Wine tours in Napa are available in a variety of combinations to suit the taste of each traveler. Hot balloon riders can fully enjoy this activity in Napa and hikers enjoy spectacular trails through the Napa mountainous area. Think of cruising, kayaking or boating; here they are. Scenic drives make the Napa Valley specialty, and biking is one of tourist favorites.
Fixing the date of a Napa wine tour, visitors can rely on seasonal criteria, as Napa is different in each season. A Napa wine tour in May familiarizes visitors with the vineyards in the beginning of new crops. A December Napa wine tour brings you to the holiday season in the wine country, when the wineries are beautifully decorated and not overcrowded. One of the best times to organize a Napa wine tour is February through March, as the Napa Valley is glowing bright green and yellow covered with the wild mustard in full bloom, while Napans joyfully celebrate the Mustard Festival from January, 28 through April, 1.
The two-month festival features daily celebration events that are as diverse as the valley's three hundred wineries. They range from contests, auctions, opera and jazz performances to grand dinners and chefs' competitions. The two months of celebration feature the best in Napa food, wine and agricultural and cultural bounty. The Mustard Festival starts with the Grand Opening Event, featuring music, wine food and tons of exhibits and prolific entertainment. Vineyards and wineries hold visual art competition exhibits and bring together masterful artists. The artists from throughout California are invited to enter traditional, contemporary, impressionist, or abstract, flat and three dimensional works of art in the annual Napa Valley Mustard Festival Visual Art Competition.
Napa also hosts the World Wide Mustard competition, the Chefs' Mustard Recipe Competition and the Weekend of Fine Art, during which the galleries throughout the valley host special receptions and exhibits.
Mustard, Mud and Music is the Calistoga Jazz Festival, one of the Napa Valley Mustard Festival celebrations. The Napa Valley Mustard Festival Photography Contest is one of the most successful aspects of the Napa Valley Mustard Festival. Professional and amateur photographers enter more than three hundred photographs of the Napa Valley's spectacular scenes of mustard in bloom each year. The Market Place is the festival's signature event that offers in one plate food, wine, mustard, music and art.
As the "mustard season" is the busiest time in the Napa Valley, the visitors should think of an advanced accommodation booking. One of the best ways to do that is to consider the offers of Country Sojourns, a subdivision of BeautifulPlaces Inc and a sister brand to Beautiful Places, Vacation Homes of Distinction. They have a splendid collection of private homes, varing from historic farmhouses to vineyard cottages and mountainside villas with cozy interiors and spectacular surroundings, which are convenient for a private long stay in the Napa Valley.