The Perfect Napa Valley Honeymoon Itinerary

Napa Valley is hands-down one of the most romantic places in the United States. But because “Napa Valley” is a region that’s made up of so much land and so many tos, it does take a bit of pre-planning to have the perfect honeymoon here.

Having helped a few friends plan their Napa Valley honeymoons and having celebrated many anniversaries and birthdays here, I feel like I know Napa Valley like the back of my hand at this point!

If you’re planning your very own honeymoon trip to Napa Valley, I’m sure you’ve done a bit of light research about the area. And I’m sure you’ve found that it’s not the cheapest! From wine-tasting fees to accommodation prices — things just cost more in this premier destination.

So to help everyone out, I’ll provide a few options for activities/accommodations — there will be something to fit all budgets.

So keep reading for your ultimate Napa Valley honeymoon itinerary, a done-for-you itinerary of three epic days enjoying the best that Napa Valley has to offer.

During this 3-day Napa Valley honeymoon itinerary, you’ll celebrate romance, enjoy the best wines, experience farm-to-table meals, and even have a little adventure in the sky AND a little adventure in the ground!

(Sounds crazy, right? Ok, I’ll give you a little teaser — hot air balloon rides and outdoor mud baths!)

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NAPA VALLEY IN A NUTSHELL

Here’s a quick overview of all the useful info you need to plan an awesome trip!

  • When To Go: Harvest Season (Late August to October) or Winter (December to April)
  • Nearest Airport: Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa – San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – Oakland International Airport (OAK) – flights from SFO and OAK will likely be cheapest
  • How to Get Around: While there are some public transportation options available in Napa Valley such as buses and shuttles, the best way to get around is by car. We recommend using Rentalcars.com to find the best deal. Book early because rental cars in Hawaii go like hotcakes!
  • Must-Do’s: Go on a wine-tasting tour, enjoy a farm-to-table dining experience, stroll through Oxbow Public Market.
  • The Perfect Date: Start your morning off with a hot air balloon ride + mud bath in the town of Calistoga + lunch/dinner on the Napa Valley Wine Train!
  • Before You Go: Be sure to research the wineries you want to visit and make reservations in advance, as many popular wineries require reservations for tastings and tours. You’ll also want to make reservations at restaurants if they’re offered. Weeks in advance if you can!

Where To Stay For Your Napa Valley Honeymoon Trip

The first thing you’ll want to do when planning a Napa Valley Honeymoon is to book your accommodation.

This is because where you stay will set the tone for your entire trip and will be the place where you’ll be spending most of your time. Your accommodation will be your home base, your sanctuary, and your romantic haven during your stay in Napa Valley.

By booking your accommodation first, you’ll have a better idea of your budget and what amenities you’ll have access to during your stay.

You’ll also be able to plan your itinerary around your accommodation, ensuring that you know how far you’ll be from certain wineries/activities and have enough time to enjoy all the romantic activities and amenities that your hotel or resort has to offer.

Napa Valley is home to a plethora of accommodation options, from luxury resorts and boutique hotels to charming bed and breakfasts and cozy inns. They all offer different amenities at many different price points, so it’s important to choose the one that best fits your preferences and budget.

If you book early enough, you’ll also have the best chance of securing a room or suite that meets your honeymoon needs! Maybe you want to splurge a bit for your special honeymoon trip and you want a private cottage instead of the standard guestroom. Most properties only have so many of these special rooms.

Because many of the top hotels and resorts in Napa Valley book up quickly (especially during peak season), it’s important to plan ahead and book early so you can secure exactly what you want for your special trip!

Auberge du Soleil

Rutherford, CA | Price Range: $1600 – $1800/night

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Experience the epitome of luxury in wine country at Auberge du Soleil, the most iconic adults-only property that seamlessly blends the charm of the South of France with the soul of California.

Nestled within a sunlit olive grove on the slopes of Rutherford Hill, this resort spans 33 acres and offers majestic views of the renowned Napa Valley.

With 50 spacious and contemporary guest rooms, suites, and private maisons, Auberge du Soleil has earned its reputation as the premier luxury property in wine country. I truly don’t think you could get more luxurious or more romantic than this!

This ultra-regal hotel offers not just romantic views of the surrounding vineyards, but also a range of romantic amenities, including private terraces, the chance to enjoy an art walk in the sculpture garden, as well as a Michelin-starred restaurant.

The hotel also offers “Picnic in the Parc”, where you’ll get to enjoy a private French-inspired picnic featuring artisan cheeses and charcuterie, seasonal salads, fruit, and your varietal of choice of their outstanding house wines, all set within their picturesque olive grove!

Then there’s the Auberge Spa, a massive haven of relaxation and rejuvenation, with eight treatment rooms, Hammam steam rooms, and three temperate springs where you can soak and indulge in a restorative water ritual.

