5 Fun, Safe Adventures to do in Wine Country

The main attraction of vacationing in St. Helena is the rich availability of Spring Mountain winery tours, wine tastings, and beautiful vineyards. Once you’ve tasted wine to your heart’s content, sampled the famous Patriotic Pour, and soaked in the stunning valley views, you might want to venture out and see some of the other attractions Spring Mountain and Napa areas have to offer.

As of summer 2020, most people are still exercising caution and maintaining social distance. However, this is no reason to spend the summer indoors! Indeed, the Napa County Shelter-at-Home Order now allows for outdoor sports and activities that can be done without close contact.

Here are five fun outdoor activities that will round out your wine tasting vacation and keep the whole family happy.

Kayaking and boating

Lake Berryessa is just one of the local possibilities if you’re looking to get out on the water for the day. Grab a boat and hit the lake via one of the kayak-friendly boat ramps that provide gentle and easy access to the water. Or, if you prefer to get a little wetter, jump in for a swim or rent a paddleboard or jet ski for maximum adventure.

Tour of the wetlands

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife habitats as you boat through the wetlands, because the area is absolutely teeming with life. Choose a close friend and hop in a paddleboat, and spend your day immersed in the beautiful scenery while you listen to your guide’s knowledge of local history, including some exciting ghost-town lore.

Hot air balloon rides

If you think the views of Napa Valley are incredible from the mountaintops, imagine how much you could see drifting through the sky. Pre-book your small group so you know you’re comfortable sharing a basket with only close friends!

Hiking trails

Truly, there is no shortage of things to see in California if you’re willing to venture out and look in the right places. Take a casual, dog-friendly stroll along numerous creeks, walkthrough immense redwood forests, or challenge yourself to an intense mountain hike. Just be aware that different trails cater to a wide variety of skill levels, so make sure you choose your route carefully ahead of time.

Guided bicycle tours

You don’t have to bring your own bike to enjoy the rich history and amazing scenery of a guided bike tour. Rent a bike, bring a friend, and get some great exercise at your own pace, all while maintaining a safe distance from others.

After a thrilling day, relax with a glass of great wine and great views. Sherwin Family Vineyards is dedicated to keeping your family’s safety and health as our top priority. Call (707) 963-1154 or use the online contact form to book a tasting appointment.

Written by Matt Sherwin