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Cheap or Free Napa Valley

2 Jun 2006  Local frugal guy in Napa Valley
2.5 of 5 bubbles based on 3 votes

Live like the locals; that is, have just as good a time (or better) as the cash-dropping tourists, without dropping a load of cash!

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Families with teenagers, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Cheap Healthy Lunch With a View

    This sounds crazy, but you can get a great, healthy, inexpensive lunch in the St. Helena Hospital cafeteria. Sit out on the patio for a million dollar view of the Napa Valley! Just up the hill from St. Helena on Deer Park Road.

  • 2. Taste Wine for Free

    There are very few wineries that still offer free wine tasting, but there are still a few! Check Napa Chamber of Commerce for the latest list (or just search online).

  • 3. Enjoy a Hike

    Visit either Bothe Napa Valley State Park ($4.00) or Robert Louis Stevenson State Park (Free), or Oat Hill Mine Road (where Lincoln Avenue meets Silverado Trail just outside Calistoga), for great hiking with spectacular views.

  • 4. Take the Family Swimming

    Swim for Cheap at Bothe Napa Valley State Park. Cost is $4.00 per car for day use, plus $2.00 for each adult to swim. Kids up to 17 swim for FREE!

  • 5. Outdoor Movie at Sterling Vineyards

    Each summer Sterling Vineyards hosts a series of outdoor movies on their lawn at night. Cost includes wine tasting! Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket, and enjoy a classic movie under the stars! Cost in 2005 was $8.00 per person. Visit their website, click on "Programs" and "Silver Screen Series" for this year's rate.

  • 6. Rock of Ages, Free Music Festival

    This huge, FREE Christian music festival happens the first Saturday in October at the fairgrounds in Calistoga, and includes a musical style for everybody, from heavy rock to pop and swing. Other activities include giant inflatible games, climbing wall, skateboarding demos, and much more.

  • 7. Contra Dancing with the Locals

    Contra dancing is a cross between square dancing and English country dancing. It's easy and loads of fun. First Saturday of every month at Tucker Farm Center, just north of the entrance to Bothe State Park on highway 29. Cost is $10, and includes a free lesson. Meet some locals for a whole evening of entertainment with live musicians.