A Great Northern Napa Drive

Dean & DeLuca in St. Helena opens early, making it a fine starting point for a day of exploring the northern Napa Valley. Purchase some food and drink, then drive north on Highway 29 and then Highway 128 to Tubbs Lane and turn east (right).

A Taste and a Hike

A mile east of Highway 128 on the left side of Tubbs you'll see the entrance to Chateau Montelena, which opens at 9:30. Enjoy a wine tasting, then continue east on Tubbs to Highway 29, also signed as Lake County Highway, and turn left. The route winds steeply up the slopes of Mt. St. Helena until you reach the crest, where parking lots on either side of the road invite you to hike a bit in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, named for the author who squatted here during a period of impoverishment.

Lunch and a Sparkler

Backtrack to Calistoga on Highway 29 and enjoy lunch at Solbar. If you've made a reservation for a tour at Schramsberg (the last one's at 2:30), head south on Highway 29 to Peterson Road, where you'll turn right and then quickly right again onto narrow Schramsberg Road. If sparkling wines aren't your thing, opt for Castello di Amorosa, off Highway 29 half a mile north of Schramsberg. Either experience should leave you in a bubbly mood.

Shop Main, Drink at Goose

Return to Highway 29 and turn right to reach St. Helena. You'll have an hour or two to browse the shops and galleries along Main Street before they close for the evening. Numerous dining options await in St. Helena, but wherever you're going, stop beforehand at the handsome basement bar at Goose & Gander for a well-crafted cocktail.

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