Weekend in St. Helena: A Traveler’s Guide

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St. Helena is the epicenter of Napa Valley wine, food, art, and the perfect place to start your visit to wine country. From breakfast to wine tasting to shopping, there is something here for everyone. Read on for a guide to some of the best sights and activities this charming town has to offer, and mix and match to create your perfect Napa Valley weekend.

Where to Stay

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Wydown Hotel
1424 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-5100
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 77 reviews

Immerse yourself in the heart of downtown St. Helena at the Wydown Hotel, located on Main Street, just steps away from tasting rooms, boutiques, and restaurants. The chic, modern feel is paired with spacious rooms and comfortable furniture to make you feel right at home.

Insider tip: Come for the L’Occitane bath products, stay for the complimentary covered parking, room beverages and health spa passes.

Wine Country Inn
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Wine Country Inn
1152 Lodi Ln.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-7077
TripAdvisor 4.5 stars, 750 reviews

The Wine Country Inn delivers absolute quiet and seclusion while still being centrally located. It is surrounded by wildlife-filled vineyards, but is also only minutes off of Highway 29, with over 50 wineries and a dozen restaurants less than five miles away.

Insider tip: Don’t skip the luscious breakfast buffet with the Wine Country Inn’s house-made granola, and make sure to take advantage of their complimentary transportation to restaurants for dinner so you can truly relax and splurge.

Harvest Inn
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Harvest Inn
1 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-9463
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 740 reviews

For a classic country retreat, look no further. Spacious rooms, gorgeous gardens, and two heated outdoor pools spell r-e-l-a-x-a-t-i-o-n.

Insider tip: Book a dinner at the Harvest Inn’s restaurant, Harvest Table, Charlie Palmer’s newest endeavor.

Start the Day Off Right

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738 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-4555
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 1,374 reviews

Attached to Long Meadow Ranch winery, Farmstead is good any day of the week, but Sunday brunch is where it shines.

Insider tip: The Big Easy beignets with bourbon caramel sauce will rock your Sunday.

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1429 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 968-9200
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 176 reviews

Airy and comfortable indoor and outdoor dining that will transport you to summer in Martha’s Vineyard. The bistro cuisine is made unique by their signature char from the wood-burning grill or an infusion of smoke from the wood-burning oven. Brunch is served only on weekends, and they are closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Insider tip: Try the maple sugared donut holes with butter pecan dipping sauce.

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Model Bakery
1357 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-8192
Yelp: 4 stars, 202 reviews

For a quick bite in the heart of downtown St. Helena, stop by this charming bakery for their famous English muffins or a breakfast sandwich to go with your coffee.

Insider tip: Grab a pre-wrapped sandwich too for a quick lunch later.

Where to Munch Your Lunch

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V. Sattui
1111 White Ln.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-7774
Yelp: 4 stars, 2,370 reviews

Alongside Highway 29, V. Sattui offers much more than wine tasting; the deli is legendary. Grab some cheeses, a freshly made sandwich, or something from the outdoor BBQ pit to go with your bottle of wine, then head over to the shady picnic tables.

Insider tip: Check out their brand new InstaSomm tours on Sundays for an in-depth tour of the winery.

W F Giugni & Son Grocery
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W F Giugni & Son Grocery
1227 Main St.
St. Helena, CA
(707) 963-3421
Yelp: 4.5/5 stars, 197 reviews

Fresh, fat sandwiches served with a side of sass from the ladies behind the counter. Grab a picnic box to go. Cash only.

Insider tip: Say yes to Giugni Juice, a special sauce that goes on the sandwich. And don’t forget they are cash only!

Clif Family Bruschetteria
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Clif Family Bruschetteria
709 Main St.
Saint Helena, CA 94574
(707) 301-7188
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 14 reviews

The Clif Family (yes, the same Clif Bar family) recently opened their bruschetteria truck behind their St. Helena tasting room, Velo Vino. The truck serves fresh bruschetta, spiedini, salads, rotisserie chicken and desserts, with a shaded patio to munch on. Don’t forget to grab a glass of Clif Family wine from the tasting room to pair with your meal.

