We spent the first day taking a stroll at the Westwood Hills Park close to our hotel. Heavily wooded, it has tall oak trees and benches all around for a picnic. The trails are not stroller-friendly so there is an option to sit near the parking lot and grab a bite from that heavy picnic basket.
(MOM TIP: If you are with a toddler, carry cucumbers, carrots and a variety of fruit to engage the child. For those 'Terrible Twos' moments, carry candy or something that they love. Don’t forget water and of course, an extra blanket, for this time of the year. Let them be in the stroller so you can enjoy the views.)
On reaching the top of the hills, one can experience an expansive view of the city. There’s a museum and a library too. It had drizzled the day before so the trail we took was quite slippery. But this meant greener meadows. The greenery is dense and it is advisable to wear shoes that are made for rough terrains. Beware of poison oak too!
Collect different kind of leaves and branches on your way up. Get closer to birds and hear them tweet. My daughter loves to listen and talk to birds. She had a great time sitting among the trees and admiring nature!
We decided to check into our hotel after the stroll and were surprised to manage quite a perfect evening without even stepping foot outside. The food at the restaurant was phenomenal and we couldn’t have asked for a better service.
As it gets dark and cold sooner this time of the year, it is wise to stay indoors when you are with a child.
Spend the evening tasting wines while munching on cheese platters. We grabbed a seat outside with wine and warmth for company. With Christmas music playing in the background, the experience made us feel refreshed and ready for the next day.
More adventurous visitors can head out later for a luxurious dinner and spend some time at a casino. Downtown Napa has many options for gourmet food lovers and those who like to indulge in some vanity while on a holiday.
(MOM TIP: carry your child’s favorite toy, blanket, book(s), game to make the hotel room more familiar. They might take time to adjust to it.)
Go for a late night or early morning walk with your loved one after the little one has dozed off. Buy that favorite bottle of wine and sip it over some heartfelt conversation.
Coming back to our trip, we started our day early and were downstairs for our delectable breakfast in time. We initially decided to do one of the many vineyard tours that the hotel was offering. You can ask for coupons and if lucky, might get a free lunch along with the tour at a small additional cost.
These are usually lunch/dinner tours that last about 4-5 hours. You can also board the vintage wine train that usually runs for only a day in December. Luxurious vineyards offer limo tours and even private candlelight tastings for romantic occasions.
Start your day with some time at the spa to get recharged for the day ahead. Do it on the last day of your holiday though. Our hotel also offered spa services at a small additional fee.
Anyway, we chucked all of this for an exciting self-arranged bike tour! Bikes are easily available for rent in Napa and our hotel offered it for a minimal fee. We rented a carriage for our daughter and with five bottles of water, we started our ride with first pit stop at a taco truck.
(MOM TIP: Carry water in abundance and snacks such as nuts and energy bars to munch on. It really helps when you are in the middle of nowhere.)