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The Napa Valley Museum has been a town fixture since and has three galleries: one of major rotating art exhibitions, another for local art, and the third showcasing a permanent collection focused on Napa Valley history. The work of local artists can also be viewed in seasonal exhibits at the Yountville Community Center. Moreover, over the last decade, dozens of outdoor sculptures have been installed throughout town. Each piece is for sale, with a portion of proceeds going to the Yountville Arts Fund, which supports local art-related activities and events. Jessup Cellars , one of 18 tasting rooms you can visit along a one-mile stroll through the center of town, doubles as an art gallery.
Sip its current-release wines while you admire paintings and sculptures by regional and national artists.
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Formerly a historic winery built in , the massive ivy-clad V Marketplace has a handful of fine art galleries, too—along with fashion boutiques, a wine shop, and the Kollar Chocolates confectionery, a must-visit for red wine, lavender, and fennel-pollen truffles. This quintessential small town has long been a lively gathering place for nearby rural communities since the mids.
In the early days of settlement, local farmers would come into town to grind grain with an water-powered grist mill on St. Today, the tree-lined streets of St.
Helena are as busy as ever. The two cardinal blocks of St. A constant stream of traffic trickles through its center—that is, until about 8 p. Many of these businesses occupy historic stone and brick buildings. Pennyweight , for instance, sells handmade leather goods, fancy writing instruments, and feathered bow ties from an Queen Anne-style Victorian known as Richie Block.
Across the street, the old-timey Cameo Cinema shows current flicks daily. Helena has 22 listings on the National Register of Historic Places scattered throughout its five square miles. The CIA offers historic tours and wine tasting classes daily, in addition to regularly scheduled cooking demonstrations, classes, and boot camps. Sattui , and the newly renovated Louis M. In , Martini opened a massive and modernized restoration of its winery. As you head back toward Main Street, pull over at Gotts , a s roadside refresher serving up juicy burgers and creamy milkshakes.
Best known for its natural hot springs and mud baths, this slow-paced, 2. He came up with the name Calistoga and opened the first resort in Mud baths are a favorite pastime at Indian Springs, but a few blocks down the road, the Calistoga Motor Lodge offers a modernized version of the treatment in its chic Moon Acre Spa, modeled after classic European bathhouses.
Start with a coffee and the local paper at the Calistoga Roastery or the illustrious huevos rancheros at Cafe Sarafornia , a diner-style staple for 40 years.
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When you get thirsty, nurse a pint in the beer garden of the historic Calistoga Inn , which was the first commercial brewery in Napa County to open after Prohibition. Buses full of tourists pull up outside Calistoga wineries like Chateau Montelena , made famous by the movie Bottleshock, and the medieval-inspired castle Castello di Amorosa , but there are a dozen or so tasting rooms right downtown too.
At Tank Garage Winery , you can play pinball in between pours of wine inside a s gas station. Your effort will be rewarded with the farthest-reaching views in Napa Valley. Napa and Sonoma are often pitted against each other, but what really sets the 2. Start your tour at the Mission San Francisco Solano, the last and northernmost of the California Spanish missions built in , then visit the Blue Wing Inn, which housed mission soldiers and later turned into a saloon and hotel Ulysses S.
Grant stayed there before he became president.
Guests are also treated to complimentary French breakfasts and a daily wine and cheese reception. Tranquil and rustic, this unpretentious mid-century-esque motor lodge with an on site saloon would make its namesake proud.
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Recalling the simpler days of tourism, the Jack London Lodge has a warm and inviting vibe with a large patio and pool out back. A historic brick walled watering hole complete with a pool table serves up comfort food until 9pm and cold drinks and local wines until 2am. The Italian restaurant Umbria Glen Ellen is located next door.
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