Day Trip: St. Helena
April 14, 2014
We had such an amazing time in St. Helena with our inlaws last weekend we went again on Saturday to dine and shop! The spring weather has been spectacular with gorgeous blue skies so we couldn’t resist. I always take my camera along to capture the sights …
St. Helena is a little town nestled between Calistoga to the north and Rutherford to the south in the heart of the Napa Valley and it makes for a fabulous day trip for anyone visiting the region.
map from here
One thing a lot of tourists do is catch the Wine Train in Napa that takes you all the way up to St. Helena and back. We rode the sunset dinner train years ago with friends which was so fun but if you catch the lunch train during the day you will get the benefit of amazing vineyard scenery during daylight hours.
If you’re driving or biking along the main road into St. Helena your head will turn nonstop from left to right to take in all the sights. The landscape is covered with hillside vineyards and peppered with wineries, inns, and shops with idyllic grounds where you can stop to taste olive oil, cheese, and of course wine!
It’s impossible to squeeze it all into one day but it’s worth visiting just to savor the sights and flavors.
If you want a casual dining scene, weekends at V. Sattui are always a hit, they barbeque outside and offer wine tasting at various stations indoors and out, and you can lounge under the oak trees at picnic tables or on the grass amid the rose bushes.
Hall Winery’s tasting room has a a great vibe and I love their ginormous rabbit sculpture at the entrance…
Head north downtown which is just a few minutes away and you’ll find a lot of wonderful shopping including art galleries and clothing boutiques.
My favorite decor shop to pop into is Vintage Home on the south side of the block.
If you want to stop for an elegant lunch or dinner (or brunch on Sunday), we love Market in downtown St. Helena, on Saturday we split a burger, a crab cake, and gourmet mac & cheese and loved the Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Voigner, delicious!
As you head north toward Calistoga, there are even more scenic stops, St. Clement Winery has beautiful valley views to be seen from inside and out…
The tasting room and beautiful grounds of Beringer are worth a stop…
Here’s my favorite most magnificent looking up to the sky oak tree view of the day… outside the Charles Krug tasting room.
So many people think the time to visit the area is at harvest in fall, but summer is always divine and spring is oh so lovely too!
Matt and I have talked for years about writing a wine country blog together (you know, with all that extra time on our hands, ha!) so these little weekend trips are our way of sharing our backyard travels stories, thanks for indulging!
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