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St. Helena, California: 5 Things We Love

Visit this elegant Napa Valley getaway to experience top-rated restaurants, fine wine, and hiking among the redwoods.

truffle chicken served at Chef Charlie Palmer's Harvest Table in St. Helena, Cailfornia, picture
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Truffle chicken is on the menu at Chef Charlie Palmer's Harvest Table.

Not heading to Napa for a summer wedding? Forget the registry and book a getaway in this casually elegant town, where romance comes in the form of regional wine, seasonal fare, a scenic park, and affordable shopping.

1 Chef Charlie Palmer, founder of numerous top-rated restaurants, delivers a seasonal spin on the region's bounty at the new Harvest Table. Favorites such as truffle chicken and roasted carrots with buttermilk, vadouvan spice mix, and granola are matched by a deep wine selection. A culinary horticulturalist oversees six edible gardens.

2 At Market, lamb shank comes braised in zinfandel, the mac and cheese boasts aged Fiscalini cheddar, and avocado puree and coriander-lime broth add dimensions to Dungeness crab cakes. Save room for the butterscotch pudding, made with real Scotch.

3 Bothe–Napa Valley State Park offers views across the valley, hikes among redwoods, and yurts for overnight stays. In nearby Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, the 1846 mill still spins. Pick up a two-pound bag of freshly milled polenta for a $5 donation.

4 The Passport St. Helena offers a way to enjoy pours at multiple wineries right in town, then have your passport stamped at each stop. Contact the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce for details on the latest version.

5 Go ahead: Spend with abandon at La Boheme, a well-curated home decor resale shop whose proceeds benefit Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services. That emerald-green cut-glass vase you love but don't need? Almost guilt free. 

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This article was first published in Summer 2016. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.