Balloons Above the Valley. Few experiences in the world are more exhilarating—and yet marvelously serene—than an early-morning balloon ride above the vineyards. This company's personable and professional pilots make its outings among the valley's best. Flights depart from the Napa Valley Marriott, in the city of Napa. Napa, CA. 707/253–2222 or 800/464–6824. $209.

The owner, Terry You'll gaze down on the valley's northern vineyards on this company's balloon rides.

The 27 holes at the Chardonnay Golf Club, which meander through vineyards, can by golfed in three different 18-hole combinations. The greens fee varies but is generally $52 to $86, depending on the season and time of day, and discounts are available for booking well in advance. The prices include a cart.


Napa Valley Adventure Tours. This outfitter offers several half- and full-day outdoor trips, including kayaking along the Napa River. You can also rent bikes and book bike tours here. 1147 1st St., at Coombs St., Napa, CA, 94559. 707/224–9080 or 707/259–1833.