Napa downtown, Napa Valley's new hot spot for food and things to do

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Napa downtown, Napa Valley's new hot spot for food and things to do

Riverfront shops, restaurants and condos in Napa, caOver the last three years, downtown Napa has become the place to go for food, things to do, to be seen. There are just too many thins to do to list them all in one post so I have decided to do a series. Just how many, I don't know right now but I guess four or five.

For about forty years, downtown Napa was dead. Through several redevelopment efforts, the domination of many downtown locations being used by Napa City or County for their offices and the many floods, downtown was just the place not to be after dark for it was dead. Then came the flood control project and a flicker of the light at the end of the rainbow. From just a handful of restaurants, many vacant storefronts and constantly closings of long established businesses it has become the place to be.

The Bounty Hunter Wine Bar and Restaurant, Napa

A few visionaries saw the potential and took the chance this are of decline would change. One of the first to open was the Bounty Hunter quickly followed by Harry Price's redoing the old Hatt building and open the Napa River Inn. Heck, after that it was food, not of water but new ventures especially in the food scene.

Eventually this hope and rebirth spread to all areas of downtown, one of the last to happen is called the West End. This will require a post all its own. From almost a vacant and barren commercial area, this West End has recently been written up about ten time recently in the likes of the New York Times. They even have their own winter event called West End Wednesdays as depicted in a Napa Register article by Jennifer Huffman. Here are a few excerpts to give you the idea of what they are doing.

"A small group of downtown merchants have banded together in an effort to draw  more midweek business to their end of the city center.

Dubbed West End Wednesdays, the new weekly event begins this Wednesday.  Starting at 5 p.m., select stores will offer specials, discounts and other  promotions, said Elizabeth Cameron who recently opened a retail store, West End  Napa.

West End Napa opened in July and business has been good, she said. Even  though she’s located next to a hotel, the majority of her customers are locals,  said Cameron, who will be giving away a free burlap wine bag with a peacock  feather when the event kicks off.

Chalkboard easels at each participating business will alert pedestrians of  specials being offered inside."

The Oxbow Public Market, shops, food, funHowever successful this revitalization has been it still has many that are doing great such as the Oxbow Public Market, but it still has had a few succeed to the down turn in the economy. The most notable of these been, Copia. Once the dream of Robert Mondavi and many investors, it now sits empty for the last three years. Hopefully soon to be be brought back to life by Keith Rogal who just entered into a lease agreement and the recent purchase of the downtown mall, the old Napa Town Center.

For now, I will start with this to whet your appetite for it is truly a fun area to explore and go be the foodie junkie most of us are. Enjoy yourself and if every asked, please tell them Curtis sent you. cheers and bon appetit!

Here are a few useful links:

Napa Chamber of Commerce

Legendary Napa Valley 

Napa downtown, Napa Valley's new hot spot for food and things to do

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John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Hi Curtis -  Good news for Napa Valley!  Nothing like a good shot in the arm of fresh things to do, places to go and things to enjoy!  Hope you're enjoying a great Monday and looking forward to a productive week.


Jul 02, 2012 04:01 AM #1
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Curtis, I can't imagine it being so dead for so long. It looks wonderful now!

Jul 02, 2012 05:15 AM #2
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


It is definitely the hot spot with a lot to do.


It truly was.

cheers cvc

Jul 02, 2012 06:23 AM #3
Sara Brooks

Thanks for the mention in your article!  However, we are the Napa River Inn (  The River Terrace Inn opened a few years after us and is located on Soscol by the westin. 

Jul 02, 2012 08:40 AM #4
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Thanks for pointing this out. I knew it was not right and it has been corrected, cheers cvc

Jul 02, 2012 11:52 PM #5
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