CONNECTING TO THE LAND
Dedicated to the preservation of Napa Valley, the Land Trust of Napa County has successfully protected 26,000 acres of pristine wilderness, designating these spaces as public parks and recreational areas featuring fabulous vistas and wildlife corridors.
Throughout the year, the Land Trust offers unique and invigorating field trips, from hikes to wildlife sanctuary explorations or jeep-led tours.
Beginning April 29, the Land Trust is offering a free six-mile Maggie’s Peak Trail Run. The new hike features a trek up the mountainside to the dramatic Devil’s Well waterfall and into a serene redwood grove. And this spring and summer, the Land Trust kicks off its new MemberSeries program focused on new ways to connect with the Napa Valley’s protected lands, including a 90-minute yoga/meditation session at Archer Taylor Preserve, a centuries-old redwood forest, plus field trips involving lessons in outdoor art and photography.
For a schedule of events, brochure and hike sign-up, please visit www.napalandtrust.org.
TASTING THE TRAILS
Cycling enthusiasts can pedal over to Velo Vino, a St. Helena tasting room celebrating cycling and wine, for the sportiest wine tasting in the Napa Valley. Serving Clif Family wines alongside group or custom biking excursions, Velo Vino offers monthly, complimentary cycling adventures suitable for moderate and advanced riders, ranging in distance from 35-50 miles. Upcoming rides include cycling along the 40-mile Franz Valley loop on March 24. On April 21, participating riders will bike the 38-mile Old Toll Road route.
ART INSPIRED HIKES AT DIROSA
Spring is the perfect time for art and nature lovers to visit the di Rosa museum and explore its significant collection of Northern California art. Beginning in April, di Rosa offers a series of Spring Nature Hikes (April 28, May 5, May 19 and June 9) to the top of Milliken Peak at di Rosa – the highest summit in Napa Valley’s Carneros region – led by experienced guides. In addition to sweeping views of the North Bay, hikers will be captivated by sculptures along the trek to the peak. The hike is moderately strenuous; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Also offered at di Rosa Saturdays at 10 a.m. from April through September is the 2½ hour Art and Meadow tour, which features a tour of di Rosa’s Main Gallery, Historic Residence, and Sculpture Meadow rich in flora and fauna, including resident peacocks. Highlights include the wildly colorful outdoor art populating the meadow, courtyard and 100-year-old olive grove graced sculptures by Viola Frey, Mark di Suvero, Gordon Huether, Ray Beldner and the world’s tallest file cabinet (Minuet in MG) by Sam Yates. Hikes are free to members; $15 for non-members. For more information about the hikes and tours, visit www.dirosaart.org.
STAY AND HIKE THE DAY AWAY PACKAGE
At the eco-friendly Bardessono hotel in Yountville, a LEED Platinum certified property, the Hike the Day Away package includes annual membership for two with the Land Trust of Napa County, which provides access for hiking on private lands and opportunities to enjoy unique members-only excursions. The Bardessono also offers amenities that encourage environmentally friendly adventure, such as complimentary bike rentals for guests and an electric car recharging station. For information and reservations, visit www.bardessono.com.
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is home to the founders of America’s fine wine industry – legendary entrepreneurs who showed the world that the art of winemaking had crossed continents. Prized for its natural beauty, phenomenal culinary scene (14 Michelin Stars awarded for 2012), world-class hotel accommodations, robust arts community and one-of-a-kind wellness experiences including the region’s famed spas, mud baths and healing geo-thermal springs, Napa Valley is the official wine region of the 34th annual America’s Cup, and in partnership with San Francisco, is internationally recognized as one of only nine Great Wine Capitals. For more information or to download the award-winning Visit Napa Valley Mobile App, visit www.legendarynapavalley.com; join The Napa Valley community on Facebook; and follow @LegendaryNapa on Twitter.