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    Pet Friendly Getaway: Enjoy Napa Valley with Your Beloved Dog at Harvest Inn

    October 03

    At Harvest Inn, we believe that every member of the family deserves a memorable vacation, including the four-legged ones. That's why we extend a warm welcome to your furry companions. With our pet-friendly policy, your beloved dogs can revel in the beauty of Napa Valley right alongside you.

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    The Weekend Is Made For Brunch

    September 01

    Weekends are a time to unwind, savor leisurely moments, and indulge in culinary delights. And what better way to do that than with a brunch that elevates your taste buds to new heights? Nestled in the heart of the Napa Valley, The Harvest Inn in St. Helena has an on-site restaurant that promises a relaxing wine country experience.

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    Feasting in Wine Country: The Calistoga Harvest Table Event

    August 02

    Harvest Inn is the perfect location to explore all that wine country has to offer. This September, the Calistoga Harvest Table event returns. Plan to attend this truly extraordinary culinary experience on Sunday, September 10; tickets are on sale now.

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    Summer Sips: The Delights of Rosé and Frosé

    July 04

    As the summer heat intensifies, there's nothing quite as refreshing as a chilled glass of rosé or a frosty glass of frosé.

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    Romantic Weddings at The Harvest Inn

    May 29

    Nestled in California's picturesque Napa Valley, the Harvest Inn is a captivating venue for couples seeking a romantic wedding.

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    Discover The Beauty of Wine Country on Horseback

    May 04

    Horseback trail riding offers visitors to Wine Country a unique way to explore the stunning scenery and vineyards of the region. There are several outfits that offer guided experiences, including Napa Valley Trail Rides and Triple Creek Horse Outfit.

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    Wildflowers in Bloom

    April 05

    St. Helena, is home to a diverse array of wildflowers that bloom in the spring, from vibrant poppies to delicate lupines. One of the best places to see these wildflowers is at the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, which has several hiking trails that offer stunning views of the valley and its flora. The Mount St. Helena Trail, in particular, boasts native wildflowers, such as California poppies, lupines, and Indian paintbrushes.

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    Contemporary Art and Limited-Production Wines at the Hess Collection

    November 29

    When Donald Hess bought his first painting over six decades ago, he had no idea who the artist was. A few years later, he discovered he’d unknowingly purchased a Picasso and decided he might have a knack for collecting.

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    A Bird’s-Eye View of Napa Valley

    October 19

    Winner of USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Hot Air Balloon Company, Napa Valley Aloft has been whisking delighted passengers up and across the stunning California countryside for over four decades.

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    Savoring the Fruits of Our Harvest

    September 13

    With its exquisite natural splendor that thrives year round, Napa Valley is a rare haven that beckons visitors in all seasons.

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    Learn From Master Chefs at the Culinary Institute of America

    August 05

    Guests of the Harvest Inn are some of the most discerning connoisseurs of food and wine around, which is why our restaurant, Harvest Table, uses only the finest local, organic ingredients prepared according to exacting standards.

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    The Napa Valley Museum: Our Little Corner of Paradise

    July 11

    With its verdant landscape, mild climate, and rich viticultural and culinary traditions, Napa Valley has long attracted artists, entrepreneurs, and other forward-thinking creatives who’ve made the area one of most culturally vibrant in California.

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    Robert Lewis Stevenson: A Literary Giant in Napa Valley

    June 13

    Born in Edinburgh in 1850, Robert Lewis Stevenson enjoyed extraordinary literary success during his short life.

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    Napa Premium Outlets: Great Deals on Iconic Brands

    May 06

    When it comes to shopping, do you prefer to peruse small town mom-and-pop establishments or go right for the big brand retailers?

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    A Chef’s Dream

    April 11

    One of the culinary and viticultural capitals of the world, Napa Valley tends to attract visitors with a keen appreciation for fine cuisines.

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    Castello di Amorosa: Napa Valley’s Authentic Tuscan Castle

    March 15

    Just 13 minutes by car from the Harvest Inn, Castello di Amorosa is truly a sight to behold. Home to the V. Sattui Winery, the authentic Tuscan castle, which took 15 years to construct from 8,000 tons of hand-hewn stone and almost one million imported antique bricks, finally lowered its drawbridge to the public in 2007.

