Travel to the Napa Valley in California’s Wine Country – Episode 190

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Winery in Napa

The Amateur Traveler talks to Carole Terwilliger Meyers the author of Weekend Adventures in San Francisco and Northern California.

Carole comes on the show to talk about California’s traditional wine country of Napa and Sonoma Valleys. This episode focuses primarily on the Napa Valley and the many wineries that can be found there.

We explore recreated castles, wine tasting, tours as well as other none wine-related sites like mud baths, petrified forests, and the CIA (The Culinary Institute). We talk about restaurants and hotels, picnics and the wine train.

Whether you are a connoisseur, a foodie or just a tourist, the Napa Valley has much to offer.


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Show Notes

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Napa Valley Wine Map
Sonoma Valley Wine Map
Castello di Amorosa Winery
Frank Family Vineyards
Schramsberg Vineyards
The Model Bakery – St Helena
Dean & Deluca – St Helena
Taylor’s Automatic Refresher
– burgers and hot dogs
Traintown Railroad Rides – in Sanoma for kids
Calistoga California Petrified Forest
Mud Bath 101 – Getting Down and Dirty in Calistoga, California
The Napa Valley Wine Train
The CIA in California-The Culinary Institute of America
Tra Vigne restaurant
Martini House restaurant
Dario Sattui of Castello di Amorosa
Indian Springs Resort and Spa


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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

4 Responses to “Travel to the Napa Valley in California’s Wine Country – Episode 190”



Hi just a note that this didn’t show up in the Podcast (maybe that’s why this is the first comment!)



Pirate cruise story is completely false. It’s just a spoof.

Wine Napa


Oooh I want to answer these very good questions so badly, especially at the end of the interview that Chris posed to Carol – and go way more in depth on this valley.



And what would your answers be?

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