Napa needs no introduction as one of the country's top travel destinations. And Downtown Napa is its more bustling center of notable restaurants and locals' eateries. It's walkable and relatively lively at night.
What to Eat & Drink: We easily could recommend a list of food and drink greats in Downtown Napa but, given our regular coverage of the area, we'll name two of the newer arrivals. Torc (pictured) took over the address formerly inhabited by Ubuntu at the end of 2013 and Sean O'Toole's (Cotogna, Quince) Southern-influenced dishes, like dreamy shrimp and grits, are alone worth the trip. Punctuate the night with wine and beer at the new CADET wine + beer bar, where owners Colleen Fleming (Kelly Fleming Wines) and Aubrey Bailey (French Laundry) pour over 150 rotating offerings. It's already an industry hangout. Just look for the neon CADET sign down a Downtown alley.
Transportation Time: Roughly a one-hour (45-mile) drive from San Francisco (highly dependent on traffic)