The City of Napa is the hub of the Valley. Having undergone a revitalization project over the last few years, it is truly coming into its own. And it’s where Blackbird Inn is located, within walking distance to the waterfront, where you’ll find great shops and restaurants. Try Ubuntu, innovative vegetarian cuisine or Tuscany, Italian with a modern twist. On Friday evenings through September, bands perform (6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) at Veterans Park on the Napa River, and locals and visitors alike gather for drinks and music.
There are great tasting rooms right in town as well. Try Ceja, and you might even meet Amelia Ceja and discover the extraordinary wines she produces, all while sharing her passion for great food and wine. The Oxbow Public Market is a great place to wander, enjoy lunch or a glass of wine, and shop in great little boutiques. Live music is performed on most Friday evenings on the outdoor patio, and is a great place to gather.
Another fun thing to include in your travels is a leisurely lunch on the Wine Train, as you travel up Valley through the towns of Yountville and St. Helena. If shopping is on your agenda, the Napa Premium Outlets, featuring Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Cole Hahn and many others are a short drive away. And for the adventurous, sign up for a hot air balloon ride with Balloons Above the Valley, definitely a once in a lifetime experience!
Some of the best olive oil in California is produced right here. Make an advance reservation at Round Pond in Rutherford for their 1 ½ hour olive oil tour and learn about olive cultivation, harvest and production and then sample their delicious oils and vinegars with gourmet bread, cheese and fresh organic produce. Advance reservations are required ($20 pp) for the tour and tasting and I can guarantee you’ll want to take some home!
Blackbird Inn, a meticulously restored eight-room Craftsman style inn, is at the center of everything, as you enjoy all the Valley has to offer.