The Napa Valley and the surrounding wine country is a destination spot for world-travelers and weekend-trippers alike. It boasts fantastic wines and incredible scenic and natural beauty, so what better combination is there for a picnic? We have compiled our favorites below. Don't forget to pack your Round Pond wine!
Our favorite picnic Spots
Westwood Hills Park, Napa
A great spot for a short, but challenging hike along beautiful wooded areas with spectacular city views and deep, grassy meadows. The trails are wide and not too difficult for kids and dogs on a leash, so this is a good pick for a family outing. There is plenty of wildlife in the park - don't be surprised by roaming goats and deer on the path in front of you! There are picnic areas throughout, but the ones one in the meadows overlooking the city are the best.
Oxbow Preserve, Napa
Recently re-dedicated as Napa's Newest Park in 2016, Oxbow Preserve is just across the water from the famed Oxbow Marketplace in Downtown Napa. The Preserve is 13 acres in total, and through various grants been transformed into a model nature sanctuary. The park has several loop trails, perfect for a leisurely stroll. There are spots to spread our your picnic lunch as you listen to woodpeckers getting theirs. Swing by Oxbow Market for some gourmet snacks, and just across the water - nature awaits.
As part of the Napa Riverfront Restoration Project, this small park in Downtown Napa offers some great entertainment in a big way! Whether its people-watching from its terraced lawns, river-watching over its expansive walkways that lead down the riverfront, or listening to live music during the Napa City Nights Summer Concerts (June-August), this lively park makes for a great pause during a busy day of downtown activities.Lyman Park, St. Helena
Lyman Park is a lovey old-fashioned type of park, without a playground, and is peaceful and quiet, the perfect spot for a romantic picnic, right in the center of town. There is a lovely gazebo that is available to rent for weddings, and in the summer there are hatha yoga classes in the mornings and a concerts in the park in the evenings.
Sonoma Plaza Park, Sonoma
Sonoma Park in the middle of the Sonoma Plaza, is a great spot to rest after you've made your rounds of at the many surrounding shops. There are a number of eateries from which you can grab some delicious bites for an impromptu picnic, such as the Sonoma Cheese Factory and Basque Boulangerie Cafe. There are mature shade trees, benches, fountains, a large duck pond, and a stunning rose garden, the perfect spot for whiling away a sunny afternoon.
Tudal Winery, St. Helena
This location takes a bit of planning for a picnic, but it's worth it! This winery is "by appointment only", but it boasts a stunning vegetable garden, bocce ball, giant chess, and folk art in its picnic spot. With just a little effort, you'll get wine, food, art, and entertainment all in one place.
Again, this make take some planning, but it is an amazing experience! You can picnic on the grand lawn in the sunshine and watch amazing live music acts like Blues Traveler & Melissa Etheridge. Their series kicks of on July 2, 2016 with a concert by American Authors, capped off by a fireworks show!
A very family-friendly picnic spot, to be sure, with a summer series of family "movies-in-the-park", but it also has ample room to spread out at have a tête-à-tête luncheon under the shady trees. Bring a bottle of wine and your coziest blanket, unpack your basket and relax in this lovely park