A Perfect Two-Day Weekend in Napa Valley with Kids (Day Two)
Have a Hearty Breakfast at the Family-Friendly Neighborhood Restaurant
Eddie and his team provide the perfect welcome and small-town friendliness at the Palisades Deli Cafe. This is what out-of-town families dream of: it’s a grocery store, a café, a breakfast joint, a deli, completed with a roomy garden terrace with a full set of train tracks and play table for the young kids! This is really the best place to go in Calistoga if you want to have a relaxed and enjoyable breakfast out in the sun while your kids play serenely with the Thomas and Friends train set.
I loved the vintage Americana feel of the place and the authentic dark wood smell in the café. Bonus: we bought milk, water, and cookies for the road without having to stop by another grocery store! You can also buy some quiche or deli food to go if you’re going for a picnic later in the day. And for breakfast, their Garden Omelette (an “Everything Omelette”) is divine with bacon on the side, and the fruit and yogurt granola bowl is a must to have a healthy start of the day.
Have a Catch-Up Dip in the Hot Spring Pools
Your kids will be begging for more time at the pools. So will you. The check-out is at 11AM so there’s still some time to take advantage of the morning breeze in the hot thermal pools before you hit the road. We'll miss you, family-friendly Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, until next time!
Take the Aerial Tram to Visit a Breathtaking Winery on the Hills
A family-friendly winery tour in Napa Valley? This is, in my opinion, hands-down the best one to visit with young kids! See my full review on Sterling Vineyards here.
First you take the aerial tram to go up the hill to the winery. This experience alone makes it worthwhile for our kids. Then you walk through the winery with breathtaking views over Napa Valley. You taste mono-cépage (single grape variety) wines along the self-guided wine tour, and watch detailed explanations of the wine-making process on TV while you peek into the actual winery.
We then headed to the upper level of the winery, sat down and tasted three other wines accompanied with a cheese and charcuterie platter, with a serene forest view on the rooftop terrace. Sit there a bit in the sun and drink water to let your blood alcohol level drop. Then back to ground level by the aerial tram (another highlight for the kids). We had a fabulous time.
Drive Through Napa Valley Vineyards and Pose
There are so many beautiful vineyards worth visiting but we can’t possibly do everything in a single weekend. The drive through Napa Valley has some spectacular views. Of course, we couldn’t resist the temptation to pose for a perfectly touristic picture in front the the Napa Valley sign.
Take a Light Hike through the Petrified Forest
Have a nice, stroller-friendly hike through the Petrified Forest to load up on oxygen and phytoncid. Admire the amazingly old petrified giant redwoods, and see a hill covered with volcanic ashes. Look for the lizards that thread through the woods. After a hike through the woods, it’s perfect timing for another car nap.
Head to Sonoma Downtown for a Feel of the Wild Wild West
Sonoma Downtown is very toddler-friendly. Walk around stroller-friendly Sonoma Plaza and browse through the coquette shops and see all the historical buildings. Learn about the fascinating story of early California in the Sonoma State Historic Park. Let the kids have fun in the play structures at the Plaza Square.
Indulge Your Taste Buds with BBQ and Ice Cream
We walked across the street from the play structures and headed to B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille for dinner. We shared a platter of smoked BBQ brisket and pulled pork that came completed with coleslaw and sweet potato fries. After dinner, we headed next door and shared a waffle cone of homemade ice cream at Sweet Scoops. While having the chocolate and raspberry deliciousness, we chatted with a family of visitors from Minnesota. They agreed that Napa Valley is perfectly suitable for family with young children.
This is our version of the perfect two-day weekend with kids in the Napa Valley. What are some of your favorite places? Any dream destinations you’d like to share? It’d be lovely to hear from you!
And in case you haven't seen the itinerary of Day One in Napa Valley with Kids, here's the link.