Root root root for the home team---in Napa!

 Play ball! The Napa Silverados play 80 games this summer, 40 at home in Napa.

Play ball! The Napa Silverados play 80 games this summer, 40 at home in Napa.

For fans of America’s favorite pastime and idyllic wine country scenery, the perfect pairing is at bat in Napa, California. Come root for the brand new professional baseball team, the Napa Silverados, that plays eighty games each summer, with forty at their home field at Napa Valley College, just south of downtown Napa. While baseball is the show, there is much to do for kids. There’s a theme night at almost every game, as well as between inning shenanigans such as base stealing races, air guitar contests, and musical chairs. Bring a mitt and chase down foul balls in the grass behind the first baseline bleachers. And when you get hungry, follow the familiar ballpark aroma of hotdogs on the grill to the Scholar Eats food truck, created by the students of the Napa Valle College Tourism & Hospitality Management program. Beer and wine are also for sale, as is Silverado swag. After the game, stick around—players gladly pose for photos with young fans and sign autographs, too. At just $10 per ticket, it’s the most affordable family fun in Napa Valley. Games from June through August, every summer. Tickets and schedule info at www.silveradosbaseball.com

 Affordable family fun in Napa. Photo by Megan Castelucci.

Affordable family fun in Napa. Photo by Megan Castelucci.

 It's world-famous for wine, but Napa Valley loves its baseball, too.

It's world-famous for wine, but Napa Valley loves its baseball, too.

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Kimberley Lovato

Kimberley Lovato has written about travel, lifestyle and food for national and international publications and websites including National Geographic Traveler, Executive Travel, American Way, AFAR, Condé Nast Traveller (UK), Ryan Air, b.there, Easy Jet Traveller, leitesculinaria.com and frommers.com, among others. She is the author of a Michelin Guidebook on Brussels, where she lived for six years Her culinary travel book, Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves, about the Dordogne region of France, won the "Best Travel Book" nod in 2012 from the Society of American Travel Writers, as did her personal essay, "Lost and Liberated," which also appeared in Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 8. When she's not plotting her next trip or her annual pilgrimage to France, she resides in San Francisco where she is a correspondent for BBC's Passport Blog, a student in Stanford University's Creative Writing Certificate program, and a brave mother of a teenaged girl.