Long recognized as the heart of wine country, St. Helena is the quintessential Napa Valley town. Surrounded by world renowned wineries and plenty of fine dining options St. Helena is where the rich come to play. Driving North on Hwy 29 will lead you straight through downtown past boutiques, restaurants and tasting rooms. Venturing out of downtown into the surrounding Valley floor and mountains will bring you to some of the most historical and coveted wineries in the valley.
St. Helena is known for its farming which is why so many of the restaurants highlight farm to table dining. The Restaurant at Meadowood has gained acclaim that rivals The French Laundry making it a top dining destination in the Napa Valley. Chris Cosentino of Top Chef fame recently brought his culinary talents to the Napa Valley with Acacia House which offers a unique, seasonally driven menu. The Charter Oak offers elemental style cooking served family style highlighting the products of the Napa Valley for yet another unique Napa Valley dining experience. Star chefs Douglas Keane and Sang Yoon bring their love of Asian cuisine and culinary talents to Two Birds One Stone for an ethnic take on St. Helena's fine dining scene. Long Meadow Ranch, which practices full circle farming and offers their meat and produce for sale at the local farmer's market as well as a seasonal Ranch stand, showcases items fresh from their farm and ranch at their St. Helena restaurant, Farmstead. More casual local favorites include Market & Cook and then there's the ever popular roadside burger joint, Gotts, where you are almost always assured to find yourself waiting in line. Last but not least, for the best cocktail experience and upscale burger in town do not miss Goose & Gander. Their Pimm's Cup and duck fat fries will not disappoint.
A stroll down St. Helena's Main Street will reveal tasting rooms, art galleries & boutiques galore but an off-the-beaten-path stop that you shouldn't miss is St. Helena Olive Oil Manufacturing Co. where you can find a bounty of goods and fresh cheeses for a picnic which can be enjoyed right outside of their store. The CIA offers a variety of classes, historical tour and market at their St. Helena location making it a great stop for the foodies in the family.