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Wine Tasting, Relaxing Hot Springs & Cooking Classes in Napa, California

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Napa Valley winery at sunset.

I’m really excited to interview Don Bunnell of The Swank Guide about Napa, California. Don’s tips for the best things to do in Napa are awesome because he travels the world looking for luxury destinations to find the hotels with the best designs. Napa is known for its incredible wines, gourmet food, and astonishing beauty and Don visited to highlight the region’s most architectural wineries.

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Best things to do in Napa California - Don Bunnell - Chef Series with Chris Shepherd courtesy of Fantesca Estate & Winery

Chef Series with Chris Shepherd. Photo courtesy of Fantesca Estate & Winery.

Napa, California

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Explore Napa Valley, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests. And, if you have a Visa Signature Card, don’t forget to use your complimentary benefits at local Napa and Sonoma wineries.


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Best things to do in Napa California - Don Bunnell - Dr Wilkenson’s

Relax in the hot springs at Dr. Wilkenson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs.

Getting around Napa

The local airport is Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport (STS), which is a great option if you live on the west coast. If you don’t live on the west coast, Don suggests flying into San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is about a 90-minute drive to Napa. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.


Don says that Napa is very spread out so it’s a good idea to rent a car. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around, especially if you plan on sampling wines at the local wineries.

Best things to do in Napa California - Don Bunnell - Armstrong Redwoods State Park

Take a hike and admire nature at Armstrong Redwoods State Park.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Don Bunnell about Napa, California. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Napa, California
  • Green dots = best things to do in Napa, California
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Napa, California

Who is Don Bunnell?

Don is the founder of The Swank Guide, a new travel curation/review platform across social media channels. He co-founded and is on the board of Green-Canopy NODE, a building technology company. Don’s one of the few entrepreneurs who’s taken start-ups through both Y Combinator and TechStars, the world’s two most selective start-up accelerators. He also founded the Harbor Foundation, a non-profit focused on providing opportunities to refugees, while he was chairman of Zenogen Pty, Ltd, a Sydney-based hydrogen-tech company.

Don co-founded the clean-tech company Synthesis Energy Systems and co-led its NASDAQ listing. Don was a Vice President at BHP Billiton and a vice-president and country manager at Enron. Don is a US-qualified lawyer who practiced law in Hong Kong, studied architecture in Sydney in his 40s, and traveled to over 60 countries. He’s lived in Europe, China, and Australia and now lives in Seattle.

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Here are a few videos on Napa from his YouTube page:

You can connect with Don on his website and on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Click here to download our one-page guide of Don’s tips for Napa.

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Best things to do in Napa California - Don Bunnell - Timber Cove Resort

Timber Cove Resort

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