Continuing northward about another 10 miles, we find the city of St. Helena (pop. ~5,800), the charming heart of the Napa Valley. It is generally considered the cultural hub of the Napa Valley, as well. Winemaking has a long history here, as the first winery began here in the 1800's. Another source of pride for the community is the Culinary Institute of America, which also features a tasting bar and an acclaimed eatery. While there, indulge in the designer shops, olive oil tasting, or artisan chocolates. For a change of pace, rent a bike and ride to the lake, or take in a movie at the historic cinema.
Things to do in St. Helena
Pride Mountain Vineyards
This 235-acre estate sits atop Spring Mountain and provides breathtaking views of the valley. Tour the vineyard and the caves (complete with barrel tasting), then have an outdoor picnic lunch. The property is unique in that it sits in both Napa and Sonoma Counties. Guests love the friendly, unpretentious staff, all of whom share a passion for what they do, and it shows.
Dean and Deluca
Specializing in gourmet food and gifts, Dean and Deluca has a unique assortment of meats, cheeses, coffees, oils and vinegars, seafood, pastries, and everything in between, all of superb quality. Pick up a few of your favorite items and head outside for a picnic. Not to be missed, it's an epicurean delight like no other.
Napa Valley Wine Excursions Private Tours
Are you looking for a very personalized wine tour headed by knowledgeable Napa Valley locals? How about having some high quality pictures taken at no charge? Concierge service? Transportation for weddings and other special events? Then Napa Valley Wine Excursions is for you, and it's all served up with professionalism and gracious hospitality.