What to do in St. Helena

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What to do in St. Helena

St. Helena can be found directly in the heart of the Napa Valley. The Wydown Hotel is in lovely downtown St. Helena, conveniently located on Highway 29, aka Main Street, which parallels Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail. Main Street is one of the most amazing locations you’ll find in the Valley — which, like the Wydown, offers a more modern take on traditional wine country style, with its cosmopolitan offerings and world-class dining and shopping. There’s a charming cinema just a few doors down that’s steeped in heartwarming history.

The array of local bakeries, cafes, restaurants, and gourmet stores make Main Street a foodie’s paradise. Style-savvy visitors will appreciate the selection of urbane boutiques, filled with beautifully-curated selections from some of America and Europe’s top designers. Even the window-shopping is delightful, with downtown’s artful window displays — but true art and design aficionados will also appreciate the works on show at local galleries. And – of course – we likely don’t need to remind most of our oenophile guests that within a few short miles are a cornucopia of world-class wineries.

We love it here, and we can’t wait to show you around.

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Goose and Gander

Goose & Gander

245 Spring St, St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-8779
goosegander.com
Hours: Mon thru Sun 12:00 pm–12:00 am

Connoisseurs of hand-crafted artisan cocktails would do well to stroll a few short blocks from their room at the Wydown to the Goose & Gander. Upstairs and outside is a beautiful eatery and patio, cozy with fireplaces no matter what the weather outside. Downstairs inside is one of the finest local bars you’ll find in wine country. And behind the bar are some of the craftiest cocktail creators this side of San Francisco. Slide into a plump leather booth and peruse a lengthy menu of libations listed by spirit. Our current favorite is the Scarlet Gander ($11) – a blend of Hanger One Buddha’s Hand Citron vodka, ginger, shiso, galangal, lemon, and rhubarb. Ask us again next week — we’ll likely have a new “favorite”! The late night bar menu is also incredibly tempting — we recommend flavor-packed nibbles such as roasted dates with Gorgonzola, crispy olives with roasted pistachios, radishes with black sea salt, or for more substantial late-night indulgences, the almost irresistible duck-fat fries.

Local Tip: Order any foamy (egg white) cocktail and it will likely arrive with the bar’s name infused into the drink’s foamy cap in aromatic darkly-colored (and likely house-made) bitters. It’s ideal for Instagramming!

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Market

1347 Main St., Saint Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3799
marketsthelena.com
Sun., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Mon-Thurs; 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri. and Sat., 11:30 a.m. til 10 p.m.

Taking a fresh, seasonal and modern approach to much-loved American classics, Market offers a truly refreshing dining experience that is both refined yet relaxed. Dishes reflect the venue’s sophisticated yet down-home ambiance. We love the lobster rolls wrapped in rice paper with papaya, avocado, asparagus and a basil-mint dipping sauce; and the Zinfandel braised lamb shank with mashed potatoes, garlic sautéed spinach and a mint remoulade.

Local Tip: The champagne-battered fish n’ chips of wild ling cod with house-made tartar sauce and peppercorn malt vinegar tastes so fresh, you’d almost swear the ocean was just a few feet away! On cooler nights, the renowned mac n’ cheese (with aged Fiscalini cheddar, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, bacon and fine herbs) pairs spectacularly well many hearty local red varietals. Just ask which wine they’re currently recommending with the delightfully decadent dish.

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Cook St. Helena

1310 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-7088
cooksthelena.com
Mon. thru Sat. 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (brunch), 5 – 10 p.m. (dinner)

This charming eatery adds the local seasonal touch to its Northern Italian cuisine. Simplicity and quality of ingredients is key in dishes such as the house made pastas and cheeses, and the ever-changing risotto. The unpretentious atmosphere and friendly service have made it a favorite amongst locals, including many chefs and wine makers. Pop in early to grab a table in this cozy setting or eat at the 10-seater counter for a more casual dining experience.

Local Tip: The recently added brunch menu features an “early” menu of hearty dishes such as the chef’s take on a “loco moco,” featuring a Teleme cheese risotto, house-ground burger, fried egg, gravy, and white truffle oil. “Late” offerings include salads and sandwiches. Don’t miss the bar’s expertly crafted Bloody Mary, with house-made mix, Hanger One vodka and a house pickle.

