CareersJoin The Harvest Inn Team

We want to meet you! To learn more about working at the Harvest Inn in St. Helena, we invite you to explore our open positions and learn about what it’s like to work with us.

Trabajos! Actualmente estamos contratando para una variedad de puestos, que incluyen: limpiadoras/es, lavaplatos, meseros, cocineros y mantenimiento. Llame o envíe un correo electrónico a Ana Bahena, Gerente de Cultura y Personas para obtener más información. Las entrevistas están disponibles en Español o en Inglés.
Tel: 707.967.4690 | Email: abahena@harvestinn.com

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Harvest Season in Wine Country

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.

Harvest Season in Wine Country

After nearly half a year of pruning, bud breaking, flowering, crop thinning, canopy tending, and veraison, it’s time for that thrilling moment when the ripened grapes will finally be plucked from the vine. This is usually done by hand under the cover of the moon and stars. The lovingly harvested grapes are then tested to ensure proper sugar content and, of course, exquisite flavor. With the immense variety of grapes and corresponding range of vintages produced in Napa, you’d probably guess that Napa Valley is an enormous place, but that’s not so. At just 30 miles by 5 miles at its widest, Napa Valley accommodates only about 13% of the vineyard acreage you’d find in the comparably acclaimed winemaking region of Bordeaux.

As a guest of the Harvest Inn, you can enjoy the fruits of this year's harvest while luxuriating in your spacious and cozy Vineyard View Collection room, with breathtaking panoramic views of Whitehall Lane's Leonardini Family Vineyards. We’re proud that a quarter of the selections on our wine list are locally sourced, a number that continues to grow as we work diligently to bring you the very best of what Napa Valley has to offer.

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

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.

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

If, in addition to indulging in the finest food and wine Napa Valley has to offer, you’d also like to learn how to prepare exquisite meals yourself, consider taking one of the many fun and informative classes at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone (CIAG). Though some courses at the renowned culinary school are months-long endeavors, CIAG also offers a range of one-day demonstrations and hands-on cooking classes, from artisanal bread baking, to preparing novel vegetarian meals, to breakfast and brunch favorites, to small bites for your holiday party, and many others. For a more vigorous but still compact and manageable experience, we especially recommend the three- or four-day CIA Boot Camps, designed to immerse you fully in the thrilling world of the professional chef.

Address: 2555 Main St., St. Helena, CA 94574

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Local Culture on Display at the Napa Valley Museum

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.

Local Culture on Display at the Napa Valley Museum

The museum is divided into three main sections: the Main Gallery, where you’ll marvel at West Coast and world premieres; the Spotlight Gallery, which focuses on local happenings and up-and-coming talent; and the History Gallery, which draws from the museum’s permanent holdings to showcase an ever-shifting vision of Napa Valley’s rich history. Past exhibits have included Walt Disney’s Trains, which explores the fascinating influence of the American railroad on the beloved filmmaker’s work, and Land and People of Napa Valley, which shows how one-of-a-kind geology has allowed Napa Valley to become the world-famous wine-making region it is today. The museum is open Wednesday – Sunday from 11 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Address: 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville, CA 94599

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Visit Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

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

Visit Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

Some might wonder why a museum dedicated to the Scottish-born writer resides in the hills of Napa Valley? Stevenson spent his honeymoon in Mount St. Helena and published his two-month account of "roughing it" while living on an abandoned mine in 1833 as Silverado Squatters. Some of his most famous works are Dr. Jeckly and Mr. Hyde, A Children’s Garden of Verses, and Treasure Island.

The one-room museum houses a collection of over 9,000 items, including first editions and rarely seen manuscript pages of Stevenson’s works. Look upon the desk where he wrote his most celebrated masterpieces while exploring childhood letters, drawings, toys, and books from his private library. The environment is warm and welcoming and appeals to fans and curious visitors. Complete your homage to the author with a hike to nearby Robert Louis Stevenson State Park and take note of Napa Valley’s iconic highway sign: “Wine is Bottled Poetry,” which is derived from a Stevenson work.

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Shop the Day Away at Napa Premium Outlets

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. 

Shop the Day Away at Napa Premium Outlets

Located a 20-minute drive away from our hotel, Napa Premium Outlets packs 50 outstanding stores, including Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, J. Crew, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and many more. If you’re anything like us, a day of shopping really works up your appetite. Fortunately, Napa Premium Outlets has you covered there too with an array of dining options to keep you energized.

