Maybe you just love trying new things. Maybe you’re no stranger to Napa, and you’ve gotten bored with your usual itinerary. Whatever your reasons: St. Helena of the Napa Valley has plenty of unconventional and exciting activities for you to try!
Cultivate an ear for chamber music, if you will.
This is not a drill: Napa Valley has its own year-round venue just for those sweet classical sounds. World-renown musicians gather to put on their greatest Debussy and Mozart hats. Affordably priced by subscription or single tickets (though you’ve got to add yourself to a waitlist, FYI), this a bona fide experience.
Or get jazzy with it at the club.
Not a nightclub per se, but something even cooler: Blue Note Napa. Located in the Napa Valley Opera House, this operates as a jazz lounge and restaurant both. Named after the historical Blue Note Jazz Club of Greenwich Village, you can catch everything from harmonica trios to benefit concerts at this decidedly cool-cats-only club.
Tour the Petrified Redwood Forest of Calistoga, a California historical landmark.
These old grounds have been painstakingly preserved, bearing some of the best-preserved petrified trees in the world. See Mount Saint Helena from the forest, experience geologic ash fall, and tour the redwood trail (with a naturalist as your guide!).
You can still enjoy those same traditional wine flights… But now, via tuk-tuk.
They’re called “Laces and Limos,” and that’s about all there is to it. Tour the wine country at speeds sub-40 m.p.h. (and no need to drive yourself). Prices start at $55 per person for three winery stops.