Napa Valley in the fall has to be seen to be believed. With the harvest season in full swing, grape vines and foliage begin to change colors—painting the entire region in yellows and reds. While the natural beauty alone of the Napa Valley makes a fall visit a must, the region is also bustling with events to attend and wines to enjoy.
If you’re planning a visit to Napa Valley this fall, let our guide help you make the most of your experience.
If Napa Valley’s fall weather could be summed up in one word, it would be “Perfect.” The average temperature in fall hovers around 80 degrees (though you’ll still find plenty of days in the 90s), then when the sun goes down, you’ll experience beautiful nights typically between 45 and 55 degrees. Such wonderfully temperate weather combined with fewer crowds make fall an ideal time to visit us here in Wine Country.
Celebrate the first day of fall with a magical train journey through Napa Valley while discovering the wines of the Trefethen Family Vineyards. For 50 years, the Trefethen family has been producing award-winning wines at their vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley. This Meet the Maker event begins with a 3-hour tour of Napa Valley from the comforts of the Wine Train’s Private Reserve rail car. During your tour, you’ll be treated to a 4-course gourmet dinner with a distinctive selection of Trefethen wines and tasting notes from the winemakers. To top it all off, third-generation winemaker Lorenzo Trefethen will be on hand to share priceless stories from his family’s half-century in Napa. If you’ve ever wanted a behind-the-scenes look at life in the heart of Napa, this is the fall event for you.
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It’s undeniable that this event is like a dream come true for music and wine fans! The Blue Note Express Music & Dinner Train will take you through Napa Valley aboard the Open-Air Car—our newest train. With a welcoming glass of sparkling wine, you’ll be serenaded by the Wine Train Quartet as you absorb all the natural beauty of the region. Enjoy a meal in the vintage dinner railcar, followed by a decadent dessert as the train makes its way back to the station. When the tour concludes, your night will just be beginning, as you’ll make your way to the world-famous Blue Note Napa for a special performance from Grammy-nominated R&B legend Brian McKnight. Don’t worry, when the evening is done you can start back at one—the Blue Note Express Music & Dinner Train makes its way along the tracks every Thursday!
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October 4 & 5
Golf fans are in for a treat when they visit Napa Valley this October, thanks to our Safeway Open 2018 event! Guests will join us aboard a vintage train for a 3-hour rail tour of Napa Valley—complete with a welcoming taste of sparkling wine and multiple course gourmet lunch! Then, it’s off to the Safeway Open, where golf icons such as Ernie Els, Mike Weir, Tiger Woods, and Vijay Singh have competed over the years. Not only does this package include a ticket to one of the PGA’s premier events, it also includes admission to the Safeway Open Concert Series, headlined by Sammy Hagar & The Circle and Young the Giant. Guests will also have access to the Safeway Food & Wine Pavillion, Brew Loft, Spirits Lounge, and Beer Fore Birdies—where you can sample delights that are anything but par for the course!
November 23-25, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 14-23, and 26
Are you making a list of family-friendly events to attend during your fall visit to Napa Valley? Well, you better be checking it twice to make sure it includes a journey aboard the Santa Train! Whether you’re getting into the holiday spirit early or making a last-minute push to get your name on the nice list, the Santa Train offers seasonal delights for the young and young at heart. Enjoy hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies on your train ride while the little ones help Jolly the Bear make his way to the North Pole to become an official Santa Train Conductor Bear! Along the way, there will be singing, games, gifts, and even a visit from Santa himself! The Santa Train is a truly special event that you and your family will remember for years to come—all backdropped by the beautiful Napa Valley.
From harvest dinners and grape stomping celebrations to murder mysteries and Romance on the Rails, Napa Valley has something for everyone looking for a fall escape. Stop dreaming about California Wine Country and start planning your memorable fall trip today.