Okay, so you are going to the Napa Valley and you are taking the kids. This is not normally a place we would ever take our kids, in general, there is not much for them to do. Really, there isn’t. This is a destination I enjoy going to with my hubby and my girlfriends. In my book, it is that kind of place. Well, recently we were looking to take a little road trip with the teens and I heard about Napa Kayaking, so I thought this might be a fun activity to do with the kids while spending a night in the wine country. A bit of fun for the kids, and a bit of fun for us after kayaking…..a bit of wine tasting.
We decided to book the two hour guided tour of the Napa River, but if you want to rent the kayaks on your own and go solo, you can do that as well. The choice is up to you. I know the river looks a bit murky, but the Napa River has never been cleaner. Don’t let the color scare you off!
Before we headed out for our kayaking trip we fueled up at the Oxbow Market in Napa. If you haven’t been to the Oxbow, it is a large indoor food market with over a dozen food stalls/mini restaurants to choose from. There is something for everyone in your group!
Justin, our very sweet and knowledgable guide, who happens to be a Napa native, gave us a great history lesson about the Napa Valley during our relaxing two hour paddle down the river.
If you are looking for something to do with your family or out of town guests, this is the perfect way to break up a day of wine tasting and a fun activity that allows you to see another side of the Napa Valley. Our teens were perfect angels during this paddle and they really enjoyed Justin’s history lesson! I can’t say they were angels for the rest of the day! 😉
After our kayak trip we headed to Yountville where we stayed for the night. If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you know we always stay in Yountville because I love everything the town offers. Great restaurants, a great location in the valley, and it’s a lovely, walkable town. While the kiddos were relaxing in the room we headed over to Girard for a bit of wine tasting.
An evening stroll through Yountville is one of my favorite things to do when visiting. Walking through the French Laundry gardens at dusk is always a treat.
In case you missed my surprise visit to the French Laundry in March, you can read about that here.
One of my favorite remodels in Yountville. So simple and chic with all of the right touches! A cute screened in front porch is where you will often find the charming owner and his guests enjoying a bottle of wine.
Another nicely done remodel that blends in nicely with the surrounding neighborhood.
The bakers at Bouchon Bakery were busy at work on a Saturday night getting ready for a busy Sunday morning. Yum!
A delicious Sunday morning breakfast at Bouchon Restaurant. Their omelettes are like little masterpieces…..almost too pretty to eat!
A to go bag of my favorite chocolate croissants for the ride home.
It was a fun 24 hours in the Napa Valley with the teens and I’m so happy we found an activity that we could all do together as a family. Next time we might just rent the kayaks and go out on our own, but the tour was great for first timers navigating the treacherous waters of the Napa River….not. 🙂
I’m on the plane finishing up this blog post as we head out for our summer vacation to one of my favorite places. I scored tickets to Hamilton “last year” and our show date is this week. I can hardly wait!
Do you take your kids to the Napa Valley?
If so, what do you do with them?
Hiking? Cooking classes? Let me know…I’m curious?