Housed in the grand stone building that was once the Christian Brothers winery, the Culinary Institute of America offers superb culinary education with classes, a tasting bar and an acclaimed onsite eatery. Down highway 29 just a bit, restaurants in St. Helena, including Terra and The Restaurant at Meadowood, beckon with well-deserved Michelin stars, and Chef Cindy Pawlcyn creates quintessential California cuisine at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, long adored by visitors and locals alike. For a casual twist on Napa Valley fare, head to Gott’s Roadside where classic burger joint food is served outdoors, or enjoy a perfect picnic among the vines with a favorite bottle or two and treats from gourmet temple Dean & Deluca or V. Sattui.
Wining and dining are by no means the only things to do in St. Helena. Explore Main Street’s independent designer shops, enjoy an olive oil tasting at Olivier and indulge your sweet tooth at Woodhouse Chocolate. Outdoor adventures abound with rented wheels from St. Helena Cyclery and a visit to Lake Hennessy or the century-and-a-half-old Bale Grist Mill. Or take in a movie at the charming Cameo Cinema, built in 1913.
St. Helena hotels, resorts and bed and breakfasts, ranging from the famed Meadowood to vineyard views at Harvest Inn to renovated mid-century motel El Bonita, offer casually elegant hospitality -- the perfect way to rest a full stomach and dazzled mind.