Napa Valley Attractions
ViticultureViticulture, introduced into California about 1825 by Spanish Franciscans, was subsequently developed to its present high standard by growers from Germany, Alsace, France, Hungary and Italy.
Napa CountyLocation and importanceSituated at the southern end of the valley of the same name, some 52mi/85km from San Francisco, Napa is one of the largest Californian towns north of San Francisco. It was founded in 1848 and bears the name of the long extinct Napa Indians. Today there are a number of light industries and electronic firms. The western boundary is formed by the Napa Mountains. The Howell Mountains form the eastern boundary of Napa County and they also protect the valley from storms.The valley is becoming more and more tourist-oriented (about 2.5 million tourists each year).
COPIA: The American Center for Food & the Arts (closed)
ATTRACTION IS CLOSED.COPIA explores the relationship between food and the arts through exhibitions, programs, classes and demonstrations. Displays include food products, early cooking utensils and kitchen gadgets. Organic gardens have seasonal plantings of vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers.
Blue Violet Mansion Bed & Breakfast
The Blue Violet Mansion was built in 1886 in Queen Anne Victorian style. The interior has been restored to retain period details such as old fireplaces, stained glass accents, and a grand staircase. It opened as a bed and breakfast in 1991.
First Presbyterian Church
Napa Firefighters Museum
The Napa Firefighters Museum features a number of exhibits that will be of interest to fire aficionados. There is a hand pumper, a steamer and a number of other pieces of fire fighting equipment as well as photos.
Carolyn Parr Museum of Natural History
Hakusan Sake Gardens (closed)
Attraction is closed.Hakusan Sake Gardens is located at One Executive Way in Napa. This unique company is situated on 22 acres amidst a Japanese Garden.
Napa County Historical Society Museum
Napa Valley Train
Since 1989 it has been possible to become acquainted with the Napa Valley district by traveling in authentic Pullman saloon coaches (George Mortimer Pullman built the first luxury saloon and sleeping-cars in Chicago in 1858). On the 36mi/58km round trip from Napa to St Helena gourmet dishes are served in the elegant dining-car.
St Helena, California
Napa CountyLocation and generalSome 37mi/60km north of San Francisco lies St Helena, one of the important towns in the Napa Valley. Not far away the 4,300ft/1,300m-high Mount St Helena looks down over the Napa Valley. It forms part of the Mayacamas Mountains (named after the old Indian village of Miyakmah, near Calistoga).
Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park
The Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park is located one and a half miles south of Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. Visitors can watch flour being made in the Old Bale Mill which was built in 1846. The mill features a 36 foot waterwheel.Flour can be purchased from the mill.
Address: 3801 St Helena Highway, Calistoga, CA 94515-9652, United States
Opening hours: 10am-5pm; Closed: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Useful tips: The park has limited picnic facilities.
Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum
The Silverado Museum in St Helena (1490 Library Lane), named after a former Mount St Helena silver mine, is dedicated to the writer Robert Louis Stevenson; as well as first editions of his works it has numerous manuscripts, photographs and letters.
About 12mi/20km east of St Helena, you will find the artificial Lake Beryessa, formed as a result of the building of the Monticello Dam; its banks are 165mi/265km in length, and there are numerous opportunities for water sports.
White Sulphur Springs (closed)
NO LONGER A TOURIST RESORT.The White Sulphur Springs is a resort and spa that offers a connection with nature for visitors. The Redwood grove, trails, and meadows provide ample hiking and sightseeing locations.
Novato - Olompali State Historic Park
Olompali State Historic Park is a 700-acre park with several historic buildings, such as the 1913 Burdell Mansion with its three older structures from the mid-1800s; and a traditional Victorian garden. "Olompali" comes from the Miwok language and may be translated as "southern village" or "southern people."
Yountville (pop. 3,259) is northwest of Napa on State Road 29. The town of Yountville is noted for its restaurants and award winning chefs, earning the unofficial title of Culinary Capital of the Napa Valley.
Napa Valley Museum
The Napa Valley Museum in St Helena has displays of regional history, art and natural history. The museum is housed in an old part of the St Helena High School.