27 Unforgettable Romantic Things to Do in Napa for Couples

January 5, 2022

With an abundance of lush rolling green hills, a pleasing Mediterranean climate, and the mighty Mayacamas Mountains looming nearby, it's easy to see why Napa Valley was deemed the ‘Land of Plenty’ by the indigenous Wappo.

Napa may just be a mere 50 miles from the bustling metropolis of San Francisco. Still, this verdant valley is a microcosm unto its own, featuring world-class wineries, luxury hotels, and Michelin star eats.  

Chock full of quirky, unique towns, romantic scenery, and award-winning wine, it is easy to see why couples from all over the world flock to Napa to celebrate their love.

From golden year anniversaries to honeymoons to quick weekend rendezvous, no one pours out the romance quite like Napa Valley.

Lovebirds leaning into a romantic adventure will relish the opportunity to discover the rugged appeal of the Muir Woods near Napa. Meanwhile, gastronomical connoisseurs will salivate over sampling the freshest organic honey and sustainable seafood.

Whatever your plans for romance, Napa Valley is a grape place to start!

View of a couples cabin on the left with grey siding and a ranch with mountains and a sunset behind it on the right at Carneros Resort & Spa in San Francisco, California, USA

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Most Romantic Napa Hotels

Napa Valley may only be 30 miles long, but this Central Californian hot spot of Cabernet and stunning scenery manages to pack a plethora of romance into every scenic inch. 

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Begin your couples vacation on the right note when you reserve any of the most swoon-worthy hotels, lodges, and resorts:

Carneros Resort & Spa

Carneros Resort & Spa is a quintessential romantic Napa experience served up in the most intimate and luxurious setting. The resort offers private cottages featuring outdoor showers, a spacious garden backyard and sundeck, front porch, fire pit, and chaise lounge. During your stay be sure to take time to sunbathe by their picturesque adults-only hilltop pool.

Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa

Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa is a boutique bespoke bohemian haunts with a pinch of fun. Surprise your better half with a quirky stay in one of their design-centric, camper-inspired rooms, and throw in a day at their on-property spa, MoonAcre Spa and Baths, for good measure.

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Archer Hotel

Archer Hotel - love being close to the downtown action? Enjoy the excitement and bounty of downtown Napa when you reserve one of Archer's 183 luxury guest rooms (40 of which come with a balcony) that embody ‘urban elegance in wine country.’

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Most Romantic Restaurants in Napa

While Napa Valley might have been first put on the map for her wine, the culinary delights served up here are a close second. 

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With over hundreds of restaurants and more Michelin Stars per capita than any other wine region in the world, this oasis of food and culture is just ripe for a romantic dinner for two:

The French Laundry

Chef Thomas Keller's Michelin three-star restaurant is the stuff foodie dreams are made of! Make your reservation well in advance, and choose between the Chef’s tasting menu or the tasting of vegetables. 

Celadon

Celadon is located in the Historic Napa Mill. Opt for a table in the rusticly cozy brick-laden courtyard. Relax by the fireplace as you and your hunny devour their globally influenced award-winning comfort food.

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Start with the crispy braised pork belly lettuce cups, and conclude with the Moroccan braised lamb shank or supremely satisfying fusilli with braised pork and maitake mushrooms. 

Ca' Momi Osteria

Ca’ Momi Osteria is for a more laidback romance imported straight from Italia. Savor authentic Neapolitan-style pizza in a historic 19th-century setting at Ca’ Momi Osteria during your visit.

Chowdown on their exquisite carbonara or burrata and crudo pizza, all served uncut just like they do in the old country.

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Most Instagrammable Spots

Instagram husbands, wives, and partners relax! We’ve taken the guesswork out of compiling Napa Valley’s most scenic spots to bring you the most romantic couples' vacation pics yet.

Napa Valley Sign

There are actually two iconic ‘welcome to Napa Valley’ signs, both along Highway 29, which make for fun photo ops.

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Castello di Amorosa

A stunning medieval 13th-century castle complete with moat, drawbridge, torture chamber, and defensive towers. Snap away with abandon at this Italian-inspired monument. 

Berenger Vineyards

The gothic beauty of the iconic Rhine House mansion is unparalleled. Worth a stop alone for its history, it is the oldest vineyard in the valley, and it's Petit Syrah!

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Best Picnic Spots

Pump up the passion of your wine country romantic getaway with a perfect Napa picnic. Grab a bottle of your favorite red, stock up on the snacks, and sprawl out on a blanket for an outdoor afternoon of bliss:

Skyline Park

Requires a moderate hike, but the incredible views of Lake Berryessa are worth it!

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

Located in Calistoga, a picnic here is prime for a photo opportunity, with romantic scenery of Napa, Sonoma, and Lake County from the summit of Mount St. Helena.

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Bothe

Napa State Park - eat, drink and be merry among the redwoods and wildlife at this natural oasis.

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Wine Tours

Sonoma County Tasting Pass

Sip the day away with your exclusive Sonoma County Tasting Pass. Cheers to health, wealth, and romance when you purchase a 1, 2, or 90 Day Tasting Pass. 

Your entry point into the wild world of wine, craft brews, cideries, and unique micro-distilleries, during this comprehensive pass, allows you to taste flights at your choice of four locations. 

Ideal for the dynamic drinking duo looking to learn (and swig) more than just vino, this tasting pass provides samples and serious discounts on beer, cider, distilled spirits, and more. 

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Notable award-winning wineries included in your pass are subject to change but may include:

  • Alley 6 Craft Distillery
  • Benziger Family Winery - Tasting Flight Included
  • Imagery Estate Winery - Tasting Flight Included
  • Kendall-Jackson Wine
  • And more!

8-Hour Private Sonoma or Napa Wine Tour with Concierge Service

Lap up the luxury of a private, customized concierge Sonoma or Napa Wine Tour experience when you reserve this premium tour.

Get chauffeured around like the royalty you and your partner are when you book an 8-Hour Private Sonoma or Napa Wine Tour with Concierge Service

Revel in the ease and comfort of leaving the transportation and coordination to someone else, and enjoy a completely custom itinerary based on your personal wine preferences. 

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Possible Wine Tour Stops & Customizations include:

  • Photo opportunity at Golden Gate Bridge
  • Domaine Chandon
  • Domaine Carneros
  • Castello di Amorosa
  • Robert Mondavi Winery
  • Frog’s Leap Winery
  • And more!

Napa Valley Wine Train

Vivid sunsets of orange, red, and violet and the old-fashioned glamour of a lovingly restored early 20th century Pullman Train car come together to make the Napa Valley Wine Train a breeding ground for romance. Lean into the charm of a full-bodied Cabernet and the extraordinary scenery of wine country, when you reserve any number of Napa Valley Wine Train options with Gourmet Meal.
More than just a time capsule to a bygone era, the Napa Valley Wine Train is a true gastronomical delight. Revel in Yellowfin Tuna Tartar, Rosemary Rubbed Lamb Carpaccio, and more as you soak in a starlit Napa Valley night.
Admire the attention to detail as you relax and recline in the exquisitely upholstered velvet booth seat, and Honduran mahogany paneling. Equal parts museum and five-star eatery, any of the following tours will thoroughly enchant your beloved:
  • Gourmet Express Lunch or Dinner Admission - embark on a 3-hour decadent adventure including a mouthwatering multicourse meal as you savor the Napa scenery by antique Pullman rail car
  • Vista Dome Lunch or Dinner Admission - cheers to cupid with a glass of vino or bubbly as you sample an exquisite chef-designed menu of fresh California cuisine.

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Napa Valley Wineries Tour Including Picnic Lunch

A professionally catered picnic, plus a chauffeured serene wine tour, make for one especially amorous afternoon.

Take your beloved on a picturesque Napa Valley Wineries Tour, Including Picnic Lunch, and while the afternoon away as you visit up to three renowned wineries.

This 6-hour distinctive tour is the ideal primer for your foray into Napa Valley wines and features:

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from several locations.
  • Education and helpful tips on winemaking from local vintners and experts.
  • Visits to such acclaimed wineries as Madonna Estate Winery, Hagafen Cellars, and Domaine Chandon.*
  • Delicious picnic lunch.

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*winery visits subject to change

8-Hour Custom Private Napa and Sonoma Wine Tour

Imbibe the very best merlot, chardonnay, and pinot noir that Napa and Sonoma have to offer on this intimate 8-Hour Custom Private Napa and Sonoma Wine Tour.

The superior choice for the couple who wants to drink, see and hear it all, this full-day tour allows you to completely customize your vineyard experience or follow a well-loved predetermined route that pays tribute to some of the finest wineries in the area.

Your professional driver will point out the best restaurants and unique points of interest as you make your way through Napa in style.

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Tour highlights include:

Stops at such renowned vineyards as:

  • Domaine Chandon
  • Domaine Carneros
  • Castello di Amorosa
  • Sterling Vineyards
  • Robert Mondavi Winery
  • Caymus Vineyards
  • Chimney Rock
  • And more!

