Destination guide

Napa County is not just for serious oenophiles

Welcome to Napa Valley, arguably the country's most famous wine region. Even if you don't know your Sauvignon Blancs from you Pinot Noirs, everyone's welcome to experience viticulture in the Valley. Once you've dropped into your fill of the 900 or so wineries that dot the landscape, you can swing by some of the finest restaurants this side of San Fran. It's not all about the vino though. Here, you can take to the skies in hot air balloons, enjoy scenic walks through the redwood forests or cast in your line to fish for your supper.

Things to do

Winery hopping in Napa County

It'll come as no surprise that most of the attractions are centered around the wineries. Serious oenophiles can hop aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train, for the wine and dining experience through the heart of the county. Alternatively, there are countless wineries which you can drop into to learn about the process of wine production and sample astonishingly good reds and whites. You can complement it with a visit to the multi-use Napa Valley Museum, which exhibits everything from art to cultural artifacts from the Valley. Where there's good wine, there's always good food to pair with it, and Napa Valley is no exception.

Activities

Take to the skies over Napa County

Even if a tipple of vino isn't your thing, don't let that stop you staying in a Napa County vacation rental. While you're there, you can take to the skies to see the beautiful rows of vines from above, or see them close up from the back of a bicycle. A popular vacation idea is walking from one Napa Country vacation rental to another, passing the soaring redwood forests and vines along the way. Alternatively, kick back on the banks of the river and spend a sunny afternoon fishing, or saddle up to trot along the equestrian trails.

Weather

Napa County is busiest during harvest season

Napa's high season, unsurprisingly, is during the annual harvest between August and October. Though the weather will be bright and the harvesting of grapes is a fascinating sight to see, even if you're a wine buff, there are other seasons that can be just as pleasant. If you want to get the balance between the price and climate, try to nab a Napa County vacation rental between March and May, when the landscape awakens from winter and begins to bloom. For rock-bottom prices on Napa vacation rentals, visit in winter, when crowds are thin on the ground.

Natural features

It's not all about wine in Napa County

Napa County is awash with woodlands and wetlands, making it one of the most diverse regions of San Francisco. Ornithologists and twitchers will be particularly taken, as Napa County sits directly on the Pacific Flyway, a route used by migrating birds flying between Mexico and Canada. At last count, there's more than 400 species to tick off your lists. If that's not enough, depending on which time you stay in a Napa County vacation rental, there are plenty of other beasts to spot, including the last species of bear in the state and the elusive mountain lion.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Napa Valley

The nearest airport is in Napa, CA (APC-Napa Valley), located 13.9 mi (22.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field), which is 21.2 mi (34.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Napa County?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,040 vacation rentals near Napa County. From 577 Houses to 111 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Napa County for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Napa County?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Napa County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Napa: 952 vacation rentals
  • St Helena: 571 vacation rentals
  • Calistoga: 558 vacation rentals
  • Yountville: 684 vacation rentals
  • Silverado Resort: 84 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Napa County! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Napa County?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Napa County:

  • Napa: 952 rentals
  • St Helena: 571 rentals
  • Calistoga: 558 rentals
  • Yountville: 684 rentals
  • Rutherford: 1,181 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Napa County?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Napa County are:

  • Napa County Airport (APC): 807 vacation rentals
  • San Rafael, CA (SRF): 1,876 vacation rentals
  • Vacaville, CA (VCB-Nut Tree): 272 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Napa County?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Napa County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Napa Valley Wine Train: 822 rentals
  • Calistoga Hot Springs: 1,905 rentals
  • Napa Valley College: 864 rentals
  • Napa Valley Balloons: 1,019 rentals
  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Winery: 1,009 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Napa County listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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