Whether you’re coming to the Napa Valley for business or pleasure, if you’re visiting with a large group, there’s always the problem of finding an activity that everyone in the group enjoys. Not everyone drinks wine. And some are more physically adventurous than others. Here are a few ideas for things to do that can easily accommodate everyone in your group.
Do some team-building. With Verve Napa Valley, your group will engage with horses and professional equine facilitators in a hands-on learning experience. Participants can explore topics related to leadership, self-awareness, non-verbal communication, embodiment, mood, trust, and intuition. In a beautiful rural environment, members of your group will get the chance to identify their leadership style, reconnect with their true inner nature, and become more effective leaders.
Float your boat. Napa Valley Paddle features two tours for groups who’d like to explore the nearby Napa River. On the Living River Tour you’ll experience the river’s transition from saltwater wetland to the clear, running fresh waters of the Oak Knoll AVA. The Carneros Wildlife Preserve excursion shows off the northern area of San Pablo Bay through six twisty miles, including Skaggs Island – a former top-secret naval installation once inhabited by 300 staff who were instrumental during the Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis. Beneath the marshy wetlands are buried the antennae used for interceptions of Russian radio communications.
Put the pedal to the metal. For those who’d like to get a little more exercise, Napa Valley Bike Tours has customized events for groups, including tours that end with a casual dinner in the vineyards featuring fresh pizza and salads of locally sourced produce prepared by chef Michael Gyetvan of Presto Azzurro, or a catered luncheon at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars for groups of up to 90 people.
Reach for the sky. If you really want to give your group an unforgettable adventure, Napa Valley Balloons and Calistoga Balloons each offer an exhilarating, four-hour experience for small groups. Included in the price are preflight coffee, tea, and pastries; transportation to and from the launch and landing sites; a one-hour flight (flight times are approximate and contingent on weather); and a post-flight brunch with sparkling wine at either Domain Chandon Winery in Yountville or SolBar Restaurant at the Solage Resort in Calistoga.
Sample the grapes. Hey, you’re in the Napa Valley. Many in your group will probably want to experience a classic tasting in this renowned wine region. Knight Wine Tours offers private, guided wine country tours for groups of up to ten guests, led by a certified wine educator and local resident professional guide.
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