Most people assume that Napa is best for romantic getaways. Indeed, but it is also an excellent venue for family weekends away. Step one is finding a family-friendly place to stay. Good news, a growing number of amazing properties are catering to kids.
Favorite Family-Friendly Hotels
Solage Calistoga . I love the hip, modern, and fun atmosphere and attitude at Solage. Kids, couples, and dogs—the social environment makes it fun for a variety of age groups and interests. Separation when necessary makes it all work; there are family and adult pools, kids activities, and an extensive spa and bathhouse. Everyone comes together for meals at the onsite restaurant where the food is phenomenal.
Rates start at $350 per night. Read the complete family-friendly hotel review .
The Carneros Inn . Stylish and comfortable cottages and villas have plenty of space inside and out for stays with kids. The Hilltop pool and restaurant have fantastic views (noting the pool in that location is adult-only). There is a dedicated family pool area with toys and snacks. The meals options at The Carneros Inn are fantastic and include a specialty market, the Boon Fly Café, and our favorite option, Farm, adjacent to a bocce ball court and perfect grassy area for kids to run around while parents relax with a glass of wine.
Rates start at $530 per night. Read the complete family-friendly hotel review .
The Westin Verasa Napa . You can’t beat this hotel for value given the quality and amenities. Spacious one-bedroom guest rooms with kitchen facilities are plentiful and ideal for families. The décor is casual, modern, and tasteful. The service is friendly with an excellent concierge. Located in downtown Napa in the heart of the new riverfront development and several great restaurants are within walking distance.
Rooms start at $189 per night. Read the complete family-friendly hotel review .
When the San Francisco Bay Area is socked in with fog over the summer months, Napa Valley is an easy way to escape to warmer weather and relax by a pool. Fall and spring are gorgeous months in the valley—swimming is possible during these periods too.
Clearly wine tasting is a major activity in this region. Kids are welcome at most wineries and some venues have grape juice and snacks available.
Petrified Forest.  Trees that have been turned into stone are the feature attraction at the Petrified Forest. Hike through the woods and learn about how water and silica transform wood into rock. Located at 400 Petrified Forest Road, Calistoga.
Old Faithful Geyser . Kids and adults alike are fascinated by the Old Faithful Geyser, which erupts every 30 minutes or so. There is also a petting zoo with goats, sheep, and llamas to occupy kids while they are waiting for all the action. Located at 1200 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga.
Safari West . Safari-style tours at Safari West combine a jeep tour and walk around a wildlife compound complete with antelope, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, and dozens of other animals roaming the wine country foothills. Located at 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa.
Napa Valley Wine Train . The Napa Valley Wine Train is kid-friendly on selected Family Date Nights, offered twice a month during the school year and on summer Sundays. One child per paid adult travels free (additional per child fee $15), entertained by a professional care provider in a separate car with their own meal, games, and movies. Meanwhile, the adults have an uninterrupted dinner. Ages 3-12 only. Located at 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa.
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