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French Blue

1429 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 968-9200
frenchbluenapa.com
Wed. thru Fri. 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat-Sun 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Located conveniently just across the street from the Wydown Hotel, this beautiful eatery features rustic, seasonally inspired, often wood-fired fare. The dinner menu features starters such as bacon-wrapped Monterey Bay sardines with roasted sunchokes and Dijon mustard, or more substantial main courses such as Petaluma chicken stuffed with fine herbs and served with oven-roasted Brussels sprouts and cider-glazed Cipollini onions. Wine country regulars tout it as a not-to-be-missed spot for a leisurely brunch. Favorites from the brunch menu include the lemon ricotta pancakes, served with blueberry syrup and delectable almond butter, or the black truffle and Fontina cheese omelet.

Local Tip: The crispy Yukon gold potatoes on the brunch menu are a great side dish. Try for a table on the glass enclosed-patio out the front — which offers the best of both indoor and outdoor dining.

La Condesa

La Condesa

320 Main St., St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-8111
lacondesa.com/napa
Hours: Mon. thru Sun.,11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The team at La Condesa have really hit their stride — offering exceptional modern Mexican cuisine worthy of its stellar wine country setting and inspired equally by Mexican street food and the bounty of local farm-fresh ingredients. Friendly, fun and flavorful are three words that spring to mind. The venue and the menu strike the ideal balance of sophisticated yet unpretentious. And the food coming out of the kitchen of talented executive chef Chris Mortenson is consistently divine. Start out by sampling the restaurant’s unique guacamoles and salsas, and some of the utterly addictive huaraches — thick corn tortillas with toppings such a local Dungeness crab, corn sauce, queso fresco, salsa morenita, crema, and pickled red onion; or wild mushrooms, huitlacoche (the delicious and sought-after corn fungus), yellow corn, farmer’s cheese, queso Oaxaca, epazote and truffle oil. Diners with a palate weary of endless wine tastings will doubtless be eager to try La Condesa’s extensive selection of more than 200 fine tequilas and over 20 mescal varieties. Signature hand-crafted cocktails such as the prickly pear margarita are as gorgeous as they are delicious and refreshing. More substantial dishes include the hard-to-pass-up carne asada plate, featuring oak-grilled Niman Ranch bavette steak, chimichurri, heirloom tomato and avocado salad, cebollitas, and spiced french fries.

Local Tip: It’s not easy to play favorites, but the aforementioned huaraches with huitlacoche are superb. And even those not usually tempted by dessert menus will be intrigued enough to try the chef’s unique handspun house-made ice-cream offerings, with exotic flavors such as tequila apple or spicy chai.

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen

Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen

1327 Railroad Ave., St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-1200
cindysbackstreetkitchen.com
Hours: Sun. thru Thur., 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. ‘til 9:30 p.m

The mantra at Cindy’s is warm and welcoming, even around these parts, where even the finest dining venues still somehow manage to feel homey and comforting. “The food we serve is from our hearts, what we make at home and what we most like to cook,” announces the menu. The atmosphere is part supper club, part speakeasy, part family kitchen, and feels both upscale yet somehow down-to-earth. Think local eatery and neighborhood hang-out, with better food than you could imagine, thanks to creator Cindy Pawlcyn. Pawlcyn is a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, the chef and owner of Napa Valley’s Mustards Grill and Brassica Mediterranean Kitchen & Wine Bar, and the co-creator of many renowned Bay Area restaurants. Expect dishes such as coconut curry mussels with kaffir lime, ginger and cilantro; or grilled pork tenderloin with roasted Cippolini onions, asparagus, red potatoes and a lemon-caper sauce.

Local Tip: It’s impossible not to be jovial during the Cindy’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy Hour” — with great deals on drinks and menu offerings such as bruschetta with collard greens, bacon and pecorino; or fish tacos with chipotle aioli, cabbage slaw, radish and lime. The latter snack pairs well with the Cindy’s Garden Gimlet, a blend of fresh-squeezed lime juice, house made kaffir lime cordial and Hanger One vodka.

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Terra

1345 Railroad Ave, St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-8931
terrarestaurant.com
Wed. thru Mon. 6 – 9 p.m.

Terra’s husband and wife team Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani have received a great amount of acclaim for Terra in the years since it opened in 1988, including Michelin Stars and a spot on the San Francisco Chronicle “Top 100.” But it has gained even more loyal followers since its reinvention and modernization several years ago. The eatery is now comprised of two distinctly separate dining rooms, each with its own menu. Terra is the intimate 30-seating dining room, while the larger, 40-seat dining room is now known as Bar Terra and serves smaller, tapas style plates in a less formal atmosphere. Diners at Terra can expect Hiro Sone’s signature style dishes, such as the broiled sake marinated Alaskan black cod and shrimp dumplings in shiso broth, but the chef has also added more wine-friendly fare, such as lobster tortelloni in sauce Américaine with tarragon and shimeji mushrooms.

Local Tip: Diners who don’t want to commit to formulating their own four to six-course meal from Terra’s 17-item savory menu can choose from the more traditional menu at Bar Terra, which features a selection of snacks (such as duck liver pate with chutney and croutons, or grilled cauliflower with harissa and tahini), appetizers (including fried shrimp with local greens and a chive mustard sauce) and main courses. Fans of Hiro’s aforementioned signature Alaskan black cod dish take note — it is also available at Bar Terra as a main course.

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Press

587 St Helena Hwy., St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-0550
pressnapavalley.com/
Thur thru Tues., 5-10 p.m.

If the menu isn’t already enough to make visitors swoon, the wine cellar at Press should do it. This impressive, world-class restaurant features the only all-Napa wine list in the region, and also the largest restaurant collection of Napa wines anywhere. The specially-designed cellar at Press can house up to 10,000 bottles of wine. They are serious about their wine here, and the menu reflects that — with a selection of some of the finest cuts of meat available, including prime steaks such as the Cowboy Rib-eye, procured from legendary Bay Area butcher Brian Flannery. The menu’s steaks, beef, and free-range poultry and lamb are all cooked to perfection on a custom-built cherry and almond wood-fired grill and rotisserie.

Local Tip: While the main courses are impressive, don’t skip over the first course selections, which include dishes such as grilled octopus confit served with Rancho Gordo heirloom beans, Swiss chard and micro celery; and roasted oysters with creamy leeks, bacon, arugula and Parmesan.

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Farmstead

738 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-9181
longmeadowranch.com/Farmstead-Restaurant
Mon. thru Thur. 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

This classic farm-to-table restaurant at Long Meadow Ranch is housed in a beautiful old barn that was once used as a nursery. The restaurant’s seasonal, ingredient-driven cuisine provides the perfect outlet to showcase some of the 650-acre farm’s sustainably produced olive oil, grass-fed beef, eggs, honey, vegetables and more. Long tables and antique farm equipment hanging from the barn-high ceilings add authentic allure. Favorites on the menu here include the incredibly popular LMR cheeseburger, served with California cheddar, arugula and herb friend potatoes (regulars recommend the addition of an LMR farm egg), and any of the chef’s wood grilled dishes or items from the plancha grill.

Local Tip: In addition to the regular menu, the restaurant also offers casual, family style meals, dubbed “Weekly Traditions,” on certain nights, such as Fried Chicken night on Tuesdays or California Creole Night on Wednesdays. Grower’s Happy Hour is our favorite, offering $2.50 beers and $5 appetizer at the bar, Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. Head to the website for details of the chef’s latest special offerings.

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Gott’s Roadside

933 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3486
gotts.com
Mon. thru Sun. 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

This iconic burger stand’s Main Street location in St Helena has won acclaim for its gourmet take on fast food — with items made using ingredients from largely local purveyors. Their menu’s freshly-made, modern take on American diner classics such as the cheeseburger, chili cheese fries, tuna melt and onion rings also features wine country touches — such as microbrew beers and wines by the glass.

Local Tip: The lawn area with picnic tables offers a great respite for those tired of driving wine country roads and not wanting to eat in their car. Also, check the menu for seasonal specialties such as the B.L.T with locally-picked heirloom tomatoes.

Transportation

beau wine toursBeau Wine Tours & Limousine Service is the premier wine tour and luxury transportation service in the Napa Valley and Sonoma County; offering intimate and personalized wine tours for couples and small groups, to company offsite programs and corporate events. Beau Wine Tours is a fully dedicated wine country destination tour service; managing a fleet of luxury sedans, stretch limousines, SUVs, Mercedes sprinters, shuttle buses, coaches, and executive vans. Hotel guests receive preferred pricing, so please alert our concierge of your transportation needs. You can also contact Beau Wine Tours directly at beauwinetours.com.
 

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