Fun Things to Do in Napa Valley This Spring
Spring time may be the best time to visit Napa Valley. On a regular calendar, springtime generally begins in March, but Napa Valley, it begins in February and lasts through May. Although you may experience some rain showers in the spring as the weather changes, you need not worry as you can still enjoy your vacation in the Wine Country.
A rainy day is no bother during wine tastings as they are usually done indoors. Napa features some of the most beautiful wineries - the Castelo di Amorosa in particular is a winery that you could spend all day inside exploring. A modern building designed in an authentic 13th-century Tuscan architecture, this massive castle/winery has real moats, a drawbridge, buttresses, keeps, defensive towers, and patios. Being inside Castelo di Amorosa makes you feel like royalty. Visit their barrel cellars and tasting rooms where you can sample some of their wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, a couple of types of Pinot, and their famous La Fantasia rosé – a soft sparkling rosé best served as a dessert wine with sweet and refreshing aromas of fruit and exotic flowers.
On a clear spring day, however, you can visit one winery then go to another (visits to two to three wineries a day are preferable). To take advantage of the spring, choose wineries that also offer the best vistas of the vineyards such as the Domaine Carneros, Sterling, Kuleto Estate, and Signorello Estate. You may also want to wander among the brilliant yellow wild mustard blooms that overtake the seemingly barren vineyards. Take pictures of your surroundings or stylish selfies, if you prefer. If you take a closer look, you may also notice the new shoots - even miniature grape clusters - sprouting out of the dormant vines. For cycling enthusiasts, consider leasing a bike from any bicycle rental location and you may go on guided tours or choose your own route to explore the roads less traveled. Several lodgings also offer bike rentals.
The chill from the winter has dissipated, which calls for more outdoor activity. Campers are going to have their field day again and they will find plenty of camping destinations in the Napa Valley. For families, the Bothe Napa Valley State Park offers lots of trails, yurts, swimming and grounds specifically meant for camping. Other excellent camping site options include the Skyline Wilderness Park, Enchanted Hills Retreat, and Napa Valley Expo RV Park. Lake Berryessa is the biggest lake in Napa County. It also serves as a reservoir. Visitors can enjoy plenty of springtime activities on and beside the lake including swimming, fly-fishing, kayaking, and jet-skiing. Lakeside lodgings and cabins are also available.