Welcome to Napa
Vineyard paradise soaked in sunshine and culture
Endless sunshine and vineyards sprawling into the rolling hillsides have made Napa a foremost destination in California’s Wine Country. A vibrant city known for its hip wine-tasting rooms, posh resorts, and award-winning culinary scene, Napa boasts remarkable amenities, and a convenient location to everywhere residents need to be, whether it is the airport or ocean.
Once a trade and transportation hub, Napa’s first tide of development occurred in the 1840s, transforming the town into the Valley’s commercial epicenter by the early 20th century. Seasonal festivals nourish the city’s remarkable culture, ample trails, and green spaces engendering an active lifestyle of outdoor recreation for every member of the community. Downtown Napa features a riverfront promenade with charming shops and restaurants, whimsical works of art displayed all around. With an array of elegant homes ranging in style from Tuscan villas to contemporary estates overlooking lush vineyards, Napa is the epitome of luxury and unparalleled sophistication.
What to Love
- Award-winning wineries
- Outstanding weather
- Mecca of outdoor activities
- Fascinating year-round festivals
- World-class restaurants
- Scenic countryside terrain
A remarkable presence in the wine country, there's plenty to love about living in Napa. While tourists flock in all year round, there’s ample space for everyone to breathe without the neighborhood feeling congested. Safe, relaxed, and radiant with lots of great attractions, Napa offers an idyllic escape from urban settings yet provides all the ease of a metropolis, appealing to families and empty-nesters looking to spend the rest of their years surrounded by natural beauty and great, unpolluted breezes. As soon as you step into the town, you can feel Napa’s warm hospitality envelope you.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Downtown Napa is a bustling retail haven and culinary paradise featuring late 19th and early 20th-century architecture, a riverfront promenade with chic boutiques, upscale shops, and classy eateries. One of the most popular destinations here is the Oxbow Public Market, which houses a farmers’ market and food hall teeming with gourmet goodies and artisan snacks.
Come have a yummy plate of escargot and roasted veal sweetbreads on the riverfront patio of the rustic boathouse that houses Angele Restaurant & Bar. Creative cocktails and savory meals await you in this fine French restaurant with a high-end ambiance.
The Model Bakery is famous for its brick-oven-baked English muffins and bread. You’ll be spoiled for choice with an assortment of hearty pastries, sandwiches, salads, and more. Stop into TORC for the freshest farm-to-table fare and quality wine. Whenever you’re craving a spicy BBQ platter or craft brew, walk into Bounty Hunter to get your fill.
Things to Do
Immerse yourself in music, wine, and food at the three-day Napa Valley Bottlerock, where famous bands and artists take to the stages, local wineries are celebrated and festival-goers have the time of their lives.
Shop at the downtown Napa Farmers Market to find organic nuts, meat, fish, and more. Locals love to hang out on First Street, where the atmosphere is relaxing and stylish retail options abound. Movie enthusiasts always look forward to the experience at Napa Valley Film Festival, where the art blends well with the food and wine. Don’t forget to plan a visit to the JaM Cellars for a remarkable wine-tasting adventure in a quaint musical setting!
Napa is served by the Napa Valley Unified School District, home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: