Sycamore trees line picturesque Main Street accompanying your stroll through charming, historic St. Helena. From the area’s natural beauty to its gourmet delights, fine art and culture, we offer recommendations from Wydown Hotel’s local owner-operator, Mark Hoffmeister.


Bale Grist Mill

Take a walk to the 1800s and see the last surviving water-powered mill in California. “I am a huge fan of Bale Grist. It’s a relaxing and easy hike to the mill, and the park has several surrounding trails and picnic grounds. If you have the time, take the tour – you’ll love it. It’s really impressive to see the mill in action and watch the flour pouring off the mill stone. A great way to get outdoors and stretch your legs in between all of those wine tastings.”

(707) 963-2236


Round Pond Estate

“This should be a part of every Napa Valley visit. While I know each and everyone of you uses olive oil all the time, I can assure that you have never tasted it like this. Just as wine tastings highlight the nuances between varietals, AVAs and vintages – olive oil has equally the amount of flavor profiles and depth. The tasting takes you through the various olive oils and vinegars, with small bites and recipe suggestions showcasing Round Pond’s amazing olive oil.”

(888) 302-2575


Woodhouse Chocolate

Handmade in the European style, the three generations who own Woodhouse Chocolate believe that creating the world’s most flavorful and rich chocolates requires not only the skills of a chef, but the eye of an artist. Their 1890s Main Street shop displays elaborate works of confection art: from truffles to s’mores, classic bars to custom creations… “You can’t go wrong at Woodhouse, but I am always drawn to their salted caramels – so good!”

(800) 966-3468


Martin Showroom

“Whenever I need a creative break from work, I love to stroll into the Martin Showroom to admire all the amazing art, both big and small. It’s also my go-to for jewelry for my wife. They have a great selection of unique, cutting-edge pieces that I love bringing home to my better half. Stop in and be inspired.”

(707) 967-8787


Cabernet Season Special

Experience the best St. Helena offers November through March. Receive a 15% discount plus two complimentary Little Book of Big Experiences when you book a Sunday through Thursday, two-night stay directly on our reservation page. Savor 24 elevated wine and food pairings, barrel tastings, cuisine from award-winning chefs, behind the scenes tours, and holiday shopping in our small town with big charm.




Down-home sophistication. Long Meadow Ranch’s restaurant is abuzz with locals dining below cathedral ceilings to old-school country music or opt for the quieter front terrace. Enjoy ranch-grown vegetables, proprietary olive oil and wine. Outstanding offerings: wood-grilled artichoke with sauce gribiche, meatballs with caramelized onions and tomato marmalade or smoked chicken sandwich with avocado, sweet onion rings and a side of herb-fried potatoes.

(707) 967-8787


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