With numerous industry awards and accolades (including being a Relais & Chateaux property and Forbes Five Star resort), this luxury resort is guaranteed to elevate your wine country experience!

Alila Napa Valley

St. Helena, CA | Price Range: $700 – $1000/night

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Escape to a sanctuary for adults nestled amidst the picturesque Beringer Vineyards and surrounded by historic wineries – welcome to Alila Napa Valley!

This enchanting retreat offers a harmonious blend of traditional and modern elements, infused with the rustic charm of the Napa lifestyle. As you step into this tucked-away haven, you’ll feel a world away, yet you’re just minutes from downtown St. Helena.

Most guestrooms are adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows, firepits and outdoor seating, creating a cozy and intimate atmosphere.

For added indulgence, select rooms offer deep soaking tubs and wrap-around decks, inviting you to unwind in style! State-of-the-art bathroom fixtures, eco-lighting, and designer furniture add a touch of luxury to your stay, ensuring every moment is infused with elegance and comfort.

At the heart of the resort lies Spa Alila where you can pamper yourself with couples’ massage treatments, specialty scrubs, and the cleansing ritual of the steam room. They even have weekly sound bath sessions you can take advantage of!

For even more added romance they offer in-room spa experiences and a Fireside Romance package featuring take-home bathrooms, wine, and chocolate dessert.

Meadowood Napa Valley

St Helena, CA | Price Range: $1000 – $1700/night

Meadowood Napa Valley is an intimate 36-room luxury resort that offers a range of romantic amenities, including private cottages with fireplaces, couples massages at their award-winning spa, two sanctuary gardens for relaxation, and a Michelin-starred restaurant for guests to enjoy a meal made with seasonal local ingredients.

Then there’s the Wine Center, exclusive to hotel guests, where you can enjoy fine wine and learn about all aspects of wine appreciation and the world’s various regions of production.

The resort also offers a range of activities, from hiking around the Meadowood estate and golfing to wine tasting and hot air balloon rides.

Forbes Travel Guide awarded Meadowood and The Spa at Meadowood Five Stars, making them the only wine-country estate in Napa Valley to receive these honors!

Milliken Creek Inn

Napa, CA | Price Range: $400 – $550/night

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Nestled amidst the bustling city of Napa is Milliken Creek Inn, a boutique-style bed and breakfast that takes luxury, romance, and serenity to new heights.

As you can already tell from the looks of the guestrooms, you’ll be stepping into a world where tranquility and sophistication intertwine effortlessly. This intimate retreat has just twelve beautifully furnished rooms, each designed to make you and your honey feel like modern kings or queens!

At Milliken Creek Inn, personalized service is the name of the game. Whether you’re seeking a vineyard tour, a hot air balloon adventure, or a rejuvenating spa experience, they’ll curate an unforgettable journey tailored to your preferences.

Now, let’s talk about gastronomy—their breakfast is the star of the show.

During your stay, you can wake up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and indulge in a gourmet breakfast that showcases the region’s finest flavors. You’ll savor artisanal cheeses, farm-fresh produce, and delectable pastries—all accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine, of course.

In the evening, treat your taste buds to a complimentary wine and cheese reception, where you can mingle with fellow guests and savor the local vintages that put Napa Valley on the map.

Location-wise, this B&B is perfect for people who want to enjoy the Napa Valley Wine Train and enjoy downtown Napa easily as both are just 5 minutes away by car.

Archer Hotel Napa

Napa, CA | Price Range: $300 – $450/night

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When it comes to luxury boutique hotels in Napa Valley, Archer Hotel Napa truly stands out as a gem that captures the essence of the region. From the moment you set foot inside this elegant establishment, you’ll be captivated by its sophisticated charm and warm hospitality.

First and foremost, Archer Hotel Napa’s location is a dream come true for wine enthusiasts. Situated right in the heart of downtown Napa, this boutique hotel puts you within walking distance of some of the finest wineries, tasting rooms, and restaurants the valley has to offer.

The hotel effortlessly combines contemporary elegance with a touch of rustic charm, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. The rooms will make you feel right at home, boasting plush furnishings, luxurious linens, and modern amenities that ensure a comfortable stay.

If you get hungry, there’s the Charlie Palmer Steak restaurant located onsite. Then there’s Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar, the hotel’s rooftop bar and lounge featuring panoramic views of the valley, providing the perfect spot to unwind with a glass of local wine!

You know what else is on the roof? An intimate rooftop spa with a signature menu of facials and massages! Perfect for elevating your honeymoon trip when you’re not out exploring Napa Valley’s attractions.

