What’s the opposite of shiny and new? Authentic and real — and there’s plenty of that to discover in Napa Valley. If you're one of those people who love a classic old sign that has stood the test of time (or just want those great shots for your 'gram) head to these iconic Napa Valley spots on your next visit:

1. Driving north up Highway 29, you just can’t miss the iconic Oakville Grocery — the name is painted on the exterior wall of this must-visit spot in tiny Oakville. (And if you weren’t thirsty for a Coke before, you will be after driving past this mural.) Oakville Grocery is one of California’s oldest businesses still in operation, having first opened its doors in the 1870s. 


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2. Keep heading north to St. Helena, where checking into El Bonita Motel is like taking a step back in time to the 1950s. The words “quaint” and “charming” quickly come to mind. 


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3. A few blocks up, Gott’s Roadside serves Niman Ranch beef burgers and thick, hand-spun shakes in a casual outdoor setting. Gott’s officially opened in 1999 after taking over the former Taylor’s Refresher roadside burger stand, which dates to 1949. 


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4. Pop into Cameo Cinema, on St. Helena’s Main Street. This independent movie theater was founded in 1913 and is one of the oldest continuously running single-screen theaters in the country. 


5. A fixture in downtown Calistoga since 1952, Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort continues to be a bucket-list spot for wellness warriors seeking volcanic ash mud treatments and a soak in the town’s natural spring-fed geothermal mineral pools. 


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6. And while Instagram certainly wasn’t a thing in 1949 when the Welcome to Napa Valley billboard went up on Highway 29 near Oakville, this iconic sign was and still is a landmark for all. The sign’s original purpose was to bring awareness of Napa Valley when only a few wineries were open in the area. (Purpose served!) 


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