Our slice of Napa Valley is blooming with vibrant colors of mustard yellow, botanical bounties of vibrant pinks dangle from the blossom trees, and hues of green pop through the valley floor as spring showers blanket the vines.
With flowers in full bloom and new beginnings on the horizon, we invite you to get lost in the atmosphere of St. Helena. Explore beyond the traditional roots of wine country indulgence. Warning! These ideas may cause you to book an extended trip.
Retreat and silence the hustle and bustle of everyday noise and book your getaway to Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs. Feel the toxins lift from your body at the spa, where holistic volcanic mud baths, geothermal mineral pools, falling water treatments, CBD, and aromatherapy experiences revive your senses to their natural state. Relaxation doesn’t stop when you leave the spa. Your living quarters feature plush accommodations, mid-century modern design style, and an apothecary medicine cabinet. Sink into relaxation and get playful at their backyard Southwest-inspired Green Chile Kitchen, where wellness and comfort seamlessly mash together in elevated Napa Valley cuisine.
Looking to really get outdoors? Reconnect with mother nature at Bothe Napa Valley State Park. Travel enthusiasts visit from all over the world to book an evening under the stars. Sleep under the redwoods and find your inner wilderness warrior by booking a private yurt at the park. Adjacent to the yurt is a fire pit perfect for roasting smores and unplugging from the digital world. Wake up to happiness under the towering trees and soothing sounds of the nearby creek. Leisurely hike up the canyon to see volcanic ash cliffs or venture to the historic Bale Grist Mill for an insider’s guide to an authentic peek into Californians’ rural heritage.
Spring days can reach highs of 75 degrees which means wineries have now begun transitioning their service to outdoor settings. Now more than ever, are endless opportunities to soak up St. Helena’s incredible views. At Ladera Vineyards, embark on your wine tasting journey with an oceanside favorite right in the heart of wine country. Nothing says spring than freshly caught lobster and crisp white wine. Charm your palate with a sip and swirl of Ladera’s Sauvignon Blanc that features notes of honeysuckle and citrus bloom balanced with a juicy texture and quenching acidity, paired with New England Lobster your taste buds will be exploding with flavor! From start to finish, Ladera offers unique experiences making it a must-stop when traveling to St. Helena.
Napa Valley’s backroads will lead you to stunning off-the-beaten-path wineries, and gorgeous wine country hillsides. A taste of the good life is abundant just eight miles from downtown St. Helena. Take a step back in time at Nichelini Family Winery, where 132 years of family-owned traditions still dance around the property. Serene, rustic, and independent are what best describe an experience at this winery. Not only will you have the opportunity to explore the grounds and antique roman wine press, but your palate will also taste five -generations of winemaking techniques each sip you take.
The bees are buzzing and the wine is flowing at Whitehall Lane Winery. Experience an opportunity to understand what it truly means to taste sustainable wines in the heart of wine country. Located conveniently off of Highway 29, this winery pays homage to the vital nature of sustainability and is committed to farming green practices to produce the finest grapes and all wines produced at the winery. You can say they have a mighty green thumb! At the tasting room begin your experience with a flight of four wines from the current portfolio. This tasting flight offers something for everyone from big, bold Cabernets to award-winning Sauvignon Blanc. Tour the property and explore the visual phenomena of blooming wisteria, lavender paved paths, plush flower garden beds, and vibrant yellow mustard-filled vineyards.
When the sun settles over the mountain range and the moon rises Napa Valley gardens come to life with every plate served. Known for incredible farm-fresh ingredients and innovative dishes, enjoy savoring St. Helena’s exclusive local flavors at our many acclaimed eateries. Acacia House features a seasonally driven menu of bold and artful American cuisine, curated to showcase Napa’s finest local, organic, and sustainable ingredients.
Sit fireside and find the perfect pairing at Brasswood Bar + Kitchen where seasonal locally produced dishes are paired with boutique wines. Press Napa Valley is known for putting Napa Valley dining on a pedestal with its innovative new culinary talents and artistic plating. All five senses will be put to the test and provide a new appreciation for cuisine. Bon Appetit!
With warmer months ahead of us, Spring blossoms won’t last forever. What are you waiting for? Plan your St. Helena wanderlust escape today.