Once you’ve filled your bags with all the trendy merchandise you can carry, head back to the Harvest Inn, where you can relax with a glass of wine (or two) and indulge in the valley’s freshest farm-to-table fare at our acclaimed Harvest Table restaurant.

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Honor Earth Day in Napa Valley

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.

Honor Earth Day in Napa Valley

Visit one of the ten cleanup sites starting at 9:00 am to contribute to the wellness of the world. We are proud to be from Napa and love the nature that surrounds our beautiful vineyards and home.

Each site has a dedicated captain and area of responsibility. We are cleaning up all of Napa — the peaks, the valleys, the creeks, and the streets. Pick an area that works best for you and your crew and the cleanup site will have buckets, gloves, and bags available. Don your sunscreen and a pair of close-toed shoes and get ready to become one with our community. There is no better feeling than pitching in for a good cause and knowing your hands helped build a better tomorrow.

We kindly ask that each participant registers in advance online so that we are sure to follow Napa County’s COVID-19 gathering guidelines.

woman holding a glass of wine in vineyard

A Brief History of Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley

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.

A Brief History of Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley

Although wild grapes grew in Napa Valley, it wasn’t until the mid-1800s when John Patchett created the first commercial Northern California vineyard and winery. Over a hundred years would pass before the robust flavor of California Cabernet Sauvignons would receive international praise, surpassing French winemakers in the 1976 Judgment of Paris.

From 1988 to 1998, the plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon had doubled, and the grape dominated most of the wine regions in Northern California. Napa County Cabernets are famous for their intense black fruit profile, while flavors of anise and dark olives characterize Sonoma County. Over the last two decades, there has been a movement towards and away from aging in oak, leaving it to the discretion of the winery. The variety of flavors has lent to the modern trend of wines complementing local farm-to-table meals.

Indulge your palate at our gourmet restaurant, Harvest Table, with a glass or bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from our expertly curated wine list. Stags Leap is on the menu, as well as a combination of classic and up-and-coming vintners we think really steal the show.

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Bring Your Love to St. Helena

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.

Bring Your Love to St. Helena

Our spacious Vineyard View and Harvest Inn Rooms provide the perfect escape — with cozy fireplaces, private patios, and thoughtful features like outdoor hot tubs, plush bathrobes, and spa-inspired amenities — all overlooking the gardens, fountains, and beautifully landscaped grounds or the Whitehall Lane Leonardini Family Vineyards.

Cruise through the nearby vineyards by bike or enjoy a romantic meal at Harvest Table, featuring two alfresco dining terraces. Want to stay cozy in the comforts of your accommodations? Gourmet in-room dining is just a phone call away. End your day with a couples massage and a locally-grown bottle of California’s finest wine while watching the sun go down. Leave Napa Valley feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and even more in love than before you arrived.

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A Cozy Evening In

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.

A Cozy Evening In

First, start your morning with a healthy and hearty breakfast, get in some light exercise, and go for a stroll through the valley. In addition to our on-site fitness center, the rolling hills of St. Helena are ideal for outdoor adventure.

Next, catch up on some reading by the pool or from the comfort of your own room. Grab your favorite novel or trade magazine and allow the story to unfold as you cozy up by the fire.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge in some of the region’s finest food and wine without ever leaving your room. A gourmet meal from Harvest Table is just a call or click away. From breakfast in bed to California-grown bottles of wine, there’s plenty to choose from.

After dinner and a decadent dessert, it’s time to get ready for bed. Our spa-inspired bath amenities make it easy to unwind. Once your nighttime routine is complete, wrap yourself in a luxurious bathrobe, pour a soothing cup of hot tea, and find your favorite movie channel on TV. Slipping into a restful night’s sleep is only moments away.

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Celebrate the Holiday Season in St. Helena

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.

Celebrate the Holiday Season in St. Helena

From the Holiday Wine Barrel Tour, featuring 80 decked-out wine barrels placed strategically around town, to a 26-foot giant snowflake glistening on Main Street, it’s easy to find some fun! This year’s theme is “St. Helena, your Winter Wine Country Home for the Holidays”, and it’s sure to be a great time for all ages.

