Many Napa Valley towns invite walking tours—a great way to learn about the areas you’re visiting and work off some of the rich food and wine at the same time.
In downtown Napa, there’s a short but fascinating self-guided walking tour at the Historic Napa Mill (500 Main St.). You can stroll the outer perimeter and then the inner corridors of this 100-plus-year-old building created by some of Napa’s founders. Maps are available in front of some of the shops to guide you and teach you about the origins of each storefront. Expect this tour to take 30–60 minutes, depending on whether you stop to shop.
Another great place to take a historical walk is Yountville (Washington and Yount Sts.). Stop in at the visitors center to get a Historical Walking Tour map, then take off to explore the history of the town that’s turned into the culinary mecca of California. Along the two-mile loop you’ll see parks, the local pioneer cemetery, original Victorian homes, century-old storefronts, wineries, and much more. If you do the full loop and stop to admire the various sights, this walk may take you as much as 2–3 hours.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition