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Napa Valley Travel Guide

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After a visit to Napa Valley in the 1880s, writer Robert Louis Stevenson pronounced, "Wine is bottled poetry." You'll see this quote as you pass the area's landmark sign on Highway 29. Unfortunately, Stevenson was referring to French wine — what Napa vintners should aspire to. But as the film "Bottle Shock" documents, California wineries have since risen to the level of their European predecessors. Now, both connoisseurs and amateurs savor the respected vintages ... continue» Read More

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When to Visit Napa Valley

The best time to visit Napa is September through November or March through May. Napa's peak tourist season corresponds with the region's harvest season (August through October). During this busy time, expect high prices for everything, including food, accommodations and wine tours. If you catch the tail end of the harvest season, you'll enjoy the area's beautiful autumn weather and changing leaves. March through May, when spring is in full bloom and the crowds have thinned, is another prime time to visit. But, regardless of when you plan your Napa vacation, you'll find plenty to do, as wineries are open year-round and there are festivals galore. Determining what season is best for you depends on the type of trip you're looking for. If you want the full Napa experience of grape harvesting, plan on visiting between August and November. But if you're hoping to save a few bucks and don't mind the chilly weather, a trip between December and February will likely be less crowded and more affordable.

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