Discover A World Beyond The Vines: St. Helena

May 6, 2012 3:01 PM

Named after the patron saint of new discoveries, St. Helena is, indeed, worth discovering. A mere 66 minutes north of San Francisco and barely 20 minutes from Napa, St. Helena offers excellent food, recreation, world class accomodations, and of course, wine. Soar high above the valley in a hot air balloon, meet the wife of the late Robert Mondavi, try your hand at ‘hickory golf’ and explore the world beyond the vines.

Balloons Above the Valley
(800) 458-8080 or (800) 464-6824

Let your spirit soar on this one-of-a-kind wine country tour. Experienced pilots take you 2000 feet above the Napa Valley for an unforgettable birds’ eye view. Each ride includes pre-flight café & pastry service, and a post-landing champagne brunch.

The Culinary Institute of American at Greystone
2555 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574

Some of America’s top chefs trained at the Culinary Institute of America. The CIA offers classes in everything from gastronomy to business skills. After successfully completing an 18-month course, graduates are awarded an AA degree. At the CIA’s Flavor Bar, you can learn how to taste like a chef.

The Restaurant at Meadowood
900 Meadowood Lane
St. Helena, California 94574
(707) 967-1205

The Restaurant at Meadowood offers world-class food with none of the pretentiousness one might expect at a restaurant awarded 3 Michelin stars. Check out the 3-course prix-fixe menu.

Gott’s Roadside Stand
933 Main Street
St. Helena, Ca 94574

If you are hungry for a classic American burger, Gott’s Roadside Stand is the place for you. Open 7 days a week from 10:30 a.m to 9 p.m.

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Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
738 Main Street
St. Helena, CA
(707) 963-9181
Farmstead Restaurantfeature an authentic farm-to-table menu highlighting local, sustainable and organic ingredients at their peak freshness. Monday through Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM stop in for the “Growers’ Happy Hour” with specially-priced cocktails, beer, and wine and a tasty special bar menu.

Mondavi Vineyards
Highway 29
Oakville, CA 94562
(888) RMONDAVI (888) 766-6328

The Robert Mondavi Winery was one of the first in the Napa Valley to welcome visitors for tours, events, concerts and tastings. Since then, our visitor programs have become world-renowned. The winery is open to visitors daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Meadowood Resort
900 Meadowood Lane
St. Helena 94574
(800) 458-8080
You’ll find luxury Napa-style at The Meadowood Resort. Meadowood offers golf, tennis, croquet, hiking, swimming, fitness,spa, wine education and a Michelin three-star restaurant dining experience…all on a private 250-acre estate in the heart of the Napa Valley.

The Inn at Stonebridge
1020 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-9400

Located in downtown St. Helena, the Inn at Stonebridge offers 21 tasteful, cozy rooms. Your stay includes breakfast and free wine tasting at a nearby vineyard.

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