Fall is a time of color and beauty in the valley and it all starts when the last of the grapes come in and harvest comes to an end. The valley floor is covered with yellow and red foliage and the aroma of fermenting grapes seeping out of their tanks fills the air with the smell of blueberries and yeast. Besides the complete and utter beauty of Napa Valley, there are also a ton of fun specials and events going on.

Here is your fall visit to-do list:

  1. Fall Inspired Spa Treatments
    Think Pumpkin Spice Facials, Cranberry Pomegranate Pedicure, Cabernet Crush Mud Wraps, and warm Calistoga Mud Baths. All this can be yours this fall. Find details on these special treatments here.
  2. Napa Valley Film Festival – November 11-15
    The ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, the Napa Valley Film Festival features 125 independent films and studio sneak previews screening in beautiful venues up and down the valley. Come enjoy 5 days, 125 films, 30 chefs, and 150 wineries at the 2015 Napa Valley Film Festival. Find details on passes here.
  3. Thanksgiving Dinners – November 26
    The valley has no shortage of delicious restaurants, many of which will be open with special hours and menus on Thanksgiving. Whether you want a Michelin-starred dinner or family-style buffet, there are many different events and activities going on through out the valley. Find a full listing of events and dinners here.
  4. Yountville’s Festival of Lights – November 27
    Kickoff the holiday season with the 27th Annual Festival of Lights celebration where a host of local wineries and restaurants will be offering tasty bites and sips in a variety of locations throughout Yountville. The whole celebration culminating with the lighting of the town at 5:30 p.m. when Yountville is set aglow with thousands of twinkling lights adorning trees and shops along Washington Street.  Friday, November 27, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Admission is free.
  5. Calistoga’s 19th Annual Lighted Tractor Parade – December 5
    Calistoga kicks off this holiday season with the 20th Annual Lighted Tractor Parade, a holiday tradition. Vintage and modern tractors, antique trucks and construction equipment bedecked with dazzling lights roll down Calistoga’s scenic main street to celebrate the season and the city’s agricultural heritage. December 5, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Photo credit: Bob McClenahan