Springtime in Napa has never been more enjoyable. From wine tasting and award-winning dining experiences to music festivals and hot air balloon rides, there is nothing more captivating than Napa in spring.
1. Wine Tasting
The Village at Vista Collina Resort curates the best of Napa Valley to create a unique Wine Country experience, the centerpiece of which is our nine tasting rooms. Open from 11am-7pm daily, the tasting rooms showcase eight boutique wines – each with their own unique style and history – and one classic microbrew, offering a taste of what Napa Valley has to offer right here at Vista Collina. We also recommend wine tasting tours across Napa County, including Napa Valley Wine Country Tours or Napa Valley Wine Train.
Two picturesque golf courses in Napa Valley, Chardonnay Golf Club and Eagle Vines Golf Club, lie just two miles from The Meritage Resort and Spa. Enjoy 18 holes in the morning and wine tasting by the afternoon, offering the perfect golf vacation for the avid golfer and wine enthusiast. The Guest Services Team at The Meritage Resort and Spa can arrange your tee times, lunch, club rentals and transportation to and from the courses. As a guest of our resort, you are able to reserve tee times at both Napa Valley courses up to 60 days in advance through our Concierge.
3. Hot Air Balloons
Get the bird’s eye view of Napa Valley during the early morning from a beautiful hot-air balloon ride over the vineyards. These once-in-a-lifetime rides are wonderful for weddings, special occasion charters and champagne brunches. We recommend Balloons Above the Valley and our Concierge is happy assist you with reservations.
4. Downtown Napa
The city has undergone a renaissance, becoming a world-class destination in its own right. Endless tasting bars let you check out small and large producers before heading up further up the valley. Culinary star power abounds in Napa with acclaimed restaurants. Craving nature? Hike the Bay Area Ridge Trail from the river to Skyline Park. Art lovers will find heaven among the sculpture gardens and galleries of 200-acre Di Rosa or along the city's downtown. Meritage is pleased to offer a complimentary daily shuttle to downtown Napa, located only a few miles away.
5. Artist for a Day
Spend the afternoon painting with acclaimed Napa Valley landscape artist, Tim Howe, locally known as “The Artist of Napa.” This is your opportunity to unlock your inner artist for the first time or to hone your skills with a pro as you capture the incredible beauty of the Napa Valley. After the three-hour session, you will go home with your original painting as a special memory of Wine Country. You'll be amazed by what you can create as you are guided through the entire artistic process step-by-step. Painting in the vineyards “en plein air” literally means painting “in the open air.” All materials are provided.