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What Not to Do in Napa Valley

by Christina Henry

Don't…
Let the wine go to your head

You've taken the tours, tasted the wines, learned how a cab differs from a zin. You've browsed antique corkscrews in the shops, purchased grapevine-patterned tablecloths, picked up chocolates shaped like Champagne corks. If you've had your fill of fermentation tanks and can't bear the sight of another grape tchotchke, we understand.

Instead…
Discover Napa's roots

Hard as it may be to believe these days, Napa hasn't always been about grapes. Back in the late 1800s, the area's big claim to fame was the hot mineral springs in Calistoga, which were considered to have extraordinary healing properties. You can still experience the classic Calistoga spa treatment. Indian Springs Resort and Spa (pictured) offers a volcanic ash mud bath, and the Solage has a "Mudslide," both of which involve slathering yourself in the region's famous mineral-infused mud. If mud isn't your thing, experience another element of terroir at Carneros Inn. They make a point of using local ingredients in their treatments: apricots, olive stones, goat's milk, and, yes, grape seeds.

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