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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Our Top 5 Fall Honeymoon Destinations in the U.S.

Read about five of our most popular fall honeymoon destinations in the U.S. From the rolling hills of California Wine Country to undulating coastline of Maine, these incredible travel spots will surely delight honeymooners traveling during the autumn season.

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Wine Country, California

The “crush,” or the harvest, is the most popular time of year to visit Napa and Sonoma as their wineries are at the height of activity. Instead of visiting in spring or summer where you only hear about the winemaking process, come here in October to see grapes being harvested, crushed, and vinified right in front of your eyes. Stay in one of the area’s many resorts, bed and breakfasts, or spas for an ideal place to relax after a day of wine touring and tasting.

Where to Stay: The Carneros Inn

Vermont

With mountains, storybook villages, covered bridges, and numerous scenic drives, Vermont is a terrific fall honeymoon destination. The foliage typically reaches its peak during the first week of October, when bright colors of gold, orange, and red permeate the landscape. Hunker down in picturesque Stowe, which offers top-notch restaurants, B&Bs, resorts, shopping, and a plethora of outdoor activities.

Where to Stay: Topnotch Resort

Jackson, Wyoming

Thanks to world-class resorts, an authentic wild west atmosphere, a seemingly endless activities list, and easy access to two of America’s most remarkable national parks (Yellowstone and Grand Teton), Jackson, Wyoming ranks as a prime travel destination for fall honeymooners. With sparse crowds (especially compared to the winter and summer seasons) and foliage bursting with colors, early autumn is a terrific time to visit.

Where to Stay: Anvil Hotel

Coastal Maine

With a national park, vibrant coastal communities, and a thriving arts scene, coastal Maine offers a little bit of everything for honeymooners. After starting in vibrant Portland, make your way up the coast to Acadia National Park for some incredible foliage, hiking and scenic tours. Plus, be sure to set aside time for detours to charming seaside towns like Rockland and Camden.

Where to Stay: The White Barn Inn

Charleston, South Carolina

As South Carolina’s oldest city, Charleston is home to miles of cobblestone streets, stunning harborfront views, well-manicured gardens, and beautifully restored homes going back more than 340 years. It’s easily one of America’s most romantic and charming cities. With near perfect temperatures, manageable crowds, and a booming restaurant and arts scene, there may be no better time to visit than the fall season. Hoping to hit the beach on your honeymoon? Charleston is also nearby to gorgeous seaside communities like Kiawah Island.

Where to Stay: The Restoration

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California Dreamin’: Enter to Win Wanderable Credit!

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Good morning, dreamers & adventure seekers! Today we woke up and realized something: there is always an excuse NOT to do something, right? Well, now there’s NOT, because we’re giving away $100 Wanderable Credit for you to use on one of our California Partners.  We know you’ve been eyeing all those amazing experiences on our homepage, so now it’s time to take the plunge and actually go experience life. Don’t have time to make it to Cali? Don’t worry: you can use the Wanderable Credit on any Wanderable experience of your choice. Pretty sweet, huh?

Some of these California experiences include:

  • Hot-air balloon rides
  • Custom perfume-making classes
  • Tequila & tacos tasting
  • Wine tasting and food paring
  • Much, MUCH more!

All you have to do is enter now (details are also on our Facebook). Come on, it’s Monday. Go big or go home.

 

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