Bay Area Exploring: St. Helena

I’ll take any excuse to drive the 1.5 hours to wine country over a weekend. So when my friend invited me to stay at her parents’ house in St. Helena, I of course exclaimed, “yes!”

I had been to St. Helena once before when my boyfriend and I drove from Yountville up to Calistoga for my birthday weekend, but I had never spent a full weekend there. I’m so glad I did though, as this quaint little town is so perfect in every way.

St. Helena and the surrounding towns are filled with great wineries—you really can’t go wrong with any one. We ended up going to Frog’s Leap Winery, which I will definitely be coming back to, and Alpha Omega. In between, we stopped for delicious sandwiches and salads from Dean & DeLuca and then closed out the night with dinner at Farmstead. Pro tip: If you buy a bottle of wine during your tastings, bring it with you to dinner and they’ll open it for only $5!

The next day, we grabbed coffee and pastries at The Model Bakery and then strolled down Main Street, popping in and out of shops as we pleased.

If you’ve never been to Wine Country before, I hope this will inspire you to make a trip of it sooner rather than later!

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