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Top 10 Neighborhood Amenities in Napa, CA

Ahh, the splendor that is Napa Valley wine country. For those of us fortunate enough to live here, it's because of our world class dining and wine selection, punctuated with top talent performing at intimate venues and an unmistakeable calm that is so prevalent to the lifestyle in this quaint community. You will no doubt get a sense or relaxation upon your arrival to Napa or any of the communities 'up valley', i.e. Yountville, St. Helena or Calistoga.
We have more Michelin rated restaurants per capita than any where in the world and enjoy 400+ wineries within a 60 minute drive our homes. Hollywood and small independent film makers flock to our valley every November for the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF.org) and each May we enjoy BottleRockNapaValley.com. There are 850 acres of hiking and biking in Skyline Park, a mere 3 miles from downtown and the VineTrail.org will soon connect Vallejo to Calistoga with safe bike paths.
In addition to the wonderful activities, we are well equipped with amenities for locals to carry on with everyday life also, such as an Outlet Mall, 3 high schools, major grocery chains, Home Depot & Lowes and more....lest you get the false impression that just because our vibe and culture are very relaxed because we are a 'po dunk' town. Napa has about 75,000 people and the Napa metro area is 138,000, ranking 300th nationally, and that translates to 71 people per square mile, ranking 216th.

Uptown Theater

The Uptown Theater is a beautifully restored, classic theater of yesteryear where top name talent give the intimate audience of <1500 a close up look and listen. From comedians to upcoming music acts and music from artists in the twilight stage of their career, and of course, one of the venues for the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF.org) every year.

Red Rock Cafe

No doubt Napa has outstanding restaurants with the fanciest food in the world. But sometimes you want traditional food that is less fancy (and lower price) that will blow your socks off. In this town, you MUST be good, or you'll go out of business very quickly. Red Rock Cafe is enjoying over 35 years of watching people leave extremely satisfied.

Napa Valley Coffee

Napa residents are big proponents of supporting local businesses. Even though there is a Starbucks right across the street, most of us will choose to patronize Napa Valley Coffee house. Better coffee and keeps the nickels in Napa. This place offers amazing coffee house style coffee, friendly service and tasty pastries.

Napkins Bar & Grill

Napkins has good food with extensive options. These include a weekend brunch that hosts such fare as endless Mimosas for just $12, delicious breakfasts such as smoked salmon eggs Benedict; a daily happy hour menu from 3pm to 7pm, lunch, and an atmospheric dinner.They have a great patio overlooking the Napa river as well as a large bar with two big screen TVs and a waterfall to enjoy.

It is also one of the few nightclub spots in Napa that has dancing, catered by a revolving list of Napa's hottest DJ'S. Napkins proves there is more to do in Napa than just wine tasting.

Fantastico Park

This park really lives up to its name! Your children or grandchildren will delight as they explore the vast array of toys from a castle, sand, lizards, cars and more...There are so many ways to enjoy this park; bring a picnic, beach toys and possibly a change of clothes since your littles will certainly have so much fun they won't have time to stay clean!!!
Image Courtesy of: Ryan DIckey

Scientopia Discovery Center

Engage young minds and bodies in a vast array or activities to delight the senses. This center provides activities for kids including art, engineering, science, climbing, shopping and more. My grandchildren spent ours exploring all the stations in the main room and loved riding the kidcoaster in the baby room. One of the best things about this place is that it offers rooms for differing ages, so those of you worried about keeping ALL your kids entertained will be thrilled!

Napa Valley Paddle

Book a relaxing and educational tour to supplement any trip or day in Napa. The guides are knowledgable and extremely helpful in their guided tours. You will find yourself invigorated by a tour on the Napa river. You can also rent paddle boards and single or double kayaks by the hour.
Image Courtesy of: Yu Chan-Chen

Alexis Baking Company and Cafe

Music, scrumptious food and quirky decor will delight the local and tourist alike. This is a must stop shop where you can fill your bellies before a day in the Valley or grab a quick pastry and coffee. This bakery also offers catering, wedding cakes, chocolates and other desserts.
Image Courtesy of: Matt Barber

Oxbow Public Market

An amazing place for dinner, artisan foods or a drink with friends after work. This little market provides a unique experience for locals and tourists alike. There really is something for everyone...with options ranging from charcuterie and cheese, cupcakes, wine, seafood and gourmet chocolates.

Cake Plate Fashion

This eclectic little boutique offers clothing and jewelry that are both stylish and affordable. Run by a pair of talented sisters that aim to make your shopping experience memorable and inviting. If you are headed downtown, this little shop is not to be missed!

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Top 10 Neighborhood Amenities in Napa, CA