Napa Valley Vacation Rentals: A Visitors Guide

Welcome to our visitors guide about Napa Valley vacation rentals. Here you can find information to help plan your California wine country vacation, including gorgeous Napa Valley homes for rent, Napa and Calistoga attractions, travel tips, and important details about the area.

TheWineStay.com also offers curated vacation experiences, including personalized boutique wine tours and wine tastings, private dinners by 5-star chefs, and local guides for outdoor adventures. Read on to discover the possibilities.

 


 


Napa Valley Vacation Homes For Rent

Check out our beautiful vacation homes available for rent in Calistoga, California. These luxury wine country homes provide a unique and intimate experience for travelers to enjoy an insider’s view of life in Napa Valley

Property Listings

Tranquil Calistoga Retreat

Tranquil Calistoga Vacation Rental Home

Back from the road, down a quiet country lane, you’ll find a little bit of heaven. Sense the expansiveness and surrender to the tranquility. This comfortable retreat encompasses almost 2 acres, with a seasonal creek and pastoral vistas.

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Max Capacity: 8 Guests

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Private Napa Valley Paradise

Private Wine Country Retreat For Rent in Napa Valley

A short 5-minute drive to downtown Calistoga, this private Napa Valley home invites you and your family to enjoy casual country living. With three bedrooms, two baths, plus an outdoor living area, there’s room for everyone to share the good life of Wine Country.

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Max Capacity: 6 Guests

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How To Choose The Right Wine Country Vacation Rental

An amazing wine country vacation starts with choosing the perfect place to stay. While hotel rooms may be the better choice for some, nothing beats the privacy and convenience of your own vacation rental. Renting a home is perfect for larger groups or families with children. Space to spread out, privacy, an at-home feel, and cost savings make Napa Valley vacation rentals an attractive option.

Vacation home rentals are more popular than ever, and choosing the right place can make all the difference. Consider the following points when choosing a home to rent in beautiful Calistoga, Napa Valley.

Napa Valley Rental AmenitiesAmenities

Make a list of the most important amenities. Does your group want to BBQ outside? Do you need a pool or spa? Do you need a place for the kids to play while allowing the adults a bit of privacy? Be sure your rental home of choice isn’t missing any essentials.

Napa Valley Rental LocationLocation

Do you want to be closer to the action in town, or are you looking for tranquility in a quiet setting? Is the vacation home near the attractions and points of interest that intrigue you most?

Napa Valley Rental PhotosProperty Photos

Look for a vacation rental with plenty of photos. Scrutinize the details to look for signs of cleanliness and upkeep. Explore what kind of views you’ll have both indoors and out. If the photos of the property are in short supply or seem incomplete, this could be a red flag.

Napa Valley Rental ReviewsReviews

Check for consistent comments and take heed of criticisms. Make note of what people say about the property, atmosphere, amenities, and the owner or rental manager.

Napa Valley Rental ExtrasExtras

Some vacation rental agencies offer concierge services. These include shopping, transportation, private chefs and sommeliers, spa services, and more. The Wine Stay can arrange for a private yoga session, professional massage, or customized wine pairing – all in the comfort of your vacation rental.

Hotel or Rental Home – Which Is Right for You?

Can’t decide if you should stay at a hotel or rent a home? Read our blog post “Vacation Home Rental or Hotel — Which Is Better for You?” to compare the advantages of these two types of accommodations.


Napa Valley Travel Tips

To help you create an amazing vacation experience in and around Napa, here are some travel tips to keep in mind.

Napa Valley WeatherLocal Weather

While enjoying your Napa Valley vacation rental, you can expect cool winters and warm, dry summers. Daily temperatures vary throughout the valley’s many microclimates, and you can count on temps dropping significantly from the daily high to evening low. Monthly average temperatures for the town of Napa are listed below in degrees Fahrenheit.

