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St. Helena, Calif.: Weekender

In the heart of California’s Napa wine country, you can shop for a tiara, create your own wine, join a cooking class, and eat in world-class restaurants.

The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone's castle-like building, image
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The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone inhabits a castle-like building.

Area code is 707 except as noted.

to do Health Spa Napa Valley Massages, yam and pumpkin peels, and other treatments. 1030 Main St., 967-8800, Silverado Museum A world-class Robert Louis Stevenson collection that includes the author’s toy soldiers. 1490 Library Ln., 963-3757, St. Helena Cyclery Carbon-fiber road bike rentals and regional biking info. 1156 Main St., 963-7736,

Shopping Baksheesh A gift shop with fair-trade goods such as throws made from old saris and Kenyan stone sculptures. 1327 Main St., 968-9182. Culinary Institute of America at Greystone Chef demos, classes, a corkscrew museum, and a shop selling Himalayan pink salt and 1,700 different cookbook titles. 2555 Main St., 967-2309. Napa Valley Olive Oil Extra-virgin olive oil bottled and sold. 835 Charter Oak Ave., 963-4173. Patina A Victorian diamond tiara, art deco rings, and other estate jewelry. 1342 Main St., 963-5445.

Unusual Sips Charbay Winery & Distillery Cabernet, ruby port, pomegranate dessert wine, and green tea aperitif. 4001 Spring Mountain Rd., 963-9327, Charter Oak Winery Zinfandel, petite sirah, and cabernet sauvignon. 831 Charter Oak Ave., 963-2298, Conn Creek Winery Create a bottle of your own bordeaux-style blend. 8711 Silverado Trail, (800) 793-7960,

eats Cook St. Helena California-inspired Northern Italian fare such as mussels steamed in spicy tomato broth. 1310 Main St., 963-7088, Farmstead Restaurant Farmhouse food (try the grass-fed beef). 738 Main St., 963-9181. Model Bakery Breakfast pastries, cookies, and lunch items, including ham-and-Gruyère quiche. 1357 Main St., 963-8192, Pizzeria Tra Vigne Antipasti, pasta, and thin-crust Neapolitan pies (for tasty simplicity get the tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil margherita). 1016 Main St., 967-9999,

sleeps To find a place to stay, including the Harvest Inn, visit El Bonita Motel 195 Main St., (800) 541-3284, Harvest Inn 1 Main St., (800) 950-8466, Wine Country Inn 1152 Lodi Ln., (888) 465-4608,

Get going Request the Northern California & Nevada TourBook and the Napa Valley map at or any AAA branch office. For more information, contact the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce: 657 Main St., (800) 799-6456,

Photography courtesy Napa Valley Destination Council

This article was first published in January 2011 and updated in September 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.