Napa Valley on a Budget 2022


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Joe Becerra

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Bouchon bakery
Bochon Bakery is a popular morning stop for pastries and coffee

Napa Valley on a Budget – It can be done

Can you enjoy the Napa Valley on a budget? It depends on how you approach your Napa Valley vacation. If you want to be pampered and indulged, you will pay the big bucks. However, if the purpose of your trip is to have valuable time exploring and learning about the Napa Valley, you can spend a lot less money. Here are our recommendations for cutting the cost of a trip to Napa Valley.

Lodging ideas

Lodging is the most expensive item. We look for comfort and security in a hotel/motel. Why pay for an expensive room at a fancy hotel if you spend most of your hours exploring the Napa Valley?

Travel off-season and midweek. This strategy will save plenty of money in your travel budget. Off-season varies, but it is generally from November through February. There are several inexpensive lodging establishments in Napa and Calistoga. They may not be all that fancy, but they are comfortable. We have a list of budget lodging in the Napa Valley. Call the hotel you choose and ask for their best discounts.

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El Bonita in St. Helena – at the high end of a budget motel

Restaurants on a budget


If you stay at a budget hotel it might include breakfast, but it will be meager and unexciting. Try these spots for a fun breakfast.


The best deal is a picnic lunch. Pick up lunch at a deli and picnic in one of Napa Valley’s parks. List of picnic areas in the Napa Valley

V. Sattui Winery is a favorite spot to picnic. You cannot bring in your own food. The winery has a great deli and, of course, a big selection of their wines. Here is link to places where you can picnic in the Napa Valley.

See List of Delis and Ideal Picnic Locations.

Another option is the Bruschetta truck at the Clif Family Winery in St. Helena. Here is a link to the food truck information.

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Bruschetteria Food Truck at Clif Family Winery in St. Helena


There are Michelin-rated restaurants in the Napa Valley, but there are many other good restaurants with a reasonably-priced menu. Here are some:

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Dine outdoors at the Calistoga Inn

Wine Tasting

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Tasting wine in the barrel room

Wine tasting is why you come to Napa Valley. Wine tasting is how you find terrific wines from this compelling wine region. Wine tasting since COVID in Napa Valley is expensive. Wineries require reservations. Before COVID, you could belly up to the bar and get a tasting for a reasonable fee. Now that is rarely possible. Most wineries will offer options for tasting their wines. To save money, book a tasting at the bottom level of the tasting choices. The average entry tasting in our Napa Valley Wine Tasting Index is $50. The tasting will be out of reach for the budget-conscious Napa Valley wine traveler if you visit the high-end, cult wineries. 

To get the best experience, go to a winery with a tasting room, cellar, barrel room and vineyards. Many wineries have tasting rooms in the Napa Valley towns. These tasting rooms are fun and less expensive. However, they do not give you the experience of what it takes to make a bottle of wine.

  • Joe Becerra

    Joe Becerra has been traveling to wine country and enjoying wine since 1965. He is a retired educator, and now have the time the opportunity to share his wine travel experiences through this Website.