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    Journey Back in Time at the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park

    February 07

    Located just ten minutes by car from the Harvest Inn, Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park provides a unique window into the history of St Helena and the surrounding region.

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    Relax and Revitalize at Health Spa Napa Valley

    January 06

    Don’t get us wrong, the holiday season is definitely one of our favorite times of year. But with all the shopping, cooking, planning, travel, and other hustle and bustle that come with the season, we like to devote January to rest and personal revitalization.

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    The One-of-a-Kind Holiday Decorations of St Helena

    December 09

    ‘Tis the season for good cheer in St Helena, where you can experience holiday décor with a special Napa Valley twist on the St Helena Wine Barrel Tour, a grassroots event that’s turned into one of the highlights of the holiday season.

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    The Hess Collection: Pleasures of the Eye and the Palate

    November 04

    If you’d like to stimulate your eyes as well as your palate, consider taking a leisurely half-hour drive to experience the Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

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    Soar Above the Valley

    October 21

    Fly above the rolling hills and lush vineyards painted in shades of yellow, red and orange as you explore the area from a new perspective on a hot air balloon ride that soars over the lush beauty of Napa Valley. 

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    Harvest Season in Wine Country

    September 01

    As you can probably guess from our name, harvest season is one of the most important times of the year for us here at Harvest Inn. Though the season can stretch from late July all the way into December, depending on variables like microclimate, soil type, and winemaking style, September and October really mark the high point of the harvest.

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    Learn to Think Like a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

    August 03

    At the Harvest Inn, our farm-to-table philosophy, which emphasizes organic, locally sourced ingredients, tends to attract guests with an exceptionally refined palate and appreciation for gustatory pleasures.

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    Local Culture on Display at the Napa Valley Museum

    July 05

    Just a short 12-minute drive from the Harvest Inn, the Napa Valley Museum commemorates the rich cultural identity of our magnificent region through exhibits that showcase art, history, and nature.

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    Visit Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

    June 01

    Immerse yourself in the imaginative verses and wine-inspired poems of Robert Louis Stevenson while visiting St. Helena. 

    “There is no foreign land; it is the traveler only that is foreign.” - Robert Louis Stevenson

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    Shop the Day Away at Napa Premium Outlets

    May 03

    For cozy, one-of-a-kind specialty shops, downtown St. Helena can’t be beat. If you feel like taking a short drive, though, you can enjoy deep discounts on some of the world’s most popular name brands at the Napa Premium Outlets. 

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    Honor Earth Day in Napa Valley

    April 07

    It's true when they say it takes a village, and this April that's exactly what Napa needs. Come out to celebrate and honor our planet on the morning of April 24th for the Earth Day Napa Community Cleanup.

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    A Brief History of Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley

    March 03

    Imagine walking through the early vineyards of Northern California — the sun is stretching out across the rolling hills and a fragrant wind is wafting through the grapevines.

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    Bring Your Love to St. Helena

    February 02

    February is the month of love, and what better way to celebrate your beloved than with a trip to St. Helena? Reconnect with your Valentine while hiking through the redwood forests or kissing beneath the crisp California skies. There is nothing more romantic than a Napa Valley vacation custom-built for two.

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    A Cozy Evening In

    January 04

    Nothing beats a little R&R after a long year of canceled travel plans, postponed get-togethers, and team meetings via Zoom. We can’t think of a better way to kick-off the new year than with a little self-care right here at Harvest Inn.

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    Celebrate the Holiday Season in St. Helena

    December 02

    Though the holidays may look a little different this year, the charming town of St. Helena is sure to be aglow with twinkling lights and good cheer. Delight in a variety of festivities during the height of the region's Cabernet Season, the perfect time to savor Napa Valley's famous reds accompanied by fresh, California fare.

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    Wine with an Artistic Twist at the Hess Collection

    November 05

    At Harvest Inn, we assume that one of the reasons you’ve decided to visit us in Napa Valley is due to the outstanding selection of wineries and vineyards available right at our doorstep. With so many to choose from, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

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    A Wedding Amongst the Vineyards

    October 02

    Getting married in Napa Valley is a fantasy come true for couples that enjoy exquisite wines and breathtaking scenery, which let’s be honest, probably applies to most of us.

