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Napa by Road, by Land and by River

Whichever way you get there, Napa's charms are just a short drive away


Courtesy of Napa Valley Adventure Tours

In Diabloland, we’re incredibly lucky. We can get away to world-renowned Wine Country destinations for the price of a $4 toll. Here’s a guide to a great day in Napa, where there’s much more to do than swirl, sniff, and sip.

10 am Jump in the car, take I-680 to Highways 37 and 29. Just 45 miles north of Danville, Napa is less than an hour’s drive, with no traffic.

11 am Start with a leisurely cup o’ joe at the Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company. This cozy café finds single-origin beans and roasts daily with care. 948 Main St., (707) 224-2233, napavalleycoffee.com.

Noon Take the yoga-for-lunch class at Ubuntu, an unbelievably chic yoga studio. After class, have lunch in the Michelin star–ratedCourtesy of Ubuntu restaurant next door. 1140 Main St., (707) 251-5656, ubuntunapa.com.

2:15 pm Kayak the Napa River. Paddling along the river isn’t a white-water thrill ride for extreme sports enthusiasts. It’s a tranquil, unique way to experience Wine Country, with views of Napa’s natural beauty that simply can’t be seen any other way. The folks at Napa Valley Adventure Tours know every tree-shaded tributary and offer both guided and solo kayaking trips, year-round. Prices range from $55 to $125 per day. Napa Valley Adventure Tours, 610 First St., Ste. 10 at Oxbow Public Market, (707) 259-1833, napavalleyadventuretours.com

4 pm Load up on culinary delights at the Oxbow Public Market. This one-stop gourmet shopping center features everything from Hog Island oysters to Three Twins organic ice cream, and so much more. 610 First St., oxbowpublicCourtesy of Oxbow Public Marketmarket.com.

6:30 pm There’s no shortage of top restaurants to appreciate. Two to die for are the Michelin-starred Angèle, overlooking the Napa River, and La Toque, chef Ken Frank’s landmark eatery, featuring local, seasonal fare. The latter is part of the spectacular new Westin Verasa property, so if you feel like spending the night … just sayin’.  Angèle, 540 Main St., (707) 252-8115, angelerestaurant.com; La Toque, 1314 McKinstry St., (707) 257-5157, latoque.com.

8 pm Catch a show at the Napa Valley Opera House, a gorgeous 130-year-old theater, with an eclectic calendar. Recent events include Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir performing in an acoustic trio and comedian/banjo player Steve Martin playing bluegrass music. 1030 Main St., (707) 226-7372, nvoh.org


Courtesy of Napa Valley Opera HouseCedric Galsier


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