Monday, June 27, 2016

6/27 Downtown Napa, CA

Thought I would post some photos of downtown Napa.  There is lots going on downtown.  A lot of buildings have had construction done to repair walls after the earthquake and others have had facelifts.  The shopping center in the middle of town is completely shut down because they are building a brand new several story hotel in the middle of it.  Some shops have relocated, but rest will not be open until construction is finished in another two years or so.

Photos of damage I took in October, 2014 can be found here:

Got my electric bike out, so off I go to take photos.  This is the RV park at the Napa EXPO, the county fairgrounds.  It is the best place to stay in Napa because it is so close to downtown and because it has full hookups and all paved campsites, so no dust and dirt.

Over the river, looking back towards the fairgrounds with a good view of the hills in the distance.  Lots of bike trails in Napa, also.

This is part of the riverside park in Napa.

A year ago, the side of this building was being held up by the buckets of three front-end loaders that were placed against it side. Now, it is stable and undergoing restoration.

Nice that they were able to save all the fancy work on the top.

I think this is the courthouse, still wrapped and undergoing restoration.

This is a building getting renovated, with the shopping center area in the distance and under reconstruction. 

This is the new hotel rising above the closed-off shopping center.


This building has been completely restored.  Right after the earthquake, they had to remove the roofs over the corner towers and mostly gut this building.  Now it is back in business.

Napa has some very interesting architecture.  I like the tile and brickwork on this building. 

The building on the left has a bronze showing a couple looking to the distance.  The one on the right has a rooftop restaurant and interesting stone detail. 

 This is an interesting stone building that has been renovated.

My grandkids used to love to go inside this toy store. 

And this is one of my favorite places in Napa--Shackford's kitchen supply store.  Don't miss it if you ever go to Napa.  Incredible stuff inside!!  The building survived the earthquake, but they had to replace all the ceramic teapots and cookie jars along the windows! 

These are new buildings but built in the style of many of the old buildings in town.


This very old stone building is being rebuilt and will become a brewery in a year or so. 

I was lucky enough to be at a crossing to catch the wine train a couple of days ago. 

Napa also has some very nice Victorian homes and other built in California style. I saved these until last. 


  1. I like the buildings there and especially the older homes.

    1. Actually, I thought of you and the photos of architectural details you took in Mexico when I was out taking photos!! There are some neat places to see in the city of Napa, so you could come here and completely skip all the vineyards, which are getting ridiculously expensive for tasting. When my son first moved here in the late 1990s, most tasting was free. Now most places charge from $15 to $25 per person!! Way above my budget.

  2. Love your blog! Just catching up on places you've been. Love the photos, we were in Napa in March for the marathon. We found so much to do besides the vineyards also. The ride up to Calistoga is really nice. I bought like 3 aprons in Shackford's Store. I'm gonna keep on reading. Thanks for writing all this down good blog.

  3. Shackford's is addictive! It is always one of the first places I visit when I go to Napa. Glad you are enjoying my blog.