Napa Valley’s Main Street
Founded in 1834 as an agricultural center of a somewhat remote pastoral valley, St. Helena is now known as “Napa Valley’s Main Street” and is a thriving wine country centerpiece of tourism,banking and general business.
St. Helena’s 6,000 residents are drawn by its ambiance combining small town values with relaxed sophistication. An abundance of great restaurants, inns, galleries and boutiques draw visitors from near and far. Idyllic downtown St. Helena extends to a main residential thoroughfare lined with beautiful Sycamore trees, many homes dating back to the mid-1800s, and extending to its more rural north end where the impressive and historic building now housing the Culinary Institute of America stands looking out over the vineyards.
Culinary Institute of America (CIA)
St. Helena is home to one of the best culinary schools in America. Founded in 1946, the CIA is located in the historic Greystone building and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s world-class status is due to the 150+ faculty members who range from famous restaurant owners, published authors, and master sommeliers. Visitors can come here to see cooking demonstrations on the weekends which reflect the seasonal flavors of the Napa Valley wine country. They also have a great kitchen store and restaurant.
Pristine Getaways at Meadowood Resort
This world-famous resort consists of 85 recently remodeled cottages with terraces that beckon you outside. The recently renovated spa was designed by Backen, Gillam, and Kroeger Architects — and contains 8 suites, each with their own private bathroom and sliding doors which open to beautiful forest views. Many people who own St. Helena real estate come to Meadowood because their membership program allows them to use the gym, golf course, pools, and tennis courts — this is where the locals and vintners work out and hang out. It is a great way to ingratiate yourself into the community.
The Restaurant at Meadowood
This three Michelin-starred restaurant blends the unique work of local artisans, growers, and foragers to create exquisite and decadent courses based on your preferences. The restaurant is also home to Executive Chef, Christopher Kostow, who is the third youngest Chef to ever receive three Michelin stars. Come here to enjoy amazing cocktails and 12 courses of exquisite Napa Valley cuisine.
For a more laid-back experience, you can visit The Grill and enjoy a meal on the patio overlooking the golf course. The grill offers fresh ingredients straight from Meadowood’s Garden.
This is an exclusive and special place off the beaten path with the most spectacular panoramic views in Napa Valley.
It has been described as Napa’s greatest wine secret. If you have never heard of Pritchard Hill, that’s OK, most visitors haven’t. Wine Enthusiast put it best when they wrote: ‘The best grape-growing region in Napa Valley you’ve never heard of is Pritchard Hill”.
Wines here can fetch anywhere between $4,000-$10,000 per six pack, and with a reputation as the best wine growing region in the valley — wine growers fiercely protect its pristine location. Tastings at all the wineries on Pritchard Hill are by appointment only. It’s worth a visit as you will never forget the experience of being on the Hill.
Is Buying St. Helena Real Estate Right For You?
St. Helena was until a few years ago the epicenter of Napa Valley and has been the centerpiece of tourism for many years. Although it is a growing community, the residents here work hard to maintain the beautiful views and unique cultural charm. From fabulous restaurants, boutique shopping, and cult wineries, St. Helena has more homes than neighboring towns and has a wonderful mix of full-time residents and second homeowners from San Francisco and other parts of the world. Is it time to consider buying St. Helena real estate?