Additional holiday highlights include St. Helena’s wintery Wall of Lights, with a falling snowflake photo op, a traditional town square holiday tree, live street music, and more! There’s even an opportunity to recreate delicious holiday recipes alongside some of Napa’s top chefs, streaming live on IGTV. Or better yet, allow us to do the cooking and cleaning for you at our very own restaurant, Harvest Table. No matter how you choose to celebrate, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

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Wine with an Artistic Twist at the Hess Collection

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.

Wine with an Artistic Twist at the Hess Collection

In addition to the acclaimed wines available to you right here at Harvest Inn, we recommend taking a trip to visit the Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum. Located about a half-hour from our hotel, the Hess Collection was founded by Swiss wine aficionado and entrepreneur Donald Hess. Not only will you be invited to sample Hess’s renowned vintages (the Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon is superlative), you’ll also have the chance to tour the breathtaking array of contemporary art on display from Donald Hess’s private collection. For decades, Hess has closely followed almost two dozen artists, culling works from across their careers so that he, and now you, can marvel at the fascinating creative evolution of these premier artists from around the world.

Address: 4411 Redwood Road, Napa, California 94558

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A Wedding Amongst the Vineyards

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.

A Wedding Amongst the Vineyards

Imagine walking down a perfectly manicured lawn up to a gazebo draped in flowers with the Mayacamas Mountains in the background. Or taking your first dance together in a beautiful vineyard view room, surrounded by family and friends. The natural beauty of our St. Helena wedding venues makes it easy to create unforgettable memories.

Harvest Inn weddings can be as intimate, majestic, romantic, or refined as the couple desires. Basically, if you can dream it, we can do it. Let us set the scene for the beginning of the rest of your lives. From our expert culinary team to our talented event planners, we only provide the finest service and look forward to helping you pin down every glorious detail.

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Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

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.

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

In the summer of 1880, Robert Louis Stevenson traveled with his new bride to Napa Valley, where they honeymooned in a little cabin amid an old mining camp. Today, Robert Louis Stevenson State Park offers visitors the perfect day-trip destination for moderate to difficult hiking adventures. Dedicated hikers will be particularly interested in the 5-mile journey up Mount St. Helena, where, on a clear and sunny day, the gorgeous view stretches all the way to Mount Shasta, about 192 miles north. Be advised, however, that while the park offers outstanding hiking trails, bathrooms are not plentiful, and you’ll want to pack plenty of water to stay hydrated while you enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

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Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides

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.

Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides

Established forty years ago, Napa Valley Aloft is a family-owned organization that has earned its place as one of the finest balloon operators in the region. Even better, NVA is based in the charming V-Marketplace of Yountville, just a quick 15-minute drive from the Harvest Inn. With the friendly, professional staff of NVA, not only will you be treated to one of the safest and most thrilling experiences of your life, but you’ll also have clear views of the sublime landscape below. Browse and book one of their award-winning flight options here and get ready to fly.

Address: 6525 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

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Raise A Glass to Reopening

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.

Raise A Glass to Reopening

We are fortunate to be surrounded by an abundance of fresh air and open spaces. With our 8 acres and 320 redwood trees flowing out onto expansive cabernet vineyards, outdoor corridors, 2 outdoor pool areas, individual HVAC units for each guest room, and more, we are well-positioned for natural social distancing.

Here are some of the adjustments we have made to ensure you can come and listen to the grapes grow, with peace of mind:

  • Curbside check-in for a seamless arrival experience
  • Complimentary self-parking for all guests
  • Housekeeping available upon request only
  • The Fitness Center is available by reservation
  • Harvest Table is operating with limited hours and pick-up is available. Our team can also assist with local delivery options for lunch or dinner from fantastic Napa Valley restaurants.

For additional information on all of the ways we’re committed to your health and well-being here at Harvest Inn, learn more here.

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Essence of Travel: Bringing Back the Road Trip

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.

Essence of Travel: Bringing Back the Road Trip

Embark on an adventure that leads to your North Bay Area Wine Country, and experience a getaway where the journey is truly part of the destination.

A great starting place to map out your journey is Visit California’s Road Trip Republic, which outlines incredible routes for road trips around the state, with itineraries suitable for anywhere from 1-10 days. Regardless of your starting point, a trip through the Napa Valley should be high on your list for the scenery, outdoor recreation, plentiful world-class dining and wine tasting options, in tandem with ample opportunities to social distance the intended way, naturally.

Road tripping through the Napa Valley Wine Country should definitely include St. Helena in the heart of Napa Valley. Two well-known routes lay on opposite sides of the valley with Harvest Inn, St. Helena Napa Valley sitting on the HWY 29 on the East side of the valley at 1 Main Street, St Helena and the other being “Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail” on the West taking you from Napa to Calistoga on both routes and both equally deserving of a slow roll.  A fun article highlighting the history of HWY 29 can be found in the archives of the Napa Valley Register titled “Napa County has red-letter traffic history dates.” The HWY 29 takes one through the principal towns of Napa County including American Canyon in the South, Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and ending in Calistoga in the North.

Most visitors to Napa Valley come from the South and our Harvest Inn recommendation is to enjoy the journey coming North by visiting the stops along the way.  A stop on this route at the Oakville Grocery is not to be missed. Touted as the oldest continuously operating grocery store in the State, it is a treat for a bite, a sip or a place to get out and stretch your legs as you prepare to cross the road to take a photo at one of the most iconic photo spots in the world; the Welcome to Napa Valley sign. Once you get to the heart of Napa Valley, you will not want to leave. With 150 wineries within 3 miles like Hall, Whitehall Lane, Merryvale and the historic Louis Martini across the road, why would you! For a better way to learn why Harvest Inn leaves you with a “let’s never leave” feeling, take a tour of our property with a glass of wine from the comfort of your own home now or get acquainted with our town of St. Helena, neighbors and local activities to better plan how to fill your cup and your days!

The Silverado Trail on the East side has a rich history dating back to the gold-rush days which helped welcome settlers to our area who came to strike it rich and while not making a mint on gold or silver, miners discovered a rich agricultural land ripe for exploration and decided to call it home. A great place to learn more about this storied route can be found in this article from National Geographic titled “Road Trip: Silverado Trail.” Heading North on the Silverado Trail starts in the town of Napa and a stop at the indoor farmer’s market called The Oxbow Public Market is high on Harvest Inn’s list of to-dos when in this part of the valley. The Oxbow epitomizes chic, local and rustic all in one location!  

The longer “Winding Through Wine Country” route featured in Road Trip Republic itinerary includes Sonoma, the Anderson Valley, and the Mendocino coast. Extend a Wine Country road trip by exploring Marin County or Monterey Bay, and a little escape suddenly becomes a grand adventure.

Let the open road lead you to relaxation. Pick a route or craft your own, and we’ll look forward to hosting you during your journey.

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The 2nd Annual Songwriters in Paradise Napa Festival

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

The 2nd Annual Songwriters in Paradise Napa Festival

The 2nd annual Songwriters in Paradise (SIP) Napa Festival, which takes place April 2 – 5, will feature 20 of the most celebrated acts in contemporary country music performing live at a rotating list of renowned Napa Valley wineries. Since most of the performers and attendees will be staying here at the Harvest Inn, SIP Napa offers you a unique opportunity to mingle with both entertainers and fellow fans, whether during breakfast and lunch at our acclaimed Harvest Table restaurant or over post-concert cocktails at Harvest Table bar. Better still, proceeds from the festival help support the Boys & Girls Club of St. Helena and Calistoga. To purchase tickets, check out SIP Napa’s official site here.

 

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

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.

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

Participants will have the chance to purchase exclusive, one-of-a-kind vintages at the PNV auction, and with over 225 Napa Valley vintners in attendance, the opportunity to network and share viticulture expertise is second-to-none. Festivities are not restricted to the weekend, however. The week leading up to Premiere Napa Valley will abound with gourmet dinners and wine tastings at restaurants throughout the valley. The Harvest Inn is pleased to announce that we will be hosting six journalists during the Premiere as well as a women’s winemakers tasting in our Vineyard View Room on Friday, February 21.

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Napa Valley Restaurant Week

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.

