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Historic Downtown Napa


In addition to being the center of a world-famous winemaking region, the City of Napa is an historic and culinary landmark its own right. Founded in 1847, this beautiful community on the Napa River was a staging site for the Gold Rush of the late 1850s.

Although many of the city’s buildings were damaged or demolished in the earthquake of 1906, Napa’s historic downtown still exhibits reminders of the miners and merchants who helped establish the city as the economic hub of the Napa Valley, such as the historic Hatt/Napa Mill buildings, dating from the 1880s. Still among the most prominent structures on Main Street, the Mill now houses the elegant Napa River Inn (the only luxury 66-room boutique hotel located in downtown Napa), shops and delightful restaurants.

Visitors are also sure to enjoy a performance at the newly renovated Uptown’s Theatre, whose 860 comfy theater seats afford patrons a truly unique concert experience recapturing the glory and grandeur of an earlier era. Featuring national acts as well as great up-and-comers, the Uptown is a premier entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike.

Another must see venue is Jarvis Conservatory, which features the best quality sound and theater set-up in the Valley – which is why the Napa Valley Film Festival has chosen Jarvis as its main theater for 2012. Every weekend there is something going on from world-renowned operas to independent films. Every first Saturday of the month is reserved for singers in the Bay Area to perform and every last Saturday is a featured opera. Jarvis boasts four beautiful sound-proof practice rooms for rehearsing – a dream for any musician.

Also offering historic ambiance and entertainment is the restored Napa Valley Opera House. The Napa Valley Opera House, having undergone extensive restorations, reopened in 2002 as a versatile performing arts center with two separate venues. The first floor of the Opera House, the Café Theatre, offers a varied schedule of performances in a 180-seat cabaret-style setting. The historic upstairs theatre, the 500-seat Margrit Biever Mondavi Theatre, presents international quality plays, musical theatre, opera, dance, chamber music, jazz and family programming. Northern California’s premier live music theater! Whether it’s food, wine, beautiful scenery, relaxation or culture that you desire, the City of Napa has it all – including the pleasing year-round climate for which California is famous.

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