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An Afternoon in St. Helena

St. Helena is one of my favorite spots in Napa Valley. It is filled with great restaurants, wineries and a main street packed with cute shops and art galleries. This past weekend Daniel and I hit up a few places we had never visited. On the list were Archetype for brunch and Duckhorn Winery. The valley is large, so it is hard to stop everywhere and sometimes one winery is perfect.

Archetype

I have been dying to go to Archetype since seeing the stunning interior designed by one of my favorite architects, Howard Backen (his office is right next door). Not only was the farmhouse interior better than I expected, but the food was incredible.

Since this was our first time we ordered an array of menu items to try including the best donut holes I’ve ever had. They were so soft, topped with cinnamon sugar and served with a butter pecan sauce. We also got the chorizo and eggs in a cast iron skillet, biscuits and gravy and the crispy potatoes. The service was great and the environment was so comfortable, this is now one of my favorite brunch spots.

Duckhorn Winery

I have been to dozens of wineries in Napa, but had never been to Duckhorn. While working in the area I drove past the stunning property and immediately made a reservation to do a tasting. It is only $35 per person for a flight of five wines including their delicious Sauvignon Blanc, two Merlots and two Cabernets. We had such a great time sitting on the wrap around porch over looking the grapevines. For our final glass we decided to walk around the grounds and found a great shady bench to sit under and enjoy the live music.

Main Street

Every time I go up to St. Helena I have to stop in my two favorite stores, which are right next to each other. Vintage Home is filled with gorgeous pillows, furniture and classic wine country decor and accessories. This is a very layered store, so I love taking my time to explore all of the intricacies.

I was drooling over the extensive pile of John Robshaw Pillows at Vintage Home I was drooling over the extensive pile of John Robshaw Pillows at Vintage Home

My other favorite stop is Acres, a small home and garden shop. Their clean displays are stunning and I always find the best cards and gifts here. Their cookbook and coffee table book collection is extensive, so be sure to look on every shelf. Both of these stores just exude the coziness and hospitality of wine country!

 

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