The Crush is on in Napa County and even though it is the busiest time of the year; it’s a great time to visit. As the grapes are being harvested, various wineries are hosting their own versions of The Blessing of the Grapes. This year they have had a late start because of the cool weather but between now and October is an exciting time of the year to visit. I have discovered some really fun ideas that you may not know about that the kids will really enjoy.
Napa has so many great wineries but one hidden gem I discovered is at Grgch Hills where you can Stomp Grapes – just like the famous I Love Lucy episode. Be sure to introduce your child to this amazing classic but wait until after they stomp – you don’t want to give them any ideas on grape antics before they go. Huge smile guaranteed.
Another great place is The Coppola Winery. They have a huge pool open 7 days a week during the month of September, and Friday-Sunday in October. They also have bocce courts and a teepee filled with books. Also through the month of October they have Family Eco-Tours on Sundays at 11:30am for kids aged 4-10 and their parents which explores the ecology of Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Hear how they farm sustainably, learn about their bees, owls, worms and all of the other creatures there, learn about the culinary garden…. walk, color and read a story in their teepee! $10 per child. Reservations required.
Besides the great properties for kids to run around outside, warm weather and amazing food options, the County of Napa offers many other fun experiences for families such as:
- Old Faithful Geyser
- Safari West
- Bothe State Park (for camping, horseback riding and more)
- Bale Grist Mill
- Petrified Forest
- Skyline Wildnerness Park (hikes, rollerblade along river, ride bikes
- Rockzilla – rock climbing wall in the town of Napa
- Stroll through the amazing gardens of the famous French Laundry in Yountville
Harvest season is all about getting the grapes in so most wineries are not able to entertain. Crush time is work time, a chance to see trucks loaded with the bounty of the land, watch people picking the grapes, smell the fermentation of the grapes and getting them into vats. It’s a chance to observe Napa in action during this intense, busy and wonderful time.
What is your favorite family friendly winery?