You’ve heard us talk about how Cabernet Season is one of the best times of year to enjoy the Napa Valley — it’s less crowded, rates are lower and, while the temps are certainly lower than in summer and fall, even California’s winter climate is perfectly mild.

But how to figure out what to see and do during this “insider’s season”? Turns out there are three great ways to experience what the distinct towns of Napa Valley have to offer during Cabernet Season.

Please check the Travel Advisory when planning your Napa Valley adventures so you know what to expect and are up-to-date on current Covid regulations. 

St. Helena Little Book of Big Experiences

The 2020–21 edition of this annual book, which just launched November 1, 2020, is extended through June 2021 for the first time ever. It’s your VIP entrée to 14 high-end experiences, with a retail value of more than $800. The book costs $75 and is good for one person. Here are a few experiences to whet your appetite.

Brasswood Estate. Explore the small-production wines of the Brasswood Cellars collection paired perfectly with an artisanal cheese board. 

Markham Vineyards. Taste District Series wines that are perfectly paired with gourmet-flavored potato chips. A uniquely fun experience that you can replicate at home!

Clif Family Winery. Food, wine and farming experience! Delight your senses with small production wines paired with chef-curated seasonal bites from Clif’s organic farm.

Sequoia Grove Winery. Escape beneath a grove of Sequoia trees to a lively, yet rustic boutique winery for an unforgettable wine tasting experience of four Sequoia Grove wines. 

Miner Family Wines. Enjoy a relaxed seated tasting of current release wines while overlooking beautiful Oakville. Learn the winemaking techniques used to craft elegant, limited-release wines.

Calistoga Winter in the Wineries Passport

Further north, the town of Calistoga greets Cabernet Season with its 11th annual Winter in the Wineries Passport, good December 5, 2020 through February 7, 2021. Passport holders will be treated to complimentary wine-tasting flights at 15 local wineries spanning the full range of the Calistoga wine region, from a towering chateau to cozy downtown tasting rooms.

For $60 per person, receive complimentary wine tastings at participating wineries, complimentary corkage at participating restaurants and discounts at Calistoga lodging, spas and shops. The Passport is valued at over $400 in wine tastings alone, and if you visit just two or three wineries, you’ll already have justified the cost of the book. Participating wineries include Pope Valley Winery, Chateau Montelena, Tamber Bey Vineyards, and more.

Here are just a few of the experiences for which you’ll receive discounts.

The Bungalows at Calistoga. Enjoy your very own private bungalow 15% off mid-week, and 10% off weekends (two-night minimum, blackout dates apply. 

Calistoga Bike Shop. Cruise Calistoga and enjoy the great outdoors with 20% off daily bike rentals for Passport holders. 

Calistoga Pottery.  Take advantage of 10% off locally crafted pottery made with Calistoga's famous volcanic ash clay - a perfect holiday gift for the Napa Valley lover in your life.

Hans Fahden Winery. Savor a complimentary tasting of three wines, or purchase the Passport directly from the winery to receive a flight of six wines. Purchase 2 or more bottles of wine and receive 10% off. 

Downtown Napa Bikes & Sights Scavenger Hunt

There’s more to Napa than just wine. Downtown Napa offers a different perspective on wine country. The city is a great outdoor destination that you can easily, and safely, explore by bike or foot to enjoy the fresh air. If you need another reason to get outside this Cabernet Season, challenge yourself to the Bikes & Sights Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a prize!

Downtown Napa explorers who follow the 12 clues to find various attractions can enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card at a downtown restaurant of choice. 

Check out more Cabernet Season special offers and start planning your Cab Season adventure!