5 Very Cool Fall Things to Do in the Napa Valley
Brisk mornings and warm afternoons and harvest season make the fall in the Napa Valley a world-renowned destination. From early morning hot air balloon rides to late season golfing, the Autumn months in Napa are the best time of the year to enjoy wineries, biking, and dining. Come explore all the wonders of wine country today!
Touch the Sky in a Hot Air Balloon
A newcomer to the Valley may be surprised as they look up towards the Napa sky to find dozens of Hot Air Balloons aloft! Take flight in one of most unique and uplifting (literally) ways to appreciate the rolling hills and lush vines of the Valley.
You’ll need to be an early morning riser, as most hot air balloon companies like Napa Valley Balloon Inc. or Balloons Above the Valley launch just after dawn when winds are steady, and the temperatures are the coolest.
Harvest Season—A Time for Sipping
Spend an afternoon, a day, or a weekend sipping the results of a Napa Valley harvest season! Beginning in August, the Valley comes alive with the thrill and anticipation of harvest. It’s the prime time of the year when vineyards and wineries race to pick grapes at perfect ripeness. Countless wineries host parties, dinners, grape stomping, and other fun activities. Discover harvest events throughout Napa listed at Visit Napa Valley.
Time to work off all that wine and take in the scenic courses of the Napa Valley. We’re fortunate that our golf season stretches into the early fall months, as we’re graced with warm Indian Summers (this means temperatures can hit as high as 90 degrees in Autumn!)
Catch a quick 9-hole game at Napa’s public courses Vintner’s Golf Club or challenge yourself on championship courses that have stomped even top PGA Tour players, at the Silverado Resort and Spa. Whether beginner or pro you’ll find bliss and serenity at famous Napa Golf Courses.
Craft Beer Here!
The Napa Valley’s amazing award-winning wines are cause for celebration all year round. But these days, Napa isn’t only for the wine lovers. Explore craft breweries and taprooms right in Downtown Napa. You can even organize your own pub crawl, as several breweries and taprooms are walkable within a half-mile radius. Some local favorites include: Stone Brewing Napa, Trade Brewing, and Fieldwork Brewing.
Saddle Up and Bike the Napa Valley Vine Trail
Napa Valley Vine Trail’s car-free, family-friendly bike path spans over 12 miles starting in Downtown Napa and going all the way to Yountville. Napa Valley Bike Tours & Rentals offers a full range of biking experiences to meet your needs and interests.
You can opt for a scenic Guided Bike Tour hosted by a knowledgeable tour guide, rent a bike and adventure off on the bike trails on your own. even an option for folks in between, with Self-Guided Tours that include a picnic lunch delivered right to your end location!