St. Helena is one of the Napa Valley’s most charming and vibrant communities, attracting travellers from all around the world. Located midway between Yountville and Calistoga, the city serves as a hub for many visitors that come to the valley. The diverse community of around 6,000 residents maintains a relaxed, small town feel combined with the ambiance of a sophisticated city. Residents make a concerted effort to preserve the charm, clean streets, safe neighbourhoods and great schools that make the city desirable. Larger than most of the communities outside Napa city, St. Helena offers a balance of in-town homes, may dating back to the 1800, to exquisite estate properties.
First settled in 1834, St. Helena began as a center of agriculture before it evolved into a hub of Napa Valley’s wine industry later in the 19th Century. Today, the city has developed extensively, and paralleled the growth in the areas wine industry. In addition to housing some of the valley’s notable wineries and vineyards, St. Helena also houses much of the financial infrastructure that keeps the local wine industry moving.
Commonly referred to as ‘Napa Valley’s Main Street’, downtown embellishes the idyllic, small town charm and hospitality of St. Helena. It is comprised literally of Main Street, lined with numerous historic buildings that feature quaint shops with diverse offerings. Mixed between are more refined amenities such as fine dining, galleries and boutiques. St. Helena has become a gastronomic paradise, featuring over a dozen notable restaurants with a variety of unique cuisines, both in town and in the surrounding area. If you find yourself in need of some much-needed relaxation St. Helena has several spas such as Meadowood Napa Valley, which boasts its own three Michelin starred restaurant.
Head north of downtown and through the canopy of Sycamore trees, and you will soon end up at the impressive historic building housing the Culinary Institute of America, formerly the Christian Brothers Winery. Standing watch over acres of vineyards, the institute offering amazing culinary education and its own restaurant. St. Helena is home to a number of famous wineries such as Sutter Home, Louis Martini, Charles Krug and Napa Valley’s oldest continuously operating winery, Berringer Vineyards. It also houses dozens of smaller, yet award-winning vineyards and wineries such as Spotswood and Vineyard 29.