Yep, here we go again. Save the date on your calendar, here comes Art Basel Hong Kong right around the corner. Art Basel has a pretty good spread across the globe at this point, of course the annual in Basel Switzerland itself, the somewhat iconic although over rated Art Basel in Miami for all of […]
When people talk about “Napa,” they’re often referring to Napa Valley more than to the town of Napa itself. You’ll notice that my instinct is to call it a town rather than a city; despite its heavy tourist load, Napa remains charmingly small with an illusion of small-town intimacy.
Unlike most true small towns, though, Napa has more than enough to keep most visitors busy for as long as they have. This is the sort of place where I prefer wandering the streets to coming with a specific plan. And of course the amazing year round weather certainly makes it perfect walkers paradise. It’s such a delight to stumble into the boundless adventures of a used book store, or happen upon some of the best tapas of your life (seriously, (NAME OF THE PLACE) is well worth a visit).
The Historic Opera House is one of the only places I’ve been that actually lives up to the saying that “there’s not a bad seat in the house.” The theater is surprisingly small given the caliber of performers it draws, and I can assure you from personal experience that the budget seats in the back are honestly almost as good as those in the front row. Odd to think that you might go to the Opera when you’re in wine country, but you should put it on the list.
At the Oxbow Public Market, you’ll begin to understand a bit of why Napa has something of a reputation for pretentiousness, at least locally. The shops and restaurants inside are wonderful overall, and I’d absolutely recommend visiting. The overall effect, though, is of a place built for a specific purpose and designed to create a particular atmosphere rather than sprung organically from its surroundings.