Microadventure: A Day in St. Helena

Looking for a short trip to explore one of wine country’s quaint towns?  Then head east and spend a day in St. Helena. Just a short trip from Mayacama, this destination location doesn’t disappoint with a number of restaurants, shops and wineries all set in the picturesque Napa Valley.

10:00 – 12:00 – Begin you day with a little morning deliciousness served up at The Model Bakery. After your morning bite explore the quaint downtown where you will find a variety of retail shops.  Shoppers will enjoy fine jewelry of Palladium Jewelrydecedent chocolates of Woodhouse Chocolates, clothing boutiques such as Pearl Wonderful Clothing and gift shops such as Rabbit Rabbit, just to name a few.  The downtown core shopping is very easy to peruse taking up just two short blocks in the heart of downtown St. Helena.

12:00 – 2:00 – Visit the Greystone campus of the California Institute of America.  Built in the late 19th century and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Greystone was once home to the Christian Brothers. Relax in the contemporary, casual Gatehouse Restaurant or  enjoy a smaller bite from The Bakery Café by illy while taking in the view of the surrounding vineyards from the front terrace. Shop for everything culinary in the Spice Islands Marketplace® and enjoy a cooking demonstration or a class for food and wine enthusiasts. Visit the historic Barrel Room and marvel over the amazing collection of 1,000+ corkscrews displayed in the main entry hall.

2:00 – 5:30 – Explore world-class wineries.  From award-winning wineries such as V. Sattui to the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley, Beringer, there are impressive wineries within easy reach of the downtown.  Explore the historic winery and caves at Del Dotto Vineyards  or picturesque Duckhorn Vineyards, specializing in premium Merlot wines.  Others local wineries worth a visit include Rombauer and Hall Wines.

Find yourself with a little extra time in the afternoon?  A visit to the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is a unique opportunity to experience the largest collection of Stevensoniana on public display in the world. – Small but very interesting and we’ll curated. Lots of great history about the author of “Treasure Island” and many other American classics. Google Review Wendy M.

6:00 – 8:00 – Now off to dinner. You’ll find a variety of dining options in St. Helena. Farmstead Long Meadow Ranch’s celebrated American farmhouse cuisine is rooted in the Hall family tradition of showcasing ingredients fresh from the farm, ranch, and vineyards.  Try the Wood grilled heritage pork chop or Heritage St. Louis ribs.  Market in St. Helena offers an elegant, yet comfortable dining experience with a fresh take on American classics and offers a great place to stop for a quick bite or a nice sit down meal. Try the House Made Lobster and Ricotta Ravioli, Very Adult Mac n’ Cheese or Painted Hills Filet Mignon. Keeping it casual?  Gott’s Roadside is a different kind of burger joint. For anyone who craves delicious, high-quality fare in a welcoming, down-to-earth spot, Gott’s Roadside is a tried-and-true local favorite. Try the Double Cheeseburger with Bacon or the Crispy Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich.

So plan a trip to our neighbor to the east for a day of fun and exploration.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Microadventure: Oxbow Public Market

Looking for a local microadventure that is sure to be a hit with the entire family? Then head to Napa for an adventure at Oxbow Public Market, the local gathering place for great food and wine in downtown Napa and throughout the Napa Valley.

The brainchild of Steve Carlin, who was responsible for planning and overseeing the initial operations of the famed Ferry Building in San Francisco, Oxbow Public Market boasts a 40,000 square foot marketplace and features local food vendors, artisan cafes and an organic produce outlet for local farms. The facility also includes outdoor dining as well as a scenic outdoor deck with seating along the Napa River.

The artisans and purveyors at Oxbow Public Market passionately support the concept of local harvest and sustainable agriculture, creating an atmosphere within the market to improve the local food culture through education, community outreach and support of local businesses and farms. The marketplace consists of 22 merchants, each independently owned and operated.

It’s easy to spend hours exploring Oxbow Public Market, so we have listed a few of the many ways to get you started on your microadventure:

Grab a fresh brewed coffee at Ritual Coffee Roasters and cinnamon morning bun at the Model Bakery to start your day. They also offer a “late bake” – an afternoon bake of signature breads for consumer purchase and to supply the region’s best restaurants. You’ll see why the Model Bakery is well known as the Napa Valley’s hometown bakery.

Explore the dizzying array of fresh ground spices at Whole Spice, with custom blends of spices you won’t find anywhere else. From the usual to the exotic, allspice to vanilla and ajowan to zhug, Whole Spice has more than 300 different spices and 50-60 blends available, both bulk and pre-packaged, and all in small quantities to ensure freshness.

Delight in the amazing selection of charcuterie at The Fatted Calf, with a unique selection of artisanal food products from California and Italy hand selected for the shop, as well as a delicious daily lunch menu. Stop in and sample some salumi, beans, pasta, vinegar or fresh cuts and taste the difference.

If you find yourself interested in a sit-down dining experience, there are many options. Enjoy wood-fired deliciousness from Kitchen Door or Ca’ Momi Enoteca, a savory burger from Gott’s Roadside or treats from the sea at the Hog Island Oyster Bar.

Satisfy your sweet tooth and indulge in the marvelous assortments of fine truffles, rich creams and caramels, brittles and chews from Anette’s Chocolates. Not feeling like chocolate? Enjoy a fresh baked cupcake at Kara’s Cupcakes or an inconceivably delicious and organic ice cream at Three Twins Ice Cream.

Set along the Napa River, Oxbow Public Market is located at 610 and 644 First Street in Napa, and is open seven days a week, and only closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Most tenants of Oxbow Public Market are open until 9:00pm seven days a week with later hours on Friday evenings.

Follow Oxbow Public Market on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Enjoy!

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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