A Honeymoon in Napa Valley: Top 5 Things to Do (Besides Wine Tasting)

With gorgeous scenery, beautiful small towns, top-notch accommodations, and an endless activities list, California’s Napa Valley makes for a terrific honeymoon destination.

Here are some of our favorite things to see and do (in between your wine tasting outings and vineyard visits, of course).

Hiking

Napa and Sonoma Counties offer more than just vineyards. Actually, they are both packed with wilderness as the unique topography gives way to foggy forests, petrified trees and crazy rock formations. Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and Sugarloaf State Park are both great places for exploring the backwoods.

Biking

The biking options in wine country are plentiful and highly recommended. Check out Napa Valley Bike Tours for rental information and suggested routes. No matter if you’re a biking enthusiast or just a casual biker, there’s an itinerary available for you. Blaze past vineyards on backcountry roads or take the main drag through some of the beautiful small towns dotted throughout Napa Valley.

Hot Air Ballooning

After a few days of wine tasting, there’s nothing better than a tour of wine country by balloon. From lift off and landing to the views of the region (and even San Francisco on clear days) and the bird’s eye view of the vineyards, a trip to wine country isn’t complete without a hot air balloon tour.

Small Town Discoveries

Take a few days to explore the beautiful Napa Valley towns of Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga. The relatively small size of these villages and proximity to each other make for a perfect day trip away from wine tasting. Each destination offers something a little bit different, but visitors can certainly still expect great dining, late night options, local shopping and boutiques, and unique galleries.

Spas

Northern California wine country is widely recognized as a top destination for spa treatments with sophisticated gems like Solage Calistoga and the Spa at Silverado. Experience invigorating massages, mineral baths, mud baths and a vast array of beauty and body treatments in a tranquil, one-of-a-kind setting.

 

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Hotels We Love for a Honeymoon: The Resort at Pedregal, Mexico

This month the Wanderable team can’t get enough of The Resort at Pedregal, hands down one of our favorite hotels in Mexico for a honeymoon getaway.

It’s impossible not to embrace the relaxing honeymoon vibe at Pedregal, easily one of the finest resorts in Cabo San Lucas (and perhaps all of Mexico).

For starters, every room and suite features an infinity edge plunge pool, perfect for daily dips out on your private terrace (which also boasts spectacular ocean views). Plus, with 24-hour, in-room dining and beverage service available, you may never leave your suite.

Additional on-site highlights include highly acclaimed dining options (don’t miss a sunset dinner at El Farallon, tucked into the cliffs), a first-rate spa, personal concierge service, a refreshing infinity pool, swim-up bar, and even a private tunnel entrance lit by torches.

Considering Mexico for your honeymoon? Look no further than The Resort at Pedregal.

 

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