The cities and towns of Napa County are small, friendly and diverse. If you have the good fortune to live here, you might start your morning off with a “hello” to a neighbor riding a horse, stop in at the local produce stand to pick up something for dinner, or even have an iced coffee and a slice of freshly made raisin bread at the locally owned bakery on Main Street.
You might be retired, work in light industry or tourism, or be raising a family. On any given day, you might enjoy the multitude of festivals, performing arts, and outdoor activities or other entertainment that the towns of Napa County offer. Conversely, you might want to take advantage of being close to major U.S. cities like San Francisco and Sacramento, which are just a short drive away. So you might just say that when you live in the cities and towns of Napa County, you have the best combination of nature and civilized living that you can possibly imagine here on earth.
Napa County has quite a few charming cities, with the city of Napa itself being the largest. At a population of about 75,000, the city of Napa is the business and economic center of the valley, and as such, is also the county seat. The city of Napa is also the oldest city in the county. It was founded in 1847 and has quite a history, including playing a major part in the great California Silver Rush of 1858. Today, it is a flourishing city with many local businesses, shops, restaurants, several art galleries, and is home to the Napa Valley Opera House and Lincoln Theater. The City of Napa is a key participant in the continuing development of the wineries, agriculture, and tourism that continue to make the region flourish.
Further north from the City of Napa is the town of Calistoga, whose name comes from combining the names of California and Saratoga. While its economy was originally based on silver mining, Calistoga is now more famous for the hot springs and volcanic ash that supply the local spas with highly sought after therapeutic treatments. Calistoga is also the gateway for several natural wonders like the “Old Faithful” geyser of California, the petrified forest, and the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. Calistoga retains much of its charm of yesteryear thanks to being an official desination of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Other cities of Napa County include American Canyon, St. Helena, Yountville, Milliken Creek, and Putah Creek. These are all smaller towns that center around a walkable and usually historic downtown area featuring a “Main Street” atmosphere with many local eateries, shops, and businesses. There are many famous residents that own property in the valley and while there is quite a bit of tourism in the area, most towns are zoned to protect the privacy of local residents. So, if you like the sophistication of a metropolitan area combined with a small town atmosphere, Napa County is the perfect place to be.
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