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#1 Small Group Sonoma Walking Food Tour

Take a quick break from all of your vino-filled adventuring to treat your favorite foodie fiend to a Small Group Sonoma Walking Food Tour.

Put on those walking shoes, and stroll through Sonoma with your professional foodie guide sampling the very best of locally made wines, artisanal cheeses, fine chocolates, and olive oil.

Your culinary adventure will take you to 6 aggressively chic boutiques located in Sonoma’s historic downtown. 

Get an insider’s look at Sonoma’s gourmet scene. Meanwhile, learn the intriguing history behind this area's rise to acclaimed culinary fame and artisanal renaissance. 

This tantalizingly tasty tour provides:

  • Stops at such local treasures as Vella Cheese Company, Figone Olive Oil Company, and Wine Country Chocolates.
  • A visit to the Sonoma Plaza & Mission San Francisco Solano.
  • Stops at Depot Park Museum & the famous Bear Flag Monument.
  • Sufficient food samples to equal a full lunch.

Yountville Food and Wine Tour in Napa

Second, only to Paris, Yountville, CA is one of the most ‘ splurge-worthy foodie destinations in the world. Moan over mouthfuls of Michelin-starred excellence with your paramour when you reserve a Yountville Food and Wine Tour in Napa.

Yountville is home to a staggering number of Michelin-rated establishments, making it the consummate locale for your creative culinary escapade. 

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Traipse from one iconic chef’s restaurant to the next. Meanwhile, feast on a 3-course lunch featuring farm-to-table cuisine paired with top local wines.

This 3.5-hour tour is expertly narrated by a native guide who fleshes out your dining affair with fascinating stories regarding local vineyards, celebrity chefs, history, and more.

Come hungry as this luxury 5-star eating affair features stops at:

  • Bistro Jeanty - for your soup and salad course.
  • V Market and Kollar Chocolates - witness the magic of a handmade chocolatier. 
  • Bouchon Bakery - try delectable fresh pastries.
  • French Laundry - for your positively sinful picnic dessert finale.

Point Reyes Station: Food and Farm Tour with Lunch

Amp up the aphrodisiacs on your 5 hour Point Reyes Station: Food and Farm Tour with Lunch. 

Truly any food lover's fantasy, during this jam-packed tour serves up the very best of local delicacies, farm fresh goods, and sustainable seafood to sample with your sweetie.

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Slurp down briny oysters, nibble award-winning organic cheeses, and devour the creamiest buffalo milk gelato.

Besides your bevy of tasty farm-fresh treats, this detailed tour also provides a behind-the-scenes look at California agriculture, sustainable farming, and the artisan craft scene.

Ready those taste buds as you and your epicurean loving companion will enjoy:

  • 7-8 cheese samples from Cowgirl Creamery.
  • A visit to a local bread maker and bakery.
  • A chef-worthy lunch from either Marin Sun Farms or Tomales Bay.
  • A visit to a local meadery to try honey and champagne-style sparkling mead.
  • Sampling oysters from Hog Island Oyster Co.
  • A walking tour of an organic micro-farm and the opportunity to purchase flowers, produce, and more.

Napa Riverside Food & Wine Tour

Who says food tours need only be a daytime affair? Inject some drama into your dinner plans when you book a Napa Riverside Food & Wine Tour for you and your boo.

A novel romantic fine dining experience in Napa, this 3- hour guided dinner tour covers the very best of Yountville’s expansive culinary scene.

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Kiss dinner FOMO goodbye while you marinate over four distinct dishes from four of the area’s most lauded eateries (including a Michelin recommended restaurant and one owned by Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto). 

Each sumptuous course will be expertly paired with an accompanying wine from a local Napa Valley winery.

Wind down this evening of pure pleasure, with a final stop at one of Napa Valley’s most iconic live music venues. 

View of a walking trail in the forrest on the Muir Woods and Sonoma Wine Country Tour in San Francisco, California, USA

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Outdoor Activities

Muir Woods and Sonoma Wine Country Tour

The indescribable majesty of the Muir Woods coupled with a picturesque tour of Sonoma’s exquisite wine country make for an exceptional day of outdoor fun, adventure, and romance. 

Hug the giant Redwoods of yore, sample your favorite Cabs and merlots, and explore the beauty of seaside Sausalito, when you and your significant other embark on a Muir Woods and Sonoma Wine Country Tour.

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This full-day (10-hour tour) kicks off by traveling north across the Golden Gate Bridge, as you make your way to the tallest species of trees in the world. 

The Muir Woods National Monument is the only surviving stand of old-growth redwood forest in the Bay Area, and these towering trees harness an unspeakable power and grace.

