a Napa area vineyard

Promoted by its Chamber of Commerce for its “low crime rate, high standard of living, clean air and nearly perfect weather,” the city of Napa is the southern gateway to world-renown Napa Valley and is the county seat of its namesake county. Founded in 1847 as a way-station for California’s Gold Rush-bound “49ers,” it also has been home to tanneries, prune processing and a state hospital. Needless to say, the town was formerly a blue collar community, although much of its workforce today is engaged in the tourism business related to the premium wine industry. Fun Fact: the county’s first winery was founded here in 1859.

Today, approximately 77,000 residents call the town home and are quite proud of its transition — which has accelerated in the last decade – into a hip, vibrant community obviously celebrating its present while respecting and preserving its past. Its historic districts and lovely Victorian homes have been given an infusion of life equal to the energy bestowed on new architecture and Main Street’s revitalized “Restaurant Row.”

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