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Winter in Wine Country

If you think spring and summer are the best times to visit Napa Valley, think again. The real magic happens during the winter months – when the vineyards are a bit quieter and the vibes are a lot cozier. Whether you're a wine connoisseur, a food lover, or just someone looking for a relaxing getaway, winter is the time to experience Napa Valley in all its glory. Here are just a few reasons why the off-season is secretly the best time to explore this iconic wine region:

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Make your winter getaway even more memorable by experiencing Napa in two distinct ways with a stay in the charming town of Yountville and a taste of life among the vines in St. Helena. Yountville, the culinary capital of Napa Valley, gets even more charming in the winter. Spend your days strolling its cozy streets and popping into tasting rooms, bakeries and boutiques. Don’t forget to bring your appetite – Yountville is home to some of the best (and Michelin starred) restaurants in the valley. Popular spots include Thomas Keller’s restaurants, including Ad Hoc, Bouchon Bistro and The French Laundry. Once you’ve fulfilled your foodie dreams, settle in for a good night’s sleep at Napa Valley Lodge. After your adventures in Yountville, continue your Wine Country escape by heading up the road to the quaint town of St. Helena, where you can relax and indulge in the vineyard way of life. Stay at Harvest Inn and soak up the stunning views of the on-site vineyard with the Mayacamas Mountains in the distance. Spend your days enjoying St. Helena’s laid-back vibe, exploring the boutiques and art galleries that line Main Street, where you can find unique gifts or art to remember your visit. As the sun begins to set, head back to the inn for a relaxing evening, complete with a sunset happy hour by the fire pits and a delicious, farm-to-table dinner at Harvest Table.