Napa Valley Restaurant Week

As part of Napa Valley Restaurant Week, which runs from January 26 to February 1, you can take advantage of two amazing Harvest Table offers, a two-course lunch special for $20 and a three-course dinner special for just $46. Your meal will begin with a hearty serving of curried carrot soup, followed by either a sumptuous butternut squash risotto or freshly-harvested local rock cod. Dinner includes a delectable dessert as well, roasted apple tart with whipped Caramelia, toasted pecans, and hazelnut crumble. Of course, no truly gourmet experience would be complete without a glass of world-class California wine, which is why your meal will also include pairings from renowned Napa Valley vintner Hunnicutt Wines. As an added bonus, Justin Stephens, the proprietor of Hunnicutt, will make a special appearance during the week to share his viticultural expertise. To learn more about all the exclusive Restaurant Week offers at fine dining establishments across Napa Valley, check out the official website here.

 

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

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.

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

This holiday season, the Church of 8 Wheels comes to St. Helena’s own Lyman Park, where you and your family can enjoy St. Helena Jingle All the Way – Napa Valley’s Winter Wonderland Roller Rink, an out-of-this-world roller skating experience with dazzling light displays, killer music, ice igloos, and the perfect glass of wine or cup of hot cocoa to sip by the fire. Now through December 29, the Winter Wonderland Roller Rink will be open for fun every Thursday and Friday from 4 – 8 P.M. and Saturday and Sunday from noon – 8 P.M. Each day at the rink will feature a different selection of mouthwatering culinary delights, wine, and musical entertainment. The Grinch, Santa, and various characters from Disney’s Frozen will also make appearances on select days. As an added bonus, you can take St. Helena’s first-ever Holiday Winter Trolley from the door of the Harvest Inn, through charming downtown St. Helena, all the way to the Winter Wonderland Roller Rink. For full details of St. Helena Jingle All the Way, see the official website here.

 

 

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The Cool, Eclectic Aesthetic of the Martin Showroom

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.

The Cool, Eclectic Aesthetic of the Martin Showroom

Blending classic concepts with playful flourishes all her own, Martin’s work has been praised by prestigious industry publications like California Home + Design and House Beautiful. Martin is also the singular force behind the dazzling and aptly named Martin Showroom right here in St. Helena. Nestled among the quaint shops and restaurants of Main Street, the 2300-square-foot showroom is a sanctuary of artistic whimsy, from one-of-a-kind furniture to handmade jewelry, to art and design literature, to breathtaking objets d’art collected from around the world, and so much more. During your stay at the Harvest Inn, be sure to stop by the Martin Showroom for one of the most exhilarating aesthetic experiences you’ll enjoy this year.

Address: 1350 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574

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

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.

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

Interspersed with the film screenings themselves is a thrilling array of other events, including industry mixers, lavish dinners, parties, panel discussions, and more. The Festival Gala is one of the most highly-anticipated Napa Valley parties of the year. As an attendee, you’ll have the chance to strut along the red carpet, mingle with celebrities, and indulge in the outstanding culinary and viticultural creations of over 50 local wineries and restaurants. The Vintner Circle Dinners, another elite feature of the festival, bring together VIP guests with filmmakers and other acclaimed film industry professionals at one of 20 exclusive Vintner Circle wineries, including St. Helena’s own Revana Estate Vineyard, for a decadent multi-course feast prepared by award-winning Napa Valley chefs and their dedicated culinary teams. The Napa Valley Film Festival takes place from November 13 – 17 at various locations across Napa, Yountville, Calistoga, and St. Helena.

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Main Street Books: A Bibliophile’s Haven

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.

Main Street Books: A Bibliophile’s Haven

Among the 5000 or so titles, you’ll find everything from French cookbooks to Russian history, to classics by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jane Austen, to the latest New York Times bestseller (a small portion of the inventory is new, particularly the very fine children’s section, which is all but certain to stock the perfect volume to entertain your little one during the long trip home). Drop by Monday through Saturday from 10 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. or Sunday from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. to browse the shelves and take advantage of the friendly staff’s expert advice for your late summer reading list. If you arrive to find a “back in 5 minutes” sign and a line of people by the front door, don’t be discouraged. You’ll be glad you waited.

Address: 1315 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574

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

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.

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

This multi-day extravaganza, which brings together the region’s leading culinary and viticultural experts for an unparalleled celebration of gourmet food and fine wine, has raised more than $108 million for cancer research over the last two decades. If you’ll be visiting Napa Valley on Friday, August 2, we hope to see you at the “Rock the V” Party, where, from 6:30 – 11 P.M., you’ll have the opportunity to chat with top food and wine professionals, sample delicious gourmet creations and prized varietals, and take part in a wine auction showcasing customized wine blends from Napa Valley’s elite winemakers. As if that weren’t enough, Con Brio, the acclaimed seven-piece Bay Area band headed by charismatic frontman Ziek McCarter, will be belting out a sensational mix of soul, psych-rock, and R&B that will keep the adrenaline pumping well into the night as revelers dance beneath the stars. The fun will then continue after hours at the underground Silent Disco.

