The first thing that comes to mind when you hear Napa Valley in California is likely to be wine and spa retreats, not conferences. But there are still some great things to do and see in the evening, which makes Napa Valley a great destination for a conference. So once you are checked in to your conference hotel, you can head out and explore what Napa Valley has to offer for the busy traveler with limited time on their hands.
The Napa Valley Wine Train, which takes you on a tour of the region, offers an Evening Wine Tour. Here, you will be able to cross a lot of things off your list in just one evening. You will be treated to a multiple course gourmet dinner, a wine tasting from several wineries in the region, and a journey through Napa Valley aboard their vintage train.
Several of the Napa Valley vineyards and wineries offer evening tours and are open past the usual business hours. These include St. Clair Brown Vinery, Girard Winery, Romeo Vineyards and Cellars, and Elizabeth Spencer Wines. The latter offers a fun blind tasting experience, where you will be able to try their different wines wearing a blindfold. This is definitely a fun way to challenge your senses and clear your head.
If you like to pair your wine with amazing Italian food, a visit to Bottega Restaurant should be on your list. They use house made ingredients and local produce. Other popular restaurants in Napa Valley include Farmstead, Bistro Jeanty, and Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen.