If you’ve never been to the Napa Valley in early spring, you’ve missed one of its most spectacular seasons. From Napa to Calistoga, the vineyards are filled with a riot of brilliant yellow mustard flowers. Fruit trees – plum, apricot, apple, and quince – stand out in pops of color from white to coral, looking like botanical ballerinas. Between the showers, there’s plenty of sunlight and often puffy white clouds on the horizon.

Here are a few other reasons to come to Napa Valley in the spring:

In February, you can take a walking food and wine tour among downtown Napa's finest culinary destinations with Napa’s Culinary Crawl.

On March 4, runners will love the 40th annual Napa Valley Marathon (be advised that this event closes the Silverado Trail for half a day from Napa to Calistoga). Mid-month, from March 15 to 18, foodies and music-lovers come for Yountville Live, a three-day festival featuring rock-star chefs, chart-topping music, and award-winning wines.

The following month, Napa Valley Arts in April will be showcasing more than 40 arts and cultural events throughout the valley, from American Canyon to Calistoga (stay tuned for more detailed information as these events evolve). And, with the warming weather, it’s the perfect time to sign up for cycling events like CampoVelo and Wine Valley Cycle for Sight.

May has become renowned for Napa’s spectacular Bottlerock music festival, held this year from May 25 to 27. It’s become one of the West Coast’s most popular music, food, wine, and brew events. And pet lovers will want to mark their calendars for Pawsport Napa Valley from May 18 to 21, a dog-friendly wine-tasting weekend sponsored by the Napa Humane Society.  

Whatever your interest, you’ll find springtime in the Napa Valley a gorgeous, slower-paced season in which to enjoy all the valley has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you.

Photo credit: Megan Reeves