Just an hour northeast of San Francisco, city lights give way to majestic vistas and warm, sunny days in the Napa Valley – a destination where world-class wines, Michelin-star dining, a vibrant arts community, miles of nature preserves, and a spirit of wellness set a slower pace, inviting you to relax, savor, and restore.With more than 500 wineries, 95% of which are family owned and operated, it is the epicenter of fine wine production in the U.S. With scenic beauty all around, visitors can experience the Napa Valley in many ways: by train (the Napa Valley Wine Train), by hot air balloon, on a bike tour, or a wine trolley. Whether you're seeking an in-town hotel close to nightlife and dining, a luxurious spa getaway, or the peaceful calm of a remote vineyard setting, you'll find a warm, gracious welcome in the Napa Valley.
Wine country destinations also include Santa Rosa, the region’s largest town, and Petaluma with its riverside walk, and Sonoma. Visitors can easily make a day of it just checking out the stores, the Sonoma Mission and eateries hugging the main square in Sonoma or venture forth to explore one of the many farms and ranches featured in the Sonoma County Farm Trails guide. Lake County to the north, boasts majestic Clear Lake at its centerpiece and Mendocino offers wine country by the sea. Jack London State Park offers Broadway Under the Stars during the summer months.