno area or a resident, it’s worth making the trip from Fresno to Napa Valley. Get in touch with us if you would like to know more, and browse our website for more information on what to do and where to stay in this beautiful county.