Hopefully at this point you’ve pinpointed the perfect hotel to call home base for your trip. Book that room NOW so that you have time to reach out to the hotel and let them know you’re celebrating your honeymoon and inquire about what romance packages they offer.

Now, let’s get into the actual honeymoon itinerary!


Napa Valley Honeymoon Itinerary Overview

Here’s a high-level look at what this 3-day romance-filled Napa Valley itinerary is comprised of:

  • Day 1: Explore the town of Napa and have a meal aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train
  • Day 2: Go on a hot air balloon ride, wine taste, experience an iconic mud bath in Calistoga
  • Day 3: Have a spa day, brunch, wine taste, explore Yountville’s culinary delights

If you have more days to spare for your honeymoon, I’ll give you some pointers at the end of this post on what else you can do with your time here!


Napa Valley Honeymoon Itinerary – Day 1

Day 1 is all about exploring the bustling town of Napa, CA. There’s a lot to see and do here, so be sure to pack up everything you’ll need for a full day of exploring.

Explore Oxbow Market

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Your first stop will be Oxbow Public Market in the town of Napa. Let’s get some coffee/food in you!

Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa is a 40,000-square-foot foodie paradise! It’s filled with 20+ vendors/merchants selling everything from fresh seafood to gourmet spices, and handcrafted goods to three-course meals.

Enjoy fresh oysters at Hog Island Oyster Bar, breakfast tacos at C Casa, or wood-fired pizza at Kitchen Door. After your meal, indulge in a cupcake or two, a few pieces of gourmet chocolate, or even a glass of wine, frozen rose, or beer!

Follow that up with a stroll around the market, making sure to take in all the sights and smells of the gourmet culinary products offered.

Here are some of our favorite food joints to check out at the Oxbow Public Market:

  • Ritual Coffee – What a joy it was to stumble upon one of the best coffee shops in the nation right here in Napa! Ritual has been our go-to whenever we’re wine tasting in the area–sipping on their coffee is a fantastic way to start any Napa Valley morning.
  • Model Bakery – A local institution! Get the buttery, crispy English muffins. Or a sandwich on one of those bad boys. Trust me, it’s what they’re known for.
  • Hog Island Oysters – Hog Island Oysters is a classic choice that you can’t go wrong with. Definitely a must-eat if you’re in the mood for oysters.
  • Gott’s Roadside – If you like burgers, this is a Bay Area staple that you can’t miss. This St. Helena drive-in first became famous under the name Taylor’s Refresher–now it’s Gott’s, and you gotta have Gott’s. Think juicy cheeseburgers, yummy hot dogs, crispy onion rings, and hand-spun shakes.
  • C Casa – Their made-to-order tortillas are topped with really unique ingredients, like seasoned buffalo, rotisserie lamb, grilled prawns, fresh crab, microgreens, goat cheese, chipotle aioli, and more. We had breakfast here and really enjoyed the breakfast tacos.

If you’d like to learn more about what the Oxbow Public Market has to offer, check out my in-depth guide on the full Oxbow Public Market experience!

Explore Downtown Napa

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Napa Valley is made up of nine towns, most notably Calistoga, Saint Helena, Yountville, and, of course, Napa. Each of these towns has its own unique charm and features, but downtown Napa is particularly fun and exciting!

Back in 1817, Napa began with just a saloon and a general store. Today, the town has transformed into a great escape of gastronomy and relaxation.

Take a quick stroll down 1st Street and Main Street and you’ll immediately notice the variety of cute eateries, laidback tasting rooms, and gift shops. While you’re at it, stop and admire some of the historic buildings built in a variety of different architectural styles (Victorian, Spanish Colonial, and art deco).  

With shops, tasting rooms, and restaurants around every corner, you can spend a good few hours exploring just downtown Napa.

One of my favorite shops in the area? Napastäk Napa Valley! Walking into this gift store-wine bar-coffee shop hybrid is like walking into a dream. Whether you’re looking for a quick wine-tasting session or cute souvenirs and gourmet snacks to take home, Napastäk is the place to go.

Explore Napa Riverfront

The Napa Riverfront is a new addition to the city, making Napa that much more fun to explore. The waterfront promenade is the perfect place to take a late afternoon or post-dinner stroll.

And not only can you stroll. but you can also eat and shop!

The building hosts an eclectic mix of cafes, boutique shops, and restaurants including Napa General Store (local favorite establishment serving up breakfast/lunch and wine tastings), Morimoto Napa (Masaharu Morimoto is famous for being the star of Iron Chef), and Angele Restaurant & Bar (wine, cocktails, and French bistro fare).

If you do choose to grab a snack, don’t get too full because your next activity is going to feature some really good food.

Local Tip: During the summer on Fridays, Napa City Nights features live entertainment at the Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater, overlooking the Napa River. Entertainment runs from 6:30 – 10:00 pm.

