Ready to explore the outdoors? Believe it or not, St. Helena has some amazing hiking, parks, and breathtaking views to take in!
As you head to St. Helena, your drive along highway 29 will already have you feeling the great outdoors. This scenic route takes you past some of the most beautiful vineyards in the valley. Get an early morning start driving just when the morning fog is lifting for spectacular views.
You can’t start your outdoor excursion, without a strong first start to your midday meal. Let’s begin your trip with a quick stop at one of St. Helena’s best outdoor eateries!
Get ready to enjoy the great outdoors with a St. Helena twist. Enjoy an early lunch at Gott’s Roadside. This causal yet retro roadside vibe…will have you ready for a fun-filled day. Grab a burger or tuna tacos and enjoy the Napa Valley sun from the patio.
Now that you’re full. enjoy your first tasting across the street at Merryvale Vineyards and explore a portfolio of wines from their new patio. In the summer months, you can even catch live music and enjoy a relaxing afternoon.
Check into, Salvestrin Inn, one of St. Helena’s historic bed and breakfasts, it is situated on the Salvestrin Family’s Vineyard. This beautiful home is the perfect way to spend the night and enjoy the outdoor space of a Napa Valley vineyard.
After checking in, enjoy a tasting flight of Salvestrin wines. Make sure to sit on the patio and take in the views of the historic Dr. Crane vineyards. Really explore the vineyards, outside in this perfect setting amongst the valley floor.
After your tasting, head down Main Street and enjoy authentic Nepalese & Indian specialties at Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen. In a relaxed, upscale surroundings with a sidewalk patio, you’ll get to enjoy authentic cuisine full of robust flavors. Don’t forget a glass of wine!
End the evening back at Salvestrin and enjoy an evening glass of wine on the second-floor balcony. Enjoy the views of the summer sun casing its gorgeous evening colors on the surrounding vineyards.
After breakfast at Salvestrin, start your morning early with a trip to Bothe State Park. Located in the heart of wine country, the Park offers, picnicking, swimming, and hiking trails that go through stands of coastal redwoods as well as forests of Douglas-fir, tanoak, and madrone. Bring your wine and cheese and picnic under the towering Douglas Firs. If it’s the right season, take a mushroom foraging hike with a trained expert. You can spend hours on the trails and taking in the beautiful scenery. It’s breathtaking.
As you head back to town, enjoy your first tasting of the day at AXR Napa Valley. This boutique winery not only offers top notch Napa Valley Cabs but also has a moss forest and creek for you to explore and drink in a unique outdoor experience. The trees are stunning. By far one of the most incredible places to sip wine under the sky!
After a rest back at the Inn, walk down Main Street and enjoy a flight of wine at Orin Swift. Make sure to have a taste of the Mercury Head Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s a must!
Continue your walk downtown and enjoy dinner at The Charter Oak patio. Honoring seasonal food, served family-style, along with local wines and unparalleled cocktails. The menu reflects the products of the Napa Valley through an elemental cooking style, with a hearth at its center, and by highlighting one or two ingredients at a time.
Start your Sunday morning with an early morning walk around Lake Hennessey. This man-made lake has great flat trails along with lake side views that will allow you to soak in the springtime sun all while enjoying the great outdoors.
After your excursion, head up St. Helena’s Howell Mountain and find yourself at Amizetta Winery. Enjoy winery exclusive selections while sitting on the mountainside patio that overlooks Lake Hennessey where you just explored. Looking down at the lake will make sure you know why you earned that glass of wine!
Once, checked out of Salvestrin Inn, make sure to stop at Whitehall Lane Winery on your way out of town. Reserve your spot on their Vineyard Tour and walk through the vineyards as you sip and learn what makes Whitehall Lane wineries flavorful!