January

  • Highs: upper 50s
  • Lows: upper 30s

February

  • Highs: lower 60s
  • Lows: lower 40s

March

  • Highs: upper 60s
  • Lows: mid 40s

April

  • Highs: lower 70s
  • Lows: mid 40s

May

  • Highs: upper 70s
  • Lows: lower 50s

June

  • Highs: lower 80s
  • Lows: mid 50s

July

  • Highs: mid 80s
  • Lows: mid 50s

August

  • Highs: mid 80s
  • Lows: mid 50s

September

  • Highs: mid 80s
  • Lows: mid 50s

October

  • Highs: upper 70s
  • Lows: upper 40s

November

  • Highs: mid 60s
  • Lows: mid 40s

December

  • Highs: upper 50s
  • Lows: upper 30s

Napa Valley TransportationLocal Transportation

There are plenty of transportation options available to help make the most of your Napa Valley wine country vacation.

BY CAR

Many visitors to Napa get around using their own vehicle. Cars can also be rented from Avis or Enterprise Rent-A-Car, among others in the town of Napa.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
2030 Soscol Ave
Napa, CA95449

+1 707-253-8000

PERSONAL DRIVER

We can arrange for a personal driver to pick you up at the airport and deliver you to your Napa Valley vacation rental. Or use our personal driver to tour the beautiful countryside and enjoy a day of wine tasting. We want to make your Napa vacation experience with The Wine Stay comfortable and easy.

RIDE SHARING

While vacationing in Napa Valley, visitors can use the popular ride sharing apps Uber and Lyft to get around town.


Things To Do In Napa Valley

Napa Valley RestaurantsRestaurants & Dining

Napa Valley is a foodies paradise with an excellent selection of cafes and restaurants. Below is a list of just a few of our favorite places to eat and drink while enjoying your Napa Valley vacation rental.

 

Breakfast

CAFÉ SARAFORNIA
1413 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, CA94515

+1 707-942-0555

This long-established, traditional diner serves up basic, good food. Start here to set a hearty foundation for a day of wine tasting.

CALISTOGA ROASTERY
1426 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, CA94515

+1 707-431-2719

They roast their own coffee right here, so you can count on a great cup of coffee. They offer no-frills breakfast food that’s fresh and tasty.

BELLA BAKERY AND CAFÉ
1353 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, CA94515

+1 707-942-1443

Stop in for a cup of coffee and a treat to go. Be sure to try their scones — delish!

Lunch

COPIA
500 First St
Napa, CA94559

+1 707-967-2500

The menu at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is always changing, but you can count on it to be fresh and innovative. Exceptionally good food in a Napa Valley-casual atmosphere. Great for Sunday brunch and dinner, too.

GOTT’S ROADSIDE/ST. HELENA
933 Main St
Helena, CA94574

+1 707-963-3486

This isn’t your typical burger stand. It’s not chichi, but the diner food is out of this world! Sit outside on benches under a sunbrella with the whole family.

OXBOW PUBLIC MARKET
610 & 644 First St
Napa, CA94559

+1 707-226-6529

Super casual indoor market is a collection of food stores and vendors with open seating scattered throughout the building. There’s something for everyone here, from oysters to chocolate. A good place for a quick bite of top-quality eats.

Dinner

TORC
1140 Main St
Napa, CA94559

+1 707-252-3292

We like this restaurant for its varied and fresh farm-to-table menu and mid-range prices. You get great food, a good wine selection and a warm atmosphere that bustles with good service.

MIMINASHI
821 Coombs St
Napa, CA94559

+1 707-254-9464

Unbelievable Japanese fare and an enormous menu. Even the ramen is terrific!

SOLBAR
755 Silverado Trail
Calistoga, CA94515

+1 877-684-6146

For high-quality, freshly prepared meals in a casually elegant atmosphere, check out Solbar. Excellent choice for lunch or dinner, plus they have a kids menu and vegan options.


Napa Valley Wine ToursWinery Tours

A wine country vacation isn’t complete without sampling some of the finest wines in the country. Below are a few choices for wine tours around Napa Valley.

