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. Its just under 6,000 year-round 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 far and near. 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 watch over acres of vineyards.
For more information, see http://www.ci.st-helena.ca.us/, http://www.sthelena.com/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Helena,_California.