Hiking, biking, soaring over Napa Valley in a hot air balloon, taking a cooking class at the Culinary Institute of America , shopping on St. Helena´s Main Street—there is an astonishing array of activities to suit nearly every interest in Northern California´s wine country. Centrally located in St. Helena, Harvest Inn is perfectly situated for you to take full advantage of all the region has to offer. Harvest Inn´s attentive staff is happy to help make arrangements for you.
Listed below are some of our favorite things to do in the area.*
Golf is abundant in the wine country and here are some courses that we like, both public and private.
Napa Golf Course, 2295 Streblow, Napa
Chardonnay Golf Club,
2555 Jamieson Canyon Road, Napa
Eagle Vines Golf Course,
580 South Kelly Road, Napa
Yountville Golf Course,
7901 Solano Avenue, Yountville
Silverado Country Club,
1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa
Located in the heart of St. Helena, CA, north of the city of Napa is Rianda House, a thriving senior activity center. This center offers a one-stop shop approach to connect the community´s senior population to the programs, services and resources needed to support independence and successful aging.
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Napa Valley Land Trust
Land Trust of Napa County is a community-based nonprofit dedicated to preserving the character of Napa by permanently protecting land. Established in 1976 by seven founding members, today the Land Trust has 1,700 active members and supporters. In our 35-year history, the Land Trust has completed over 150 land projects, forever protecting more than 53,000 acres of land – 10% of Napa County.
Highway 29 is Napa Valley´s principal highway. Running parallel to it on the eastern side of the valley, Silverado Trail is a less-traveled route between Calistoga and Napa and a favorite of bicyclists the world over. Between the two highways, as well as directly behind Harvest Inn, numerous smaller lanes provide quiet miles of vineyards and trees. Tours and bicycles rentals may be arranged through Calistoga Bikeshop – 707-942-9687.
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
The magnificent setting for the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone makes a meal prepared by visiting chefs a memorable experience. The century-old stone building, the former site of the Christian Brothers Winery, evokes an ancient Spanish castle. A curved, full bar separates the lively dining room from the cooking area where you can watch the chefs prepare your meal. Terrace dining offers winery and vineyard views.
Cooking demonstrations lasting about an hour are held Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., with an additional demo on the weekends at 10:30 a.m. Included are recipes, video presentation and tasting of the prepared item. The demonstrations are held in the DeBaun Theater at the CIA in St. Helena. Fee: $15.00. For more information on the demonstrations, contact CIA at 707.967.2320. CIA at Greystone is located in St. Helena at 2555 Main St. The primary contact telephone number is 707.967.1010.
Hot Air Balloons
Napa Valley has a multitude of hot-air balloon companies ready to take you for the ride of your life. Weddings, special occasion charters and champagne brunches are available with advance reservation. For assistance in deciding which company to reserve with, you can call the Professional Balloon Pilots Association of Napa Valley at 707.944.8793 or visit NapaValleyBalloons.com .
Mud Baths and Hot Springs
Calistoga boasts a number of spas offering services such as pure volcanic ash mud baths, mineral baths, massages, facials, body polishing and more. The natural hot springs in the area and the abundance of volcanic ash have made the Calistoga area famous for its spa facilities.
Napa Valley Museum
Napa Valley Museum features a 10,000-square-foot Main Gallery at 55 Presidents Circle in Yountville that focuses on collection, exhibition, education and preservation of the culture, art and history of the Napa Valley and its people. Indoor exhibits mesh with outdoor indigenous gardens and landscaped exhibit terraces. The museum is open Wednesday through Monday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and open until 8 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. Closed Tuesdays and holidays. Phone 707.944.0500.
Napa Valley Wine Train
A ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train is like taking a trip back in time. From the moment you enter the station, you are reminded of an era of elegant rail travel. The railway cars are restored to their original splendor with polished mahogany, brass and etched glass. Tables are set with damask linens, bone china, silver flatware and lead crystal ware. The train takes you on a 36-mile journey through the heart of Napa Valley. Enjoy a champagne brunch, gourmet lunch or full-course dinner, depending on the time of day you travel. Special holiday trains are scheduled throughout the year. For more information, phone 800.427.4124 or 707.253.2111.
Old Faithful Geyser
Said to be one of only three regularly erupting geysers in the world, the Old Faithful Geyser surprises you with boiling water and vapor that come roaring out of the ground at 350 degrees and spume more than 60 feet into the air at an interval of every 10 minutes. Old Faithful shoots about 4,000 gallons of water, giving off a pungent odor of sulphur. Picnic facilities are available at the geyser site at 1299 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga.
Mount St. Helena exploded in a volcanic eruption an estimated three million years ago, leaving trees uprooted and buried in lava and volcanic ash. During the following centuries, they were covered with plants and debris. Over thousands of years, water and silica solution seeped through the volcanic ash and into the buried trees. Today those trees comprise the California Petrified Forest, located six miles outside of Calistoga. Excavations have unearthed giant redwoods turned to stone, some as long as 126 feet. Visitors are welcome to walk among the petrified trees and browse in the souvenir shop and curio room. There are also picnic facilities.
Located at 1490 Library Lane, St. Helena, the museum has what is thought to be the largest collection of Robert Louis Stevenson memorabilia in the world, even larger than the collection in Edinburgh, Scotland, his birthplace. Available for viewing are virtually all of the author´s first editions, many of his letters and original manuscripts. There are also paintings, sculptures and photographs of the man who wrote famous works such as “Treasure Island,” “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and “A Child´s Garden of Verses.” The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon until 4 p.m., admission is free. Phone 707.963.3757.
Getaway Adventures – Guided Bike, Hike & Kayak Tours
Travel the backroads and visit small, family-run wineries in both Napa Valley and Sonoma County. We invite you to join one of our one or multi-day tours and really get away from it all. Contact Randy Johnson at 800.499.2453 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, 1117 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA 94515.
Triple Creek Horse Outfits – Take a horseback ride on the trails of three scenic California state parks with the Triple Creek Horse Outfit
We guide small groups of riders through the beautiful Wine Country on healthy, lovingly cared for, and gentle horses. Phone number: 707.933.1600. (Seasonal)
* Harvest Inn is not liable for any damages or accidents incurred while participating in the listed activities.