With amazing weather and scenery year-round, Napa Valley is a picnicker’s paradise. And what better way to enjoy the beauty of the valley in full autumn glory than with an alfresco picnic? Whether you’re seeking a day of hiking and outdoor adventure or looking for a more laid-back family-friendly vibe, there’s a picnic spot with your name on it.
Winery BYOP Picnic Spots
Many Napa Valley wineries provide perfect picnic settings and allow you to bring your own picnic provisions at no charge (but they do ask that you purchase a bottle or a tasting). Here are a few of our favorite bring-your-own-picnic spots:
Laird Family Estate - you can bring your own food and spread out on the lawn at this family-friendly winery.
Pope Valley Winery - pack a lunch, grab a picnic table, play bocce, and relax at one of Napa Valley's oldest wineries.
Dutch Henry Winery - following a tasting, guests are invited to picnic on the shaded grounds.
Frank Family Vineyards - make a reservation for a tasting and enjoy a picnic lunch under the oaks or on the back porch.
Rombauer Vineyards - bring your own provisions and soak up the gorgeous garden views with a buttery Chardonnay.
Rutherford Hill Winery - enjoy sweeping views of Rutherford from one of the best picnic spots in the valley.
Don't feel like doing the prep work? There are also a number of wineries in Napa Valley that offer gourmet picnic experiences to accompany your tasting. Here are a few to try:
Charles Krug Winery - pick out sandwiches and charcuterie at the onsite deli or order up a wood-fired pizza to enjoy on the lawn.
Chandon - sip Chandon in the shady Oak Grove with the ultimate Napa Valley picnic filled with seasonal favorites.
V. Sattui - bring the whole fam to enjoy a picnic in the lively picnic area. The V. Sattui deli can help you pick the perfect provisions.
Ashes & Diamonds - gourmet picnickers will love the luncheon of seasonal, fresh, and wood-fired dishes prepared in-house.
Napa Valley is also home to many beautiful parks and trails that provide ideal settings for a family and pet-friendly picnic. Here are a few of our favorites, starting at the north end of the valley in Calistoga and working our way down to American Canyon.
Oat Hill Mine Trail - great for hiking, biking, and outdoor adventure with lots of places to stop and picnic along the way.
Old Faithful Geyser - perfect for a fun family picnic, where little ones can visit with the animals and see the natural geyser in action.
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park - picnic with awesome views of Napa, Sonoma, and Lake County from the summit of Mount St. Helena, the highest peak in Napa Valley.
St. Helena Parks
Bothe-Napa State Park - one of the best places in the valley to escape into nature, enjoy the great outdoors, and picnic amongst the redwoods.
St. Helena Crane Park - great for a family picnic, this 12-acre park features bocce courts, volleyball courts, playgrounds, and plenty of places to spread out and have a leisurely lunch.
Insider tip: Alcohol is permitted in all of Yountville’s parks, so sit back, relax, and sip away!
Veterans Park - another great spot for picnickers of all ages, Veterans Park boasts plenty of expansive lawn space for lounging, plus bocce and volleyball courts.
Yountville Park - a favorite for local kids because of the awesome playground, this is a perfect picnic spot for parents with little ones.
Fuller Park- conveniently located in the center of downtown Napa, it’s a great place to picnic with the whole family or spread out with a group of friends.
Timberhill Park - perfect for a short secluded walk to picnic with epic views of the Napa Valley.
Skyline Park - if you’re looking for a picnic spot with sweeping Lake Berryessa views, this is the place (but be ready to hike).
Oxbow Commons - a one-stop shop for picnic lovers- stock up on everything you need at Oxbow Public Market and head outside to spread out on the lawn overlooking the Napa River.
American Canyon Parks
Newell Open Space Preserve - a nature lover’s dream. Picnic among the wildflowers and don’t forget your binoculars for birding!
Wetlands Edge Park - great for a picnic with a view of the Napa River and a walk through the surrounding wetlands to watch the wildlife.
Ready to get out there and soak up some springtime views over a picnic lunch? Read up on packing the perfect picnic lunch, and don't miss our Insiders Guide to the Most Delicious Delis in Napa Valley.