Sunday, June 24, 2007

Napa Valley - more than just wine

If you've exhausted yourself with the wineries, there are plenty of other fun activities to check out while in the area.

I mentioned COPIA in an earlier post and it's a must see! It's the perfect place to learn about the area and have the chance to mingle with other visitors and experts. COPIA is a non-profit that began in 2003 offering a variety of things to explore including art exhibitions, edible organic gardens, films, concerts, etc. Whether you're a home cook or a gourmet chef, a wine novice or connoisseur - there's something here for everyone. Oh...and if you have time to stay for a bite, Julia's Kitchen is a must (that's Julia, as in Julia you see what I mean!).

Another way to experience the area and still get out and active is through a bike tour. Check out Wine Country Bikes located outside of Napa in Healdsburg for a variety of tour options and get a chance to see wine country in a whole new way!

If you have the chance, there are hot springs in Calistoga and I found a great deal on mud baths. These are so fun for a group and romantic for couples. Click here to check out the deals at Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa & Resort.

Last but not least, another tasting. But wait, it's not what you think! Try an olive oil tasting - thanks to Giada and her latest travel show, I learned about Round Pond Vineyard which offers olive oil tastings and it looked so fun...and yummy too! The vineyard is located about 14 miles north of Napa so keep that in mind when planning your travels. I have this one on my personal list for my next trip. It's the wannabe foodie in me. :)

PS - thanks Kell for the tip on Giada's show, it definitely came in handy!


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