Robert Louis Stevenson State Park#8 in Best Things To Do in Napa Valley
Most travelers don't venture to California wine country for untamed nature, but those who do will find bliss in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. This state park is famous for its seemingly untouched landscape as well as geography. The
You might first think: Why is an American wilderness park named after the Scottish author of "Treasure Island"? It's because Stevenson and his wife honeymooned in a small cabin in this area in 1880. Of more interest to the outdoorsy visitors is the awesome 5-mile hike up Mount St. Helena. And if it's a clear day at the top, you might be able to see Mount Shasta, which is 192 miles north.
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park is 7 miles north of Calistoga on Highway 29. It opens every day at sunrise and closes at sunset. Park Services recommend you plan your visit for the spring or fall. For more information, check out the California State Parks' website.
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#1 Frog's Leap Winery
Owner and winemaker, John Williams, started as a dairy farmer in New York, but fell in love with winemaking and opened his own winery in 1981, known as Frog's Leap Winery. This country farm meets vineyard is the perfect place to enjoy great wine and company without the stuffiness sometimes found at wineries. Plus, Frog's Leap farms organically, so you're making healthy choices by the drinking wine – right?
Some say this winery offers the most relaxed and enjoyable tour-tasting in Napa Valley. Tour guides lead you through the fruit and vegetable gardens, the fermentation room, barrel room and the gorgeous farmhouse. Recent guests love leisurely savoring their wine while gazing at the gardens and Mayacamas Mountains from rocking chairs on the farmhouse porch. Guests also said that the occasional run-in with the jovial winemaker John Williams is always a treat.
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