While Napa is famous for its numerous wineries, and many people visit the wine country solely to sample the unique bounty, there are those who never enter a tasting room.
The wine guides of Traveling Vineyards find Napa to be a wonderful, relaxing, informative and adventurous destination without drinking a drop.
If you’re the “hands-on” type vacationer you can get some exercise and take in the beauty of the countryside with a hike up Mt. Saint Helena in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park.
Another option is attending a cooking class at the Silverado Cooking School with Chef Malcolm de Sieyes. At the end of class you can enjoy the meal you prepared yourself.
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For art lovers there’s the Napa Art Walk exhibition. In addition to enjoying the art, if a purchase is made, a small amount is directed toward funding future shows.
The Napa Valley Historical Society offers tours and lectures to help you envision what the area was once like. The Society has collected tangible artifacts from long ago for viewing.
Napa Valley also grows great olives. A visit to Round Pond Estate will offer a guided tour of their olive mill showing how the olives become the oils. The estate grows Mediterranean olives with old-world methods, producing craft oils flavored with spices, herbs and flowers, in addition to traditional oils.
If you just want pampering, you can’t go wrong at The Calistoga Ranch, famous for natural hot springs, and Auberge Spa.
There are several benefits to becoming a Wine Guide for Traveling Vineyard. You are your own boss and your schedule is flexible. After set-up and prep, you guide your group through the tasting, using several different wines. Training is provided. For help, or advice, there’s always a support system as near as your phone.
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