New in Napa: Hotels, Restaurants, Art and Breweries

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In addition to a vast collection of wineries, Napa Valley is home to a list of boutique hotels, restaurants, art galleries, and even breweries. See what's new in Napa and what else is on the horizon in the coming months: 

Downtown Napa

  • The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia, the work of Julia Child and Robert and Margaret Mandavi, re-opened last fall after an eight year closure. 
    • The food and wine center now offers daily cooking classes, tastings from local wineries and will soon be home to the first culinary arts museum with the 2,000-piece personal cookware collection of Williams-Sonoma's founder, Chuck Williams, on display. 
  • The opening of Kenzo introduced the town to its first Michelin three-star chef. 
  • The Archer Hotel will open later this year and will be the anchor of the new First Street Napa Center, with more than 40 boutiques and restaurants. 
  • Napa also highlights a growing nightlife scene: Blue Note; downtown Napa's first jazz club, and JaM Cellars, a tasting room that moonlights as a recording studio.

Street Art in the Valley

  • The newly formed Rail Arts District, inspired by Miami's colorful Wynwood district, is bringing art and culture to the industrial section of Napa.
    • This year, Napa will unveil its first outdoor murals
    • The organization will commission local artists to create a series of works, including mosaics using pieces of rubble from the 2014 earthquake, vertical gardens and graffiti. 
    • The first mural was completed in February 2017 with 30 more planned over the next five-seven years.

The New Beer Trail

  • The Napa Beer scene boasts five breweries spanning a 29-mile strip
    • Fieldwork Brewing Company recently opened its doors at Oxbow Public Market and serves a rotating selection of craft beers produced at their Berkley, California location
    • Tannery Bend Beerworks - the smallest brewery in Napa with an eight-seat tasting room is set to open this month. 
    • The 10th largest craft brewer in the United States by volume, Stone Brewing Co., will open in 2017. 

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