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    Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

    August 10

    Though you may not have heard of The Silverado Squatters, a memoir of the author's two-and-a-half months spent in Napa Valley, we’re guessing you’re more familiar with the author’s other two books, Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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    Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides

    July 01

    With its mild Mediterranean climate, gorgeous rolling hills, and expansive vineyards, there’s no wrong way to tour Napa Valley. To really take in the sights, though, nothing beats a birds-eye-view, and with Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides, that’s exactly what you’ll get.

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    Raise A Glass to Reopening

    June 01

    As Napa Valley begins to reopen just in time for the summer season, we can’t wait to welcome you back to Wine Country. The well-being of all Harvest Inn guests and associates is our highest priority as we continue to find ways to make your stay with us safe and relaxing.

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    Essence of Travel: Bringing Back the Road Trip

    May 04

    Plentiful sunshine and epic outdoor experiences are just a few of the reasons why Northern California is the ultimate region to enjoy by road trip.

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    The 2nd Annual Songwriters in Paradise Napa Festival

    March 02

    This April Harvest Inn will be at the epicenter of one of Napa’s most highly-anticipated music, wine, and food events. 

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    Premiere Napa Valley: An Annual Gathering of the Wine Industry Elite

    February 03

    On Saturday, February 22, and Sunday, February 23, elite wine industry professionals, including buyers for top-tier restaurants, distributors, journalists, and others, will gather at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone for Premiere Napa Valley, one of the year’s most highly-anticipated events.

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    Napa Valley Restaurant Week

    January 06

    Here at the Harvest Inn, we’re thrilled to kick off a new decade doing what we do best: treating you to unique farm-to-table culinary creations at our acclaimed Harvest Table restaurant.

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    Jingle All the Way to Christmas at Napa Valley’s Winter Wonderland Roller Rink

    December 02

    One of the most famous roller rinks on the West Coast, San Francisco’s Church of 8 Wheels has taken a teenage activity of yesteryear and updated it for the 21st century, with cutting-edge lighting, music, and more.

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    The Cool, Eclectic Aesthetic of the Martin Showroom

    November 04

    One of the most innovative interior design experts in Northern California, Erin Martin is in high demand among elite clientele who can’t get enough of her hip, industrial designs.

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    Indulge in Film, Food, and Wine at the Napa Valley Film Festival

    October 07

    Now in its ninth year, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is a unique celebration that combines passions for three arts: film, food, and wine. The cinematic core of the festival is the Narrative and Documentary Feature competition, in which sixteen emerging and established filmmakers strive to win NVFF top honors.

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    Main Street Books: A Bibliophile’s Haven

    August 05

    Behind the modest storefront at 1315 Main Street lies one of St Helena’s great cultural and civic institutions. Measured in square footage, Main Street Books is the smallest used book shop in California, but over the years, owner Liza Russ has earned a reputation for the care with which she curates her collection.

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    The V Foundation Wine Celebration’s “Rock the V” Party for Cancer Research

    July 01

    The Harvest Inn is thrilled to announce that we will once again be participating in the V Foundation’s highly-anticipated annual Wine Celebration, a series of philanthropic events to be held at various locations across Napa Valley from August 1 – 4.

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    Festival Live! Chamber Series Performs at Harvest Inn

    June 03

    Every summer, the Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy brings together the finest instrumentalists age 18 – 36 to cultivate their art under the direction of internationally acclaimed performers from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and other premier orchestras from San Francisco to Zurich.

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    The Garden Dinner Series: A Farm-to-Table Celebration

    May 06

    As part of the Harvest Inn’s philosophy of sustainable farm-to-table dining, we are thrilled to announce our new Garden Dinner Series, an intimate gathering for enthusiasts of fine wine and gourmet cuisine.

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    Movie Magic at the Cameo

    April 01

    When visitors first arrive in Napa Valley, they are inevitably struck by the idyllic natural setting, defined by towering redwood trees, magisterial mountains, and sprawling vineyards. Napa is more than just a place to reconnect with nature, though; it’s also one of the most culturally rich regions of Northern California.

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    From Luscious Grapes to Gorgeous Galleries: The Rene di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art

    February 04

    The history of Napa Valley is a tapestry woven from dreams of lush vineyards and fine wines. One particularly remarkable dreamer, Rene di Rosa, made his dream a reality when he founded the Winery Lake Vineyard in the 1960s.

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