St. Helena CA: Winter Weekend Getaway at The Southbridge Hotel
Weekend warriors rejoice! I have put together the quintessential guide for your next weekend in Napa Valley. Starting with where to stay! I recently enjoyed a two night stay at the Southbridge Hotel in St. Helena. Conveniently located off of Highway 29, in between downtown St. Helena shops, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, Merryvale Winery and directly across the street from the famous burger joint Gotts Roadside. The hotel is filled with spacious rooms, thoughtful amenities (forgot your charger? they have a kit you can buy!) and fresh Model Bakery english muffins (one of Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite things) as part of the continental breakfast, yes please !
We decided we were too tired for a further stroll to downtown (4 blocks to local restaurants), so we took a short cut through the Merryvale Winery property to get to one of our favorite happy hours at Farmstead. Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch is known for its literal farm to table cuisine, with everything you eat having been grown or raised at their ranches throughout California. Some of my favorite items include: Mini Ham Sandwiches, Pulled Pork Nachos (happy hour), Grilled Artichoke, Fried Chicken... honestly the list goes on and on. If you’re in need of some comfort food to soak up all that Cabernet Sauvignon, this is one of my go to’s.
Speaking of Cabernet Sauvignon, I purposefully wanted to mention wineries last, because let’s be honest, with all my suggestions this could become a book! So I’ve decided to narrow it down to a few of my favorite wineries in St. Helena! Starting with Titus Vineyards, located on Silverado Trail just north of downtown St. Helena. They will celebrate their 50th Harvest in 2018. In 2016 they opened the doors to their brand new Winery and Hospitalty center. Sprawling vineyard views and production tours make this the perfect stop for anyone wanting to “see it all!”
Another St. Helena favorite is Crocker & Starr Winery. They also boast a brand new Winery facility which offers great production and vineyard tours of their historic property! They specialize in Cabernet Franc and one of my personal favorites is their Sauvignon Blanc. Definitely a classic Winery experience you do not want to miss!
Last but not least, for those seeking views of the valley floor, I would suggest making a call to Barnett Vineyards located on Spring Mountain. They produce some gorgeous Spring Mountain AVA Cabernet Sauvignon, in addition to Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. They also have the cutest golden retrievers who welcome you upon arrival, if that’s not a reason to visit, not sure what is ! If you visit any of these places make sure to tell them VineLiving sent you ! Enjoy your next weekend in The Napa Valley!
If you're looking to book a trip to Napa Valley, its important to book your hotel early !! So make sure to check out the Southbridge Napa Valley here and make them your next weekend retreat!