The city of Napa is the largest community within the greater Napa Valley with over 80,000 residents. It offers a balance of culture, entertainment, and relaxed country feel that embodies the Napa Valley. Over the past decade, the city has transitioned into a modern, vibrant community that is reflected in its new architecture and Main Street’s revitalization. Residents have infused new life and energy while respecting and preserving the history manifested in charming historic districts and beautiful Victorian-era homes.A low crime rate, clean air and great weather make Napa a desirable place to live.
Founded in 1847, Napa was an important way-station for California’s Gold Rush “49ers”. A true blue-collar community, the city was home to tanneries, prune processing and other commercial endeavors.Situated on a prime location with the Napa River, the city became a center for both travelers and shipping of commercial and industrial goods. The first official Napa Valley winery was founded in 1859 within city limits of Napa.
Napa has been evolving into a center of hospitality for the food and wine industries. It is home to an excellent and expanding culinary scene, primarily centered around, but not limited to, the Downtown area and Main Street’s “Restaurant Row”. A resident and touristfavorite is the Oxbow Public Market, always buzzing with liveliness.The market features a diverse tenant mixture of local food vendors, artisan cafes and an organic produce outlet for local farms. Downtown also offers plenty of shops and great walking along Napa’s redeveloped riverfront.
Napa’s opera house, built in 1879, continues to host a wide-range of acts hosting everything from jazz to dance ensembles. The originalNapa Valley Railroad has also evolved into the Napa Valley Wine Train, one of the most distinctive Napa Valley Restaurants.Aboard a restored vintage rail cars, one can enjoy fine dining while traveling along the 25-mile track through the heart of the Napa Valley.