Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Napa Valley This Fall

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Fall is a time of color and beauty in the valley and it all starts when the last of the grapes come in and harvest comes to an end. The valley floor is covered with yellow and red foliage and the aroma of fermenting grapes seeping out of their tanks fills the air with the smell of blueberries and yeast. Besides the complete and utter beauty of Napa Valley, there are also a lot of fall happenings to check out.

Here is your fall to-do list:

Napa Valley Vine Trail – Opening Late October
The northern section of the Napa Valley Vine Trail will connect the city of Napa with Yountville and will open for official public biking and walking use in late October. Bike past vineyards, swing by nearby wineries and restaurants and enjoy the afternoon out on the newly paved trail.

Napa Valley Film Festival – November 9-13
The ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, the Napa Valley Film Festival features independent films and studio sneak previews screening in beautiful venues up and down the valley. Enjoy 120 films, 300 filmmakers, 150 wineries and 50 chefs all in the beautiful Napa Valley. Find details and passes here.

Thanksgiving Dinners – November 24
The valley has no shortage of delicious restaurants, many of which will be open with special hours and menus on Thanksgiving. Whether you want a Michelin-starred dinner or family-style buffet, there is something that will make every family member happy. Find a listing of Thanksgiving dinners here.

Yountville’s Festival of Lights – November 25
Yountville celebrates the holiday season with the annual Festival of Lights celebration where a host of local wineries and restaurants will be offering tasty bites and sips in a variety of locations throughout Yountville. The whole celebration culminating with the lighting of the town at 5:30 p.m. when Yountville is set aglow with thousands of twinkling lights adorning trees and shops along Washington Street. Friday, November 25, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Calistoga’s 19th Annual Lighted Tractor Parade – December 3
Calistoga kicks off this holiday season with the annual Lighted Tractor Parade, a holiday tradition. Vintage and modern tractors, antique trucks and construction equipment bedecked with dazzling lights roll down Calistoga’s scenic main street to celebrate the season and the city’s agricultural heritage. Saturday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.