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Sipping, swirling, and secret spots for spring beauty in Napa Valley

1 May 2006  St Helena resident who's Silly for Spring!
3.5 of 5 stars based on 3 votes

This is a list of musts for anyone who wants to experience the exquisite beauty that is Spring in the Napa Valley. Leave the beaten, touristy path to enjoy the serenity of our loveliest season like the locals do.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: St. Helena
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • 1. Exquisite Picnic Spot: Diamond Oaks Winery
    http://www.diamond-oaks.com

    Nestled in the foothills above the Napa Valley, have a picnic in the shade and enjoy panoramic views of the Napa Valley. The beautiful green of the trees and vineyards contrasts with the bright yellow mustard flowers and the purple sage. Do a winetasting here, buy a bottle, and soak up the sunshine and the views.

  • 2. A Walk in the Redwoods: Bothe State Park
    http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=477

    Take a walk through magnificent coastal redwoods and drink in the beauty of all the green ferns. Enjoy the beautiful relaxing sound of the springtime rushing creek water flowing over the rocky bed, as you enjoy the majestic rebirth of spring among the redwoods, fir, and madrone trees. Take a few moments just to sit and listen to the birds- it's Napa Valley's most incredible spring secret spot!

  • 3. A Ride through Paradise: Triple Creek Horse Outfit
    http://www.triplecreekhorseoutfit.com/index.html

    Ride a trusty steed over the hills and meadows of Napa Valley. Skirt world-famous vineyards and enjoy the views of wildflowers, trees, mountains in the serenity and solitude of a historic state park. Enjoy the peace and the lack of crowds as you see Napa Valley much as its early settlers did.

  • 4. A Secluded Lake: Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary at Lake Hennessey

    This incredibly secluded and quiet reservoir (no motor boats allowed) MAY see about 10 people on a "busy" day, but it's only about 5 miles from St Helena. Take 128 East from either Highway 29 or the Silverado Trail, and wend your way along a gently winding road to the parking area on your left. The crystal clear waters reflect the shoreline in the morning and at dusk. The hills sloping down to the water are covered with wildflowers in spring, and the lake is a well-known sighting spot for golden eagle, bald eagle, osprey, hawks, great blue heron, and white egrets. Take a cool drink, some cheese, and crackers, and relax far away from the Napa Valley crowds as you soak up the incredible beauty.

  • 5. Taylor's Refresher
    Gott's Roadside, St. Helena, Napa Valley

    This old time burger joint has been updated and its gourmet offerings have been raved about in Gourmet Magazine, the NY Times magazine, and the SF Chronicle, among many others. Avoid the long lines at lunchtime and eat an early dinner with the locals and families coming home from work, little league, or dance lessons. Everyone mingles together at the picnic tables in the back. The grass is a perfect place to enjoy Napa's legendary perfect temperature on Springtime evenings at dusk. Where else can you enjoy an incredible hamburger with a glass of one of Napa's finest wines- especially one of those that are elsewhere rarely available by the glass? You will make friends in the outdoor dining area, and see why the Napa Valley hospitality and lifestyle are renowned around the world.

  • 6. Rollin' Down the River on a Lazy Spring Day: Napa River Adventures
    http://www.napavalleyadventures.com

    Enjoy a kayak paddle or cruise in a motorboat down Napa's lazy river- some boat trip packages include massages and wine so you can relax after the not-so-hard work of cruising Napa's scenic waterway. Enjoy the views of the vineyards and countryside from the water- avoid the traffic and tourists of the highway.

  • 7. Secluded Winery Gardens
    http://www.montelena.com

    The award winning wines at this gorgeous taste even better as you sip and swirl on the top floor of a stone castle carved into a hillside. After a tasting, stroll the spectacular Chinese gardens and walk the shores of Jade Lake. The spring landscaping is pristine and fresh; you will feel rejuvenated and inspired by beauty.