Dinner Aboard The Napa Valley Wine Train

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The Napa Valley Wine Train is an extremely popular way to relax and enjoy some of Napa Valley’s finest foods! The Wine Train is such a unique experience–where else do you get to eat while enjoying the scenery from restored antique train cars?

Admission to the Wine Train means you’ll get to hop aboard the antique railway cars and enjoy a multi-course fine dining meal while you take in the Napa Valley views.

Some noteworthy sights along the way include St. Helena, Oakville, Yountville, Rutherford, and Napa — many of which you’ll be visiting during your Napa Valley honeymoon itinerary.

The Napa Valley Wine Train has both dinner and lunch options and is a truly unforgettable experience in Napa Valley. It’s not exactly cheap, but so luxurious and so worth it!

In terms of dinner options, can choose from Vista Dome Dinner (perfect for those romance vibes), the Gourmet Express Dinner, or even the super-fun Murder Mystery Dinner!

And just so you know, ironically, wine is actually not included unless you opt for a special package that includes it.


Napa Valley Honeymoon Itinerary – Day 2

A Morning Hot Air Balloon Adventure

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Discover vineyards, mountains, and city panoramas from the sky on a romantic hot air balloon ride! This is such a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a perfect honeymoon activity.

I really can’t think of a better reason to get up at the crack of dawn. Your efforts of getting up in the early morning will pay off in bounds when you catch your first glimpse of the entire valley from the Vaca Mountains to the Mayacamas Mountains (and everything in between).

Starting just after sunrise, step into your hot-air balloon to watch the valley come alive, floating up to 2,000 feet in the air. Enjoy coffee before and sparkling wine after, celebrating your journey gliding along the California horizon.

There are lots of ballooning companies to choose from, but this hot air balloon tour comes very highly rated.

Go Wine Tasting

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Wine tasting at Domaine Carneros

You’re in Napa, so you’re SPOILED with choices when it comes to wineries to choose from. If you have a good idea of the wineries you want to visit, make reservations for tasting tours as soon as possible, especially if you’re visiting during harvest season.

Not sure which wineries to start with? Here are some of the top wineries in the area I’d recommend kicking off your wine-tasting adventure off with:

Castello di Amorosa

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Wine tasting at Castello di Amorosa is a unique and immersive experience that combines history, architecture, and exceptional wine!

This super-unique winery is modeled after a 13th-century medieval-style Tuscan castle, complete with a drawbridge, moat, and towers! You can explore the castle’s many rooms and levels, including the Courtyard, Truncated Tower, Chapel, Great Hall, Knights Hall, and Main Tasting Room.

After exploring the castle grounds, head to the tasting room! Castello di Amorosa specializes in Italian-style wines, including Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosato di Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, and a lot more.

If you want to upgrade your tasting experience, they also offer a Cheese & Charcuterie Box Pairing, a Chocolate Pairing, a Diamond Estate Tour & Reserve Wine Tasting, and a Cabernet Is King experience for the Cabernet Sauvignon enthusiast.

What you need to know: Reservations are required for everyone in your party. The castle grounds is open to visitors with a tasting or tour reservation only.

Domaine Carneros

Specializing in sparkling wines and Pinot Noir, Domaine Carneros gives you the opportunity to wine taste in a beautiful French-inspired chateau overlooking the rolling hills of wine country!

Domaine Carneros is best known for its sparkling wines, which are made in the traditional method used in Champagne, France. The winery produces a range of sparkling wines, including a Brut, a Blanc de Blancs, and a Rosé. Domaine Carneros also produces still wines, including Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

From your private table overlooking the scenic rolling hills of Carneros, you can enjoy a flight of Sparkling or Still wine. All tastings are seated and led by an experienced wine professional.

And if you want to elevate your tasting experience, you can pair your wine with charcuterie and cheese and even world-class caviar. Some of their other special tasting packages include Bubbles & Bites: A Journey to Southeast Asia and The Art of Sabrage. Check out all their offerings here.

What you need to know: Reservations are required.

Caymus Vineyards

If you’re a fan of cabs, you need to add Caymus to your list of wineries to visit. Caymus Vineyards is located in the Rutherford AVA of Napa Valley, California.

Since its founding in 1972, Caymus has become renowned as a consistent leader in the production of Napa Valley Cabernet. They are best known for their Cabernet Sauvignon, which is consistently highly rated and sought after by wine collectors and enthusiasts.

The winery also produces a range of other wines, including a Merlot, a Zinfandel, and a Cabernet Franc.

The tasting room at Caymus Vineyards is housed in a charming cottage-style building, surrounded by lush gardens and vineyards. The tasting room offers a range of tasting experiences, from a classic tasting of current-release wines to a library tasting of older vintages.