Post nature walk, your small group will make your way to Sonoma for an afternoon of wine sampling, picnic lunching and shopping in this quaint downtown village. 

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Keep your camera handy for when the sun dips low, as this magical day will wrap up with an opportunity to explore the coastal community of Sausalito and snap some sensational shots of the San Francisco skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Angel Island.

Private Sailing Tour of Bodega Bay

Ahoy captain! Get a hold of your lovely first mate and raise the sails for an afternoon aboard the love boat.

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Your Private Sailing Tour of Bodega Bay is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sail a 33’ sailboat with a professional Captain as your guide.

Master the ancient art of sailing, or just sip some champagne* as you feel the wind in your hair and the sea at your back.

Traveling about 10 miles over 3 hours, your seaworthy vessel will make its way from the harbor to the outer bay, to the vast open ocean.

During the tour, scan the horizon for dolphins, seals, and sea lions.  This is one aquatic activity you’ll never forget. 

*champagne is not included but the sailing tour can be customized to fit each couple’s unique needs. 

Historic Kayak Tour of Napa Valley

Get your blood pumping and give that liver a rest, when you and your better half grab a paddle and head down river during a thrilling kayak tour.

Marvel at the verdant natural beauty and diverse wildlife of ‘the land of plenty’ on this 2-hour Historic Kayak Tour of Napa Valley

Perfect your tandem stroke, as you discover the serene waterways of the Napa River and keep your eyes peeled for rare animal species and native birds. 

This is a beginner-friendly trek, so you’ll have no problem keeping pace as your engaging guide regales you with stories and legends regarding the area's first settlers, famed wineries, and more. 

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Unique Experiences

Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride

Flirt with your forever love hundreds of feet above the ground in an enchanting Wine Country Hot-Air Balloon Ride.

Check ‘romantic hot air balloon ride’ off your bucket list.  Take to the skies for an incredible morning of:

  • birds-eye views
  • champagne toasts
  • searing scenic views of the most celebrated estates and wineries

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Sit back, relax and get comfortable in the balloon’s basket.  During your tour, your experienced captain will effortlessly sail you over the rolling hills, spacious vineyards, and lush landscapes below.

History buffs should listen up. In addition to sharing region’s greatest points of interest, your expert Captain will educate you on ballooning’s colorful origins. 

Private Wine Country Tour Including Professional Photographer

Need an extra special way to commemorate your couple’s trip to wine country? Whether you are celebrating an engagement, honeymoon, or anniversary or just are angling to get some superior social media content, the Private Wine Country Tour Including Professional Photographer is the way to go!

Leave the hassle of discovering the most photogenic spots, and the most romantic Napa wineries to the experts.  They will create a custom itinerary for you and your loved one. 

Sip, swish, and swallow to your heart's content. Meanwhile, you'll visit a number of wineries and perhaps even participate in a wine blending experience. In addition, you can opt to go on a hot air balloon ride.

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Throughout your chauffeured private tour, your professional photographer will be on hand to document the entire day. Meanwhile, your photographer will offer timely advice and tips on how to capture the most magical memories.

Snacks and water are included during your tour and a picnic lunch can be arranged for an additional charge. 

Napa Valley: Aerial Sightseeing Tour

Fly high upon the wings of love when you spoil your turtle dove with a Napa Valley: Aerial Sightseeing Tour

Reignite the passion of your initial courtship with a sensational 1.5 hour 1.5-hour aerial tour. During your tour, fly over the Napa Valley in a modern high wing Cessna or a low wing Piper plane. 

Flying through the clear blue skies above, you can soak in the awe-inspiring landscape below. Relax during your flight knowing you are in the company of an experienced FAA-certified Pilot and guide.

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This spellbinding air-bound adventure will take you and your partner from Hayward. Then, over downtown Oakland, El Cerrito, and San Pablo Bay. Finally, you'll make your way towards the sumptuous Napa Valley. 

Love may be like wine, in that it gets better over time. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to work at it.

Fire up the fairy tale fantasies, and pull out all the stops when you plan a romantic reprieve in Napa Valley with your lover. 

Bottles of some of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah help set the stage for a week or two of amor. 

Add to the mix unbelievable natural beauty, enthralling history, and a bevy of culinary delights and even the hardest of hearts will be melting.

However, you choose to spend your couple’s romantic Napa getaway, from a private sailing tour of the azure waters of Bodega Bay, to conquering the three-course Michelin starred tasting menu of your food-fueled reveries, know that wine country is the place for full-bodied romance.

What Did We Miss?

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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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