The Long and Wining Road

trip to st. helena wine country in napa valley!
Photos: Shutterstock

St. Helena is synonymous with a certain four-letter word (wine, people). There’s plenty of that, and more, to explore in one of Napa Valley’s toniest little towns.

New Release
Put your pedal to the metal and head to the new Farmstead restaurant, adjacent to Long Meadow Ranch winery’s tasting room. Executive chef and partner Sheamus Feeley’s homey, ingredient-driven cuisine (chicken and dumplings, grits with roasted squash and blood oranges) is already drawing raves. Serious locavores can even tour the ranch’s 650 acres of farmland.

cook st. helena napa valley!Soak It Up
Start your day of tastings with a hot cross bun at Model Bakery. Cook is your place for a civilized lunch (roast poussin with artichokes and olive broth) at the marble bar. Then treat yourself at Woodhouse Chocolate (look out for insanely large Easter bunnies).

meadowood st. helena napa valley!Tasting Notes
Everyone knows about Meadowood’s luxe lodging and Michelin-starred restaurant (helmed by Christopher Kostow). Now you can brush up on your vino IQ with private classes on Napa Valley’s hidden values taught by the property’s director of wine education, master sommelier Gilles de Chambure.

Serious Collector
Keep your cellar (and drawers) stocked with a stroll along Main Street. Step into Footcandy for drool-worthy Choos, Louboutins, and perfect-for-spring Missoni flats. Then hit up Pearl Wonderful Clothing for basics from DVF, Black Halo frocks, and vintage belts by Chanel. Martin Showroom has a great mix of sleek furniture and high-end kitsch (neon Holiday Inn Express sign, whale vertebrae).

Perfect Pairingcia greystone st. helena napa valley!
Test your cooking chops with a boot camp at CIA Greystone (since food, after all, is the best partner for wine). Opt for a comprehensive five-day experience or go more specialized with a two-day session in BBQ and more.

Here’s another four-letter word: love.

Need another reason to hop in the car? Check out our road trip guide to Santa Cruz.

Photos: Shutterstock; Karen Palmer; Courtesy of Meadowood; Courtesy of CIA Greystone

Pearl Wonderful Clothing
1219 Main St
@ Spring St
St Helena, CA 94574
Woodhouse Chocolate
1367 Main St
@ Adams St
St Helena, CA 94574
Model Bakery
1357 Main St
bt Hunt Ave & Adams St
St Helena, CA 94574
CIA Greystone
2555 Main St
bt Pratt Ave & Deer Park Rd
St Helena, CA 94574
Martin Showroom
1350 Main St
bt Hunt Ave & Adams St
St Helena, CA 94574
1310 Main St
@ Hunt Ave
St Helena, CA 94574
900 Meadowood Ln
@ Howell Mountain Rd
St Helena, CA 94574
Long Meadow Ranch & Farmstead Restaurant
738 Main St
@ Charter Oak Ave
St Helena, CA 94574
1239 Main St
bt Hunt Ave & Pope St
St Helena, CA 94574