The Wine Stay
1083 Vine St, #723
Healdsburg, CA95448

+1 707-890-0852

For our guests who like the idea of a customized wine tasting, take advantage of The Wine Stay’s in-house sommelier. Want to focus on a certain varietal, organic wines, or family-owned wineries? Our wine expert knows the region and its winemakers and can curate a wine tour just for you.

California Wine Tours
4075 Solano Ave, #723
Napa, CA94558

+1 707-253-1300

Tour the Napa and Sonoma wineries with a personal driver and car. They can put together a wine tasting tour that fits your schedule and tastes.


Napa Valley Winery MapsWinery Maps

Napa Valley has always been the heart of wine country. With hundreds of wineries, there’s plenty of choice for wine tasting. Take a look at these maps to help you plan out your wine tour, including wineries in Calistoga, Rutherford, St. Helena, Napa, and Yountville.

Napa Valley Winery Maps
Napa Valley Winery Maps
Napa Valley Winery Maps
Napa Valley Winery Maps

Napa Valley Outdoor ActivitiesOutdoor Activities

A Napa Valley vacation rental is a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts. From biking and kayaking to golfing and hot air ballooning, the Napa wine region offers a wealth of options. Here are just a few local outdoor activities in Napa.

Napa Valley Balloons
4086 Byway East
Napa, CA94558

+1 707-944-0228

Napa Valley Bike Rentals
3259 California Blvd
Napa,CA94558

+1 707-944-2953

Calistoga Spa Hot Springs
1006 Washington St
Calistoga,CA94515

+1 707-942-6269


Local Laws & Regulations in Napa Valley

Nothing can ruin a perfect vacation like running afoul of local laws. Here are a few tips to keep you informed while enjoying your Napa Valley vacation rental.

Napa Valley Drinking AgeLegal Drinking Age

The legal drinking age in California is 21. Guests must also be 21 years of age or older to participate in wine tastings. Some wineries are more family friendly than others and may allow underage children to enter the winery but not participate in tastings. Contact the winery or your concierge for more details.

Napa Valley Alcohol SalesAlcohol Sales & Consumption

The legal age to purchase alcohol in California is 21. According to California state law, alcohol may be purchased between the hours of 6:00am to 2:00am any day of the week.

Napa Valley Alcohol SalesNoise Regulations

Napa County regulates the acceptable amount of noise on vacation rental properties to ensure a pleasant experience for residents and guests.

  • Quiet hours must be observed between 10:00pm and 7:00am.
  • Outdoor amplified sound is not allowed at any time.
  • Continual nuisance barking from unattended pets is prohibited.

History of Napa Valley

One of the major wine regions of the world, Napa Valley is a highly popular tourist destination in California. The valley enjoys a beautiful Mediterranean climate, so it’s no surprise that it has long been a prime agricultural area.

Until the early 1800s, Napa Valley was chiefly populated by a few indigenous tribes when it was broken into several, very large land grants. In 1836, George C. Yount obtained the Mexican grant Rancho Caymus. He established a sawmill and grain mill and, importantly, was the first person said to have planted a vineyard in Napa County. It is in his name that the town of Yountville was put on the map. Similarly, Rutherford was named after another wine grower from the mid-1800s.

Near the same time, Napa’s eastern hills became the locus of the California silver rush and silver and quicksilver mining. During this time the town of Napa was established. The area soon found another claim to fame in the mid-1880s when the town of Calistoga was founded at the foot of Mount Saint Helena and became known as a resort area for its many natural, mineral hot springs.

Some of the region’s oldest wineries date back to the 1860s, such as Charles Krug and Schramsberg wineries. While acres of prime agricultural land was planted in grapes, this was by no means the predominant crop. The area was planted with over 500,000 fruit and nut trees, especially plums and pears. However, agriculture in the Napa area narrowed its focus to wine grapes by the end of last century, with more than 90% of available agricultural land devoted to vineyards.

With its close proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area, Napa attracts nearly 5 million visitors annually. To learn more about Napa wine region, visit these other great resources online: