Best Times to Visit Napa Valley
The best time to visit Napa is August through October or March through May. Napa's peak tourist season corresponds with the region's harvest season (August through October). During this busy time, expect crowds and high prices for just about everything, especially accommodations. If you catch the tail end of the harvest season, you'll enjoy the area's beautiful autumn weather, complete with changing leaves and the chance of lower hotel rates. March through May, when spring is in full bloom and the summer rush has yet to arrive, is another prime time to visit. If you're looking to save a few bucks and don't mind chillier weather, a trip between December and February will likely be less crowded and more affordable. Plus, there's a number of food festivals that take place during this time, including the Napa Truffle Festival. Regardless of when you plan your Napa vacation, you'll find plenty to do, as wineries don't experience seasonal closures and festivals are held year-round.
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Heavy crowds roll into Napa during this time, and for good reason: it's harvesting season. During harvest season, visitors can enjoy fun seasonal activities such as harvest dinners, balls and grape smashing. What's more, daytime highs are next to perfect during this time, with highs in the upper 70s during August and September and then dropping to the mid 70s in October.
It's important to know that due to the season's popularity, you should be booking accommodations, tours and even tasting at least four months in advance. And no matter what month in this time frame you choose to visit, it's wise to bring a coat, as temps drop tend to drop in the 50s and 40s at night. And if you're visiting during August, the region's rainiest month, bring an umbrella too.
November through February is considered Napa's low season thanks to the cold weather (think highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s). However, if you're looking to experience Napa on a budget, this is the time to visit, as rates for accommodations are at an all-time low and many wineries offer deals to draw in more travelers. Plus, if you're a foodie, you'll no doubt enjoy the seasonal food festivals that take place during this time, which you should no doubt pair with a cabernet (cabernet season runs from November to April).
If you're interested in experiencing more than just wine, consider visiting Napa March through May, when spring is in full bloom and greenery is aplenty. March can still be a bit chilly, especially at night, when daytime highs in the low 60s drop down to the 40s. Expect the temps to get significantly warmer April through May, with daytime highs between the high 60s and low 70s and lows hanging in the mid 40s. And although May is the warmest month during this period, it's also the wettest, so don't forget to pack an umbrella.
Visitors and locals alike love summer in Napa. There are plenty of music and cultural festivals enticing crowds. The summer ushers in long, sunshine-filled days, but it's also Napa's wettest season, especially during June and August (Napa's wettest month), so don't leave without packing an umbrella. Temperatures, on the other hand, are very warm, with highs in the high 70s and lows in the low 50s.
While there are certainly lots of perks for visiting during the summer, it's hard to avoid the masses of people during this time, especially on the weekends, when day-trippers mix with the overnight guests. Accommodations start to boost their rates and wine tours begin to fill, so book your reservations well in advance.
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