Insider tip: Order the funghi bruschetta, the mushrooms are local and not to be missed.

The Perfect Way to End the Day

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Pizzeria Tra Vigne
1016 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-9999
Yelp: 4 stars, 250 reviews

Casual dinners in St. Helena are still extraordinary. The pizzas at the sister restaurant to the more upscale Tra Vigne are fresh and inventive, and considered by many to be the best in the Valley.

Insider tip: Split a pizza and a salad with a friend, and you have the perfect amount of food for under $20.

Cook St. Helena
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Cook St. Helena
1310 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-7088
Yelp: 4 stars, 247 reviews

Northern Italian cuisine served in a cozy space with only room for a few small tables. Fresh pastas, tasty meats, and ingeniously cooked vegetables.

Insider tip: Free corkage on Mondays.

Cook St. Helena
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Bar Terra
1345 Railroad Ave
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-8931
Yelp: 4 stars, 17 reviews

The casual side of the award-winning restaurant Terra. A cozy bar and a few small tables are the setting for some truly spectacular dishes.

Insider tip: Some say this is the best ramen north of San Francisco.

Drink In St. Helena

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Charbay Family Distillery & Winery
4001 Spring Mountain Road
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-9327
Yelp: 4.5/5 stars, 23 reviews
Reservation: Recommended

A windy drive up Spring Mountain leads you to this hidden gem. Tour one of the only brandy distillers in Napa Valley and taste their wines (the spirits can’t be tasted on property, but are sold in many local stores).

Insider tip: Pick a cigar with a Port or Cabernet pairing to enjoy on their porch.

Charles Krug
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Charles Krug
2800 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-2200
Yelp: 4 stars, 88 reviews
Reservation: Not needed for the Classic Tasting, required for all other tastings and tours

The Mondavi dynasty started right here, and Peter Mondavi and his family still run the winery today. The recently built Redwood Cellar is worth a visit itself, and the wines are just as enticing.

Insider tip: Come on the weekend for wood-fired pizzas on the lawn to pair with your wine.

HALL St. Helena
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HALL St. Helena
401 St Helena Hwy
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-2626
Yelp: 4 stars, 202 reviews

A variety of wines poured in a stunning new visitor center with world-class sculptures on display, including a 35 foot tall bunny leaping over the vineyard. Former U.S. Ambassador to Austria Kathryn Hall and her husband Craig started the winery in 2003, and their dedication to beauty shows in everything from the wine to the art.

Insider tip: Take the wine blending class to make your own custom wine.

Go Beyond Wine

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The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
2555 Main St.
St. Helena, CA
(707) 967-1010
Yelp: 4 stars, 294 reviews

This gorgeously imposing building houses cooking demonstrations and classes, wine seminars, a chocolate shop, wine tasting, restaurants, shopping, and a wine key museum.

Insider tip: Ask for Sam the concierge, if you’re interested in Napa Valley’s history as well as off the beaten path surprises.

Main Street Shopping

Wander Main Street (aka Highway 29) between Adams Street and Pope Street for some serious window shopping. Don’t miss Woodhouse Chocolate, Fideaux, or Footcandy Shoes. Numerous high end art galleries dot the street too, for the collector or the curious.

Insider tip: Check out Steve’s Hardware, trust us.

Cameo Cinema
1340 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-9779

Catch a film at this old fashioned movie house. Owner Kathy Buck personally welcomes the audience before each showing.

Robert Louis Stevenson Museum
1490 Library Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3757

This two room museum next to the St. Helena Library (open Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) houses artifacts and manuscripts from the famous author’s life in Napa Valley and around the world.

Excited to start planning your St. Helena weekend getaway? Browse all of our things to do in St. Helena to make your trip one to remember.