During our visit to San Francisco, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take one day out to see Napa Valley. We really thought twice about Napa with the kids. Little did we know, when we planned it , that it was going to be one of the best day trips we’ve taken as a family.
Here’s what we did…
We started our day at The Jelly Belly Factory, which is about 30 minutes from Napa. We took the factory tour (there’s one every 15 minutes). The kids had never been inside a working factory and it was just a great experience for them; as well as us. During our tour, we got to sample different flavors and unfinished candy (really cool). The tour takes about an hour, and of course, it ends at the gift shop. My boys ended up getting a bag of the gross flavors, like pencil sharpenings and baby powder. We went for the more traditional flavors. Great treat for the ride to Napa!
Next Stop: Napa Valley, CA.
The drive, which took approximately 30 minutes, was very lovely. It was fun to drive by these beautiful fields of grapes and recognize the names to many great wines.
Here are some of the pics we took on our way.
Napa Valley: We had read about Castello Di Amorosa being kid friendly so we decided to give it a try. This was by far one of our most memorable experiences as a family. They also make white grape juice so it was just perfect for my boys to see where the juice was made. The majestic castle did not let us down, along with the medieval torture chamber and the moat and drawbridge. The frescoes in the Great Hall were absolutely beautiful. It was neat to be in this room, since it was used to film a part of Adam Sandler’s movie, Bedtime Stories.
Next Stop: Old Faithful Geyser of California. Just a five minute drive from the winery. It happens about every 10 to 15 minutes and it’s a must see if you’re in the area.
Final destination: Calistoga’s Petrified Forest. About a 10 minute drive from the Old Faithful Geyser. We walk through a trail of majestic petrified redwood giants displayed right before us. The lady at the front office was so nice to us. She showed our boys all different fossils and explained to them where each one had been found. The boys could have stayed all afternoon talking to her.
Here are some pics of how our day in the wine country ended.