The “Rock the V” Party will take place on Friday, August 2, from 6:30 – 11 P.M. at the Estate of Yountville, 6481 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599.

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Festival Live! Chamber Series Performs at Harvest Inn

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.

Festival Live! Chamber Series Performs at Harvest Inn

As part of this program, both the emerging young talent and established faculty perform alongside each other in the Festival Live! Chamber Series, which stages 14 outstanding chamber concerts in intimate venues around Napa Valley. On Monday, July 10, at 7 P.M., the chamber series will play on the Vineyard View Terrace at Harvest Inn, an outdoor extension of the elegant Vineyard View Room. While the Vineyard View Room offers 1050 square feet of dining space to accommodate up to 60 guests, the Terrace provides an additional 1600 square feet for up to 150 people to eat, drink, and relish the ravishing artistry of Festival Live! against the breathtaking backdrop of Whitehall Lane’s Leonardini Vineyard and the majestic Mayacamas Mountains. Harvest Inn is thrilled to be a part of this venerable virtuoso series. We hope to see you there.

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

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.

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

Each installment of the Garden Dinner Series will feature a unique, innovative menu that draws on locally-sourced ingredients, many culled from Harvest Inn’s own vegetable, herb, and edible flower gardens. In addition to a multi-course meal, craft cocktails, and exclusive wine pairings, guests of the Garden Dinner Series will enjoy a guided tour of Harvest Inn’s stunning grounds and culinary gardens. Executive Chef Chris Kurth, Director of Food and Beverage Shawn Hyer, and other acclaimed food, wine, and horticulture professionals will be on hand to chat and answer any questions you might have about cultivating a culinary garden and preparing exquisite farm-to-table meals. For the inaugural dinner, which will take place the evening of Thursday, June 6, Harvest Inn will partner with TATE winery, St. Helena. Located less than a mile from our hotel, TATE produces small-batch, handcrafted wines under the direction of renowned winemaker David Tate, long celebrated for his role as general manager of Barnett Vineyards. The inaugural dinner will be a family-style feast featuring an array of delicacies, including roast leg of lamb in hay, alongside curried yogurt, mostarda, and pickled vegetables straight from Harvest Inn’s extensive gardens. The cost is $125 per guest. To make a reservation, please call 707-968-5835 or email Steve Gaebe at sgaebe@harvestinn.com.

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Movie Magic at the Cameo

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.

Movie Magic at the Cameo

For guests who’d like to indulge in the art of film during their stay with us, we recommend a trip to the Cameo Cinema, located just a mile from our hotel. With its classic marquee and bright red vertical sign, the exterior of the Cameo recalls a bygone era of motion picture magic. Once inside, you’ll feel as though you’ve truly entered a portal to the past as you marvel at 1920s décor and movie posters from the Golden Age of Hollywood. The Cameo screens both niche indie films and big-name blockbusters, and the traditional movie-house seating is roomy and comfortable (for a more romantic experience, opt for one of the purple love-seats). Though the Cameo boasts one of the oldest film screens in the country, the cinema’s technology is cutting-edge, with all-digital projection and a sound system that rivals the very best in the industry. You can also purchase a range of drinks and snacks to enjoy, whether you’re in the mood for a bucket of buttery delicious popcorn, a refreshing scoop of gelato, or one of several vegan bites.

Address: 1340 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574

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

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.

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

Then, after decades producing some of the finest grapes in the region, di Rosa transformed his vineyard into the site of a now internationally renowned contemporary art center. During your visit to the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, you’ll marvel at galleries exhibiting cutting-edge work from the mid-twentieth century to today by some of the best artists of Northern California, including Paul Kos, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Viola Frey, Jay de Feo, Bruce Conner, Robert Arneson, and many others. You’ll also have the opportunity to stroll through the bucolic natural surroundings, which feature a crystalline 35-acre lake complemented by an extensive sculpture garden.

Address: 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa, CA 94559