Finally the voters approved the Napa Flood Control Project. With that approval came 100 million dollars of stimulus funding.
Rather than relying on old technology to divert the river through elaborate,
unsightly concrete structures, the citizens of Napa have created the "Living River Project," a plan to let the river flow naturally and mitigate against possible flood damage in an esthetically and ecologically-sound fashion.
Now the City of Napa is safely guarded by the Napa Flood Control Project. New hotels, restaurants, and other investments are
pouring in with a new confidence in the City's safety and stability.
Indeed, besides the renowned wine country in North County (Yountville, Oakville, St. Helena, Calistoga, etc.), the City of Napa — in and of itself — has seductive and alluring charms all it's own.
World class accommodations, restaurants, and entertainment make this a destination worth exploring.
An audio walking tour of art in public spaces, world class art galleries and a revitalized Opera House with an impressive array of performances highlight the robust cultural arts scene.
And for those who come for the wine, a new "Wine Card" encourages strolling and tasting at the city's many wine bars all within walking distance of your accommodations ensuring safe sipping of the regions finest vintages.
Where to Stay
High quality lodging in hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts, all located downtown provide a variety of accommodation choices.
The Westin Verasa Napa Valley overlooks the banks of Napa Creek. It is within walking distance of all the delights of
This world class resort features luxury rooms and amenities, as well
as the Michelin-starred restaurant, Chef Ken Frank's La Toque.
The craftsman style architecture uses earth toned local materials to set the stage for a subdued, yet elegant "home away from home."
The responsive staff is professional, knowledgeable and customer-oriented.
Evening wine tasting creekside or nestled near the resort's indoor and
outdoor fireplaces makes for a memorable evening.
Where To Eat
If you are on the hunt for emerging star chefs, spend
some time dining in downtown Napa. There's Ken Frank's La Toque,
Morimoto, Tyler Florence, and Ubuntu to mention
A Napa "find"is AVIA Kitchen + Wine Bar located in
the AVIA Hotel.
Executive Chef Chris Aken is creating Wine Country cuisine that
consists of small plates divided into garden, ocean, farm and charcuterie
About 80% of the produce is sourced from the property's own plots in
the Napa Community Garden which influence the constantly changing, seasonal
Complementing the menu is a wine list that features an impressive list
of limited production wines by the bottle, glass or flight.
The smart, casual, warm decor and accommodating waitstaff makes AVIA
Kitchen a natural for a satisfying downtown evening out.
The word "ubuntu" has its origin
in the Zulu people of southern Africa. Ubuntu is a humanist philosophy
focusing on people's allegiances and relations with each other, emphasizing
community, sharing and generosity.
The mission at Ubuntu is to bring to customers a bounty of local
bio-dynamically gardened produce handled with care and skill by talented
artisans and chefs providing an unparalleled experience connecting their
customers to the bounty of the earth.
Their mission is extended beyond the customer and includes
providing a sustainable workplace environment and interconnectedness
with their providers and their local communities.
Ubuntu's garden-fresh menu utilizes locally grown vegetables,
grains and fruits with much of the produce coming from their own biodynamic
gardens, created by legendary wine country Master Gardener, Jeff
The day-to-day operations are coordinated through close communication
between the kitchen with Executive Chef Aaron London leading
his team and Head Gardener, Rose Robertson bringing the fruits
of the land to the table.
The concept is local and sustainable, the appeal is universal.
Chef London's "Tasting Menu" provides a metaphorical
"walk through the garden" with crescendos and dénouements
that are accompanied by wine pairings that compliment and complete the
This exceptional gourmet vegetarian dining has been awarded
a star by the Michelin Group and rave reviews from all who experience
this unique and unforgettable journey.
What To Do
Start your visit with a walking tour.
Your guide, George Webber, is an accomplished
actor/historian who will enthrall you with the rich history and lore
of the area. This is "edutainment" at its best!
Walk over to the Oxbow Market Place, designed by Steve
Carlin, the same fellow who brought you the Ferry Building Marketplace
in San Francisco.
Delight in the cornucopia of local produce and food stalls.
Stop by the tea shop for a global education and tasting,
sniff the exotic spices and deliberate which ones you must take home.
Graze at the many dining options beckoning to you. Taste
the creative ice cream flavors and sip some of the best coffee you will
ever taste, each cup individually brewed to your liking.
Other Things to Do In Downtown Napa
Stroll the shops, galleries and antique stores and of
course, taste some wine at the 20-plus wine bars.
Hop on the Wine Train for a memorable lunch or
dinner or murder mystery tour and enjoy wine country cuisine as you
pass by the glorious Napa valley vineyards.
Whether it's your first time in Napa or you are a regular
wine country visitor, a local, or from a far away land, The Napa
Valley Wine Train will enchant you.
Imagine the romance and luxury of touring this stellar terrain while
sipping Napa's finest wines and enjoying the Cal — Med cuisine of Executive
Chef Kelly Macdonald
Whatever the season, rain or shine, whatever the reason, The Napa
Valley Wine Train is one of the most unique and affordable ways
to experience this magical valley.