A Perfect Two-Day Weekend in Napa Valley with Kids (Day One)
We just returned from a perfect two-day weekend in Napa Valley with our toddlers. Napa Valley and toddlers don’t seem like a usual combination, but I assure you that it can be a wonderful and relaxing family trip if planned well. Here’s what we did and my itinerary suggestion for a lovely little two-day weekend in Napa Valley with kids. Read on to find out how adults and kids alike can have a chic and fun-packed trip to Napa.
Visit Napa Downtown
Stroll down Main Street of Napa Downtown from the Napa Valley Opera House towards Napa River Inn. Window-shop the pretty boutiques and don’t miss the Napa General Store that houses a selection of merchandise that is sure to please wine-lovers.
Have Lunch at a Riverfront French Restaurant with a View
Have the best of both worlds: have lunch at a French country style restaurant on the Napa Riverfront while tasting wonderful Californian wines. This lovely restaurant, Angèle, serves authentic French food with a great selection of wine, and has a wonderful terrace looking over the river. I love how they put the kids’ crayons in terracotta plant pots next to the baby olive tree pots on the window sills, which is family-friendly and doesn’t distract from the beautiful decor of the restaurant. See my full review here on the blog soon.
Stroll Along the Napa Riverfront Promenade
Admire the beautiful view over Napa River, see the Historic Napa Mill, smell the flowers along the path, and look at the beautiful mosaic fountain that depicts Napa Valley viticulture, Napa River biosphere, and a flowing river of mosaic. Let your kids run freely on the well-protected promenade to get them ready for the car nap.
Stop by World-Famous Gourmet Eateries in Yountville
Try Bouchon Bakery’s lovely hand-made creations such as macarons, éclairs, croissants, and even gourmet dog pastries! We don’t have dogs but it’s interesting to note that they provide extra service to canine lovers.
We also stopped by the Michelin Three-Starred The French Laundry. Since we're in Napa Valley with our toddlers, we don't feel that this is the right occasion for a splurge there. However, maybe next time...
Have a Splash in a Family-Friendly Hot Springs Resort in Calistoga
As a couple, we’re hot-spring addicts and went on many trips to hot spring towns. Since we’ve had kids, we haven’t been able to enjoy hot springs as much these days. Which is why finding toddler-friendly Calistoga Spa Hot Springs Hotel is even more exciting. There are four different pools, including a toddler-friendly wading pool and the adult-only jacuzzi pool (this is for later), and they are all filled with geothermal mineral spring water. Admire the beautiful view of the vines, palm trees, and Mount St. Helena from your hot spring baths.
Dine with Style at a Garden Terrace by the River
We walked down Lincoln Street (just a stone-throw away from the hotel) with no particular restaurant in mind, and then we came across this beautiful garden terrace by the Napa River and were lured in. Have a meal at the Calistoga Inn Restaurant and Brewery for the beautiful environment. Definitely try their crab cakes. Since we could walk back to the hotel, why not enjoy some lovely local wine!
Once we finished our meal and got out of the restaurant, we were very lucky to have seen a beautiful grey heron fishing in the river!
Listen to Live Jazz in Downtown Calistoga
What a great way to end the evening out in the town. We found out that Hydro Grill has a live jazz session every Sunday evening. Since we already ate and our kids quite young, we listened from the sidewalk. But if you’re without kids for the weekend or if your kids can sit through and enjoy jazz, then this is a great dinner or after-dinner spot.
Moonlight Dip at the Thermal Spring Jacuzzi
The pools are open until 11PM for hotel guests. The view of the pools at night is wonderful, and the pools are less crowded. They even have a long gas-lit fireplace between the two main pools if you just want to sit down and chat while bathing in the moonlight. (Sorry no visuals of the evening pool~)