What you need to know: Reservations are required to visit. Each tasting fee can be waived when purchasing at least $50 in wine.

Beringer Vineyards

With a history dating back to 1876, Beringer Vineyards is one of the oldest and most respected wineries in Napa Valley. Their tasting room is housed in a beautiful 19th-century mansion.

Beringer Vineyards is located in the St. Helena AVA of Napa Valley, California. The winery is situated on a historic estate that spans over 200 acres, with vineyards planted on the slopes of Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain, and Mount Veeder.

Beringer produces a range of wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc — they’re particularly known for their Cabernet Sauvignon!

The tasting room within the mansion features stunning architecture, with a wrap-around porch, a grand staircase, and a beautiful garden to enjoy too. Take your pick of wine-tasting experience, because they’ve got a whole bunch to choose from!

Opus One Winery

Opus One Winery is a globally recognized name in luxury wine that was founded in 1979 as a joint venture between Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild. The winery produces Bordeaux-style blends that are considered some of the finest wines in the world!

Sounds great right? Well just keep in mind that tastings don’t come cheap here, with their 60-minute Courtyard Tasting Experience starting at $100 per person.

Having said that, if you do visit, be sure to top off your experience by exploring the winery’s beautiful grounds, which feature a tranquil reflecting pool, gardens, and lush vineyards!

What you need to know: Reservations are required to visit. Groups are limited to four guests.

👉 Pro Tip: Lots of wineries allow you to bring your own snacks or even have your own picnic when wine tasting. If you’re looking to save money on meals or feel like picnicking instead of eating at a sit-down restaurant, be sure to stop by a market to pick up sandwiches, cheeses, meats, and breads for your picnic!

See Old Faithful of California

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One quick and memorable activity to add to your Napa Valley honeymoon itinerary is seeing Old Faithful of California. Located in the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, just a short drive from Napa Valley, Old Faithful of California is a natural geyser that erupts every 30-45 minutes. 

A quick fun fact: The other two geysers with the “Old Faithful” title are in Wyoming and New Zealand—how awesome is it that California has one to call our own?

When you arrive at the park, you’ll need to pay a small entrance fee and then make your way to the geyser viewing area. There are benches and picnic tables where you can enjoy some wine, eat some snacks, relax, and wait for the next eruption. 

Every 30ish minutes, you can catch a glimpse of the erupting steam and water that sprays approximately 60 to 90 feet in the air.

And if you are interested in more of the geological history of the valley, you can also visit the Petrified Forest in Calistoga, a unique natural attraction that features a collection of ancient redwood trees that have turned to stone over millions of years.

Way back when, the trees were buried in volcanic ash and sediment, which gradually replaced the wood with minerals such as quartz and jasper. Today, visitors to the Petrified Forest can see these petrified trees up close and learn about their history and geology. The forest also features a hiking trail that winds through the trees and offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside!

Mud Bath in Calistoga

Aside from Old Faithful Of California, Calistoga’s geothermal activity also makes it one of the best places in the country to receive a luxurious, mineral mud treatment.

Honestly, this is one of the most unique activities to add to your Napa Valley honeymoon itinerary! Calistoga is known for its natural hot springs, which are rich in minerals and are said to have therapeutic benefits for the skin and body.

But first of all, what is a mud bath exactly? A mud bath is a spa treatment that involves soaking in a tub filled with a mixture of volcanic ash, peat moss, and hot mineral water. The mud is meant to detoxify the skin, soothe sore muscles, and improve circulation.

A mud bath typically lasts 10 to 15 minutes and is followed by a shower, a session in a steam room, and a towel down. The whole process is extremely relaxing and can take up to 2 hours. Not a bad way to spend your time in Napa, if I do say so myself!

Because it’s such an iconic thing to do in Calistoga, there are a number of spas and resorts that offer massages, mud baths, pools, and relaxing soaks in hot mineral water. If you’re looking for a little bit of pampering (self-care, couple’s retreat, or girl’s day out) Calistoga is the place to go.

If you’re down to try a mud bath for yourself, check out spots like Golden Haven Hot Springs, Indian Springs Resort and Spa, Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort, or Calistoga Spa Hot Springs.

Dinner in Calistoga or St. Helena

After your mud bath, you can enjoy an evening drink (check out Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery) or a meal at one of Calistoga’s many restaurants, or explore the charming downtown area.

Art lovers, be sure to check out CAMI Art and Wine Gallery, Ca’Toga Art Gallery and Villa Ca’Toga before you leave, all of which feature works by local artists.

Not sure where to eat in Calistoga? We like Sam’s Social Club or Lovina. Evangeline’s is also great if you’re feeling Creole cuisine!

Alternatively, with just a 14-minute drive, you can head over to the neighboring town of St. Helena. If you haven’t had the chance to try Gott’s Roadside yet, now’s your chance!

You can then take a post-meal stroll through St. Helena and pop into the town’s many art galleries and boutiques.

👉 Another must-do activity in St. Helena for nature lovers: Explore the town’s beautiful outdoor spaces! There’s the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park and the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. These parks offer many hiking trails, picnic areas, and gorgeous views of the Napa Valley countryside.


Napa Valley Honeymoon Itinerary – Day 3

Hit The Spa

Napa Valley is known for its luxurious spas perfect for those treat yo’self moments, and honestly, there are too many count and WAY too many to list here! Needless to say, it’s a must-do for honeymooners and couples celebrating their time together.

If you’re in need of pointers, here are some award-winning spas in Napa, CA that I recommend you choose from — they all welcome day guests even if you’re not staying at the resort!

  • Spa Solage: At Solage, Auberge Resorts CollectionFeatures the renowned Calistoga mud and mineral water therapies. Its Bathhouse features geothermal pools with temperatures ranging from icy cold to 103 degrees. ‘Starlight in the Bathhouse’ is a special experience where couples can enjoy a private after-hours experience with a mudslide for two, a rose petal bath, sparkling wine, candle lights, and a shared dessert under the stars.
  • The Spa at Meadowood: Located at Meadowood Napa Valleyfeatures private suites with outdoor garden showers, a relaxation garden, and all the treatments you can think of!
  • Roman Spa Hot Springs Resortunique features include healing geothermal mineral waters and mud baths, including private mudrooms for two.
  • The Spa at Silverado: Located at the Silverado Resort and Sparesort guests receive access to a wide selection of wellness classes, while non-guests can either book a spa treatment or purchase day passes to enjoy the use of the steam rooms and spa pools.
  • The Spa at Carneros: Located at the Carneros Resort and Spatreatments range from traditional massages and facials to energy work treatments and signature self-care experiences. After a treatment, guests can lounge in the spa’s relaxing Mediterranean-style garden.
  • … or the spa at your own hotel/resort!

Have Brunch or Lunch at Farmstead

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Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch is a farm-to-table restaurant that sources its ingredients from its own organic farm and other local farms and purveyors. The brunch is where it’s at!

From the classic brunch dishes to their more unique creations, every dish at Farmstead is a celebration of Napa Valley’s agricultural bounty.

I absolutely love everything about Farmstead (their food, their property, and what they stand for). Not only is their food amazingly fresh and delicious, but the lively atmosphere is unbeatable.

They have such picturesque outdoor seating areas, so no matter where you get seated, you’ll be able to enjoy your surroundings.

Since their menu is always-rotating, I can’t make specific recommendations. But last time we ordered the Di Stefano Burrata, the chilaquiles, grilled chicken over white beans, and chicken wings and everything was so good!

It doesn’t matter what you get here, everything will be delicious.

Explore St. Helena’s Downtown Area

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If you’re looking to soak in more of that wine country atmosphere, head to St. Helena’s Main Street after brunching at Farmstead.

Among the many establishments here, you’ll find gift shops, home decor stores, lifestyle shops, and trendy clothing shops.

Don’t miss Woodhouse Chocolate, featuring a wide variety of chocolate bars and barks, notably one of the best chocolate shops in Napa Valley! My favorite buys at Woodhouse? The cookies and cream chocolate bar and the potato chip milk chocolate bar.

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Local Tip: If you happen to be in Napa Valley on a Thursday, check and see if St. Helena’s Summer Concert Series is on. The concerts take place on select Thursdays at Lyman Park.

More Wine Tasting

Today, maybe seek out some smaller, family-owned wineries in the area. You can plan to do 1-2 more tastings today.

Some of our personal favorites include:

V Sattui. Winery

V. Sattui Winery produces a wide range of award-winning wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel. With one of the broadest portfolios of wines in Napa Valley, they can satisfy even the most obscure palates.

On top of that, V. Sattui Winery prides itself on its welcoming staff who ensure that visitors feel right at home. They will guide you through the tastings, providing valuable insights to help you level up your wine knowledge. Even seasoned tasters will appreciate the more advanced experience that V. Sattui offers.

They’ve also got an incredible deli, with hundreds of cheeses to choose from. If you love cheese, don’t miss a stop inside their deli!

The perfect afternoon here looks like this: grab some bites from the deli, find yourself a seat at one of the many outdoor picnic tables, and enjoy as many glasses of wine as you like!

What you need to know: You’ll need to make a reservation for wine tasting, however, no reservations are required to shop in the Marketplace and picnic on the grounds.

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Darioush Winery

If you want to be transported to a world of Persian flavor, head to Darioush Winery. This super unique winery is inspired by the art, architecture, and culture of ancient Persia.

The winery’s founder, Darioush Khaledi, was born in Iran and has a deep appreciation for the country’s rich history and traditions. The winery’s architecture features all of these historic elements! Expect to see lots of hand-carved stone, copper accents, and intricate mosaics all around you.

Darioush Winery is known for its signature Shiraz and Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon, so be sure to try those while you’re there.

Head Back To Your Hotel And Relax

After you’ve gotten your fill of wine and food, you can head back to your hotel and relax, take a swim, indulge in another spa treatment, or simply take a nap from all the sun exposure and wine drinking!

From there, it’s time to freshen up for dinner.

Dinner in Yountville

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Our post wine-tasting meal at Ad Hoc in Yountville

If you’re looking for a culinary adventure during your Napa Valley trip, I definitely recommend you prioritize a meal in Yountville. This is where you’ll find several world-renowned restaurants by chef Thomas Keller. Thomas Keller’s many restaurant options include:

The French Laundry: The French Laundry is Thomas Keller’s flagship restaurant, located in a charming stone building in the heart of Yountville. The restaurant is consistently ranked as one of the best in the world, and features a prix-fixe menu that changes daily and is inspired by French cuisine.

👉 Pro Tip: You’ll need to hunt for reservations months in advance for this one!

Bouchon: Bouchon is a French bistro-style restaurant also located in Yountville. The restaurant features classic French dishes such as escargots, steak frites, and moules frites, as well as a selection of fresh oysters and other seafood.

👉 For baked goods lovers: Bouchon also has a bakery next door, where you can pick up fresh-baked bread and yummy pastries in the mornings/afternoons!

Ad Hoc: Ad Hoc is a more casual restaurant also located in Yountville — it’s one of our top recommendations for more budget-conscious foodies who want a taste of Thomas Keller’s creations! The restaurant features a family-style menu that changes daily, with dishes such as their iconic fried chicken (definitely add this to your order), pot roast, steak, pork chops, Chicken Milanese, and a variety of different sides to pair with your mains.

The Charter Oak: The Charter Oak is a newer addition to Thomas Keller’s restaurant empire. The restaurant features a menu of seasonal, wood-fired dishes, with an emphasis on local and sustainable ingredients. The Charter Oak also has a beautiful outdoor patio and a lively bar area.


Got More Time? Other Things To Do During Your Napa Valley Honeymoon

If you’ve got 4 or even 5 days to spare for your Napa Valley honeymoon, feel free to spread out some of the activities above to match the pace you like. Other activities include:


How To Get Free Wine Tastings In Napa Valley

As I mentioned earlier, Napa Valley can get quite expensive. Especially if you plan on hitting up multiple wineries per day!

With each tasting averaging $50 to $65 per person (not including any cheese, charcuterie, or caviar pairings), if you visit just four wineries, you’d easily be looking at $500 (on the lower end) for just wine tasting alone.

Having said that, there are some ways you can score FREE wine tastings! Yup, I said it — free wine tastings!

Join Wine Clubs

Many wineries offer free tastings to members of their wine clubs. This means that when you visit the winery, you won’t have to pay the tasting fee, which can mean significant savings (especially for a party of 2).

While there is often a membership fee, the benefits can include free tastings, access to exclusive wines, discounts on wine purchases, and invitations to members-only events. These perks can make the wine club membership well worth the investment.

If you fall in love with a winery during your visit to Napa Valley, you can join their wine club on the spot. They’ll waive your tasting fees for joining!

Get A Wine Passport

One great way to score free wine tastings in Napa Valley is by using wine passports. These passports are available at different times and offer different wine tastings. Once you purchase a passport, you can use it to get a free tasting or two-for-one tastings at the listed wineries.

Typically, these passes can cost anywhere from $50 to $100 USD. In order to break even and get your money’s worth, you’d only need to visit 2-3 wineries!

Some of the popular wine passports include Priority Wine Pass, Winter in the Wineries Passport, and St. Helena Passport.

Priority Wine Pass

  • Offers over 400 wineries
  • Usually available at 70% off via Groupon
  • Provides free tastings or discounts at participating wineries
  • The benefits of each Priority Pass can be used by up to two people
  • Includes wineries in Napa Valley, Sonoma, and other California wine regions

Winter in the Wineries Passport

  • Provides free tastings or discounts at participating wineries during the winter season
  • Includes over 15 wineries in Calistoga, Lake County, Pope Valley, and St. Helena
  • For $75 per person, you get free tastings and discounts at Calistoga lodging, spas, and shops
  • The Passport is valued at over $400 in wine tastings alone

St. Helena Passport

  • Provides free tastings or discounts at participating wineries during the winter season
  • Includes over 20 wineries in St. Helena area of Napa Valley

Stay at a Hotel During Off-Season For Free Tasting Passports

During the off-season (November through April), many hotels/B&B’s offer free or discounted tastings to encourage people to visit. This is a great time to plan for your honeymoon in Napa Valley if you’re looking to save money on tastings.

Some hotels advertise free tasting passports as a perk for staying with them.

For example in 2023, The Bergson, Calistoga Motor Lodge, and Dr. Wilkinsons Backyard Resort and Mineral Springs all offered the Winter in the Wineries Passport for free!

Not only that, but accommodations are going to also be WAY cheaper in the off-season compared to during peak season.

Take, for example, the iconic bed and breakfast Milliken Creek Inn. During peak season, weekend rooms go for $900+. During the winter? You can easily snag a room for less than $400.

Check For Wine Tasting Deals On Groupon

From time to time you’ll be able to find a major winery offering a great tasting deal on Groupon!

The deals from larger wineries are usually found during slower seasons, but you’ll be able to find something at all times of the year.

The collection of wine-tasting discounts is always changing, so it’s worth checking periodically while planning your trip to see if any good deals are available.


Best Time To Visit For Your Napa Valley Honeymoon

Thanks to relatively sunny weather year-round and a Mediterranean-like climate, Napa Valley welcomes many, many visitors throughout the year. You can come any time and still have a blast!

The winters aren’t too cold, and while summers are hot, the wineries do a good job of keeping you cool.

Evening temperatures can be 30 degrees cooler than in the daytime, and daytime temperatures can vary as much as 10 degrees between the northern and southern portions of the valley.

All that is to say — you can plan to have your honeymoon anytime in the year without having to deal with harsh weather conditions. But if we had to pick, our favorite times to visit include harvest season and the wintertime.

Late August to October

If you’re looking for that quintessential Napa Valley experience (wine grapes galore, sunny picnics, outdoor patio wine tastings, strolling around town in a sundress or shorts), then the best time to visit is during the harvest–in the late summer to early fall—around late August through October.

During this time, you’ll find vines filled with massive clusters of grapes and many sun-shiny days. The days are long and warm, sunny and the nights are cool and bearable.

One thing to note again is that this will be harvest season. As such, peak tourist season in Napa coincides with harvest season.

While visiting during this time is ideal because of the great weather and abundance of activities to do, wineries are going to be much busier (you’ll likely need wine-tasting reservations), there will be more traffic in the area, and you can expect to see way higher rates for accommodations.

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The vines will be bursting with colorful grapes during harvest season!

December to April

On the flip side, if crowds and high prices are not your thing, you’re in luck. The secret to avoiding crowds and getting the best service possible in Napa Valley is to visit during the low season. The valley’s low season runs from December to April.

Winter in Northern California can sometimes bring rain, but most of the time, the weather is mild with sunny days and temperatures in the 50s to low 70s.

You’ll also find lower rates for accommodations and quieter wineries in the winter and early spring. Less foot traffic in and out of wineries means more attention and service to those that are there!

And remember how we covered wine passports? Many of the wine passports that get you free tastings are only eligible during the winter season.

February is an especially great month to visit Napa Valley because yellow mustard flowers fill the vineyards, making for some really beautiful scenery even though the vines are bare. These mustard plants are planted as a natural fertilizer for the vines.

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Napa in February!

HOW TO GET TO NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

What’s awesome about Napa Valley is that its location really isn’t too hard to get to. It’s just a hop and a skip away from the SF Bay Area!

Napa Valley is located near several airports:

  • 70 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • 63 miles from Oakland International Airport (OAK)
  • 75 miles from Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
  • 94 miles from San Jose International Airport (SJC)
  • 34 miles from Sonoma County Airport (STS)

Your best chances at finding the most affordable flights would be to fly into SFO, OAK, or SJC.

By Car

From any of these airports, the most convenient option will be to rent a car. Personally speaking, Napa Valley is hard to thoroughly explore without one.

Public transportation will be a much slower way to get to the Napa Valley. Furthermore, it wasn’t really designed for tourists who want to see various sights around the valley. Plus, our itinerary assumes that you’ll have a car!

Need a rental car for your trip? To find cheap rental cars, I recommend using Rentalcars.com. Their search tool is one of the best I’ve found!


I hope you found this post helpful for planning your perfect honeymoon getaway to Napa Valley!

Got any specific questions on anything? Looking for more recommendations in the area? Feel free to reach out to me or leave a comment!

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Elle Leung

My name is Elle and I'm a travel blogger and adventurer based in California. I love helping people plan trips and create unique itineraries based on their interests and their budgets. I'm a huge fan of outdoor adventures and doing off-the-beaten-path things in my state (and all around the world too)!

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