Napa Valley, California
Making the most of a long weekend takes a little planning. Decisions have to be made regarding where to go and what to do when you get there. Will you simply hang out and relax with a book? Perhaps a variety of experiences is more appealing. Head to Napa and take full advantage of those three days. You’ll find yourself surrounded by opportunities, and the exploring is easy.

Beazley House
1910 1st St.
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 257-1649

The drive to Napa doesn’t take much time, and when you get there, the Beazley House Bed and Breakfast is a wonderful choice as a home away from home for your long weekend. The historic Victorian sits in the Old Town neighborhood and is two blocks from the joys of the old town. Start your day with the freshly prepared breakfasts. When you’re ready, head out the door to explore Napa and the surrounding areas. The comfort of the Beazley House awaits you after your day of wandering about in this truly gorgeous area.

Grace’s Table
1400 2nd St.
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 226-6200

You’ll need to scope out a place for lunch. Exploring the Old Town area is best done on foot, and that can work up an appetite. Grace’s Table will please your lunch-time palate and keep you right downtown. An eclectic menu that will make for difficult choices is worth the effort. Reasonably priced, delicious and great service are hallmarks here. After your lunch, continue your wanderings in Napa. When it’s dinner time, come back or simply chose one of the other delicious spots that you’ve seen while exploring.

Buena Vista Winery
18000 Old Winery Road
Sonoma, CA 95476
(800) 926-1266

Napa is literally surrounded by vineyards and wineries. If you are interested in the history of wine making in California, the traditions and quirks that go along with it, why not start with the oldest winery around? Founded in 1857 by Agoston Haraszthy, Buena Vista Winery is now a California Historic Landmark. The winery continues to produce award-winning wines. Its colorful founder, and equally colorful history, are worth a bit time during your three-day weekend. Your are, after all, in the heart of wine country.

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St. Helena Cyclery
1156 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-7736

The countryside in the Napa area is under-described as awesome. To really appreciate the beauty, consider seeing some of it while riding a rental bike. The St. Helena Cyclery has more than enough bikes ready to go, complete with helmets, racks and water bottle cages. The staff is composed of cyclists and more than capable of sending you off on a route that fits your abilities and time frame. The bike rides allow you a close-up and leisurely view of a truly stunning area.

Calistoga Hot Springs
1006 Washington St.
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-6269

After touring Napa or other nearby towns on foot, perhaps cycling through the countryside, a trip to the famed Calistoga Hot Springs may be in order. Another historic spot in the Napa area, the spa treatments here could make you want to move closer. Hot volcanic mud baths, mineral baths in one of four geo-thermally heated pools, massage packages and more will take all your tight muscles and tension and simply melt them away. Yoga? Aerobics? It’s all here, and just a short walk to the shops and eateries in the town of Calistoga.

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Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 37 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at